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, to enjoy working in a team and to be willing to learn and help others learn about nature.

Learning Volunteers at Tring

Discover more about the natural world by interacting with visitors in the Museum's specimen-rich galleries.

You will use real specimens in our handling collection, from animal skulls to insects, to share your knowledge with school groups and the public.

The programme includes training on how to engage with visitors and handle specimens.

You need to be aged 18 or over and have a desire to share your passion for natural history. The learning volunteer days reflect our busy times during the weekend and school bookings during the week - flexible availability is desired. To get the most out of the programme, we recommend volunteers join us for a minimum of six months.