Exhibit Guides & Visitor Services
If you enjoy interacting with the public, especially children, volunteering on the museum floor may be the perfect fit.
Special Exhibits Gallery
Volunteers serve as informal exhibit interpreters. These volunteers greet visitors and work throughout the exhibit space answering questions and helping with the interactive elements of the exhibit.
Spring 2014: Birds of Paradise
May 1–September 1, 2014
An elegant example of extreme evolution, birds-of-paradise from the remote rainforests of New Guinea show off their feathery flair during elaborate mating rituals. In this special exhibit produced by National Geographic and based on the groundbreaking research of photographer Tim Laman and Cornell ornithologist Edwin Scholes Visitors, visitors will behold the birds’ cinematic courtship dances, puffed-out plumage, wild calls, and wacky behaviors through video, photography, soundscapes, and displays on research and conservation. Volunteers will help visitors enjoy specimens, illustrations, films, and the chance to learn signature bird moves in a unique dance-off. Read more about Birds of Paradise.
Volunteers serve as informal guides in this enchanting tropical garden of flowering plants, where a hundred or more live butterflies from various parts of the world fly freely. Volunteers are key in helping visitors enjoy and learn about the variety of very colorful butterflies in this garden within our museum.
Volunteers share their enthusiasm and knowledge with visitors in Dinosaur Hall and help children turn into junior paleontologists in The Big Dig. Volunteers also train to prepare fossils in our Fossil Prep lab. Internships are also available for college students interested in Museum Education and Paleontology.
This children's discovery center was created in 1979 to provide hands-on activities for museum visitors. The exhibit combines live animals, artifacts, and activities that invite exploration and involvement of the senses. As a volunteer, you are trained to facilitate learning experiences and encourage exploration by the museum's youngest visitors. Internships are also available for college students interested in Museum Education.
Visitor Services Volunteer
Each year the museum welcomes 165,000 visitors, including school and camp groups, families with younger children, evening adult program attendees, tourists from all over the world, scout groups, etc. The museum’s Visitor Services Department is responsible for insuring that visitors feel welcome and comfortable so they will want to return to visit again. We are in need of volunteers to be scheduled primarily on weekends and holidays throughout the year, but especially during the special exhibit Dinosaurs Unearthed running from October 2013 through March 2014.