Learning Volunteer Programme

Two volunteers using hands-on specimens to interact with children in the Museum galleries

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

Our Learning Volunteers bring Museum handling specimens into our galleries and exhibitions to create unforgettable learning experiences. They support visitors of all ages and backgrounds to investigate the natural world.

The Learning Volunteer Programme offers anyone over the age of 18 the support and training to develop their confidence, team work, communication, and knowledge so they can interact with visitors through a range of hands-on learning activities.

You do not need to have experience in museums, science, learning, or education to apply. All you need is curiosity and interest in nature, enjoy working in a team, and be willing to learn and help others learn about nature

We welcome applications from everyone – diversity, inclusion and the feeling of belonging matters to us.  Our Learning Volunteers bring their individuality and uniqueness to our fun and stimulating environment.

We are looking for volunteers who can provide at least two days a month, 10:30 to 16.00 for six months or more. We are particularly looking for volunteers available on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays.

Find out more by attending one of our free drop-in Open Days

  • Wednesday 18 September, at Bay 20 Community Centre, 71 St Marks Road, W10 6JG. Drop in any time between 11.00-14.30
  • Saturday 21 September, in the Red Zone outside the Human Evolution Gallery, at the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD.
    Drop in any time between 11.00-14.30

Learning Volunteers at Tring

Learning Volunteers also help us at our Museum in Tring, Hertfordshire. Find out more about the programme on the Tring volunteers page.

Current opportunities

Opportunities for Learning Volunteers will be advertised through our Search opportunities portal when available. If no opportunities are currently shown, then please register for relevant alerts.