Young Archaeologists’ Club: Volunteer Assistants Required

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to work with Stoke-on-Trent Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC), helping to provide regular archaeology-themed activities for 8-16 year olds.

Activities usually take place at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.

What tasks and activities does this involve?

  • Working with the YAC Leader (Curator of Local History), and other Assistants, to support and supervise 8-16 year old YAC members during activity sessions.
  • Following current Young Archaeologists’ Club policies and procedures.
  • Helping the Leader to design and deliver an inclusive and accessible programme that meets the needs and aspirations of YAC members.
  • Helping the Leader to ensure the health, safety and welfare of everyone in the club.
  • Other specific duties agreed with the Leader and with their support and supervision; this could be, for example, writing content for blog posts or YAC website.

What will you gain by being a YAC Assistant?

Being a YAC Assistant can be great fun, and can get you closer to some brilliant local archaeology. You’ll have the chance to get better at:

  • managing groups of young people
  • working in a team
  • communicating with people of all ages and abilities
  • planning and delivering safe, exciting learning experiences

and to develop your understanding of:

  • learning styles and abilities
  • health and safety
  • child protection, and
  • (last but not least) archaeology!

What are the requirements for becoming a YAC Assistant?

YAC Assistants must agree to undergo a criminal record check every three years. They must be at least 16 years old. YAC Assistants come from a wide range of backgrounds and have many and varied skills, including:

  • Enthusiasm for working with young people, and the ability to be a good role model.
  • Enthusiasm for archaeology.
  • The ability to work in a team.
  • The ability to follow the instructions and guidance of the YAC Leader.

What support do YAC Assistants get?

YAC Assistants should go to their Leaders in the first instance for support or with questions, but are also very welcome to approach YAC HQ. YAC Assistants can join YAC’s email network and Facebook group, where you can discuss any issues with other YAC volunteers. YAC organises face-to-face and online training sessions on a range of topics as funding allows, and YAC HQ will send out information about these as they arise.

How much time does being a YAC Assistant take up, and when?

We hold activity sessions once a month on Saturday mornings, usually from 10:30am – 12:30pm. In addition to these activity sessions, YAC Assistants may also spend time planning activities, taking care of branch administration, communicating with the YAC team and with YAC HQ. We estimate that YAC Assistants give an average of five or six hours a month each, but this will vary depending on how tasks are organised.

How do I apply?

To apply, please get in touch with YAC Leader Joe Perry – or 01782 232585.