Volunteer roles

Visitor Experience Volunteers

Visitor Experience volunteers bring the museum alive by facilitating visitor interaction at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and Museums Discovery Centre, by encouraging curiosity and conversation around the collection. This position suits volunteers who have a passion for design, textiles, engineering, science and/or museums, a friendly manner and excellent customer service. Recruitment is based on the Exhibitions schedule and are advertised here.

 

Join the Weekend Crew of MAAS Volunteers

August 2017 – August 2018

At the Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo we are looking for people to join our crew of ongoing Weekend Volunteers, who spend one shift per week/fortnight helping family audiences and general visitors explore the exhibitions and find their way in the Museum.

Inside the Powerhouse you will find thousands of treasures, with hundreds of displays for you to explore with our visitors. Volunteers spend their time alongside visitors, bringing exhibitions and interactives alive through their expert knowledge, and giving visitors the chance to share their own stories and memories too. At our Discovery Hubs, volunteers use hands on props to demonstrate different types of technology, science and craft in action; and throughout the Museum, they offer spotlight talks, storytelling and assistance with Holiday Program Activities.

This volunteer role is perfect if you:

  • Have an interest in Science, the Arts, History, education and/or Museums
  • Have a friendly manner and excellent customer service skills
  • Love working with the public and families
  • Are open to discovering new approaches to learning

MAAS Weekend Volunteer – Information and Application

 

Volunteer with This Is a Voice Exhibition

August 2017 – February 2018

We are recruiting volunteers to work on the upcoming This is a Voice exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo. This is a Voice is a Wellcome Collection exhibition, produced in collaboration with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS).

Volunteering with this exhibition will be a fabulous way to get involved in this unique exhibition about the different meaning carried in and through voice, culturally, socially and personally. Volunteers will play an important role in enhancing the exhibition content by assisting families and adult audiences with the concepts, hands on interactives and through and by leading visitors through visible thinking strategies such as the See, Think, Wonder thinking routine (training will be provided).

This volunteer role is perfect if you:

  • Love working with the public and families
  • Are familiar with, or interested to learn about:
    • contemporary art, science, biomedicine, voice projection, audiology
    • object interpretation and visible thinking strategies in a Museum setting
  • Would like to gain experience in:
    • Public Speaking experience to diverse audiences
    • Museum interpreting and guiding

MAAS This is a Voice Volunteer – Information and Application

 

Volunteer with Sydney Science Festival 2017

10 – 20 August 2017

Are you passionate about science? Do you love science events? We are looking for dedicated individuals who are keen to take on this special volunteer role assisting Sydney Science Festival event producers to ensure the 2017 Festival is the best ever!

Volunteers play an important role in making the Sydney Science Festival events run smoothly. Sydney Science Festival volunteers have the chance to get behind-the-scenes, meet like-minded people and interact with science professionals from around the nation. As a volunteer, you will be representing the Festival at various events across Sydney. Duties may vary depending on the site and event.

From 10-20 August 2017, the Festival will encourage people of all ages and knowledge levels to discover, discuss and debate science through a program of talks by world-leading researchers, hands-on workshops, exhibitions and events for family exploring all areas of STEAM. The Festival brings together a diverse group of research institutions, museums, universities, industry, and community to discover, discuss and debate science at venues across Sydney and Western Sydney.

This volunteer role is perfect for people with:

  • An interest in Science or Events
  • Great organisation and time management skills
  • Friendly manner and excellent customer service
  • Bilingual volunteers are encouraged to apply

Sydney Science Festival – Information and Application

 

2017 Visitor Experience Volunteers: Early Childhood Specialists

Terms 3 & 4 2017

We are recruiting people to work as Early Childhood Volunteers delivering activities 9:30am – 1:30pm once per week during term time, at one or more of our three sites: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and Museums Discovery Centre.

Are you studying or interested in Early Childhood, Education, STEAM? Do you love Museums and sharing stories? This is a chance to gain experience with two of the MAAS teams, responsible for creating amazing visitor experiences: Assisting both the MEMBERS team and the PROGRAMS team, with the development and delivery of hands on activities for our younger members, including adapting a range of craft activities and storytelling sessions.

This volunteer role is perfect for students with:

  • Passion for early childhood education and an interest in STEAM and informal learning
  • A friendly manner and excellent customer service
  • Empathy with young visitors
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to encourage new ways of seeing and understanding science and the collection

MAAS Early Childhood Expert Volunteer – Information and Application

 

Volunteer with the 2017 Future Park Exhibition

December 2017 to April 2018

Interested in immersive digital art installations? We are recruiting volunteers to work in the Future Park Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo.

Future Park is a touring exhibition from TeamLab, the renowned Japanese art collective, recognised internationally for their immersive digital art installations. Visitors of all ages will be immersed in a world of art, technology, science and magic as eight installations dynamically evolve in response to their presence and participation. Visitors are invited to have fun, to play and to explore in #TeamLabFuturePark where art, science and technology collide! Future Park is an interactive creative digital experience that can be enjoyed not only by kids but also by families.

This volunteer role is perfect if you:

  • Are familiar with, or interested to learn about:
    • contemporary art, science, digital technology
    • visible thinking strategies / creative learning techniques
  • Enjoy communicating technological advances, concepts and methods to museum visitors
  • Bilingual volunteers are encouraged to apply

MAAS 2017 Future Park Exhibition – Information and Application

 

Behind the Scenes Volunteers

Behind the Scenes volunteers support staff in work that happens outside the public areas of the museum in a wide range of departments including: Education and Visitor Services, Curatorial, Registration, Conservation and IT.

Please note: Positions in Behind the Scenes departments are limited and are first made available to our existing pool of volunteers and are then advertised here.