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Do You Like Meeting New People?

Have you got a passion for history or archaeology? Would you love to support JORVIK by providing inspiring services to engage visitors with the rich heritage and Archaeology of York?

The JORVIK Group consists of the world famous JORVIK Viking CentreDIGBarley HallHenry VII at Micklegate Bar and Richard III at Monk Bar and offers a varied range of history and archaeology.

Our volunteers get involved across these attractions and are a vital part of the Trust; offering additional services and activities that would not be possible without their enthusiasm and dedicated involvement.

We welcome new volunteer involvement via set intake periods each year. These offer an opportunity to join the team in the company of other new volunteers as well as lots of training and support along the way.

Volunteer Roles

We have a varied range of roles available at the attractions. Most involve helping us to offer additional visitor facing services such as running handling collections, offering guiding services or helping us to offer family activities and information stands at events such as the annual JORVIK Viking Festival.

We also have a Costume Group who help behind the scenes to create a range of historical costumes.

Not every role is available at every intake. You can find details of the roles on offer below. Click here for more details on the full range of roles our volunteers undertake across the JORVIK Group.

The full range of attraction based roles our volunteers currently undertake are listed below. These are not all available at every intake so take a look during each intake period to see which roles we have available to apply for.

What Experience do I Need?

For many of our roles you do not need specific experience. Anything you need to know will be passed onto you as part of your training. The most important thing is that you are enthusiastic about your role and want to contribute your time to assist the Trust in enhancing our visitors’ experience and our services. If you are in a visitor facing role you will also need to enjoy talking to a wide range of people and be able to offer a bright, friendly welcome to all.

All you need is:

  • Enthusiasm for your chosen role and the work of the Trust
  • A desire to support our work and services.
  • To be able to offer friendly and engaging service (for our customer facing roles)
  • To be able to offer reliable involvement and let us know if you cannot attend your volunteering

In return we can help you:

  • Learn new skills and gain new experiences
  • Meet new people
  • Share a love of history or archaeology
  • Enjoy a fun way to be part of York’s heritage and the York Archaeological Trust
  • Gain insight into museum and heritage roles.

If you are unsure about whether you would like to volunteer, want to find out more about the roles on offer, ask any questions before you apply or would like to come in and have a chat with one of our friendly volunteering team, usually we would be happy to have a chat via phone or email. Our Volunteering Team are currently unavailable as our attractions are shut, but you can join our mailing list to find out when we are back so you can get in touch then.

You can also come along to one of our Volunteer Taster Sessions held during our spring and autumn intakes, or come to a drop-in session where you can chat informally with our Volunteering Team, learn more about the roles and ask any questions you might have. 

We want joining our volunteering programme to be a welcoming and relaxed experience and we are always happy to talk to anyone interested in volunteering with us, so please contact us with any concerns or questions you might have. If you would like to come in to meet us you are also welcome to bring a friend or family member to the meeting, just let us know this is something you would find helpful

How Often Can I Volunteer?

Most of our volunteers get involved for one full or half-day once a week or fortnight. Full days are usually 10 am – 5.30pm and half-days are usually 10 am – 1.30pm or 1.00pm – 5.30 pm although in the winter months (November – March) they can finish earlier than 5.30 pm at some attractions. We suggest involvement for a minimum of approximately six months (other than for our temporary roles) so you can gain the most from your role but would be thrilled if you would like to stay on for longer. We particularly need your help during the school holidays so it is always a huge help if people are available for some of these periods.

What do I do if I Would Like to Apply to Volunteer?

Click Here to Apply whilst our application period is open.

This link will take you the online system we use for applications.  If you would like a paper copy of the application form posted to you, need help with the form or you have any questions about volunteering please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please note, we ask anyone applying to volunteer with us to be available for the Welcome Day and Role Induction Day for the intake period they join in. These days offer a useful induction for all our new volunteers and are run so we can ensure we have offered you the information you need to start your volunteering.

Welcome Days and Role Induction Days are run at one of our city centre offices/attractions in York. If you would like to volunteer with us but cannot make the Welcome Day/Role Induction Day please speak to our Head of Volunteering so we can see how we can help.

Can I Apply to Volunteer Outside of an Intake Period?

We regret that we are unable to accept applications outside of the intake periods.

Next Intake Period


The Spring application period has been postponed due to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. We will update these pages as soon as we know when we can offer the next application period. You are also welcome to sign-up for our volunteering & placement mailing list here to receive updates once we re-open.

Taster Sessions – Dates to be confirmed.

Roles Available

To be confirmed.

Training Dates

To be confirmed.


We are currently closed for applications

Privacy Statement

If you would like a paper copy of this sent to you please do not hesitate to contact us.


A copy of frequently asked questions can be downloaded here.

Contact Us

You will be welcome to contact us with any questions. However we regret that, due to our lower staffing levels during the closure period, we are currently unable to provide the usual email and telephone support from the Volunteer Management Team. You can find answers to commonly asked questions on our frequently asked questions sheet below. Contact details will also be shared with you here once we re-open.

You will be given a chance to read our Privacy Notice before applying to volunteer/undertake a placement with us.  You can also click here to read this.