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Australian National Maritime Museum Volunteer guiding a family of five

Many of our volunteers talk of making lifelong friendships through the museum

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  • Types of Volunteer Roles

    Types of Volunteer Roles

    You can volunteer at the Australian National Maritime Museum in many different and fulfilling ways including showing visitors around or working behind the scenes.

    • Develop new skills and expand on your strengths
    • Learn new interesting things to share with others
    • Receive regular rewards such as free tickets, invitations to events and merchandise
    • Feel supported and valued through our volunteer training program
    • Meet like-minded people and make friendly social connections
    • Interact with local and international visitors

    Be part of one of the largest and most diverse volunteering programs in Australia. The museum is now looking for volunteers to do a range of different tasks at the museum. See the 'How to Volunteer' tab on this page for more information

    Become a Tour Guide

    Volunteer tour guides show small groups of visitors around the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions, through our popular vessels, light house and behind the scenes at Wharf 7. All you need is enthusiasm, the ability to commit to regular times, and an interest in Australia’s maritime history. Full training provided.

    Action Stations

    The Australian National Maritime museum will open an exciting new facility called Action Stations in November.

    This building will highlight the ANMM’s warship exhibitions of Vampire, Onslow and Advance.

    To enable the museum to give its best experience to visitors attending these attractions we are seeking new Volunteers to assist us with bringing alive our RAN treasures by informing and guiding our guests. Ideally, new Volunteers would be prepared to volunteer one day per week or one day per fortnight.

    ANMM Volunteers receive classroom as well as on-the-job training and a range of benefits are available to them. These include:

    • a museum uniform
    • access pass to the museum
    • discount at the Museum shop and YOTS restaurant
    • service badges and certificates
    • quarterly outings
    • quarterly morning tea
    • annual Christmas party
    • free passes to the museum for friends and family
    • quarterly All Hands magazine
    • access to the Museums Volunteers website

    If you are interested, please email volsoffice@anmm.gov.au with a very brief description of your history and interest in things maritime, also any naval or volunteering background. The Volunteers office will contact you to arrange for a mutually convenient time when you can come in and see us.

    We are especially interested in those who can volunteer on a weekend day.

    Members Lounge Attendant

    Museum members have access to a private lounge which is hosted by friendly volunteers. Meet and mingle with new people, help serve refreshments, maintain the lounge area, wash up and help out with members' functions. Full training provided.

    Guest Experience Volunteer

    If you have a passion for customer service, then join our guest experience team. Meet and greet visitors at our concierge desk, give out information about the museum and its programs and answer customer enquiries.

    Conservation Assistant

    The museum’s fascinating collection requires a lot of love and care. Many volunteers help our staff behind the scenes to file documents and reports, work on book collections, condition survey collections and monitor the storage and display environments. This role requires an eye for detail and good organisation skills. Full training provided. Please note: volunteer opportunities in this department are limited.

    Fleet Maintenance

    If you love the idea of working on the water, you can help us maintain the museum's historic fleet, including the HMB Endeavour and HMAS Vampire, by helping with repairs, operation, mooring and presentation for display. Some experience preferred but training is provided.

    Model Maker

    If you’re a dedicated model maker, we would love you to share your skills at the museum. Model makers regularly work throughout the museum demonstrating their special talent to curious visitors and answering questions. Experience is necessary but we will train you to work with the public.

    Registration Department Assistant

    Help Registration staff research images and photographs, inventory collection material, report on condition of negatives and glass plates, enter data and do general housekeeping and clerical work. Full training provided. Please note: volunteer opportunities in this department are limited.

    Become a Speaker

    The museum receives many requests from the community to participate at events and we often rely on volunteers to represent us and share what they know. This is a great role for those who enjoy speaking publicly or have experience working with community organisations. You will get to help prepare presentations and visual equipment and promote the museum to interested audiences. Full training provided.

    For more information, see Invite a speaker, contact our museum speaker representatives Noel Phelan on 0402 158 590 or Ron Ray on 0416 123 034 or email our media team.

    Administrative Assistant

    As a volunteer admin assist, you will get to work behind the scenes across several museum departments. Typical duties include preparing guide notes and induction kits, filing, photocopying, preparing mail-outs and offering general clerical assistance. Full training provided.

    Ask Us a Question

    See the "How to Volunteer" tab.

    We are always happy to answer any questions so please get in touch. Volunteers are fully covered by appropriate levels of insurance while at the museum.

    Phone: +61 9298 3777

    Email: volsoffice@anmm.gov.au

  • How to Volunteer

    How to Volunteer

    The Australian National Maritime Museum loves hearing from people interested in volunteering to work with our local and international visitors, or help behind the scenes.

    Follow These Steps

    Step 1

    Complete the volunteer form.

    Step 2

    We will contact you with information about our next volunteer intake.

    Step 3

    You may be invited to attend an informal interview where we can get to know you and hear about the things you are interested in.

    Why Volunteer?

    You can volunteer at the Australian National Maritime Museum in many different and fulfilling ways including showing visitors around or working behind the scenes.

    • Develop new skills and expand on your strengths
    • Learn new interesting things to share with others
    • Receive regular rewards such as free tickets, invitations to events and merchandise
    • Feel supported and valued through our volunteer training program
    • Meet over 500 like-minded people and make friendly social connections
    • Interact with local and international visitors
    • Be part of one of the largest and most diverse volunteering programs in Australia.

    See Types of Volunteer Roles

    Ask Us a Question

    We are always happy to answer any questions so please get in touch. Volunteers are fully covered by appropriate levels of insurance while at the museum.

    Phone:+61 2 9298 3777

    Email: volsoffice@anmm.gov.au

     

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