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Volunteer at Auckland Museum

Current volunteer opportunities

There are sometimes unexpected opportunities for volunteers with a strong background in a specialist area, and we are always interested in hearing from potential volunteers with relevant knowledge, interests and skills.

Current volunteer vacancies

We are looking for people to fill these positions:

Project Volunteers - Photography

This is a Back of house role

Auckland Museum is offering two short term volunteer roles for suitably qualified photography students or working photographers who wish to gain experience in production photography in the Culture and Heritage sector.

We are seeking people with advanced skills and experience, and with good skills and experience in Outlook, Excel and Adobe Lightroom. Applicants should be methodical, tidy, and be interested in gaining experience in a production environment, working as part of a team. It would be an advantage to have prior experience with handling fragile and valuable materials, and to have a good understanding of diverse cultural values.

The successful volunteers would spend one day a week working alongside our photographers in the studio, learning to work quickly and efficiently to produce very high quality images of museum collection objects. The role is a short term volunteer one, and would be for a period of between three and six months only. It is a rare professional development opportunity for the right person.

This is the second time we have offered this opportunity, and we hope to repeat the successful outcomes both for the Museum, and for the photographers who took part in the second half of 2016 programme.


  1. Your name, mobile number and email address
  2. A one page expression of interest, and why you would find this experience useful
  3. A brief history of your photographic journey
  4. Three images

Please send your application to: by Friday 20 January 2017.

Land Vertebrates volunteer


We have a rather unusual opportunity on offer for a volunteer who could be available regularly for around 3hours per week. This person needs to have an interest in zoology, and not object to being around some fairly pungent smells. This role is an opportunity to work in an interesting environment with museum staff, and would be ideal for someone keen to learn more about working with the bones and anatomy of birds and small mammals. Tasks would include macerating specimens and cleaning and labelling bones so they can be stored and used for research.

If you think this sounds like the perfect volunteer role for you, please could you send an email to, explaining fully why you would like to take on this role, and what skills you have that would make you a suitable person for this position.

Education Volunteers


We currently have vacancies for Education Volunteers, who assist our Museum Educators with groups of school children during school terms. We are looking for bright, energetic people who enjoy working with children from a wide variety of backgrounds and ages, and assisting with training sessions covering a wide variety of topics. Your role would be one of logistics and support, supervising certain activities, assisting with resources, and generally being part of our Museum team of Educators.

These volunteers come in on a given day per school week, and are at the Museum between 9.30am and 2pm during school term time. We would ask for a commitment for at least the rest of the school year, and preferably longer.

Information Desk Volunteers

This is a Front of house role

We currently have a need for more volunteers to work on our Information Desks at both entrances to the Museum. If you enjoy meeting people and helping them make the most of their time in the Museum, you could become a member of our large volunteer team. We need people with excellent communication skills and a genuine desire to help others. A good knowledge of Auckland is also valuable.

We prefer applicants who could be available for at least the occasional weekend work and who are available during school holiday periods. The normal commitment is for one half day per week on duty, and lasting at least a year, but preferably longer.

Volunteer Guides


Every year we take on a small group of volunteers to train as Museum Guides. If you enjoy meeting people and bringing to life our treasures and stories, and sharing your passion and enthusiasm for the museum, you could become a member of our large volunteer guiding team. We need people with excellent communication skills and a genuine desire to engage visitors. We are looking for an interest in New Zealand history, culture and heritage, and a strong and sustained commitment to ongoing learning.

Please note that entry to the training course is by invitation only, and we ask for a commitment of at least two years should you be successful in being selected for training, and pass the assessment at the end of the course. In 2017, the course will run for two months, during August and September.

How to apply to be a volunteer

To apply for the Education, Information Desk or Guide volunteer roles, you must complete an application form and send it to the Museum by post or email. You can find out more information about the application process on our 'How to apply' page.