Volunteers

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About volunteering at QVMAG

Volunteers are vital in supporting QVMAG. Volunteers donate their time to engage with visitors at both QVMAG sites, the Museum and Art Gallery, and support our research and collections behind the scenes. 

 

Why volunteer with QVMAG?

Volunteering with QVMAG provides a number of benefits. As a volunteer, you will:

- Develop new skills and knowledge
- Be part of a supportive team
- Give something back to the community
- Contribute to the visitor experience
- Make professional connections
- Gain experience in a relevant field

For more information please email volunteers@qvmag.tas.gov.au 

What do Volunteers do 

QVMAG has a rich history of engaging volunteers to help us achieve our goals. whether interacting daily with visitors or assisting with research and the collections, volunteers work alongside paid staff to enhance our visitor's enjoyment and provide unique experiences across both sites. 

FAQs

What is volunteering?
Volunteering Australia describes volunteering as 'time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain’. At QVMAG, a volunteer is someone who freely contributes their time and skills to a not-for-profit organisation in order to help us further our goals.

Do I need a Working with Children Check?
Yes, it is a City of Launceston and QVMAG requirement for all Front of House roles. All successful applicants must obtain a Vulnerable People Card before commencing their volunteer role.

Do I need a National Police Check?
Yes, it is a QVMAG requirement that all new volunteers undergo a National Police Check. This usually takes place after the information session.

Why is the process to become a volunteer so involved?
QVMAG is lucky enough to have many people interested in volunteering with us. We will only recruit volunteers when the need arises so that you are guaranteed an active position. Our induction also makes sure that new volunteers have been given all the information they need to effectively and safely carry out their volunteer role.

Can I volunteer any day or time?
It depends upon the voluntary role you take up. Most visitor facing or 'Front of House' roles are available 7 days a week all year except Christmas Day and Good Friday, between 10am-4pm. Behind the Scenes or 'Back of House' roles are only available on weekdays. There are no regular evening voluntary positions, though some special events may occur in the evening needing volunteer assistants.

What kind of time commitment do I need to make as a volunteer?
Once established, volunteers commit to a weekly or fortnightly rostered position between 2-8 hours long, dependent on the role.

Am I limited to one volunteer role only?
While we encourage new volunteers to start with one voluntary role, we hope that once established, volunteers will expand their voluntary commitments to suit their interests and lifestyle.

Will there be ongoing training?
Yes, we have an extensive training and development program that volunteers can take advantage of. It is part of the Volunteer Agreement with QVMAG that further training will be provided on an ongoing basis to support volunteer roles.

What happens if I am sick or want to go on holiday?
Our program is flexible enough to accommodate those needs, providing that the minimum number of hours is met.

Can I apply for a short term volunteer role?
While we appreciate the offer of help, we are looking for volunteers who feel they can make an ongoing commitment to being part of the QVMAG team.

By becoming a Museum volunteer are there opportunities for getting a job there?
Any voluntary experience is a great boost to your resume, but Museum volunteers are not eligible to apply for positions that are advertised internally to paid staff. However, volunteers are welcome to apply for externally advertised QVMAG positions.

Does QVMAG provide travel assistance to its volunteers?
No, it does not. We ask you to carefully consider the financial impact that regular attendance at the museum will have on your personal circumstances.

How do I keep in touch with what's happening at the Museum?
Volunteers must have an active email address. Regular emails are sent containing information, opportunities and reminders about coming dates and events. It is a vital part of keeping in touch between shifts and the preferred method of contact.

How do I become a volunteer at QVMAG

Please email volunteers@qvmag.tas.gov.au for information about applications. 

All applications are added to our database. Your details will be stored until our next recruitment cycle where you will be invited to attend a Volunteer Information Session. The sessions include an overview of the volunteer program and its place within QVMAG.

Successful applicants must attend a mandatory Induction Day to complete the requirements below in order to pass the appraisal process. 

To become a QVMAG Volunteer you must:

- Be 18 years of age or older
- Agree to a National Police Check  
- Obtain a Working with Children Check
- Commit to a minimum of one day per month
- Sign an Agreement Form to commit to the values and policies of QVMAG

Volunteer Positions Vacant

There are currently NO volunteer positions vacant. Please check back in January 2018 for any updates.