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Want to work with children?Become a Docent.
Docents are trained teaching guides who lead school and adult groups on Museum tours, and take the Museum on Wheels programs to schools and adult groups around the county. A six-month comprehensive course in natural history begins the third Wednesday of September and continues through the end of March. A two-year commitment, monthly meetings, and 10 hours of continuing education each year are expected. Application deadline is September 15.
Like the outdoors?If you’re a landlubber, become a Canyoneer.
Canyoneers have been leading guided nature hikes throughout San Diego County since 1972. They receive a comprehensive class taught by our scientists and local experts on the natural history of the San Diego region. A nine-week training course in natural history begins the first Saturday after Labor Day and continues through the first of November. A commitment to lead 16 hikes over a two-year period is expected. Application deadline is August 31.
If you love the ocean, become a Museum Whaler.
Museum Whalers provide naturalist interpretation year-round on whale-watching and nature cruises. A 7-session training course begins the first week in October and continues through the third week in November. A minimum of three cruises per month (including one weekend cruise) during the whale-watching season is expected. Application deadline is September 15.
Interested in natural science?Ongoing opportunities are limited but volunteers are needed for specific projects. These change so check back frequently if none are listed under Current Needs.
Do you have a special talent or strong science background?Be sure to include this in your volunteer application. We make every effort to match your talent with our needs.
Love to cook and want more opportunity to hear lectures in natural history?Join our Covey.
The Covey began in 1967 and serves as the auxiliary of the San Diego Natural History Museum, The Covey’s mission is to stimulate the interest and pride of the community for the Museum, encourage service by members in the Museum’s various volunteer activities and raise funds for the Museum through monthly luncheons.