Volunteer at The Nat

Connect People to Nature

We offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities for our community of more than 700 volunteers, including: public engagement volunteers (Canyoneer hiking guides, Docent educators, Museum Whalers, and NATuralists who offer interpretation on the museum floor); science department opportunities (Birds and Mammals, Botany, Entomology, Herpetology, Paleontology, and the Research Library); and administrative departments. For high school and college students, we offer camp volunteer positions and internship opportunities in partnership with local schools.

Our recruitment needs vary depending on the season and other factors. Click below for information on our current volunteer needs.

For more information or questions, please email volunteers@sdnhm.org.

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Benefits of Volunteering

  • Free admission to the Museum
  • Excellent training by our science staff
  • Notices of discounts and events free to volunteers throughout Balboa Park
  • Discounts in the museum store and café
  • Discounts on Museum lectures and events
  • 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.