Long-term volunteering

Two volunteers showing specimens to children

Volunteer testimony

'Living in London, the Museum was like a magnet for me. I wanted to join a team that could inspire the same awe in the public that I experienced when I was growing up.'

Nathalie, Learning Volunteer

Long-term volunteering typically runs on a basis of one day per week for four months or more, giving you a chance to really immerse yourself in life at the Museum.

Learning Volunteer programme

Discover more about the natural world by interacting with visitors in the Museum’s iconic galleries. Using real specimens, from animal skulls to insects, you will share your knowledge with the public through hands-on interactions.

You need to be aged 18 or over and have a desire to share your passion for natural history. To get the most out of the programme we recommend volunteers join us for six months or longer.

  • Applications for the Learning Volunteer Programme are currently closed.

Learning Volunteers at Tring

Learning Volunteer opportunites also arise at our Museum in Tring, Hertfordshire. For more information visit this page.

Behind the Seen

Gain hands-on experience behind the scenes in our science departments, working with our collection of more than 80 million specimens, or assisting with developing our special exhibitions.

You need to be aged 18 or over and share our passion to explore, protect and promote the diversity of the natural world. To get the most out of your placement we recommend volunteers commit to one day per week for at least six months.