Volunteer with us

Have you ever wanted to contribute your skills, life experience, diverse background, and interests to a broader purpose, working in an inclusive and stimulating environment?

We are delighted to announce our Youth Volunteering Program for young people, aged 16 to 20 years, at the WA Museum Boola Bardip, will be running during January 2023. This is a short-term opportunity, with no obligation to continue, though many do choose to continue.  

Here at WA Museum Boola Bardip, we are looking for people from a diverse range of backgrounds and communities who seek to further their own knowledge whilst also giving back to the community in meaningful ways within the Museum, with a focus on self-enrichment, and meaningful public engagement.

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Summer Youth Volunteering Program

Are you a young person looking for a fun way to explore the museum, develop your communication and digital skills, and build your resume? 

We are delighted to announce our Youth Volunteering Program for young people, aged 16 to 20 years, at the WA Museum Boola Bardip, will be running over December 2023 to end of January 2024. 

In this program, participants will deliver a variety of family-friendly volunteer activities and help visitors to enjoy our special exhibition, Three Journeys. Additionally, our participants will have opportunities to create hypothetical gallery content and exhibition brainstorming for potential future projects.  

Applications close by 30 November, submit your application today!



What does the Summer Youth Volunteering Program entail?

We are delighted to announce our Youth Volunteering Program for young people, aged 16 to 20 years, at the WA Museum Boola Bardip, will be running during January 2023. This is a short-term opportunity, with no obligation to continue, though many do choose to continue.  

In this Front of House program, participants will deliver a variety of family-friendly volunteer activities to families and children, and help all visitors to enjoy our special exhibition, Wonderland! Additionally, our participants will receive some training and mentoring to develop and produce creative content for the museum.   

Front-of-House volunteering is an engaging and rewarding volunteering opportunity for anybody passionate about customer service and sharing the history of our amazing state with others in our community. 

You will need to be an outgoing, confident person, with strong (or developing) verbal communications skills and a willingness to work in a cooperative team. You must be respectful of all cultures, particularly Indigenous cultures. As the Museum is a public venue, you will need to be neat and presentable. Volunteers will be issued with a volunteer T Shirt, and will be asked to wear plain, modest black trousers or skirt and closed shoes. 

Before applying please ensure;

  • (If you are under 18 years old) you have discussed this opportunity with your family and have their support.

  • You are able to make your way to and from the Museum safely.

  • You are available for a full day induction on Friday 16 December (but please talk to us if this is a problem). 

  • You are available for at least two x half day shifts per week during the January 2023 (at least 8 shifts). Shifts are available 9:30am-1:00pm and 12:45pm-4:15pm, 7 days a week. 

All participants will be subject to a Police Clearance, and those over 18 years will need a Working with Children Check. (Wait to talk to us before arranging these checks, they can be expensive and we are able to help with some of the expenses if you apply through us, but we cannot reimburse any out-of-pocket expense). Volunteers under 18 are exempt from a Working with Children Check.  

We are committed to equal opportunity and building an inclusive workplace. We embrace diversity and difference by being inclusive, fair and respectful. Please contact us at perthvolunteering@museum.wa.gov.au or call on 0434 920 099 to discuss making adjustments to the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. 

Call Neil or Marcelo on 0434 920 099 if you'd like to chat about this opportunity. 

Apply now

How often would I need to volunteer?

We ask our volunteers to contribute at least one shift per fortnight, with a shift being about 3.5 hours

When are shifts?

We operate almost every day of the year and offer two shifts: 9.45am – 1pm and 12.45pm – 4.30pm.

How old do I need to be to volunteer?

Most of our volunteers are over 18 years old. However, we can accept volunteers from 16 years of age.

Do you offer work experience for students or internships?

Volunteering is not the same as work experience, although volunteering is a good experience, and looks good on your resume. We welcome students on our volunteer team and have many already, including high school, university, and TAFE students. If you are interested in work placements (work experience or internships) please enquire here.

Can I use my volunteer hours towards my mutual obligation with Centrelink?

Yes, WA Museum Boola Bardip is an authorised volunteer provider, and we can verify your volunteer hours for Centrelink.

Do you have free parking?

No, but we are a very short walk from the major public transport hub of the Perth Train Station. There are large paid parking facilities close by. More information on how to reach WA Museum Boola Bardip is located here.

Can I volunteer with a curator or work on collections?

No. All volunteers at WA Museum Boola Bardip are Front of House, which means you are customer facing at our site.

WAMBB volunteers

What does being a volunteer involve?

Where to begin! As a volunteer, you will have access to our regular training programs, deeper knowledge of our gallery collections, and gain opportunities to help run our broad range of ongoing community programs and facilitated visits.

This includes welcoming and caring for visitors to Boola Bardip including children and families, migrant communities, adults living with a disability and older Australians. Volunteers operate within a strong framework of safety, including child safety.

Volunteers enjoy unparalleled access to our special exhibitions whilst on shift, while enriching the experience of our guests, by assisting in day-to-day customer service and demonstrating the best way to enjoy our Gogo digital guide.


Children visiting WA Museum Boola Bardip

"It's nice to welcome visitors. When you go through the galleries, there is a lot to learn, there is a lot that they have not taught you through schools and you can find out the histories of so many interesting little objects”

Rene Mak, WA Museum Boola Bardip volunteer

“When you come together, you have the chance to learn together and share stories. I learn new things each time I am here, I am so interested in all the stories here, that is why I love being a volunteer.”

Saiyidati Hajar, WA Museum Boola Bardip volunteer

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2 people standing together at WA Museum Boola Bardip