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 .

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 you are sure 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 September 13. Classes are held on Fridays 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 Monday, September 2, 2019.

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.

Reptile Caretaker Needed

The Exhibits Department is seeking a volunteer who has experience working with lizards, snakes, and bugs to help us keep our live-exhibit animals healthy. Duties include feeding, watering, cleaning, keeping cages beautiful, and talking with our Museum visitors. Taking care of live animals requires commitment and responsibility. They need daily care. Animals are housed in both public and nonpublic areas. Reliability is a must. Experience in caring for reptiles is required. Ability to follow directions carefully is essential. We have a Sunday opening. No other days are open at this time. You must be available on a weekly basis for 2–3 hours between the hours of 10 AM and 5 PM. Apply today. Minimum age is 21.