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COVID-19 Update

Due to the current guidelines on social distancing, we are currently unable to offer volunteering opportunities at the museum. We hope to change this as soon as possible, and will re-open opportunities as soon as it is safe to do so.



At the Scottish Maritime Museum we highly value the dedication and commitment of our volunteers. We offer interesting and meaningful placements and continue to create these opportunities.

Great volunteering opportunity at the Scottish Maritime Museum

Are you interested in meeting new people and engaging with the public? Have you thought about volunteering? Why not consider joining our visitor services team. We are looking for people who are keen to interact with the public and keen to learn about the Museum’s collections. If you want to join a team of friendly people then becoming a volunteer visitor assistant maybe the role for you.

For further details please contact Abigail McIntyre at abigail@scotmaritime.org.uk. Alternatively, telephone on 01294 278283. Applicants are requested to complete the Volunteer Expression of Interest Form

People volunteer for many reasons. Some of the benefits of volunteering include: meeting new people; a productive way to spend time; developing or enhancing skills; trying something different; an addition to your CV; gaining experience for employment; contributing to a Museum of national significance.

Unfortunately we cannot provide volunteers with travel expenses at this time.

Yes, PPE and uniforms are provided by the Museum.

Volunteers are free to take holidays. If you wish to take a longer period of leave, please speak to the Curator beforehand.

There is no minimum commitment but we recommend that volunteers attend once a week. Visitor Service volunteers will be expected to fit in with the weekly rota.

Volunteers in office-based roles such as marketing and design may volunteer from home.

We aim to provide volunteers with support to assist you in your roles and make sure you are happy with your tasks. The Curator responsible for volunteers has an open door policy and is happy to speak to you face-to-face, by telephone or email.

Yes, but please let your Job Centre Advisor/benefits office know that you are volunteering.

Whilst you are volunteering at the Museum you are fully covered by the Museum’s insurance policy.

Anyone aged 16 and over may volunteer. There is no upper age limit.

After the informal interview volunteers are selected based on their skills, personal qualities and experience. We are an inclusive organisation and welcome people from all nationalities, faiths and backgrounds.

First contact Abigail McIntyre by emailing her abigail@scotmaritime.org.uk or telephone 01294 278283 to leave a message for her to get back to you. Abigail usually works on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, however much of her work takes her out of the office. You may be invited for an informal one-to-one interview and asked to fill out a form with your basic personal information.

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