In the Scottish Executive Volunteering Strategy the Scottish Government "recognises that volunteers of all ages form a valuable national resource, vital to the success of Scotland, and that volunteering is a key component of strong communities. Volunteering is all about new experiences, feeling good and making a difference. Volunteering has a number of benefits, in terms of skills development, well-being, community empowerment and strengthening public services."

The National Galleries of Scotland’s volunteer programme provides opportunities to help support the work of the Galleries and gain valuable experience in the Arts. We are very grateful for the time our volunteers dedicate to supporting us and the new experiences, perspectives, and insights they bring. We have roles available in a variety of departments, including Curatorial, Development, Education, Library, Marketing, Digital Media, Press and Visitor Services.

What is involved in volunteering?

• Our volunteering programme includes volunteers, internships, work experience, and work placement.
• Our volunteers help in a wide range of departments across the Galleries performing a variety of tasks that support the work of the Galleries. 
• Volunteering can be regular or ad hoc roles which may be time limited or open-ended.

Why volunteer?

• To get involved in interesting and engaging opportunities and see "behind the scenes". 
• To gain experience of working in a gallery for personal or professional development.
• To become part of the community and feel valued in a friendly environment.

Who are our volunteers?

• Anyone that is interested in supporting the work of the Galleries.
• Students, retirees, graduates and those not currently in employment, education, or training.

People volunteer for a variety of reasons. Some people want to gain new skills and experiences, others want to meet new people, stay active, and give back to the community. Our volunteer opportunities are open to everyone who is age 18 or over (with the exception of work experience and work placements) and has the right to work in the UK. Every application will be considered equally without regard to age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion and belief or sexual orientation.

How to register your interest in volunteering

  1. Everyone interested in volunteering is welcome to register on the volunteer recruitment portal. 
  2. During registration you will be asked to supply information about which areas of the galleries you are interested in. Remember to 'submit' your application once you've finished, as this will activate it on our system. 
  3. When opportunities arise in those areas you will be emailed information on how to apply. It may be several weeks from when you register to when there are new volunteer opportunities, so do take this into consideration if you only have a short amount of time available.  

If for whatever reason you are unable to complete the online registration, please contact the Volunteer Programme Coordinator to discuss other options for registering your interest in volunteering.

Helpful tips

Volunteer opportunities within the National Galleries of Scotland are in high demand and we cannot guarantee a volunteer placement for everyone who registers their interest. When applying for a volunteer opportunity you will need to demonstrate potential and show a passion for what we do to have the best chance of success. 

You may also wish to contact your local Volunteer Centre who advertise hundreds of volunteering opportunities, or other arts organisations if you require something more definite.