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

Please review our current needs before submitting an application.

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

Unpaid Research Library Internship

The Research Library is offering an unpaid internship for course credit. You must be currently registered in a graduate library degree program. Primary job responsibilities include assisting in digitizing our collection of historical photographs, field notes, diaries, and other primary documents from our archives documenting the early years of the Natural History Museum, which was founded in 1874. Our naturalists and research scientists have been actively documenting animals, plants, and fossils throughout southern California and Baja California since the late 1800s. Other responsibilities include historical/biographical research, description and arrangement of archival collections, preparation of finding aids, creation of digital objects, authority work, metadata aggregation, and cataloging of archival material (Marc21 and Marc21-XML). Our digital objects include research material at the Internet Archive and finding aids available through the Online Archive of California.

You will gain experience digitizing materials and assigning metadata; you will work with tools such as commercial software Excel, Adobe Photoshop and Bridge, and open-source applications such as MarcEdit, Archivesspace, and OpenRefine. You will also learn about working in a research library/archives within a vibrant museum with a dedicated and enthusiastic staff and research-active associates.

Although we cannot offer paid compensation, we believe we offer valuable experience in the practical application of best practices in developing access to archival materials. Immedidate opening. Flexible schedule working Tuesday through Thursday, on-site hours to be determined by intern. Some remote work is possible. Complete the intern application to apply.

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. Minimum age is 15 though we will consider parent/child pairs. 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 is individually scheduled. Apply today.