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Working with Museum Visitors

 volunteer and three young visitors in Dinosaur Hall

At this time, we do not have any new volunteer opportunities in youth & family programming.

The museum is adjusting on-site programming and considering social distancing and safety protocols for the coming days. As part of this, we are also evaluating our volunteer needs. Check back soon for more details, and thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Academy. Here are some of the opportunities that we may offer.

If you enjoy interacting with the public, especially children, volunteering with our Education and Public Experience departments may be the perfect fit. Volunteers gain important skills in working as a team and in communicating with and teaching museum visitors of all ages and backgrounds.

Once you are accepted to become a volunteer in these areas, you will be asked to complete background checks before you can begin volunteering.

For detailed descriptions of our volunteer positions, visit our Opportunity Directory. Internships are also available for college students interested in museum education and/or pursuing careers with animals.

Butterflies! Volunteer

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.

Fossil Prep Lab Volunteer

Located in the back of Dinosaur Hall, the Fossil Prep Lab allows visitors to see paleontology in action. Volunteers learn techniques of vertebrate fossil preparation and explain general methods, processes and principals of paleontology to museum visitors. 

Investigation Station Volunteer

Investigation Station is a drop-in activity where visitors can ask open-ended questions, design experiments, manipulate variables and use scientific tools. Volunteers spark excitement, curiosity, and an appreciation for science by facilitating activities that provide visitors with an opportunity to practice and experiment with the tools and processes used in Academy research.

Museum Galleries Education Volunteer

At the Academy, visitors learn about ecosystems from around the world through our historic dioramas and explore topics ranging from dinosaurs to invertebrates to live crocodiles to backyard ecology and more, through our changing special exhibits. Volunteers serve as informal interpreters in the public spaces of the museum as well as inside the Special Exhibits Gallery to educate guests of all ages about natural science topics using hands-on activities. 

Outside In Volunteer

Outside In is a warm, welcoming place where inquisitive youngsters can investigate a forest, visit the seashore, see and touch live animals, and much more. Volunteers are trained to facilitate learning experiences and encourage exploration by the museum's youngest visitors. If you love and want to learn about animals of all kinds, volunteering in Outside In will be a very rewarding experience.

Science Now Volunteer

Science at the Academy is an exhibit showcasing some of the world-class science conducted at the Academy. In conjunction with this exhibit, volunteers serve as informal interpreters at the Science Now station and chat with guests of all ages about news related to climate change, evolution, biodiversity and extinction, and water. Volunteers disseminate information related to daily topics and engage the public using hands-on activities and demonstrations.