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Step into Volunteering at Gunnersbury

People are what keep Gunnersbury alive and so vibrant, there is nothing better than seeing our visitors enjoying themselves. But don’t just be a visitor!

There are many ways in which you can get more involved, from helping in the community kitchen gardens to lending a hand at an event. If you enjoy coming to Gunnersbury why not consider making it a bigger part of your life – we’d love to meet you!*

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*(Due to COVID 19 volunteer activities are currently suspended following government guidelines, but we welcome applications to keep on file for when we re-open)

The ways you can make a difference

Event Volunteers

You will work closely with our Communities Programmes Officer to offer a diverse range of activities and events that highlight the rich history of Ealing and Hounslow. This is an exciting opportunity to find out more about how public events are organised and run in a heritage environment. Friendly, creative and enthusiastic, Event Volunteers are keen to get involved. They are vital to ensuring that there is an exciting and innovative range of events on offer and that they all run smoothly.

Working with: Communities Programmes Officer

Department: Public Programmes

How you’ll help

  • Helping create and distribute promotional materials
  • Supervising the distribution and completion of feedback and release forms
  • Supporting the set up and take down of events, on and off site
  • Creating and posting event information on social media
  • Assisting with problem solving to ensure the smooth running of events
  • Assisting with event related admin tasks
  • Photographing events

Who makes a good volunteer?

We’re looking for people who enjoy being with, and can communicate well with, a wide variety of people. Reliability and an eye for presentation are essential qualities, along with enthusiasm, a positive attitude and a strong interest in providing accessible events for a diverse range of groups. This is a great role for someone who is looking to gain skills in events, programme planning and working with community groups in the heritage sector. 

Full training will be provided.

 

Maintenance Volunteers

This volunteer role will be based within the Operations Team in Gunnersbury’s newly refurbished local history Museum. Gunnersbury Park Museum is housed in a beautiful Regency mansion and serves the local boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow. The mansion has recently been refurbished through a major project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund; the task of this hands on volunteer role will be to continue the conservation work carried out, ensuring the building is maintained to stay in good condition and supporting the wider team.

Working with:  Operations Manager

Department: Operations

How you’ll help

  • Carrying out repairs of minor fixtures and fittings
  • Redecoration of walls and doors
  • Storage of historic architectural objects
  • Historic building surveying
  • Periodic testing and clearing leaf/moss build-up
  • Champion Gunnersbury Park and Museum, as well as its events and activities

Who makes a good volunteer?

We’re looking for people who enjoy being with, and can communicate well with, a wide variety of people. Reliability and an eye for details are essential qualities, along with enthusiasm, a positive attitude and a strong interest in building work and DIY. This is a great role for someone who is looking to maintain or gain skills in building work and maintenance in the heritage sector.

Marketing Volunteers

This volunteer role will be based jointly within the Marketing team and the Learning & Engagement team in the newly refurbished Gunnersbury Park Museum.

Gunnersbury Park Museum is housed in a beautiful Regency mansion and serves the local boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow.

This volunteer will be liaising the Formal Learning Officer, Communities Programmes Officer and the Marketing and Communications Manager to assist in the day to day marketing needs of the park and museum. This includes supporting the marketing of exciting, hands on indoor and outdoor education sessions and a diverse range of exciting events and projects using online and traditional marketing methods.

Working with: Marketing and Communications Manager

Department: Marketing

How you’ll help

  • Supporting the Gunnersbury Twitter and Facebook accounts
  • Updating our website
  • Creating and displaying posters
  • Inputting data and creating events 
  • Various admin tasks including collating feedback data and helping with bookings

Who makes a good volunteer?

We’re looking for people who are eager to help, good with multitasking, are IT literate, have great written and verbal communication skills, are organised and comfortable directing and speaking to a diverse range of groups and individuals. 

Museum Volunteers

Museum Volunteers help our visitors enjoy the beautiful, newly refurbished museum. You will spend time in the galleries and historic rooms, encouraging visitors to engage with Gunnersbury's heritage, natural environment and fascinating local history collections. It's a great opportunity to share your passion and enthusiasm for local social history with a diverse range of people.

When: Weekly

Working with: Gunnersbury Volunteers, Visitor Assistants and the Visitor Experience Manager

Department: Visitor Experience

How you’ll help

  • Manning the galleries and historic rooms
  • Helping support our many exciting events and activities
  • Sharing knowledge about the museum and its collections, park and local history with a wide range of visitors

Who makes a good volunteer?

We’re looking for people who have good communication skills and enjoy being with a wide variety of people. Reliability and good timekeeping are essential qualities, along with enthusiasm, a positive attitude and a strong interest in heritage and history. This is a great role for someone who loves sharing stories and can chat easily with people. 

Park Ranger Volunteers

This volunteer role will be based within Gunnersbury park, a beautiful 170+ acre site that is home to a wide collection of local, heritage and exotic plants and trees. This role will be involve helping to maintain the whole park, carrying out practical landscape management techniques and helping visitors enjoy their visit. This role is hands on and will involve manual work (e.g. turning over soil, planting, scrub clearance, tree circle creation, hedging, fencing, digging, path repair etc). This role will also involve spending time in all weather and temperatures as you will be based outside.

When: Weekly

Working with: Head Gardener, the gardening team and other park volunteers

Department: Park team

How you’ll help

  • Carrying out landscape management techniques to restore the historic estate and improve biodiversity
  • Helping support exciting events and activities
  • Sharing knowledge about the park's history and its wildlife and plants with a wide range of visitors

Who makes a good volunteer?

We’re looking for people with a keen interest in gardening, wildlife and landscape maintenance. Reliability and good timekeeping are essential qualities, along with enthusiasm, a positive attitude and a strong interest in heritage and horticulture. This is a great role for someone who loves gardening and wants to learn new skills!

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