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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. Our Director of Volunteers 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 jmorris@sdnhm.org  

Share Your Love of Nature as a Museum Docent

Docents are trained teaching guides who engage children and adults on the wonders of the natural world through interpretative carts and in-museum programs. Docents also take the Museum on Wheels programs to schools around the county. Docent training, held Wednesdays from 9 AM–2 PM beginning September 10–March, includes weekly lectures by Museum curators and local experts on natural history. Apply today.  

Love Hiking? Join the Canyoneers

Canyoneers share the rich biodiversity of the region, leading guided natures walks on the coast, the mountains, the chaparral and the desert. A Canyoneer receives superb training by Museum scientists and local experts on the flora, fauna, and geology of the region, including bird and plant identification, ecology, and Native American lore. The Saturday classes are 8 AM–3 PM from September 6–November 15. Apply today.   

Explore the Valley of the Kings and Discover 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 our upcoming exhibition, The Discovery of King Tut, opening October 11, 2014–April 26, 2015.  As a Traveling Exhibit Ambassador, you will assist with audio guide distribution, collection, and replacement; direct guests through the exhibit; and answer general questions about both the exhibit and the Museum. This is a 7 day per week opportunity with 3.5 hour shifts; 10 AM–1:30 PM and 1:30 PM–5 PM. 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.

Join our Exhibits Department as an Evaluator

The Exhibits Department is seeking volunteers to work with us over the next year or two on a variety of evaluation projects. Current projects include formative evaluation of Coast to Cactus in Southern California interactives during week days. Requirements include: An outgoing personality and ability to approach strangers; completion of a 2-3 hour online training regarding Protecting Human Research Participants; and on-the-job training on conducting evaluations. Apply today. 

 

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