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FORT NELSON: Formal Education Volunteer


Based at Fort Nelson Fareham

The Fort Nelson formal education team offers an outstanding educational environment to schools and colleges from all over Hampshire and Surrey. Immersive, interactive, and fast paced workshops ensure that pupils will be talking about ‘WOW’ moments back in the classroom for months.

We are looking for enthusiastic and creatively minded volunteers to assist with the smooth running of our extremely busy days! You must be able to work with pupils of all ages, have a zeal for making learning exciting and be up for a challenge!

What's involved?

Please note, we do interview all our volunteers for this position. Not every person will be taken forward from interview to become a volunteer.  

To work alongside the Education team, assisting in the delivery of a variety of activities including formal and informal learning.

Key Tasks

  • Work alongside the Education Officer and Education Assistants to maintain a high standard of educational material.
  • To provide safe and secure working practices in all activities for staff, pupils, and museum objects.
  • To assist in the promotion of all learning programmes and materials.
  • Gain a basic historical knowledge on the topics taught in the learning programme.
  • Moving, setting up and putting away teaching equipment, including heavy arms & armour, etc.
  • Supporting the delivery of elements of sessions where required (in some instances this may involve wearing period costume provided by the Fort).
  • You will need to be available during booked school visits to the fort - Tuesday to Friday during term time.
  • After appropriate training, being able to provide additional support to pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities during facilitated workshops.

Policies and Procedure

  • Comply with Safeguarding, Health & Safety, Equality and other relevant legislation.
  • Work to RA organizational policies and procedures, including risk management, to protect people, the collection and the museum’s reputation.


  • Work as directed by the Education Officer or Learning Assistants.
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the education team.
  • Maintain a high level of professionalism when communicating with teachers and other visitors.

Personal Responsibilities

  • Work as part of a team and support colleagues.
  • Protect the reputation of the museum.
  • Demonstrate the museum’s values.


A Police Check and other security checks may be requested in the event of a successful application. However, a criminal record would not necessarily be a bar to volunteering. Any decision made would depend upon the nature of the position and the circumstances and background of your offence.

Why get involved?

  • Gain experience in a museum education setting
  • Knowledge of how an education department caters to a specific target audience
  • Time management and organization skills
  • The knowledge gained from this post could be applied to a future career in museum education.
  • Experience of working with children and young people
  • Understanding of how to effectively use museum objects to engage different audiences
  • Working knowledge of the National Curriculum
  • Teamwork skills
  • Activity and event organisation skills

How to get involved?

Step 1: Sign into your account or sign up

Step 2: Accept the challenge

Step 3: You will be contacted by a member of the team with further information

Step 4: You will be offered an interview to assess your suitability for the role and will be notified if successful.

Step 5: Once the challenge is complete, don’t forget to sign back here to add your volunteering hours and mark the challenge as complete. Your hours will appear on your profile.

Ideal Skills

  • Customer Service
  • Working with Young People

Ideal Interest

  • Learning and Education

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