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Nottingham Industrial Museum relies on its volunteers to preserve and communicate our heritage.

Every volunteer is a valued member of our team. We work together to create exciting and relevant experiences that move, teach and inspire our increasingly diverse audience.

Our open roles are listed below. Alternatively, if you have a skill you think we could use or can help the museum in a way not listed below, please contact our recruitment team.

We have the following vacancies:

As part of the Museum’s Events Team you will take an active role in the creative planning and set up of special events, displays, demonstrations, exhibitions and handling sessions etc. The role will be varied, ranging from hanging Christmas decorations to preparing the Museum for private VIP events, to organising and running children’s craft activities. Depending on the nature of the event, your role may be purely behind the scenes; in other cases you will be public facing and will need to enthusiastically engage with the public or VIP visitors.

The role will suit people who are enthusiastic, reliable and trustworthy and have very good communication skills. Ideally, you will enjoy working as a team and be keen to learn and gain experience. You should be able to work both with and without supervision when required, and whilst you must feel comfortable working with children, you will not be left to supervise them alone.

Reporting to the Technical Director, our Engineers are responsible for caring for our huge array of steam, deisel and petrol engines. This includes general maintenance on Thursdays, running the engines during Steam Sundays and during other visitor events, and working with the curator to develop repair projects.

Volunteers with an engineering background are very useful. This may be within your career or as a long-term hobby. We also welcome young engineers who may want further experience during their studies or prior to finding work.

Front of House Volunteers

Reporting to the Visitor Experience Director, Front of House Volunteers perform key roles at the heart of the museum. You must enjoy meeting new people and sharing your knowledge of and enthusiasm for Nottingham Industrial Museum and the wider heritage of Nottingham and the East Midlands.

You don’t have to have any specific skills for this role as it is more important that you have a genuine smile and open, welcoming body language. Experience of engaging with the public via a customer service or retail background would be useful, as would an interest in heritage and an understanding of specific historical periods. You must be passionate about local industrial history, as well as acting as an enthusiastic ambassador for the Museum.

Education Volunteers

Led by the Learning & Outreach Director, our Education Volunteers develop and run a variety of activities in the museum. This can include education sessions based on History or Science for Primary School children, talks or guided tours for special interest groups, or any other activity you come up with. Volunteers are welcome to specialise in a specific ‘session’ or have a go at lots of things.

This role is best suited to those who are comfortable in communicating with a wide range of people including children, visitors with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, and other children and adults. It would be suited to ex-teachers or other educational professionals, or those hoping to build a career in such a sector.

Learning & Outreach Director

The Learning & Outreach Director will lead a co-ordinated Education and Community Engagement programme that will encourage enjoyment of the Museum by the wider community and contribute to the sustainability of the site.

What will you be doing?

The role holder will:

  • Advise the Board on the relevant policies and procedures which enable a successful implementation of lifelong learning activities,
  • Devise, develop and deliver cross-curricular sessions and promote them to local schools, colleges and universities, thereby creating a sustainable interest in education services at Nottingham Industrial Museum,
  • Acquire, devise and develop education resources, artefact boxes and printed materials,
  • Organise a programme of creative workshops, guided tours and special events by engaging with community stakeholders,
  • Monitor and manage the allocated budget and work with other teams within the Museum to develop income streams,
  • Provide reports and feedback to the Board on the success of the engagement programmes.

The right candidate should have willingness to commit time for board meetings, in addition to implementing the Learning and Outreach programme and delegating tasks to other volunteers. In time, you will have line management responsibility for Museum Educators and STEM Ambassadors so ideally you will have experience of effective management of staff or volunteers.

What are we looking for?

What are they looking for?

Essential:

  • Degree level and PGCE or equivalent
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience of classroom teaching or a demonstrable track record of education provision in a museum or other historic environment
  • Excellent verbal communications skills
  • Experience of engaging with members of the public
  • Team player as well as a self-motivated individual
  • Able to work with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities
  • Committed and responsible

Highly desirable:

  • Interest in historic properties and industrial heritage
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Thoughtful in considering issues, and enjoys working with a diverse group of people. You will also be required to have a clear Disclosure and Barring Service check as you will be working with young people and vulnerable adults.
  • Line management experience

Practical Considerations

We are looking for a commitment of at least 2 full days per month. The Learning and Outreach Director will be part of the wider Board of Directors which meets fortnightly on a Thursday from 2-4pm.

Please note travel expenses are available only when travel costs form a significant financial barrier to the volunteer.

Volunteering & Engagement Director

The Volunteer Director is responsible for actively managing all elements of volunteering within the Museum including recruitment, interviews, HR management, personnel reviews etc.

What will you be doing?

