Volunteer Opportunities

We have an exciting mix of volunteering opportunities with Roundhouse Birmingham.
Whether you’re a lover of the outdoors, enjoy talking to people or
an interest in heritage, there’s a role here for you.

Register your interest and sign up using our online Volunteer Management System, Beeple.

The deadline for registering for the Spring cohort of Tour Guides has now passed.
Our current opportunities can be found below.

Want to find out more before registering? We’re holding some informal drop-in recruitment sessions
on 11, 12 and 13 January 2022. Find out more on our eventbrite page below.

City in One Square Tour Guided Walk

City Heritage Tour Guide

Help us to tell the story of our city to visitors from near or far; we’re looking for Brummies (or honorary Brummies) to join our team of volunteer walking tour guides, who will lead and support a range of tours, on foot, in 2022. We’re looking for people who have a passion for our city and for sharing its stories, and who are interested in learning a bit about Brum’s brilliant history.  We want to give an authentic, personal, and specifically Brummie welcome to people visiting Birmingham, and we need you! Sound good? Read on…

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Can commit to training two-days a month between Feb and April 2022; most likely weekends.
  • After training, can commit to delivering two tour days a month; a usual tour day would consist of delivering one/two 90-min tours.
  • Is friendly, approachable and open-minded.
  • Can be an engaging tour guide, leading up to 15 people on each tour at and around the Roundhouse.
  • Have an interest in Birmingham and an eagerness to share stories about the city.
  • Be reliable and confident in delivering a host of tours to the public.
  • We’d really love to hear from people between the age 18-25 who are interested in joining our cohort of guides for the summer.

The roles:

  • Brilliant Birmingham Tour Guide 

Delivering our *new* city walking tour for Summer 2022 – Brilliant Birmingham. Help us to share Birmingham’s biggest, best, and quirkiest claims to fame for new visitors to Brum in our new local walking tour.

  • Introducing the Roundhouse Tour Guide

Delivering our onsite tour that is just as much about Birmingham’s history as it is about our fantastic building. Share the stories of the unsung heroes of the Victorian era, and our curious survivor, the Roundhouse.

  • Tour Supporter

Providing support for our City tours, and the tours that we’re organising with our fantastic partners, such as heritage working boat trips, city photography walks, or exploring Brum’s canal network on foot. A good role for someone that wants to build confidence, but isn’t quite ready to take on a full tour!

Active Outdoor Tour Guide

Do you love meeting new people and chatting with them about local Brummie history? Are you a naturally welcoming and inclusive person? Would you like the chance to be at the heart of delivering exciting cultural and heritage events in 2022? Then look no further! Be at the forefront of Roundhouse Birmingham and show our visitors the wonderful things we do. As a Welcome & Events Volunteer you will be eager to learn about the rich history of our unique building and will welcome and help all visitors who enter the property, ensuring they have an enjoyable and memorable experience. You will also help to support our events and workshops at the Roundhouse and offsite, making sure they run smoothly. 

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Can commit to delivering a minimum of six sessions in exchange for a qualification.
  • Can commit to attending the training; seven days for kayaking and two to three days for cycling/running.
  • Is enthusiastic about the great outdoors.
  • Enjoys physical activity and helping others to be active.
  • Is positive, friendly and approachable.
  • Wants to learn more about Birmingham’s canals.

The roles:

  • Stand Up Paddleboard Leader

Full training provided running from Feb-April 2022 (8-9 days). Commitment needed: 6 tours a year

  • Green Walks Leader

Full training provided starting mid/late Jan (3 day). Commitment needed: 2 tours per month

  • Kayak Tour Guide

Full training provided running from Feb-April 2022 (12 days). Commitment needed: 6 tours a year

  • Cycling Leader

Full training provided starting March 2022 (4 days). Commitment needed: 1 tour per month

City Heritage Tour Guide

Are you naturally curious, creative and interested in showing off the hidden history at and around Roundhouse Birmingham? Whether through the historic building itself, the winding streets of Birmingham or along our beautiful canals, come and deliver some fresh and exciting tours with us.

Innovation is at the heart of all our tours; we want visitors to ‘See the City Differently’, so as you grow as a guide, we will encourage you to develop your own tours, creating unique, engaging and authentic story-telling experiences for audiences.

 

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Can commit to a two-day training session and a minimum of two tour days a month; a usual tour day would consist of delivering one or two 90-minute tours.
  • Is friendly, approachable and open-minded.
  • Be an engaging tour guide, leading up to 15 people on each tour at and around the Roundhouse.
  • Have an interest in Birmingham and an eagerness to share stories about the city.
  • Be reliable and confident in delivering a host of tours to the public.
Active Outdoor Tour Guide

Do you crave adventure and love the great outdoors? As an Active Outdoors volunteer, you will have a true passion for delivering great active experiences. You will be instrumental in supporting the Active Outdoors team which will include delivering fun kayaking and cycling tours around the cityscape, helping as many people as possible engage with the outdoors and enjoy our beautiful places.

