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:
Tuesday, June 20; 6-7:30 PM
Thursday, July 13; 6-7:30 PM
Wednesday, July 26; 6-7:30 PM
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 .

Explore the wild side of San Diego as a Canyoneer.

Join a crew of hardy hikers and explore the coasts, foothills, mountains, desert, and local canyons. Training begins September 9. As a Canyoneer trail guide, you lead public groups and share your knowledge of the outdoors; knowledge you will gain in the comprehensive Canyoneer training. You trod the wild side of San Diego County, areas that most residents never see. Walks range from 1.5–8 miles on various terrain. This is a weekend opportunity though there are school hikes during the week. Training is consecutive Saturdays from September 9–November 11, 2017; 8 AM-3 PM. Graduation is November 18. Training materials are $25. Canyoneers are asked to lead six hikes per year for two years. The hiking season begins in September and ends in June. The hikes are free, no reservations required, and open to the public. This is a great way to meet others with a similar passion. Minimum age is 18. A background check is required to participate. Apply today. Deadline is Monday, August 15, 2017.

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.

Engage our visitors as a museum ambassador.

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. Minimum age is 18. Apply today.