MAAS Visitor Experience Volunteers

Interested in design, fashion, engineering, science, and / or history? Do you love to talk with people and support learning experiences?

MAAS is looking to recruit Visitor Experience volunteers to bring the Museum alive by:

  • Helping visitors with activities and experiences in exhibitions and throughout the Museum
  • Asking questions and starting conversations about the objects
  • Supporting and guiding collection based tours, orientation tours, and spotlight talks
  • Adding to the lively Museum atmosphere at the Powerhouse Museum, Museums Discovery Centre and Sydney Observatory

ABOUT THE VOLUNTEER ROLE

Our Visitor Experience volunteers are a very important part of the Museum team. They work face to face with the visitors at all three of our sites and interact with a diverse range of audiences bringing additional fun, learning and meaning to Museum experiences. Interactions with visitors are varied, from prompting visitors through 'See, Think, Wonder' style thinking routines about museum objects, to demonstrating and assisting visitors with hands-on crafts and science activities.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

  • A passion for the Powerhouse Museum, and for any or all of the following: design, fashion, engineering, science, the arts, history, education
  • A friendly manner, excellent customer service & empathy with family audiences and younger visitors
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to encourage new ways of seeing and understanding the collection
  • Interest, time and ability to participate in training, undertake direction and collaborate in a team
  • Ability to commit to volunteer work on a regular basis (for a minimum of 1 year)
  • Willingness to commit to the Museum’s mission and values
  • Volunteers must be 18 years or older
  • Volunteers must have a valid Working with Children Check number


WHAT SKILLS WILL YOU GAIN?

Volunteers will gain experience in:

  • Museum exhibitions and programs
  • Understanding and interpreting a range of topics, exhibition’s and objects
  • Teaching/instructing experience
  • How to use knowledge and physical objects to sustain learning interactions
  • Visible thinking strategies
  • Public speaking for generalist audiences


SHIFT REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS ROLE:

  • 9:30am – 1:30pm
  • Sundays


SELECTION AND TRAINING PROCESS:

  • Group Interviews – TBC
  • Induction – TBC
  • Shift selection – Approved volunteers will be asked to select preferred shifts.


The Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences welcomes applications from Indigenous Australians, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and people with a disability.

If you have individual requirements that need to be accommodated in order to participate in the selection process and join the Museum, please indicate this in your application.

Apply here

If you are successful in your application, please register through SpArc. You will receive recognition on your AHEGS (Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement) for +20 hours of volunteering.