Bring others closer to nature and help “combat nature deficit disorder.” Share your respect for the environment by joining the San Diego Natural History Museum’s volunteer program.
Volunteers support the mission of the San Diego Natural History Museum in many ways. Volunteers are integral to the daily operations of the Museum. In 2014, volunteers contributed more than 52,000 hours, equivalent to over $1.4 Million in donated time.
We offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities, including: outreach programs (Canyoneers, Docents, and Museum Whalers); science department opportunities (Birds and Mammals, Botany, Entomology, Herpetology, Paleontology, and the Research Library); exhibit interpretation, live animal care, and administrative departments. For high school students, we have camp volunteer positions, exhibit interpretation, and internship opportunities in conjunction with local schools.
There are many advantages to volunteering at the San Diego Natural History Museum:
Please note that trainings for Museum Whalers, Docents, and Canyoneers are conducted once a year in the fall.
If you have a particular background in science, please make sure you note that on your volunteer application.