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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   

Get your Argh On!

Do you enjoy working with the public? Want to learn more about the fascinating world of pirates? Weekend help is needed for Real Pirates, an exhibition at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Volunteer ambassadors greet and direct visitors throughout the exhibition and provide that extra customer service that makes people smile. Minimum 2-month commitment, 2 1/2 hour shifts. Apply today for weekend shifts.

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 8. Apply today.   

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.  

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