Become a Volunteer

Be part of of our valued team!

Discover the natural and cultural heritage of North Queensland at the Museum of Tropical Queensland, the northernmost campus of the Queensland Museum Network. The network also consists of Queensland Museum (Brisbane, Southbank), The Workshops Rail Museum (Ipswich) and Cobb+Co Museum (Toowoomba). Together all four campuses receive over 2.5 million visitors annually. 

The Museum of Tropical Queensland has six permanent galleries, the feature showcasing the epic story of the shipwreck HMS Pandora. The Museum hosts two major travelling exhibitions per year and overall receives over 90 000 visitors annually. It is also holds a significant part of the Queensland State Collection and heads research in the fields of corals, marine invertebrates, palaeontology, maritime archaeology and anthropology. For more information on the Museum's history and collections see About Us.

Volunteer roles

The Museum encourages community engagement through a rewarding Volunteer Program and is committed to maintaining a comprehensive volunteer base. Volunteer appointments include a number of key areas, such as Visitor Engagement, Administration and Educational Programs and offers several different types of work for adults of all ages, interest and skill levels.

Volunteer Guides (Front of House)

Our biggest group of volunteers enjoy giving talks, guiding tour group and answering visitor queries. Volunteer Guides work with the public to provide our visitors with insight into our displays and other assistance where required. Visitors always have a wonderful experience at the Museum of Tropical Queensland but with the help of our Volunteer Guides they have an unforgettable one! 

This team works shifts of four (4) hours in the morning or afternoon with a partner or in groups. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and must be willing to apply for a volunteer Working with Children Check.  

Administration, Marketing and Education

If you enjoy working with your hands this is the area for you! These departments require assistance with mail outs, promotional activities, filing, data input, photocopying and preparation for museum activities. This work is sporadic so many of our Volunteer Guides offer their time to assist in this area when required.  


Volunteers are enjoying constructing small exhibitions for the benefit of the public and preparing skins for display mounting.The aim of the activities is to help volunteers develop their skills in exhibition layout, design and construction.  

Cultures and History and Biodiversity 

Positions available in these departments are limited and the work is sporadic and usually project specific. Volunteers who apply to work in these departments will need to have specialist skills or studying a relevant field.  

Special Events

Volunteers are needed to assist staff with delivering school holiday programs and need to self-motivated and enjoy interacting with people of all ages, particularly children. Volunteers could be asked to assist in the delivery of a wide variety of interactive, visitor focused activities.

Skills and qualifications

There are no specific qualifications required to become a volunteer at the Museum of Tropical Queensland. The most important attributes are; a strong commitment to the program, an interest in the Museum’s exhibits and an enjoyment of talking to /  engaging with the public. The Museum of Tropical Queensland houses a vast number and variety of displays, however you will be able to acquire the skills needed to interpret these displays through the Volunteer Training Program.

Benefits of becoming a Volunteer  

The Museum of Tropical Queensland’s Volunteers benefit from their relationship with the Museum in many ways. Along with the constant acquiring of knowledge there are also many social activities available to our volunteers including morning tea’s, monthly talks and many more socially based activities.

The Museum of Tropical Queensland will provide you with all the tools you need to become a capable and confident public speaker. The Museum provides its volunteers with a team shirt, a private tearoom, special discounts in the Museum Shop and two free passes annually for family and friends.

Like to know more?

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator on (07) 4726 0600 or

If you would like to become a volunteer, complete the Application to Volunteer (273 KB)  (693 KB) pdf document iconpdf document icon and return it to us:

Once your application has been reviewed you will be notified to attend an interview. Successful applicants for Front of House will begin a mentoring program where they will learn about the exhibits here at the Museum and how to interpret them. Training for volunteers in other departments will be subject to agreement between the volunteer and Department Manager.