Explore the Jorvik Group
Explore the Jorvik Group
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?
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.
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.
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. If you would like information on any of these roles outside of an intake please feel free to email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
In return we can help you:
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?
Wait for an intake period and then click here to apply to volunteer with us. 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. However, please do not hesitate to contact us on email@example.com with any questions. A member of the Volunteer Management team will respond to you as soon as possible.
Application Period – 24th September – 28th October
Welcome Day – Tuesday 13th November 10 am – 1pm or 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Role Induction Day Richard III/Henry VII Room Guides & Barley Hall Room Guides Wednesday 21stNovember 10 am – 1 pm or Monday 26th November 1 pm – 4 pm.
Role Induction Day DIG Tour & Gallery Guides – Tuesday 20th November 1 pm – 4 pm or Wednesday 28th November 10 am – 1 pm
If you would like a paper copy of this sent to you please do not hesitate to contact us.
6th December – 12th January
To be confirmed but they will include the roles at our annual JORVIK Viking Festival and The JORVIK Collections Guides role.
Welcome Day – Monday 4th February 10 am – 1 pm or Wednesday 6th February 1 pm – 4 pm
Role Induction Day JORVIK Collections Guides – Monday 4th February 2 pm – 5 pm or Wednesday 13th February 10 am – 1 pm.
Role Induction Day Richard III/Henry VII Room Guides & Barley Hall Room Guides – Wednesday 13th March 1 pm – 4 pm.
Role Induction Day DIG Tour & Gallery Guides – Wednesday 13th March 10 am – 1 pm.
Applications will open on 6th December.
For Volunteer Enquiries:
You are welcome to contact us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.