Volunteers are integral and valued members of the Horniman team assisting us in both visitor-facing roles and vital work behind-the-scenes.

Along with a supportive learning environment, we offer the chance to gain new skills and experience or simply to do something you enjoy.

Current vacancies

EDI Communications Volunteer

Closing date: 25/02/2024

The Horniman’s public role means that we have an obligation to take a lead, to promote the values of a just, inclusive and cohesive society, and to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard. We recognise that by championing diversity, we strengthen ourselves, our society and cultural ecology.

This fixed-term volunteer placement, based in the Content Team within Social Practice, will play a key role in supporting related research and raising internal and external awareness around equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI).

To apply:

  • Please contact volunteering@horniman.ac.uk to request an application form.
  • This role is selective, and we will hold informal interviews.
  • Please mark EDI Comms Volunteer in the subject line of your email.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 25 February. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 5 March.

Family Craft Volunteer

Closing date: 04/03/2024

Family Craft Volunteer

Family Craft volunteers help devise and deliver weekly Saturday drop-in craft workshops inspired by the Museum’s collections, themes, and values. These workshops enable families to have a more creative and playful experience at the Museum.

To apply:

  • Please complete the application form and email it to volunteering@horniman.ac.uk
  • Please mark ‘Family Craft Volunteer’ in the subject line of the email.
  • This role is selective and we will hold informal interviews.

The closing date for applications is 4 March. We will hold informal interviews on 13 March, with an induction on 16 March.

We can only accept applications when volunteering roles are advertised.

Find any current roles on this page.

We take volunteers from age 15 upwards though some roles will only be available to those aged 18 and over. Where this is the case, this will be clear on the role description. There is no upper age limit.

No. Volunteer roles are different from staff roles and do not lead to paid work.

However, they do provide an opportunity to gain skills and experience.

We reimburse out-of-pocket travel expenses up to a maximum of £12 per day.

Volunteers offering a full day shift can also be reimbursed lunch expenses.

For on-going roles which are usually weekly or fortnightly, like Engage, Family Activity or Gardening, we ask for a minimum of 4-5 months if possible.

Fixed term student volunteer placements last 3 months, doing 1-3 days a week.

We are able to provide a few work experience opportunities for school students each year, depending on capacity. Find out more on our work experience webpage.

Yes, you may volunteer whilst on benefits, but you would need to let the Job Centre know about your volunteering.

The Horniman acknowledges the contribution of volunteers in supporting the organisation to achieve its aim to connect people with global cultures and the natural world, and encourage everyone to shape a positive future for the world we all share.

Read the Volunteering Policy (PDF).