Volunteering at the Bournemouth Natural Science Society

_MG_5163Our volunteers are highly valued and essential to the survival and everyday running of the Society.  We would like to hear from anyone with a keen interest, skills or enthusiasm to help us to continue and build upon the Society’s fantastic achievements to date. 

We have a growing team of dedicated volunteers willing to share their knowledge and train anyone interested in helping with the running of the Society and maintaining its collections.

Volunteering at the BNSS is very IMG_0416rewarding.  We value our community of members and visitors who are crucial to the future survival of the Society.  As well as the day to day running of the Society, engaging with our visitors is an important part of what we do.  We appreciate any time that you can offer.

Our key volunteer opportunities offer training where necessary. Some volunteer roles are of a specialist nature, requiring specific skills, with an eye for detail and a high level of organisation and accuracy.  We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who has specialist skills or previous experience in the areas detailed below.

For anyone wishing to pursue a career, volunteer work plays an essential part in gaining valuable work experience that can help you stand out above other job applicants and looks great on your CV.  For the right individuals, we can provide you with a reference for a potential future employee.  We welcome enquiries from students relating to educational projects or volunteering.

If you would like any further information about volunteering at the BNSS, please contact us.

1.   Key volunteering roles:

Stewards: Meet and greet our visitors during museum open hours and events days.  We offer training that allows you to learn about our collections, the Museum building and the history of the Society. Share your knowledge with our visitors and encourage new members to join us.

Gardeners: We have a small, yet highly knowledgeable and dedicated team of gardeners who help to keep our large garden looking fantastic all year round.  One of our main aims is to encourage wildlife in this urban environment.

Housekeeping: Help us to keep the items in our collections dust free and ensure the wood and glass of cabinets and display cases are kept sparkling!

Catering: One of the most essential volunteer roles within the society; providing our members and guests with tea and cake after lectures and during events!

2. Specialist volunteer opportunities:

Trustees:  Any persons wishing to become a Trustee of the Society must be a member of the Society for one year before being elected by its members at the Annual General Meeting.  You must also provide a clear Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check. Trustees are required to follow Charity Commission guidelines and oversee all of the Society’s affairs.  Being a trustee is a position of great responsibility and can be highly rewarding and enjoyable.  It is an opportunity to make a positive difference to the Society and our community, while also learning new skills.  You must make a strong personal commitment to the Society’s aims and have a passion to make the Society succeed.  You will make decisions that are critical to the future direction of the Society.  For more information on the role of a Trustee, click here.

Promotion, fund raising, society development & website: We would like to hear from anyone who can help us in all aspects of promotion, developing public relations, seeking new sources of funding, developing relationships with external organisations and maximising the Society’s potential.  We also require people to help maintain and develop our website and social networking.  If you have skills in any of these areas and think you can help us, please get in touch to find out more.

Graphic designers: The BNSS needs professionally designed posters, leaflets and promotional material.  If you have experience in graphic design with knowledge of programmes such as Photoshop, Quark and Illustrator, we would love to hear from you.

Projectionist: We require a projectionist responsible for the care and maintenance of our lecture equipment.  If you have knowledge or experience in audio and visual technology, we would like to hear from you.  We also require new faces to assist with setting up of equipment before lectures.

Displays: Are you interested in creating new displays for our cabinets utilising items from the Society’s collections?  Up-to-date, well researched and written information provides fresh material for both members and visitors to engage in.

Cataloguing collections: We are seeking individuals who are highly organised, with an eye for detail and the ability to determine the identity of items and species within our collections.  If you have experience with museum databases or cataloguing, particularly regarding natural history, geology or botany specimens, we would very much like to hear from you.

Woodworking & joinery: We require a highly skilled woodworker/joiner to help us construct and restore display cabinets throughout the building.  If you have a background in this field and can offer your time to help us develop the Museum infrastructure, we would love to hear from you.

Conservation & restoration of collections: This is a highly specialist role requiring a number of specific skills.  If you have previous experience in the maintenance and restoration of museum collections, particularly Natural history specimens, please get in touch!

Pest control & prevention: The BNSS building and its collections are under attack!  Find out more about the fascinating world of pests and how to control them.  Previous knowledge of pest control would be an advantage, but full training can be given to the right person(s).