Jobs & volunteering

Here you can find information about jobs and volunteering at Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives.


Arts Officer
Fixed term, Part time (22.5 hrs) contract to cover maternity leave until end Feb 2018
You will play an integral role in contributing to, supporting, developing and advocating for the arts sector in the city in line with the city’s Cultural Strategy and Bristol City Council priorities, ensuring Bristol continues to be one of the UK’s leading creative cities.

Location: Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Salary: £26,822 – £30,153 pro rata
Closing Date: 21 May 2017

Senior Officer, Exhibitions and Events
Full time, Permanent
The purpose of the role is to develop a high-quality and distinctive exhibitions, events and family programme which increases and diversifies museum audiences in Bristol.  Working with local, regional and national partners the post-holder will produce an excellent programme as a resource for learning, inspiration and enjoyment and which also achieves ambitious income targets.

Location: Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Salary: £33,437 – £36,379
Closing Date: 4 June 2017

Front of House Team Leader
26.37 hrs per week, Permanent

We are looking for an enthusiastic and positive individual, who can lead and motivate a team of Visitor Assistants and who has the passion and drive to deliver our commitment to customer care. You will be crucial in the running of the day-to–day operation of the museum whilst providing an engaging, informing and inspiring environment for visitors.

Location: Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Salary: £20,661- £22,658 pro rata
Closing date: 30 May 2017

All our jobs and paid internships are advertised on Bristol City Council’s jobs board.


If you’re looking to learn new skills, have some spare time and are over 16, we may have a volunteering opportunity for you.

Contact us to register your interest and receive updates about new opportunities. We might ask you to come along to an informal interview before starting.

Volunteering roles can be short or long term and include getting involved in our events and exhibitions or seeing what it takes to run a museum from behind the scenes.

Pliosaurus exhibition volunteers

An exciting opportunity has arisen to volunteer with our upcoming exhibition Pliosaurus!

Help us engage, inspire and have fun with visitors as we take them back in time 150 million years to meet our fearsome pliosaur, Doris.

Running from 17 June – 7 January, we’re looking for friendly and outgoing volunteers with an interest in natural history.

Download the Pliosaurus volunteer application form for more details (PDF).

Other current volunteering opportunities

  • Visitor experience volunteers. This long term role is all about inspiring and helping our visitors in exhibitions and events, mainly at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and M Shed.
  • Visitor research volunteers. Help us to find out who our visitors are and what they think about our museums.
  • Volunteer restoration assistants. Is industrial history or engineering your thing? We’re looking for people to help restore our working exhibits at M Shed.
  • Railway volunteers. Love railways? Enjoy chatting to people? We’re after your help with operating the Bristol Harbour Railway at weekends.
  • Boat crew volunteers. Join our team of fantastic volunteers who operate M Shed’s historic boats on weekends: Mayflower, Pyronaut and John King.

Young People

We work together with partner organisations across the city on creative projects to engage and inspire young people in arts and heritage, and help to develop skills for their future career choices. If you are a youth leader and would like to know more, please contact us.