placementsOur 2016 placement programme will offer an exciting opportunity to get involved in the Trust’s plans following the closure of JORVIK after damage to the centre in the Boxing Day floods.

We are re-imagining JORVIK to re-open in Spring 2017. Whilst we do this we will be running a series of exciting exhibitions in York. These will offer visitors continued access to the JORVIK experience and our collections whilst offering exciting ways to explore Viking York.

New for 2016 our Viking Handling Collection Placement & Collections Care & Interpretation Placements will offer a unique experience of how we care for and continue access to our collection at this time.

We will also run a new Marketing & Visitor Survey Placement offering experience of collecting market research information via visitor surveys and shadowing experience of our marketing team’s work promoting and supporting The JORVIK Group.

How to Apply

To give each placement a high quality experience, offering them focused support; placements will be offered through a set application period open April 11th – May 9th 2016.

After this period closes we will contact all applicants and arrange interviews for anyone we feel we may have a potential place for. Please note that where we have a high number of applications we regret that we may not be able to interview all applicants.  Places will be allocated after the interview dates.

All our placements are open to anyone aged 18 or above. For anyone under 18 years of age we offer work experience via the NYBEP (North Yorkshire Business & Education Partnership) scheme which offers York schools opportunities to get involved in the Trust. Details of this scheme are available in all participating schools and colleges.

If you think one of the placements above may be of interest to you please download a copy of our Placement Application Form here.

This will allow you to register your interest in the placement(s) so we can see if we can meet your needs. Please note all forms must be in by 9th May in order to apply.

Please email your applications/questions to

Please note we cannot confirm a placement until we have a completed registration form, have received two written references for you and have met with you. This can take a little time to process so we have listed an anticipated timeframe for placement applications below. This is depending on individual availability for interviews and the speed which references are returned

  • 11th April   Applications Open
  • 9th May Applications Close
  • 10th -16th May Applications responded to and interviews arranged.
  • We would hope to arrange interviews with people for either 16th, 17th or 18th Placements will be allocated after the interviews have taken place.

Please note, if you are applying from abroad or a long distance from York it may be possible to arrange a telephone or Skype interview in some instances. Please detail your requirements for this on your application form.

The Placements

Settings Other Than Schools (SOTS) Placement from York St John University

Places are now available for any students from York St John University who are required to undertake placements in settings other than a school as part of their teacher training. Due to high demand, placements are being restricted to certain dates. Students can complete a placement on any four days Mon-Fri between Mon 19th September and Fri 7th October. We cannot offer placements at weekends as we do not have learning programmes running during the weekend days.

As part of your placement, you can expect to observe the delivery of tours, talks and workshops, and learn more about how educators use our services to enhance the learning of primary-age children.

For further information about the placements, please email Frances Bennett, Interpretation and Engagement Manager at If you wish to undertake your placement with us, please email the above address and cite your preferred 4 dates.

The closing date for enquiries about placements is Mon 12th September 2016.

Viking Handling Collection Placement

Following extensive damage in the Boxing Day floods The JORVIK Viking Centre is currently closed until Spring 2017 whilst we rebuild and re-imagine the centre.

During this closure period we are planning a range of exciting exhibitions in York which will offer continued access to The JORVIK Viking Centre experience, our collection and a wealth of information about life in Viking York.

Our Viking Handling Collection Placement offers a unique opportunity to be a part of this story, learning how we interpret these spaces and continue access to our collections and experiences.

This placement will see you learn to run object handling zones which will offer visitors unique access to Viking-age finds from the Coppergate excavation (which founded JORVIK) and our Viking collection. It will offer an opportunity to gain experience alongside our knowledgeable staff and learn how we interpret, engage and educate visitors in our new exhibition spaces. It will also offer valuable experience of archaeological object handling and interpretation with visitors from a wide range of ages and backgrounds.  A customer focused role, your involvement would see you offering interaction with and explanation of the handling collection objects; using this as a basis for discussions about the Viking period

Depending on availability we will also offer a chance to visit our Curatorial Department to shadow or meet with staff charged with the care of our collection. This will offer an invaluable opportunity to gain a taster of the Curatorial department’s work, view the objects in the context of the wider collection and see how we care for, preserve, select and interpret these objects for public display.


Placements run for of 10- 15 days spread over two – three consecutive weeks. These are usually Monday-Saturday 10 am – 4pm


Late mid June– Early September and 17th – 30th October 2016.

Download the Viking Handling Collection Placement description here.

Collection Care & Interpretation Placement

Offering a chance to experience both curatorial and front-of-house interpretation care and interpretation of our collection this placement splits its time between our forthcoming city centre exhibitions and our Curatorial department. It offers experience of the curation and care of the objects in our care, their selection and presentation in our forthcoming exhibitions and the following interpretation of them through visitor-facing object handling sessions.

In our Curatorial Department you will shadow our Curatorial team to learn how they select and present objects for our new city centre Viking exhibitions. Placements will each be timed to offer practical experience of the set-up of an exhibition and the display of objects for this.  Whilst in the Curatorial department you will also shadow staff to learn how they manage the collection.

In the exhibitions you will run object handling zones offering visitors unique access to objects from the Coppergate excavations (which founded JORVIK) and our Viking-age collection.

Involvement during this placement will be very varied and can involve practical hands-on tasks with the Curatorial team as well as a high level of visitor facing presentation and interpretation.

This is an ideal role for anyone considering a future career in curatorial work, exhibition work or seeking experience in archaeological interpretation and collection care and presentation.


Placements are for 10 – 15 days spread over consecutive weeks. Hours are usually Monday –Friday 10 am – 4pm but can involve some weekends or 9 am – 5pm days when with the Curatorial department.


June and July. There is one placement available for each month.

Download the Collection Care & Interpretation Placement description.

Marketing and Visitor Survey Placements


Based in The JORVIK Group attractions this placement offers an ideal opportunity to gain market research experience in the heritage sector. It offers an opportunity to undertake visitor research to gain experience from this and learn how our marketing team gathers data on visitor trends to assist in the development of The JORVIK Group attractions and our services.

The placement will also offer one – two days shadowing our marketing team to learn how they research and develop ideas for the promotion of The JORVIK Group of attractions and events and what types of roles their work entails.

It is ideally suited to anyone seeking experience of marketing or visitor engagement in a heritage environment.


Placements are for block period of 10 days running spread over two consecutive weeks and can include some weekends. Days are usually 10 am – 4pm.


Late July – Early September and 17th – 30th October 2016.

Download the Visitor Survey Market Research Placement description.

Outside of the application period please keep checking back to our Placements page for details on future applications. Any additional places will be added to this page and details of the application dates and roles available for the 2017 placement programme will be available by late autumn/early winter in 2016.

A copy of frequently asked questions can be downloaded here.

For anyone seeking on-going opportunities please do also take a look at our ‘Volunteers’ page for each attraction. We have a range of roles involved in areas such as interpretation, events, costume making and more.

Helen Harris Volunteer Manager
JORVIK, Coppergate, York, YO1 9WT
Tel': 07769757574 or 01904 543419
Working Days : Mondays – Wednesdays