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Our Main 2019 placement programme is now Closed.


If you are a BA (Hons) Primary Education student from York St John’s University seeking a SOTS placement then please click this link below:


Applications for 2020 Winter & Spring Placements will open in December 2019.


We have a range of placement opportunities offering short-term involvement and experience in The JORVIK Group over our busy February, Easter summer and autumn periods. The exact placements on offer at each application will vary but we hope the details below give you an idea on some of the options that may be available.

We have a range of placement opportunities offering short-term involvement and experience in The JORVIK Group over our busy summer and autumn periods.

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JORVIK Viking Centre Collections Up-Close Placement

This placement offers an opportunity to gain hands-on experience of artefact interpretation in a visitor facing environment. Placements are given training to deliver two artefact handling and viewing opportunities assisting visitors to explore their location on the site of the dig which founded the JORVIK Viking Centre. This is an ideal role for anyone wanting a taster experience of archaeological interpretation and engagement through finds.

Download the JORVIK Viking Centre Collections Up-close Placement role job description here

Heritage Opportunities Placement

This placement offers an opportunity to gain broad range of heritage work experience with the placement offering five days of experience in a visitor facing role as a JORVIK Viking Centre Collections-up Close Placement (please see above) and five days split between a range of our key departments such as Curatorial, Education and Archaeology. The departments on offer will vary depending on the projects and tasks available. This is an ideal role for anyone considering a future in heritage work but who is unsure of the roles on offer or types of work that would most interest them.

Download the Heritage Opportunities Placement role job description here

Curatorial Interpretation Placement

This placement offers an opportunity to gain experience of artefact interpretation and care with a ten day placement split between the delivery of the artefact interpretation as a JORVIK Viking Centre Collections Up-Close Placement (see above) and time in our Curatorial Department learning about their work to care for the collection. Tasks with the Curatorial team vary according to the projects running in the department but can vary from assisting with Finds processing to experiencing exhibition preparations.

Download the Curatorial Interpretation Placement job description here

Education Interpretation Placement

This placement offers an opportunity to gain experience of Education roles with in the Trust. Run by the the Trust’s Education team the placement offers an opportunity to meet with the Education team to learn about their work and to then shadow a range of workshops/tours or assist in the research and development of new resources, workshops and educational opportunities.

Download the Education Interpretation Placement job description here

How do I apply?

Apply here with us while our application period is open.

Applications are usually advertised and open around December for placements happening February – April and in April for placements happening between June–October.

Can I apply outside of an application period?

We regret we are unable to accept applications outside of the application periods

What happens after I apply?

After an application period closes we will contact everyone who has applied and arrange to meet with those people we may have a suitable place for. At this meeting we will ask you some questions to see if we can match you to a suitable placement. We will be able to allocate and confirm the placements after the meeting. Any offer of a place will just be pending references.


Where possible it can be helpful for placements to attend some pre-placement training with us. The dates for this are listed in each placement role description.

Can I apply from abroad or if I don’t live in York?

We welcome applications from outside of York. Overseas applicants will need to ensure they can arrange a suitable visa to allow them to undertake the placement. We are happy to arrange video interviews for anyone from abroad or anyone unable to travel to York for their interview.

How old do I need to be to undertake a placement?

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.

Next Intake Period


Application Period – 9th December 2019 – 5th January 2020

Roles Available: 

To be confirmed.

Placement Dates:

Placements will be available – February 17th – 23rd and March 30th – April 19th. The exact availability of date will depend on the placement chosen.

Training Dates:

Welcome Day – Monday 3rd February 10 am – 1pm or Wednesday 5th February 1pm – 5pm

Role Induction Day JORVIK Collections Up-Close Guide – Monday 10th February 10 am – 1 pm

Role Induction Day JORVIK Viking Festival Roles – Wednesday 12th February 2 pm – 4.30 pm

We can offer a placement without attendance at these dates. However, for some of our placements they can be a helpful introduction to your role. As such we will offer all our placements the opportunity to attend any relevant sessions they wish to come to.


Please download our common facts and questions sheet here.

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For anyone seeking on-going opportunities please do also take a look at our volunteers page