Museum Volunteer opportunity: Justice & Police Museum

Do you love interacting with people? Have you got a passion for museums and a desire to help create memorable experiences for visitors? 

Then this may be the volunteer role for you.

At Sydney Living Museums we're passionate about bringing our museums to life. We’re looking for Museum Volunteers to join our team at Justice & Police Museum and play a role in providing great experiences, especially for children and family audiences.

Crooks and cops, thugs and judges, locals and drifters, the guilty and the innocent have all left their stories here. With its 1890s holding cells, offices, charge room and courts, the museum draws you into a world of crime, punishment and policing, from bushrangers, sly grog and razor gangs to forensics. A vast archive of crime scene photography and mug shots reveal more than a century of underworld Sydney.

Our volunteers at the Justice & Police Museum undertake a range of activities. These include assisting in the delivery of daily activities for our kids and family audience, such as playing interactive roles in our Mock Trial program Bushrangers Behind Bars.


  • To be a Volunteer at Justice & Police Museum you’ll have a keen interest in crime. You’ll have a friendly manner, great communication skills and enjoy interacting with people from a range of backgrounds and age groups. You’ll love helping children and families interact with our daily museum activities. You'll be committed to providing great customer service and you'll know how to be flexible and work in a team.
  • Museum Volunteers fulfil at least 18 shifts per year, equivalent to an average of one shift every two weeks.
  • We’re looking for 3-4 volunteers at Justice & Police Museum.
  • We have vacancies for a regular fortnightly shift on Sundays.
  • Volunteers who are unable to commit to a regular shift pattern can sign-up to shifts when they are available. These ‘flexible’ volunteers must have capacity to regularly pick up shifts on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year. Justice & Police Museum is open on weekends only.
  • Volunteers have the option to be assigned to both Museum of Sydney and the Justice & Police Museum. Volunteers choosing this paired option can do shifts at both sites to meet their 18-shift quota.
  • Travel to Justice & Police Museum by public transport is recommended as there is no parking on site.
  • Volunteers must have current Working with Children clearance. It’s free for volunteers - read the Help Sheet for how to apply.
  • Successful applicants will be invited for a short face-to-face interview.

All volunteers receive a free Sydney Living Museums membership which includes unlimited free entry to all our museums and properties plus a huge range of member-only benefits!

Download the full Role Description from this webpage to read more about the role. To apply complete the online Application Form below and upload your CV by 10am Monday 29 July 2019.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 7 and Monday 12 August at a city location.

How to apply

Please complete the following steps:

  1. Read the role description
  2. Complete the online application form
  3. Upload your CV

Read more about the Justice & Police Museum and about how to get there

We’re currently recruiting for Museum Volunteers at Elizabeth Bay House (Elizabeth Bay), Elizabeth Farm (Rosehill), Justice & Police Museum (Sydney CBD), Museum of Sydney (Sydney CBD), Rose Seidler House (Wahroonga), Rouse Hill House & Farm (Rouse Hill), Susannah Place Museum (The Rocks, Sydney) and Vaucluse House, (Vaucluse).

To apply for multiple properties please complete a single online application. Be sure to outline your suitability for each property you are interested in.

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Role description & Working With Children Check Help Sheet

Help Sheet: Working With Children Check
Role description, museum volunteer. Download PDF (346KB)

More about volunteering

A group of people standing in the library of Elizabeth Bay House
A group of people are given a tour by a volunteer at Elizabeth Bay House Photo © Stuart Miller & Haley Richardson for Sydney Living Museums

Our volunteers are the heart, soul and backbone of Sydney Living Museums – without their support, enthusiasm and energy, we couldn't do the work we do.

We offer a diverse mix of opportunities and roles for volunteers, which draw on a diverse range of skills and qualities.