Careers and Volunteering

CAREERS

HIRING AND DIVERSITY

 

Oxford University Museum of Natural History continues to work towards a recruitment process that is fair and accessible to everyone. We welcome applications from people of all genders and identities, people with disabilities, and people from minority ethnic backgrounds.

If you have a disability and would like an adjustment made to the recruitment process, please email louise.wright@oum.ox.ac.uk to let us know. If you have any questions or concerns about how will we use any information regarding a disability please email louise.wright@oum.ox.ac.uk.

Athena Swan

Oxford University Museum of Natural History is proud to have been awarded a Silver Award by the Athena Swan Gender Charter for our commitment to, and progress in, achieving gender and race equality as an institution of higher education.

INTERNSHIPS AND BURSARIES

Undergraduate Bursary Scheme

Our Bursary Scheme encourages applications from groups who are under-represented in the museum sector and the natural sciences. This includes disabled people; students from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds; and students from lower-income backgrounds. Applications for the 2022 Undergraduate Bursary Scheme are now closed.

Oxford Summer Internship Scheme

Every year, the Museum participates in the Oxford Summer Internship Scheme, providing Collections and Research placements to Oxford University undergraduate students. Visit Career Connect to learn about the Oxford Summer Internship Scheme and find out about how to apply for our projects.

Nuffield Research Placements

The Museum hosts Nuffield Research Placements, for those aged between 16 and 19, over the summer holidays. Placements are hosted in the fields of zoology, entomology and geology. Projects cover a wide range of disciplines, from collections-based curation and research to insect ecology and ecosystem services. Previous project titles include 'Darwin's Insects in the Hope Entomological Collections', 'Burchell’s African Insect Collection' and 'Dung Beetle Ecology'. Applications for placements are submitted via Science Oxford. Find out more about Nuffield Research Placements or contact education@oum.ox.ac.uk.

Natural Science and Heritage Scheme

The Natural Science and Heritage Scheme is a paid opportunity for students in Year 12 and 13. The scheme runs during the summer holidays, and invites applicants from diverse backgrounds to find out more about the museum - particularly its public-facing roles. Participants are able to get hands-on experience of developing activities for museum visitors, with a focus on events that appeal to diverse families. Learn more about the Natural Science and Heritage Scheme.

Get in touch

Please send any enquiries to Ella McKelvey, Internship Coordinator: ella.mckelvey@oum.ox.ac.uk

WORK EXPERIENCE

Interested in getting work experience at a museum, or learning more about natural sciences? Please apply through one of the following programmes:

 

Natural Science and Heritage Scheme

The Natural Science and Heritage Scheme is a paid opportunity for students in Year 12 and 13. The scheme runs during the summer holidays, and invites applicants from diverse backgrounds to find out more about the museum - particularly its public-facing roles. Participants are able to get hands-on experience of developing activities for museum visitors, with a focus on events that appeal to diverse families. Learn more about the Natural Science and Heritage Scheme.

 

Natural History Investigators

Each year the Museum runs a club for key stage 4 students. Investigators interested in the natural world have an opportunity to meet in the Museum and pursue an extended project of their choice. Investigators meet on Saturdays from 10:30 to 12:30 for 10 weeks, and work on their personal projects. Investigators have access to special Museum objects and experts in the field. They develop their work into a display or activity to be included in the Museum’s annual family science fair in March. Investigators are also able to submit their work for a British Science Association CREST award. Click here to find out more about Natural History Investigators or contact education@oum.ox.ac.uk.

 

Youth Forum

The Museum’s Youth Forum is a group of young people aged between 14 and 19 who are involved in designing and setting up activities and events. They work with the public and create opportunities for other young people to engage with the museum. Youth Forum members have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and are involved in planning new developments in the museum, including exhibitions. Click here to find out more about the Youth Forum.

 

Nuffield Research Placements

The Museum hosts Nuffield Research Placements, for those aged between 16 and 19, over the summer holidays. Placements are hosted in the fields of zoology, entomology and geology. Projects cover a wide range of disciplines, from collections-based curation and research to insect ecology and ecosystem services. Previous project titles include 'Darwin's Insects in the Hope Entomological Collections', 'Burchell’s African Insect Collection' and 'Dung Beetle Ecology'. Applications for placements are submitted via Science Oxford. Find out more about Nuffield Research Placements or contact education@oum.ox.ac.uk.

APPRENTICESHIPS
VOLUNTEERING

VOLUNTEER ROLES

Most volunteers work with the public: from helping with family-friendly activities to staffing the information desk, and from stewarding late-night events to delivering introductory tours. A small number of volunteers help in other areas of the collections: assisting curatorial, administrative or education staff in a more behind-the-scenes capacity.

 

A volunteer showing a young museum visitor a butterfly specimen

Learning about science with Museum visitors

A volunteer sorting a drawer of pinned wasps

Rearranging a drawer of wasp specimens

 

VOLUNTEER STORIES

While our Museum was closed to visitors in 2020, some of our volunteer tour guides took to the web to record presentations to share online. Watch to learn about some of our guides' favourite stories from the Museum and its history.

 

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y_buWx42Shw

 

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