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. You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer for the science departments and openings are limited.

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

Put the NAT in NATuralist.

Join our newest volunteer group—the NATuralists. Engage our guests with fun, interactive games that connect people to nature in a unique way. You don’t have to be an expert in natural history, you just need to be outgoing, able to easily approach strangers, and curious about nature. Volunteers 16 and up can volunteer alone. Volunteer with your child ages 9–15. We find that youth volunteering with their parents is a great way to connect with other people. We ask for a minimum 2 1/2 hour shift three times a month for 6 months. Training will be arranged. Apply today.

Wanted: students or recent graduates in archaeology or anthropology.

The Zooarchaeology Department is looking for students or recent graduates to assist in the zooarchaeology lab. Volunteers identify faunal remains from archaeological sites, assist with preparation of specimens, help add to the collection, staff the demonstration lab interacting with museum visitors, and do other tasks as needed. Staff prefers volunteers with knowledge of archaeology or anthropology and coursework in biology. Zooarchaeology asks for a minimum commitment of 2 weekly shifts of 3 hours (a total of 6 hours weekly) for 6 months. The volunteer hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 1–4 PM. Please apply.

Herpetology is seeking assistance

The herpetology department is seeking volunteers to assist with lab-based projects that include organizing and photographing preserved specimens from our collection. This is a great opportunity to learn about some of the diverse species and ecosystems in our region. Volunteer candidates should have a strong interest in herpetology. Organizational skills, self-motivation, and commitment to a regular weekly schedule are required. Please apply.