Get involved

Develop new skills and knowledge by volunteering and find new career opportunities at Leeds Museums and Galleries.


Leeds Museums and Galleries are the largest local authority run museum service in the UK, and as such have a large and varied workforce.

We care for a large multi-disciplinary collection, many designated as nationally important, and run eight museums and galleries across the city of Leeds.

Roles within Leeds Museums and Galleries range from curatorial roles linked with collection area, to visitor experience teams, educational positions, audience development and marketing, community outreach, as well as retail and commercial posts.

All of our positions have one thing in common; a passion for arts, history and heritage and making these available to the people of Leeds and beyond.

Current opportunities

Find and apply for our latest career vacancies

Diversity and disability

We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities. We are also accredited by Investors in People.

If you have a disability and require assistance to attend an interview, please let us know in your application.

Disability Confident Leader


Joining our team as a volunteer is a great way to develop new skills and knowledge, meet new people and get exclusive behind-the-scenes access to each of our eight sites.

We offer flexible, short and long-term volunteering to give you an opportunity to gain new skills and enhance the visitor experience.

Our activity is part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Why volunteer with us?

  • Gain first hand experience of a museum or art gallery environment
  • Refresh and develop new skills for your CV
  • Use your own talents
  • Meet people from all walks of life
  • Work with knowledgeable staff
  • Improve your confidence and self-esteem
  • Feel valued and part of a team

Current opportunities

Search and apply for our latest volunteer opportunities for those aged 18 and above.

Opportunities for under-18s

We work with young people in Leeds on a range of exciting, behind the scenes opportunities across a variety of our sites. Find out more.

Project placements

Project Placements are aimed at individuals who are seeking a career in the museums and galleries sector. We are usually able to offer around five placements a year and these are advertised and must be applied for through the Leeds City Council Jobs website.

Project placements are paid at the Leeds City Council Living Wage.

Follow us on Twitter @LeedsMuseums for updates about new placement opportunities.


Garforth in Bloom volunteers working on the terrace gardens in Spring 2021

Sector guidance

A lot of people want to work in museums and galleries, which often means that starting out on a career path can be challenging. A career in the arts and heritage industry can be hugely rewarding and often allows people to work in an area they feel passionate about. A helpful pathway into museums to gain experience is looking for volunteering or project placement opportunities.

If you’re starting out on a career in museums and galleries, you can find more advice on the Museums Association website.