Public Programs Volunteers


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 mid-September and continues through the end of March. A two-year commitment, monthly meetings, and 10 hours of continuing education each year are expected. We are still accepting applications for 2016. 


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 ten-week training course in natural history begins the first Saturday after Labor Day and continues through the first of November. A commitment to lead 12 hikes over a two-year period is expected. We are no longer accepting applications for 2016. Please try again next year.

Museum Whalers

Museum Whalers provide naturalist interpretation December–October on whale-watching cruises. An 8-session training course begins the first week in October and continues through the first week in December. A minimum of three cruises per month (including one weekend cruise) during the whale-watching season is expected. We are no longer accepting applications for 2016. Please try again next year.

Camp Aides

Gain valuable work experience and/or earn college credit working with children Pre-K through Grade 6 in a fun, camp setting. Camps are held during winter and spring breaks and over the summer. Volunteers must be age 16 or older. 

Exhibit Volunteers

Engage visitors throughout the Museum as an exhibit interpreter for a permanent or traveling exhibition. A weekly commitment for six months is desired. Training is provided. The next traveling exhbition, Animals: Machines in Motion, opens October 29, 2016.