Volunteer at theNAT

Connect People to Nature

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19, our Volunteer Program is being reassessed to determine how volunteers will continue to engage in the Museum. We apologize that we are not currently accepting applications for new volunteers. Recruitment for volunteer programs such as Whalers, Docents, and Canyoneers will start in the early summer. If you are interested in any of these, please continue to check this page for any updates. The Nat will not be offering traditional summer camps this year. We plan to resume High School volunteer opportunities for camp in 2022.

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

We offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities for over 700 volunteers, including: public engagment volunteers (Canyoneer hiking guides, Docent teaching guides, Museum Whalers, teen camp aides, and NATuralists who volunteer within the museum); science department opportunities (Birds and Mammals, Botany, Entomology, Herpetology, Paleontology, and the Research Library); and administrative departments. For high school students, we have camp volunteer positions and internship opportunities in conjunction with local schools.

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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 the Flying Squirrel 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.