Some volunteers assist curatorial, administrative, marketing, or education staff in non-public-facing roles.
This may be an ongoing opportunity or part of a particular project – helping on a regular basis over a number of weeks or for several days over a shorter, more intensive period.
The exact nature of the work depends on the department's needs and the volunteer's skills and interests, but key qualities include a methodical approach and attention to detail, as well as a generally helpful manner.
Opportunities are advertised and recruited for on an as-and-when basis. Numbers of volunteers are often restricted by the amount of work space and supervisory staff time available, and competition can be particularly high.