A Learning Volunteer sharing a specimen with the public

Our volunteers are vital in supporting the Museum's work. We have a range of exciting opportunities for you to get involved both with the public and behind the scenes. 

More than 500 people donate their time to engage visitors in our galleries and support our scientists and collections.

Our volunteering, internship and work experience programmes are designed to inspire and benefit those taking part as much as they support the Museum. All opportunities have flexible commitment requirements and aim to provide a rewarding and enriching experience for all.

Current opportunities

Opportunities for volunteers are advertised in the Search opportunities portal when available. If no opportunities are currently shown, you can register for relevant alerts.


Our one-day Visiteering opportunities will give you a genuine collections-based experience and support the Museum's work. Perfect for those short on time.

Behind the Seen

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


Make the leap from visitor to volunteer by working alongside our scientists on collections-based tasks. Help bring our specimens into the twenty-first century and improve their accessibility.

Learning Volunteer programme

Uncover stories of the natural world by interacting with visitors in the Museum’s iconic galleries. Share your knowledge through hands-on interactions with real specimens.

Wildlife Garden Volunteering

Be part of the team responsible for managing the Museum's amazing garden as you learn more about nature and gain confidence and practical skills in gardening for wildlife.

Work experience

Are you in Year 10 and up to 18 years old? Do you want to pursue a career in science, history or museum work? Spend one or two weeks away from the classroom learning about a specific job or area of museum work.


Build your skills through a career-focused placement in our media, marketing or archive departments. Internships are an intensive experience with a clear developmental journey.

Museum careers

The Museum employs around 1,400 people in a variety of roles, including 300 scientists and more than 500 volunteers. To learn more, visit our Careers page or search our opportunities portal for current vacancies.