Exhibit Guides & Visitor Services

 volunteer and three young visitors in Dinosaur Hall

If you enjoy interacting with the public, especially children, volunteering on the museum floor may be the perfect fit.  

Museum Galleries Education Volunteer

Volunteers serve as informal interpreters in the public spaces of the museum to educate guests of all ages about exhibits and natural science topics using hands-on activities. Volunteers may take on all or some of the following roles:

  • Special Exhibits Gallery Guide for upcoming exhibits traveling here: Chocolate (Fall 2014), Titanaboa (Winter/Spring 2015), Animal Grossology (Spring/Summer 2015)
  • Cart of Curiosity Interpreter
  • Invertebrate Cart Live Specimen Interpreter (optional, requiring extra training)
  • Live Animal Floor Presenter (optional for qualified volunteers 18 and older)

Internships (unpaid) are also available for college students or recent grads.


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.

Dinosaur Hall

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.

Outside In

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.

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