Explore the Jorvik Group
Explore the Jorvik Group
Have you got a passion for history or archaeology? Would you love to support the Trust 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.
If you want to be the first to hear about new opportunities, we recommend signing up for our volunteering mailing list.
We have a varied range of roles available at the attractions. Most involve helping us to offer additional visitor facing services such as running artefact 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 and we also add in some temporary roles during periods such as our annual Viking Festival.
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:
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 you will be welcome to contact the volunteer team by phone or email when JORVIK Group attractions reopen.
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.
What Happens if I Apply to Volunteer?
At the end of an intake period we will contact everyone to let them know if we can take their application forward. We will arrange to meet with anyone we may be able to offer a role to. At this meeting we will ask some questions to help us see what you are interested in and what roles we may be able to match you to. It is, of course, also an opportunity for you to find out more about us and our volunteer roles. If you have any concerns about the meeting or need any support for the meeting please do not hesitate to let us know.
Following these meetings we will be able to let you know whether we can offer a place. If you would like to take up this offer then we will seek references for you and invite you to the Welcome Day and Role Induction Day. Please note that any offers of a place will just be pending the return of your references.
Can I Apply to Volunteer Outside of an Intake Period?
We regret that we are unable to accept applications outside of the intake periods.
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.
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Currently closed to applications.
If you would like a paper copy of this sent to you please do not hesitate to contact us.
For Volunteer Enquiries:
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.