The Museum relies on volunteers to fill many roles. Some volunteers work with the public, providing services that create fun and educational experiences for Museum guests. Other volunteers work behind the scenes with our collections to help with the preservation of our cultural and natural heritage, assist with maintenance or clerical work, and doing data entry. Applicants may indicate on their application interest in one of these areas.
Volunteers must be 15 years or older. The steps to becoming a volunteer are:
- Fill out and submit an Application
- Interview with the Museum’s Volunteer Coordinator
- Attend a volunteer orientation session
- Additional orientation or interviews, depending upon the position requirements
- Specialized training by the division in which you will work
Volunteering for the Museum provides excellent learning opportunities and builds a variety of different skills to use in future careers or for résumés and job or college applications.
Most Museum divisions have a limited number of volunteer positions available. Some positions may require specific experience or background. Not all applicants can be placed due to the limited number of positions available at any given time.
Volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Exploration Station Assistant
Volunteers working here will supervise the facility, monitor and care for the animals, and interact with museum guests by providing them with additional interpretative information.
Volunteers are a vital source of support for museum events: set up, help with preparations and activities, and join the clean-up crew after the event is complete.
Summer Programs Assistant
Summer Camp volunteers help make sure that all campers (ages 7 to 10) are having a fun and safe experience. You will participate, assist, and facilitate daily camp activities, such as crafts, science experiments, indoor and outdoor games, museum tours, and interactive learning.
The museum has curators in 5 different areas of study: anthropology, biology, education, earth sciences, and history. Each curator performs a variety of different tasks and all maintain the collections that are directly under their care. Curators may use volunteers for special projects such as collections care, data entry, reorganization, and other support tasks.
Cart Talk Docent
Cart Talks are interactive discussions between visitors and a Museum volunteer. They are based on tangible objects that provide a focus for the discussion. As groups, families, and individual guests walk through the galleries, Cart Talk Docents engage with visitors by using the objects available in the cart with guidance from a script.