Careers and Volunteering


Working at the Museum of Natural History comes with a host of benefits: from behind the scenes access to the collections to access to the resources and facilities of the wider University. Find out more about what it's like to work here and browse any available vacancies.


There are a number of volunteering opportunities at the Museum of Natural History, and you can register with the Oxford University Museums and Collections Volunteer Service from the age of 16. 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.

Apply to be a volunteer



Oxford University Museum of Natural History offers internships and placements for students in secondary school and university. This includes:

  • 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 socioeconomic backgrounds.

  • 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. Click here to find out more or contact


The Museum, as part of the University of Oxford, offers a number of apprenticeships. Click here to find out more.

Work Experience

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer work experience placements to secondary school students. However, we do offer a range of out of school activities that you may be interested in:

  • 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 10.30am to 12.30pm 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 or contact

  • 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.

  • Nuffield Research Placements

See "Internships" above.