Current Volunteer Needs

Please review our current needs listed below before submitting an application. To apply for any of these positions, please complete the volunteer application . The Volunteer Department will contact you to schedule an interview. If you have specific questions, please call Janet Morris at 619.255.0245 or volunteers@sdnhm.org . Science department openings are limited and you must be 18 years old to volunteer for the science departments.

Please review our current needs before submitting an application.

Apply to Volunteer

Interested in employment at the Museum? View our current job openings .

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 20 classes over the course of six months starting in September. Classes are held on Wednesdays from 9 AM-2 PM. 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. A background check is required to participate. Apply today.Deadline is Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

Citizen Scientist Project—Volunteers Needed

Registration open now! Contact steffani@sandiegoriver.org to get involved.

Help combat invasive species
They may be small, but Shot Hole Borer beetles are doing big damage in San Diego. These pests threaten our fragile river woodlands. They infest willows and sycamores, leaving dead, broken trunks in their wake. The Nat and the San Diego River Park Foundation are teaming up to monitor invasive Shot Hole Borer beetle presence in the San Diego River Watershed and we need your help.

What will you do?
You will set-up, check, and retrieve insect traps. We will provide training. The only experience needed, is comfort exploring the great outdoors—no background in science necessary.

Three day commitment required:

  • Aug 25 from 9am-2pm, training and trap deployment
  • Sep 22 mid-point tap check
  • Oct 20 collect traps, transport to The NAT, and peak at what you found under a microscope

Questions? Read the FAQ .

Contact Steffani Clark-Jijon with the San Diego River Park Foundation to register.

Registration ends August 23 at noon, or until capacity is reached, whichever comes first.

Together we can make a difference!