Volunteer Management Trainee with The Scottish Maritime Museum

Location: Irvine

The Museum
The Scottish Maritime Museum has two sites, one in Irvine and one in Dumbarton. The Museum’s main site is located in Irvine where core staff are based. The two sites contain exhibitions and collections that tell the story of Scotland’s maritime tradition and heritage. The collections are designated as ‘Recognised’, meaning they are identified as collections of national significance. At both sites, the Category ‘A’ listed buildings are themselves significant and are complemented by the collection of vessels that represent 150 years of maritime heritage.

The Role
Established in 1983, the Scottish Maritime Museum is recognised as the principal repository for material relating to Scottish Maritime history, in particular, shipbuilding and marine engineering. This traineeship will provide an exciting opportunity to work directly with the Volunteer Manager and key personnel to learn the skills involved with volunteer management and help develop, promote and maintain a wide range of volunteer roles within the organisation.

The Scottish Maritime Museum currently has over 40 volunteers across the two sites whose roles encompass a wide range of activities including
• The maintenance of the large object collection
• Maintenance of the vessels, both static and floating
• Responding to research enquiries
• Assisting with visitor services
• Managing the Museum’s comprehensive specialist reference library, which contains a wealth of material relating to Scottish and International maritime history.
The trainee will learn skills and gain experience of managing volunteers on a day-to-day basis including strategic planning relating to volunteer management. They will also assist the Volunteer Manager in providing the volunteers with direction and where and when appropriate coordinating training.
They will also have the chance to work with other members of staff on specific projects particularly the ‘Garnock: an Irvine lass through and through’ project which will result in the reopening of a historic vessel to the public.  In addition, the trainee will have the chance to learn from other museum employees in areas including collections, visitor services and event planning, as well as from external partners through participation in network groups.

The Details
The trainee will be based in the main Irvine office and will work closely, and be supervised by the volunteer manager. Support and advice will also be available from the Education Officer or the curatorial staff.

The volunteer manager and key staff will provide a full induction to the organisation including tours of sites at Irvine and Dumbarton. As the traineeship progresses it is hoped that the trainee will be able to lead on smaller volunteer projects which in turn will develop the skills necessary to initiate a project of interest to the trainee that they will work towards delivering.

The Modules

As part of the SVQ Level 3 in Museums Practice all traineeships will cover mandatory units in background and workplace skills which will focus on:
• CCSCCS30: Understanding the sector in which you work and the wider creative and cultural context
• CS32: Taking responsibility for your work in a creative and cultural organisation and self-evaluation
• CS33: Planning and implementing your professional development in the creative and cultural industries
• V9: Cataloguing objects and collections within a cultural venue
• V15: Contributing to the care of items within a cultural venue

Within the Volunteer Management Traineeship with The Scottish Maritime Museum you will also have the opportunity to complete 4 of the following modules: (Trainees must complete 2 from their chosen stream plus an additional 2 from any other stream or optional modules)

Learning and Engagement
• CCSCCS70: Assisting with learning for a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCV17 / CCSCCS71: Supporting the organisation of events and exhibitions / Delivering an event or programme of events for learning and interpretation for a creative and cultural organisation

Collections and Interpretation
No available modules

Digital Skills
No available modules

Volunteer Management
• SFTMVC3: Recruit and place volunteers
• SFTMVD1: Planning, organising and monitoring volunteering activities

Optional Modules
• CCSCCS1: Providing effective customer service


Closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 24 November.

Interviews will take place at the hosting organisations during the week of 10-17 December, 2014.

In order to apply for an MGS traineeship you must be able to demonstrate that you have a right to work legally in the UK and that you have not already studied at graduate level.