Volunteer working at David Livingstone Birthplace

Volunteers

David Livingstone Birthplace is a member of Make Your Mark Scotland. We are committed to their mission and have signed their expression of commitment.

We encourage applicants from all backgrounds, and welcome applications from those living with a disability, people from a BAME background, and those who identify as LGBTQI+.

We take on volunteers regardless of experience or reasons for volunteering.

Our volunteer policy and volunteer handbook set the parameters of our volunteer program and these key documents will be updated and improved continuously.

Retail Volunteer
We are looking for volunteers to help in our shop in the role of Retail Volunteer. This is a vital role in supporting the museum and the retail volunteer team will be interacting with the public as the face of David Livingstone Birthplace. Full training will be provided.
Garden Volunteer
The gardening volunteers are a friendly team of volunteers who work all year round to maintain the extensive gardens around the David Livingstone Birthplace. They play an important role in making the grounds accessible, attractive, and enjoyable for the wide range of people that visit the grounds.
Garden Volunteer
The gardening volunteers are a friendly team of volunteers who work all year round to maintain the extensive gardens around the David Livingstone Birthplace. They play an important role in making the grounds accessible, attractive, and enjoyable for the wide range of people that visit the grounds.
Retail Volunteer
We are looking for volunteers to help in our shop in the role of Retail Volunteer. This is a vital role in supporting the museum and the retail volunteer team will be interacting with the public as the face of the David Livingstone Birthplace.
Social Media Volunteer
We are looking for two enthusiastic social media volunteers to join our team. This is a vital role in supporting the museum and promoting our values and activities to the wider public online.
Visitor Experience Volunteer
We are looking for enthusiastic Visitor Experience Volunteers to join our Visitor Experience team. This is a vital role in supporting the museum and interacting with the public as the face of the David Livingstone Birthplace.

To apply and for further information please contact: volunteer@dltrust.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Benefits of volunteering with David Livingstone Birthplace

  • The chance to meet new people and join our community of dedicated volunteers.
  • Gaining experience to use on your CV, particularly for those interested in a career in the heritage sector.
  • The opportunity to put existing skills into practice and building new skills.
  • Reimbursement for travel expenses.
  • Contributing to the day-to-day operations of the David Livingstone Birthplace.
  • Volunteering references.

Registration Process

The volunteer registration process involves a registration form, having an informal chat with the Volunteer and Skills Development Officer and successfully providing two references (these can be character, school, work, volunteering). After completing these steps, all new volunteers must complete an induction session.

Training

All new volunteers will receive basic training relevant to the role that they will be undertaking. There may also be an opportunity to shadow staff and/or existing volunteers. In addition, there is ongoing training for all David Livingstone Birthplace team members throughout the year.

Operational training is required for volunteers (and staff) to operate on site successfully. It will ensure that all volunteers are fully equipped to achieve the aims of their roles, as well as uphold health and safety standards.

There are also core training sessions that we ask all volunteers to attend. The core training sessions will include Equality, Diversity and Inclusion sessions and Safeguarding Children training.


We are very grateful to our key funders the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and the Scottish Government for their support in helping us deliver the Birthplace Project.

National Lottery Heritage Fund
Scottish Government
Historic Environment Scotland
Note: Please note that David Livingstone Birthplace (and the David Livingstone Trust) is no longer part of National Trust Scotland (NTS). NTS members will therefore no longer receive discounted/free entry to the Birthplace Museum.

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