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O N C A Voles

Volunteering & Internships

Volunteers & interns are at the heart of ONCA and we wouldn’t be where we are today without them.


We love our volunteers and interns as much as a riverbank loves voles, so we call them voles. They are generous and creative: essential to the ONCA ecosystem. Since opening in 2012, we’ve been amazed at the range of skills and support people have brought us. Our volunteers and interns enable us to continue providing great, inclusive exhibitions and projects for everyone to enjoy. We recognise time is precious, and hope that in exchange for yours, we can provide you with valuable experiences, growth and learning.

My first experience volunteering with ONCA was at Blackbirds Film Festival in 2016. I loved it. I was finding life hard in Brighton, but being in ONCA’s space felt right. I remember telling Alice (the gallery co-ordinator at the time and now good friend) that ‘I feel like I am in a living room. It just feels so comfortable and accepting, even though I don’t know anyone here.’ ONCA was my place. Since then, I have worked with ONCA to deliver kombucha workshops, empowering dozens of people to take control of at least a small part of their health and food. I also helped with several evening events, the renovations for the re-branding in 2017, participated in several beach cleans and worked as a graphic facilitator at the Dream Your School conference day.

– Tricia Enns,  ONCA Vole (2016-18)

What do ONCA Voles do?

We have two types of vole positions: Voles and Perma-Voles. Voles help out on a casual basis, say a few times a month, and Perma-Voles dedicate one day every week to supporting ONCA on an ongoing basis. Both roles might include, but are not restricted to:

  • Setting up and taking down exhibitions
  • Invigilating exhibitions (ensuring art works are safe, welcoming visitors etc)
  • Assisting with events and workshops
  • Assisting with education and outreach
  • Gardening & DIY
  • Writing for our blog
  • Photographing events and exhibitions
  • Assisting with fundraising and marketing
  • Assisting with research projects

For more information, please download our Volunteering Policy.

Vole Open Evenings

We regularly receive requests from people who want to volunteer at ONCA. We host four open-evenings and socials a year for people to find out more about what volunteering with ONCA involves, as well as an opportunity to meet the ONCA team and our other volunteers. We require everyone to attend an open evening before starting to volunteer with us. Our Summer Voles Open Evening is on July 23rd.

ONCA Voles Newsletter

We typically communicate our volunteer vacancies via our ONCA Voles newsletter. If you’d like to get involved with ONCA and get notified when we have new opportunities, please subscribe to the newsletter.