Volunteers are essential to maintaining our scientific collections. They perform a variety of tasks related to collections management. The science departments are open Monday–Friday, 10 AM–5 PM. They are not open on weekends. The departments ask for a minimum six month commitment.
You must be 18 years old to volunteer in our science departments. The exception is established internship programs for course credit with local area high schools. Students enrolled in a formal internship program with the school must be juniors or seniors and coursework in the sciences is required.
Applicants with a background or strong interest in science are preferred. Opportunities in the science departments are limited and not all departments are accepting applications. The following science departments are included in the museum's mission:
Please note that the San Diego Natural History does not study human history or Anthropology. If you are interested in these subject matters, visit the Balboa Park.org for a list of museums covering these areas.
To apply complete a volunteer application. The Director of Volunteers will contact you to schedule an interview.