Volunteer with us

The London Museum of Water & Steam used to be powered by water and steam, now it is powered by our wonderful team of volunteers!

Our volunteers play a significant role in looking after our site and its unique collection, as well as sharing it with our community and visitors.  

We are always looking for new volunteers to support us in our aim of being loved by our community and visitors, and stakeholders. Being part of our volunteer team is a rewarding and enjoyable experience. No matter your background, skills or interests, there is plenty to get involved with: from working with our unique collection of stationary steam engines, to welcoming our visitors, community groups and schools, or supporting with administrative tasks. 

If you want to know more about volunteering with us or talk about the opportunities below, please contact our volunteer coordinator Sjoera Snijder-Sahuleka via volunteers@waterandsteam.org.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you. 

Our current available role are:

Front of House Volunteers:

  • We are currently recruiting for Visitor Welcome Assistants for weekdays during the school holidays.

Behind the Scenes:

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When can I volunteer?

    Our regular volunteering days are Thursday to Sunday, between 9:30-16:30. For most roles there is no need to commit to a particular day or amount of time. However, our Visitor Welcome Assistants do work on a shift basis, mornings 10:00-13:00 or afternoons 13:00-16:00.

  • What is the minimum age for volunteering?

    Our minimum age for volunteering is 14 years old.

    Young people aged 14 to 16 years old need to be accompanied by a responsible adult, or have written parental consent if that adult is not your parent/guardian.

  • What is the minimum age for operating any machinery?

    The minimum age to operate machinery is 16 years old. Anyone under 18 can only operate machinery under supervision.

  • Do I need specific skills to volunteer at the museum?

    No, we have a range of roles available and welcome people will a wide array of skills and experiences. You do not need to have an engineering background to volunteer with us.

  • Can I apply for multiple roles?

    Yes, of course you can. We appreciate all the time you can give and would love you to get involved with us in a range of ways if that is available to you.

  • Do you provide training?

    You will receive an induction when joining the museum as a volunteer, including basic safety training. Our roles will provide you with hands on training, and where necessary role specific training days.

  • Can I do work experience at the Museum?

    Currently we’re working with Spark charity to deliver bespoke work experience for students who might not otherwise have the opportunity. Due to this project, we do not have a capacity to take on other work experience student this year.