We have a range of placement opportunities offering short-term involvement and experience in The JORVIK Group over our busy February, Easter, summer, and autumn periods. To hear about the latest opportunities, we recommend signing up for our placements mailing list.
Our winter 2020 volunteer and placement intake is now open from 9th December to 6th January. Apply here.
JORVIK Viking Centre Collections Up-Close Placement
This placement offers an opportunity to gain hands-on experience of artefact interpretation in a visitor facing environment. Placements are given training to deliver two artefact handling and viewing opportunities assisting visitors to explore their location on the site of the dig which founded the JORVIK Viking Centre. This is an ideal role for anyone wanting a taster experience of archaeological interpretation and engagement through finds.
Heritage Opportunities Placement
This placement offers an opportunity to gain shadowing experience across a range of the Trust’s work. Placements will undertake hands-on experience in a visitor facing role through the delivery of the Collections-Up Close role delivering two artefact handling and viewing opportunities. They will also be given the opportunity to shadow staff in a selection of our departments such as our Collections & Archives, Fieldwork (desk based activities), Community Engagement and Marketing teams. This is an ideal role for anyone seeking a broad range of heritage work experience.
Collections Interpretation Placement
This placement offers experience in both our Collections and Archives department and undertaking the delivery of our Collections-up Close placement at JORVIK.
The placement offers experience across the two departments to learn how we care for and manage our collections and how this supports our work to then interpret and deliver the collection to our visitors.
This is an idea role for anyone seeking experience of archaeological collections care and interpretation.
How do I apply?
Apply here with us while our application period is open.
Applications are usually advertised and open around December for placements happening February – April and in April for placements happening between June–October.
Can I apply outside of an application period?
We regret we are unable to accept applications outside of the application periods
What happens after I apply?
After an application period closes we will contact everyone who has applied and arrange to meet with those people we may have a suitable place for. At this meeting we will ask you some questions to see if we can match you to a suitable placement. We will be able to allocate and confirm the placements after the meeting. Any offer of a place will just be pending references.
Can I apply from abroad or if I don’t live in York?
We welcome applications from outside of York. Overseas applicants will need to ensure they can arrange a suitable visa to allow them to undertake the placement. We are happy to arrange video interviews for anyone from abroad or anyone unable to travel to York for their interview.
How old do I need to be to undertake a placement?
All our placements are open to anyone aged 18 or above. For anyone under 18 years of age we offer work experience via the NYBEP (North Yorkshire Business & Education Partnership) scheme which offers York schools opportunities to get involved in the Trust. Details of this scheme are available in all participating schools and colleges.
Next Intake Period
Application Period – 9th December 2019 – 5th January 2020
Placements will be available – February 17th – 23rd and March 30th – April 19th. The exact availability of date will depend on the placement chosen.
Welcome Day – Monday 3rd February 10 am – 1pm or Wednesday 5th February 1pm – 5pm
Role Induction Day JORVIK Collections Up-Close, Heritage Opportunities and Collections Interpretation Placements– Monday – Monday 10th February 10 am – 1 pm
We can offer a placement without attendance at these dates. However, for some of our placements they can be a helpful introduction to your role. As such we will offer all our placements the opportunity to attend any relevant sessions they wish to come to.
If you have any questions please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will be given a chance to read our Privacy Notice before applying to volunteer/undertake a placement with us. You can also click here to read this.
For anyone seeking on-going opportunities please do also take a look at our volunteers page.