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Connect People to Nature!

Now recruiting for Maya: Hidden Worlds RevealedCanyoneers, Whalers, and Docents.  For more information click here or apply today. 

Museum Whalers on blue whale cruise

Bring others closer to nature and help “combat nature deficit disorder.” 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 2014, volunteers contributed more than 52,000 hours, equivalent to over $1.4 Million in donated time.

We offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities, including: outreach programs (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, exhibit interpretation, and internship opportunities in conjunction with local schools. 

There are many advantages to volunteering at the San Diego Natural History 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

Please note that trainings for Museum Whalers, Docents, and Canyoneers are conducted once a year in the fall.

If you have a particular background in science, please make sure you note that on your volunteer application