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Current Volunteer Needs

The following opportunities are currently available. To apply for any of these positions, please complete the volunteer application. The Volunteer Department will contact you to schedule an interview or invite you to an upcoming introduction to the Museum. If you have specific questions, please contact Janet Morris at 619.255.0245 or  

Volunteers Needed for The Discovery of King Tut

Interested in the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb?  Like working with the general public? Volunteer to help museum guests navigate through the chambers of The Discovery of King Tut, open through April 26, 2015. As a Traveling Exhibit Ambassador, you will assist with audio guide distribution, collection, and replacement; direct guests through the exhibition; and answer general questions about both the exhibition and the Museum. Volunteers are asked to donate one 3.5 hour shift weekly 10 AM–1:30 PM and 1:30 PM–5 PM, any day of the week. Afternoons and weekends are especially needed. Apply today.

Share Your Enthusiasm for Nature with Museum Visitors

Do you enjoy the natural world of San Diego County and the Baja peninsula? Are you outgoing and enjoy sharing your knowledge? Then join the Museum as an Exhibit Interpreter in our exhibition, Water: A California Story. You’ll use inquiry-based learning to educate our guests about the ecosystems of San Diego County and about water distribution and conservation. As an option, you can also be trained to conduct live animal demonstrations with our gopher snake, rosy boa snakes, or a bearded dragon. This is a 7-day a week opportunity with a 2 hour shift (11 AM-1 PM or 1 PM-3 PM). A minimum 3 month commitment is expected. Apply today.

Help Needed with Visitor Surveys

Public Programs is seeking volunteers to help conduct visitor surveys in the Museum. Requirements include: An outgoing personality, an ability to approach strangers, and on-the-job training on conducting surveys. Flexible schedule. Apply today. 

Explore the Wild Side of San Diego as a Canyoneer

It's not too early to apply for the fall training for the Canyoneers. Canyoneers lead free guided nature walks from the coast to the desert. They are trained by Museum curators and other local experts to inspire appreciation of the plants and animals in southern California. Training is 10 consecutive Saturdays from September 5–November 14, 2015; 8 AM–3 PM. Graduation is November 21. A minimum commitment of six hikes per year for two years is expected. Training materials are $25. Apply today. Application deadline is August 15, 2015. To see the Canyoneers in action, take a Canyoneer hike

Share Your Love of Whales as a Museum Whaler

Join an enthusiastic crew of volunteer naturalists on board Hornblower Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruises. The Museum Whalers are trained by scientists from NOAA and other local experts to educate the public about the wonders of the ocean and the whales that are seen off the coast of southern California. Training is held eight consecutive Tuesdays from October 6–December 8, 2015 from 6:30–9 PM. (There will be no class Thankgsgiving week or the first week in December.) A minimum commitment of three cruises per month during the season (mid-December through April) is required. Apply today for the fall training. Application deadline is September 9, 2015. To see the Museum Whalers in action, join them on a cruise

Put Your Teaching Skills to Work as a Museum Docent

Become a San Diego Natural History Museum Docent and share your love of the natural world with young and old alike. Docents are trained by Museum curators and other local experts to connect people with the rich biodiversity of the region. Hop aboard the Museum-on-Wheels and educate students in local schools or engage the public in the Museum. Training is held consecutive Wednesdays September 9, 2015–March 30, 2016 from 9 AM–3 PM. Application deadline is August 21, 2015. A weekly commitment for two years is required. Apply today. 

For other volunteer opportunities in the San Diego area, visit the Cultural Volunteer Managers Council website