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Current Volunteer Needs

The following opportunities are currently available. To apply for any of these positions, please complete the volunteer application. Our Director of Volunteers will contact you to schedule an interview or invite you to an upcoming introduction to the Museum. If you have specific questions, please contact Janet Morris at 619.255.0245 or jmorris@sdnhm.org.   

Love Kids? Become a Summer Camp Aide (High School)

The Education Department is seeking high school students as volunteer camp aides. Camp aides participate daily in a variety of fun activities such as nature hikes, story time, crafts, and science activities tailored for student campers from pre-K to 8th grade. It’s a great way to earn your community service hours.

You must be at least 16 years old and entering 11th or 12th grade to be a camp aide, and you must complete a background check as part of your application process. A two-week minimum commitment is required. Hours are 8 AM–4:30 PM Monday–Friday with an hour lunch. Camps are June 16 through August 22, 2014. Applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview. Apply today.  

Want experience in education? Become a Summer Camp Teaching Assistant 

The Education Department is seeking college students as volunteer teaching assistants for summer camps with campers from pre-K to 8th grade. Learn about a career in teaching and expand your knowledge of local natural history. Facilitate activity sessions, help prepare materials, and assist instructors in ensuring that camp runs smoothly each day.

If you would like to earn college credit for being a teaching assistant please consult your college/university for information about receiving college credit. A three-week minimum commitment is required. Hours are 8 AM–4:30 PM Monday–Friday with an hour lunch. Camps are June 16 through August 22, 2014. You must complete a background check as part of your application process. Applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview. Apply today.

Get your Arrgh On!

Do you enjoy working with the public? Want to learn more about the fascinating world of pirates? Weekend help is needed for Real Pirates, an exhibition at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Volunteer ambassadors greet and direct visitors throughout the exhibition and provide that extra customer service that makes people smile. Minimum 2-month commitment, 2 1/2 hour shifts. Apply today for weekend shifts.

Love Hiking? Join our Canyoneer Program

Canyoneers share the rich biodiversity of the region, leading guided natures walks on the coast, the mountains, the chapparel and the desert. A Canyoneer receives superb training by Museum scientists and local experts on the flora, fauna, and geology of the region, including bird and plant identification, ecology, and Native American lore. The Saturday classes are 8 AM–2 PM from September 6–November 8. Upon completion of training, Canyoneers are asked to lead 12 hikes over a two-year period. To apply, please complete the volunteer application and indicate Canyoneer. You will be invited to an upcoming introduction. 

Share Your Love of Nature as a Museum Docent

Docents are trained teaching guides who engage children and adults on the wonders of the natural world through interpretative carts and in-museum programs. Docents also take the Museum on Wheels programs to schools around the county. Docent training, held Wednesdays from 9 AM–2 PM beginning September 17–March, includes weekly lectures by Museum curators and local experts in areas of geology, paleontology, county habitats, botany, herpetology, birds, land mammals, marine mammals and invertebrates, insects and the content of docent-created programs. Upon completion of the training, Docents are asked for a once-a-week two-year commitment. To apply, please complete the volunteer application and indicate Docent. You will be invited to an upcoming introduction.

Join our Exhibits Department as an Evaluator

The Exhibits Department is seeking volunteers to work with us over the next year or two on a variety of evaluation projects. Current projects include: formative evaluation of Coast to Cactus in Southern California interactives (week days during the month of April) and front-end evaluation about teens perception of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in their lives. (100 interviews need to be collected with teens ages 13-18 from April–June during both weekdays and weekends.) Requirements include: An outgoing personality and ability to approach strangers; completion of a 2-3 hour online training regarding Protecting Human Research Participants; and completion of a 2-hour introduction/training about evaluation. To apply please complete an application

Data Entry Help Needed

Join our Development Department as a Volunteer Data Entry Associate. The Data Entry Associate will assist the Database Manager in maintaining data integrity in the Raiser’s Edge Database. Data entry experience preferred. Experience with Raiser's Edge software preferred but not essential. Some conceptual knowledge of a relational database is essential. This is an excellent resume builder. Raiser's Edge is a database used by many nonprofits. Apply today. 


For other volunteer opportunities in the San Diego area, visit the Cultural Volunteer Managers Council website