Working with volunteersNgā Kaitūao

Many institutions rely greatly on volunteer support. Some people volunteer because they want to contribute and support a museum. Others are hoping to gain useful experience to build up their CVs.

To attract new volunteers to your museum or gallery:

  • advertise

  • use social media and relevant websites

  • ask around

  • contact high schools, universities, social clubs, and retirement communities

  • have an annual volunteer week or day

  • recruit at public events.

It is important to accept that volunteers may have new ideas and want to do things a bit differently. Be open to change and you may end up with someone fantastic and highly skilled helping you out.

Poster, ’Volunteer For National Service’, Late 1940, Wellington, by E. V. Paul, Government Printer. Gift of Mr C H Andrews, 1967. Te Papa (GH014036)

Develop a volunteer programme

Use this guide and the following templates, from National Service Te Paerangi, to develop an effective volunteer programme.

Working with Volunteers - He Rauemi Resource Guide (3.82 MB)


Volunteer application form template (50.18 KB)

Volunteer agreement template (42.50 KB)

Volunteer job description template (44.03 KB)

Volunteer job description template (41.47 KB)

Volunteer performance review template (53.76 KB)

Other useful resources