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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 stewarding the museum’s galleries. 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

Marketing Volunteers

This volunteer role will be based within the Marketing team in the newly refurbished Gunnersbury Park Museum, is set within Gunnersbury park, a beautiful 185+ acre site that is home to a wide collection of local, heritage and exotic plants and trees, as well as several listed historic buildings.

The marketing volunteer will be supervised by 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 all our visitor offers, as well as its activities and projects, using online and traditional marketing methods.

How you’ll help

  • Supporting the Gunnersbury Twitter and Facebook accounts
  • 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 enthusiastic, IT literate, have great written and verbal communication skills, are organised and comfortable speaking to a diverse range of groups and individuals. This is a great role for someone who is looking to maintain or gain skills in marketing and communications in the heritage, public services and visitor attractions sector.

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.

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

Department: Visitor Experience

How you’ll help

  • Stewarding 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. 

Community Kitchen Garden Volunteers

This volunteer role will be based within the Parks team in the historic walled community garden. Gunnersbury Park is a beautiful 185+ acre site that is home to a wide collection of local, heritage and exotic plants and trees. The Community Kitchen Garden is situated within one of the original walled gardens that once provided Gunnersbury’s occupants with edible produce and cut flowers.

Volunteers have been developing the site since 2012 and are essential to maintaining the garden as an invaluable resource for our Learning programme. Volunteers will have an exciting opportunity to meet new people, learn new organic gardening skills and to connect with nature with the support of one our highly skilled gardeners.

How you’ll help

  • Seasonal tasks, such as seeding, planting bulbs, weeding etc
  • Independently working from garden plans
  • Monitoring health of plants
  • Maintaining the appearance and tidiness of the garden
  • Assisting the implementation of new garden plans and designs

Who makes a good volunteer?

We’re looking for people who isn’t shy of spending time outdoors in any weather conditions, and enjoys practical and hands-on gardening. They should be comfortable and happy using a wide range of garden hand tools, following instructions and working with a diverse range of people with different abilities. This role is perfect for someone with an interest in or knowledge of horticulture, looking to join a group of like-minded growing enthusiasts!

Litter Picking Volunteers

This volunteer role will be based within Gunnersbury park, a beautiful 185+ acre site that is home to a wide collection of local, heritage and exotic plants and trees, as well as listed historic buildings.

The purpose of the Litter Picking Volunteer’s role is to help maintain a high standard of cleanliness and safety throughout the whole park. The role is hands-on and public facing, spending time in all weather conditions and temperatures.

The session will run weekly on Sundays 10am – 11am. This volunteer role operates from March to October only.

How you’ll help

  • Litter picking
  • Monitoring for and reporting signs of damage to buildings or trees and plants
  • Reporting anti-social behaviour (volunteers will never be expected or asked to approach visitors to enforce park regulations or discourage anti-social behaviour)
  • Championing Gunnersbury CIC and our work

Who makes a good volunteer?

We’re looking for friendly and approachable people, with an eye for detail and a sensible approach to health and safety. If you enjoy walking in the outdoors, engaging with the public and doing meaningful work to improve an important community amenity, then this role is for you!

If possible, you should be able to attend an induction on Friday 24th July at 10am. The first session will be on the 26th July.

FAQs

  • Full training will be provided for all volunteers
  • The roles listed are voluntary and unpaid. However, Gunnersbury CIC does offer travel reimbursement within London up to a limit of £8 per day with proof of purchase, for each session
  • Applicants must be over the age of 18

Gunnersbury Park and Museum welcomes all applications and operates a fair and open recruitment policy, the aim of which is to ensure no job applicant, volunteer, intern, employee or worker is discriminated against either directly or indirectly on any grounds.

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