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 Volunteer Introduction. If you have specific questions, please call Janet Morris at 619.255.0245 or volunteers@sdnhm.org . Science department openings are limited.

Upcoming Volunteer Introductions:
Wednesday, August 16; 6-7:30 PM

For an invitation, please complete a volunteer application.

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

Make an impact! Become a Docent.

Join our vibrant Docent team and engage young and old alike in the wonders of the rich biodiversity of our region. Docents are trained teaching guides who deliver programs at local schools and in the Museum. The Docents work as teams so it's an opportunity to make new friends. This is a great opportunity for keeping your mind active in retirement. Training is held consecutive Wednesdays; September 20–March 2018 from 9 AM-2 PM. Museum membership is required to be a docent. Training covers all areas of natural history and is taught by museum curators and other local experts. It’s like a college level class! Docents are asked to volunteer 3 hours per week for a two year period. Docents help create programs with the guidance of the museum so there is plenty of opportunity to learn. Minimum age is 18. A background check is required to participate. Apply today.

Reptile Caretaker

The Exhibits Department is seeking a volunteer who has experience working with lizards, snakes, and bugs to help us keep our live-exhibit animals healthy. Duties include feeding, watering, cleaning, keeping cages beautiful, and talking with our Museum visitors. Taking care of live animals requires commitment and responsibility. They need daily care. Animals are housed in both public and nonpublic areas. Reliability is a must. We have a Tuesday opening. No other days are available at this time. You must be available on a weekly basis for 2–3 hours between the hours of 10 AM and 5 PM. Apply today. Minimum age is 18. Experience preferred.

Science Research Library needs assistance

The Science Research Library is seeking long term volunteers to assist with routine administrative tasks. This is a non-circulating library but there is still plenty to do. Duties include checking in the periodicals, database work, shelving books, and other daily library activities. Familiarity with libraries is needed. Good computer skills are essential. Ability to climb ladders is preferred. Volunteers may help between the hours of 10 AM–5 PM Monday–Friday. A minimum commitment of 4 hours weekly on a regular schedule is required.

Wanted: students or recent graduates in archeology

The Zooarcheology Department is looking for students or recent graduates to assist in the zooarcheology lab. Volunteers identify faunal remains from archeological sites, assist with preparation of a modern day fish skeleton collection, staff the demonstration lab interacting with museum visitors, and do other tasks as needed. Staff prefers volunteers with knowledge of archeology and coursework in biology. Zooarcheology asks for a minimum commitment of a 3–4 hour weekly shift for 6 months. The department is open only on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.