Volunteer programs

Support the Australian Museum by joining our volunteer program and help contribute to science research, the environment and culture.

Lend a hand in supporting front-of-house staff with visitors at the museum, or join us behind-the-scenes if you are interested in contributing to scientific research and investigation.

You can also volunteer for DigiVol digitising our vast collections of specimens and objects.



Volunteering behind-the-scenes involves helping scientists and staff in many departments of the Museum on site at 1 William Street, Sydney.

Behind-the-scenes volunteers help staff in many ways such as sorting, data entry, cataloguing, labelling, cross-checking, shelving, specimen identification or assisting with research.

Behind-the-scenes volunteering is offered Monday to Friday. You will volunteer regularly one day a week or fortnight for at least 12 months.

No weekend behind-the-scenes volunteering is available.

You will have good communication skills and want to listen and learn. Attention to detail, patience and physical dexterity are also required. Some science knowledge or computing skills may be an advantage but not essential.

Behind-the-scenes volunteers are recruited and offered positions as staff need them. Volunteering positions are limited and it may take time for a volunteering position to be offered.

Register your interest by completing our online application form, tick behind-the-scenes and choose up to three areas of interest.

Once registered, information on any position relating to your skills and interests will be sent to you. You decide if you would like to volunteer. You will be interviewed and receive an induction and training.

All volunteers are required to support the Australian Museum's Mission and adhere to all policies, guidelines and procedures.


This volunteering involves meeting and greeting visitors and introducing them to the displays in the public galleries of the museum.

Front-of-house volunteers assist on any day of the week, and are expected to make a commitment to volunteer one day a week or fortnight on a regular basis.

We need good communication skills and fluency in English as you will be required to follow instructions and assist visitors if there is an emergency evacuation.

You will be required to apply for a NSW Working With Children Check. This is free for volunteers.

Front-of-house volunteers are recruited every 12-18 months. When applications open you will receive an information package with a short application form to complete. There are limited spaces in each intake, applications are assessed and interviews held. If your application is successful you will be expected to attend a comprehensive 2 or 3 day Induction program.

All volunteers are required to support the Australian Museum's Mission and adhere to all policies, guidelines and procedures.

You can register your interest by completing our online application form and ticking front-of-house volunteering.


This is volunteering in the public galleries helping Museum guests at events organised by staff in the Programming Unit.

You may be setting up and packing down displays and meeting, greeting and directing guests. You’ll also have the chance to be involved with fun activities.

The events are mostly in the evening, some are one-off, or some are in a series such as an early evening program of talks by experts.

We are looking for tertiary students, full time workers or others who are willing to volunteer mostly in the evenings.

You will need good communication skills and fluency in English as you will be required to follow instructions and assist guests if there is an emergency evacuation.

All volunteers are required to support the Australian Museum’s Mission and adhere to all policies, guidelines and procedures.

You can register your interest at any time by completing our online application form and tick Event volunteering.


DigiVol volunteers complement the work of Museum Collections staff and research scientists by capturing images of specimens, objects and archival materials and then recording label data into digital form. This data is then transcribed and validated by volunteers before being imported to the Museum data base and made available on some scientific websites.

This work helps us to better understand, manage and conserve our precious biodiversity.




Apply online to join our volunteers

Fill out the online application form to register your interest in volunteering with the Australian Museum.

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Other ways to volunteer

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Frequently asked questions

At the main site of the Australian Museum, 1 William St, Sydney, front-of-house volunteers help Museum visitors while behind-the-scenes volunteers help scientists and other Museum staff in many departments of the Museum.

There are also special projects including volunteers working from home on line as virtual volunteers using email or other web based programs.

Volunteers with specific skills also volunteer at the Australian Museum Lizard Island Research Station on the northern Great Barrier Reef in Queensland.


Firstly read about the various types of volunteering on offer listed on this webpage and decide what you would like to do.

If you would like to be a front-of-house or behind-the scenes volunteer helping at the main Australian Museum site at 1 William Street, Sydney, then contact us via the online registration form.

To volunteer at the Lizard Island Research Station please read the Lizard Island webpages to see if you are eligible.


You must be 18 years of age to participate in on site volunteer programs at the Australian Museum.


Our volunteers come from all backgrounds and age groups.

The most important skills required are an ability to communicate and a willingness to listen and learn. Attention to detail, patience, physical dexterity and some computing skills could be helpful too.

Some science knowledge or skill may be an advantage but is certainly not essential.


Front-of-house volunteers can volunteer on any day of the week and are expected to commit to volunteer one day a week or fortnight on a regular basis. A typical day begins at 9.30am and runs through to 3.00pm.

Behind-the-scenes volunteer commitments varies with the type of task to be performed. Most behind-the-scenes volunteering is offered Monday to Friday between the hours to 9am to 5pm.

Volunteers are expected to make a commitment to volunteer one day a week or fortnight on a regular basis.

Please note that there is no weekend behind-the-scenes volunteering available.

Special volunteering projects and at Lizard Island Research Station have their own time requirements.


All volunteers are trained either by going to an intensive training course or 'on the job' by their staff supervisors. The Museum is committed to maintaining a safe work environment so this is a very important part of volunteer training.

There are also policies to read and understand as well as skills to learn specific to the type of volunteering task that you will be doing.


Sometimes new types of volunteering opportunities are advertised in this section of this website. Please check back regularly for new opportunities.


All volunteers are required to support the Australian Museum's Mission and Vision and to adhere to all policies, guidelines and procedures.


The Australian Museum has a very popular Dinosaurs gallery and a fossil collection of more than 125,000 specimens. There are no fossil dig expeditions organised by the Museum that volunteers can join.

However there are many like-minded people in Australia, we suggest searching for other websites as starting points for you to explore. In Queensland for example, search for the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum near Winton. Search for 'Mineral Collector' to find other websites that lists mineral and fossil associations in Australia that may be looking for volunteers to dig for fossils.


The Australian Museum offers Work Experience opportunities to students in Years 10, 11 and 12.

Each placement is limited to 5 days (Monday to Friday) working 10am to 4pm each day.

All work experience opportunities provide practical learning to consolidate classroom teaching. This will support students' personal development and professional skills as they prepare to enter the workforce and make choices about their careers.

Students need to submit an application to be considered for a Work Experience placement.

Contact the Work experience program for more information.



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