Volunteer at theNAT

Connect People to Nature

Share your respect for the environment by joining the San Diego Natural History Museum’s volunteer program. Volunteers support the mission  of the San Diego Natural History Museum in many ways. Volunteers are integral to the daily operations of the Museum. In 2015, volunteers contributed more than 59,000 hours, equivalent to over $1.5 Million in donated time.

We offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities, including: Public Programs volunteers (Canyoneers, Docents, and Museum Whalers); science department opportunities (Birds and Mammals, Botany, Entomology, Herpetology, Paleontology, and the Research Library); exhibit interpretation, live animal care, and administrative departments. For high school students, we have camp volunteer positions and internship opportunities in conjunction with local schools.

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Benefits of Volunteering

  • Free admission to the Museum
  • Excellent training by our science staff
  • Notices of discounts and events free to volunteers throughout Balboa Park
  • Discounts in the museum store and the Dino Café
  • Ongoing volunteer events, such as lectures and movie nights
  • The satisfaction of knowing you are helping a vital organization dedicated to researching and educating the public about the diversity of plant and animal life throughout southern California and the Baja peninsula.