Current Volunteer Needs

To apply for any of these positions, please complete the volunteer application. The Volunteer Department will contact you to schedule an interview or invite you to an upcoming Open House. If you have specific questions, please call Janet Morris at 619.255.0245 or Science department openings are limited. 

Apply to Volunteer

Interested in employment at the Museum? View our current openings.

Love Dinosaurs? Become an Interpreter for Ultimate Dinosaurs

Get your dinosaur fix as an Exhibit Interpreter in Ultimate Dinosaurs. Opening February 25 through September 4. In the exhibition prehistory takes on 21stcentury technology and features 16 fully-articulated dinosaur specimens from locations in the Southern Hemisphere. As an Exhibit Interpreter you will facilitate visitor activity stations and answer basic questions. Shifts are 10 AM-1 PM and 1-4 PM. We ask for a weekly commitment of one shift for at least 3 months.

Minimum age is 16. Children under 16 may volunteer with a parent or grandparent. This is a great way to engage those budding paleontologists. 

Training will held on Wednesday, February 22; 6–9 PM. There is a possibility that the training may be split into two sessions depending on the availability of the speaker. To apply, please complete the volunteer application

Camp Aides Wanted

Do you love children? Join our camp aide program. Camps are both Spring (March 27–31) or Summer (June 19–August 18). Volunteers in our camps insure that our campers have an enjoyable and safe experience. Ideal Camp Aides enjoy working with children and are willing to get their hands dirty during craft or other activities. Shifts are 8 AM–4:30 PM.  Spring Camps are single day and we ask for a minimum of 2 days. Summer Camps are weeklong and we ask for a minimum of two weeks and three is even better. There are a small number of Pre-K camps that are half day camps.Minimum age is 16 though we would consider a student who is turning 16 in the summer. Please complete a volunteer application and we will contact you for an interview. We require two letters of recommendations from a teacher, volunteer supervisor, or another adult who is not a relative. 

Engage Visitors in the New Library Exhibition

Explore the wonders of citizen science in our newest permanent exhibition—Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People: A History of Citizen Science. This is a beautifully rendered exhibition filled with rare books from our Research Library. As an Exhibit Interpreter you will answer basic questions and engage our visitors by encouraging them to explore more deeply. We ask for a weekly commitment of one shift for 3 months. Shifts are 10 AM–1 PM and 1-4 PM. Apply today. 

Museum Ambassadors Needed

As a Museum Ambassador you will be the face of the Museum as guests enter. Our Museum Ambassadors answer visitor questions about exhibitions, activities, facilities, and the museum layout. They also answer general questions about dining options, Balboa Park, and even questions about San Diego and other attractions. Museum Ambassadors are scheduled for two-hour shifts, 11 AM-1 PM or 1 PM-3 PM, on any day of the week. Apply today.