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Can commit to delivering a minimum of six sessions in exchange for a qualification.
  • Can commit to attending the training; seven days for kayaking and two to three days for cycling/running.
  • Is enthusiastic about the great outdoors.
  • Enjoys physical activity and helping others to be active.
  • Is positive, friendly and approachable.
  • Wants to learn more about Birmingham’s canals.
Roundhouse
Welcome and Events Supporter

Do you love meeting new people and chatting with them about local Brummie history? Are you a naturally welcoming and inclusive person? Would you like the chance to be at the heart of delivering exciting cultural and heritage events in 2022? Then look no further! Be at the forefront of Roundhouse Birmingham and show our visitors the wonderful things we do. As a Welcome & Events Volunteer you will be eager to learn about the rich history of our unique building and will welcome and help all visitors who enter the property, ensuring they have an enjoyable and memorable experience. You will also help to support our events and workshops at the Roundhouse and offsite, making sure they run smoothly. 

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Can commit to a one-day training session and a minimum of two four-hour welcome shifts or two events per month.
  • Enjoys meeting and talking to new people.
  • Is enthusiastic, positive, friendly and approachable.
  • Wants to learn more about Birmingham’s past, present and future and share this with others.
  • Has an interest in facilitating events and workshops.

Photographer

Grab a camera and help us show the world the exciting things that take place at Roundhouse Birmingham. You will make sure all our special moments are caught on camera including our events, outdoor activities, guided tours and even just the interesting day-to-day life in and around the building. Adding your own creative spin, we are keen on working with volunteers bursting with bold and imaginative ideas. Roundhouse Birmingham can provide a camera for you to use.

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Has an interest in city life and is keen to promote work going on at the Roundhouse.
  • Is a keen photographer – some knowledge of using a camera, having a good eye for a shot and is eager to develop their skills.
  • Can follow a brief and enjoys working with other people.
  • Would be available for projects about once a month.
  • Is able to capture people’s permission for GDPR requirements.

Digital and Social Media Support

Want to improve our online presence? Love organising things? Excited to tell everyone about who we are and what we do? Our Digital and Social Media Supporters will assist in a variety of tasks, from keeping our followers and visitors in the loop, to helping us organise our digital library of assets and research. In this role, you could find yourself creating exciting content to share on our website and all over our social media platforms, or you could even focus on making promotional content in the form of engaging graphics and videos. The work you do will have a long-lasting impact and will also help us build anticipation and excitement for our events and activities. What you choose to specialise in is up to you, just come with an open mind and a willingness to learn!

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Enjoys social media and has some knowledge of using it, which they want to develop.
  • Has an interest in administrative tasks and organisation.
  • Likes to take and edit videos.
  • Enjoys engaging with a wide variety of people.
  • Enjoys writing stories and is good at communicating online.
  • Can follow a brief and enjoys working with other people.
  • Is creative in their thinking and ideas.
  • Has an interest in city life and is keen to promote work going on at Roundhouse Birmingham.
Extra information

Being a volunteer also offers:

  • • Training in your volunteer role, which will include boosting your confidence in leading groups and public speaking.
    • Qualification (where applicable) in your chosen volunteering area.
    • Meeting like-minded people and making new friends.
    • Research and training resources that will give you all the Brummie know-how you’ll need for your role.
    • Travel expenses covered.
    • 20% discount in the Roundhouse gift shop.

This will take you to our volunteer registration and scheduling system, Beeple.

Volunteering FAQs

Most frequent questions and answers

We have a variety of volunteering opportunities available at Roundhouse Birmingham. More information on the type of roles available can be found on our role profile page.

For most of our volunteer roles we don’t require people with any specific skills or experience. We’re looking for people with an enthusiasm to get involved and a willingness to learn about Roundhouse Birmingham.

Yes, all roles require an element of training. You can find more information on our role profile page.

Our volunteering roles are flexible, so you’ll be able to work around a schedule that suits you. Most roles are ongoing, but some are short term and others might need a longer commitment. More info can be found on our role profile page.

Roundhouse Birmingham is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes all applications for volunteer roles. Please get in touch with us so we can discuss your individual needs get in touch.

Our volunteering opportunities are open to people aged 18 and over. If you are between 16 and 18, please get in touch directly with us as there may be opportunities available.

As a new charity, we’re still finding our feet. We hope to be able to offer school work experience placements in the future – watch this space!

Yes, we pay for travel expenses for volunteers to and from Roundhouse Birmingham, however, this is dependent upon your location. For more information please visit our role profile page.

Roundhouse Birmingham is committed to equal opportunities and having a criminal record will not exclude you from volunteering. For more information please get in touch.

We’ll be happy to provide you with a character reference once you’ve been volunteering with us for three months.
Once you’ve applied we’ll contact you with the next steps as quickly as we can and keep you updated throughout the application and selection process.