Volunteer recruitment:

  • actively seek volunteers to reflect Nottingham’s diverse community by placing adverts online via recruitment providers and other avenues as required,
  • act as the main point of contact for all volunteering enquiries,
  • Act as team leader for the volunteer recruitment/admin team, assisting with volunteer applications, interviews, reviews, database management etc.
  • send out and monitor weekly / monthly rotas and collate responses, for each day the museum is open to the public, ensure that there is a Duty Supervisor in place with the required number of volunteers in place,
  • attend Project Management Group meetings with the remit of acting as Project Manager for all volunteer related matters
  • provide a written report to the Board of Directors by the first board meeting of each month

Training and Development:

  • liaise with the Front of House, Health and Safety and other museum teams to gauge training needs,
  • set up and maintain a training matrix to record which volunteers need to be retrained and when,
  • cost up, collate and propose a list of volunteers to the Board of Directors to be considered for appropriate training,
  • arrange approved training requests with training providers and keep a spreadsheet of expenditure and submit to the Board of Directors when required.

Acting as an ambassador for NIM:

  • attend relevant events around the city to promote the museum as an exciting and rewarding volunteering opportunity,
  • cultivate partnerships with various volunteering organisations to develop the volunteer demographic.

What are we looking for?

Essential:

  • Expertise in recruitment, interviews, HR management, personnel reviews
  • Excellent verbal communications skills
  • Experience of engaging with members of the public
  • Team player as well as a self-motivated individual
  • Able to work with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities
  • Committed and responsible

Highly desirable:

  • Interest in historic properties and industrial heritage

Practical Considerations

Nottingham Industrial Museum is currently open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 11am – 4pm (except Christmas). We are also open to volunteers to do maintenance and administration on Thursday afternoons.

We are looking for a commitment of at least 2 full days per month.

Marketing & Events Director

The Marketing & Events Director will lead on the promotion of the Museum through all channels, taking ownership of the organisation’s profile and audience development, with the objective of achieving the Museum’s charitable aims.

What will you be doing?

The role holder will:

  • Design the Museum’s promotion strategy and advertising plan and produce detailed plans to implement, measure and track performance,
  • Take a lead role in audience understanding and the way in which they relate to the Museum,
  • Oversee the work of the Marketing Assistants,
  • Plan advertising activity and ways in which the museum engages with visitors through audience surveys and other tools such as postcode and online traffic analysis,
  • Build appropriate partnerships with third party individuals and organisations to enhance the museum’s brand and promotional reach,
  • Take responsibility for the marketing, communications and events budgets to ensure the museum benefits from solid budget management and best value in all purchasing decisions,
  • Devise, lead, implement and promote the Museum’s special and seasonal events,
  • Act as a Museum Brand Ambassador, to ensure correct messages are always portrayed to online and onsite visitors.

What are we looking for?

Essential:

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Experience of marketing and promoting a company, heritage site or brand
  • Experience of engaging with members of the public
  • Team player as well as a self-motivated individual
  • Able to work with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities
  • Committed and responsible

Highly desirable:

  • Interest in historic properties and industrial heritage

Practical Considerations

Nottingham Industrial Museum is currently open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 11am – 4pm (excluding Christmas). We are also open to volunteers for maintenance and administration on Thursday afternoons/evenings. We are looking for a commitment of at least 2 full days per month.

Travel expenses will only be covered when travel costs create a significant barrier for the volunteer.


Please apply now using this Volunteer Application Form, visit our volunteering page for more information, pop into the museum or contact our recruitment team.

Our Kid Go Free policy, regular children's activities and family tours make the museum an ideal attraction for families.

We welcome weekday private group tours - please contact us to arrange


Find us

In the Courtyard at Wollaton Hall and Deer Park.


Admission

  • Adult £3.00
  • Concession / Student £2.00
  • Accompanied children (aged 0-11) FREE
  • Special prices may apply for event days - please see event pages for details
  • See 'Opening Times and Entry Fees' for discounted entry terms and conditions

Payment by cash, debit and credit cards.

We welcome weekday private group tours - please contact us to arrange


Find us

In the Courtyard at Wollaton Hall and Deer Park.


Admission

  • Adult £3.00
  • Concession / Student £2.00
  • Accompanied children (aged 0-11) FREE
  • Special prices may apply for event days - please see event pages for details
  • See 'Opening Times and Entry Fees' for discounted entry terms and conditions

Payment by cash, debit and credit cards.

Nottingham Industrial Museum is a registered charity (Number: 1167388).
We depend on your generosity to keep the museum open.

Volunteers manage and operate Nottingham Industrial Museum. We provide excellent opportunities for personal development. Please support the museum with your time and skills.

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Email: info@nottinghamindustrialmuseum.co.uk

Phone: 0115 928 5937

Mobile: 07464215582

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Nottingham Industrial Museum is a Registered Charity Number: 1167388
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Registered address: The Courtyard, Wollaton Hall And Deer Park, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, NG8 2AE

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