Our Museum needs you! Volunteering your time and energy is one of the many ways you can support the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. We offer an interesting and enriching experience for all ages, talents, and skill levels.
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Please fill out a Volunteer Application.
Already a Volunteer?
Sign in to the online volunteer calendar, HERE.
Current Volunteer Opportunities:
Summer Camp Volunteer
Did you grow up enjoying nature? Want to share your enthusiasm for the natural world with kids?
The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History is looking for Nature Explorers summer camp volunteers to help with games, crafts, set up and clean up throughout the day, as well as helping us to engage our campers in science and nature.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
Through exploration, experimentation, and experiencing the outdoors, the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History hopes to inspire future scientists. Our Nature Explorers camps connect campers to their environment in fun and exciting ways that engage their natural sense of curiosity.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the Camps we are offering this summer.
Volunteers need to have reliable transportation to and from the Museum, be punctual and have a positive, kid-friendly attitude. We will offer one 3-hour training before camp that will consist of working with children, behavior management, and how to have a great time at camp. Scientific knowledge is not a requirement; we will teach you all you need to know!
Camps will take place Monday- Friday from July 10th until August 4th.
We are looking for volunteers that can help from 9am-3pm between 2 and 5 days per week. We will also need help with after-camp care from 3-5pm Monday- Friday.
Education Program Docent
Do you love ecology, history, or storytelling? Do you want to connect people with nature? Become a docent with us! We provide quality educational programs to thousands of youth every year in our Museum and outdoors. Help us lead educational programs for school groups (K – 5th grade) on a variety of subjects.
Museum Docent Programs (On-site)
- Ohlone Program (K-4th grade)
- Our Animal Neighbors Program (K-2nd grade)
Field Docent Programs (Off-site)
- Neary Lagoon Wetland Walk (3rd grade)
- Neary Lagoon Watershed Walk (5th grade)
- Pogonip Nature Rangers Program (4th grade)
To learn more about these volunteer positions see: Docent Volunteer Position Descriptions, 2017
To learn more about the Museum’s school programs: Education – School Programs.
Education Program Internship
Are you interested in Museum operations, especially curriculum development, education, teaching, and natural sciences? Help intern with our Education program.
Education Program Interns will assist with the Museum’s Education Programs in development of education programs, teaching of Museum and Field school tours and other specialized projects.
To learn more about this internship please see: scmnh-education-program-internship.
Interested in native California plants and gardening in general? Join us in our Garden Learning Center and Native Pollinator Garden! Work alongside experienced Museum garden volunteers to learn all about what can be found in our garden and the surrounding Pilkington Creek area.
Interests & Skills: Gardening, botany, horticulture, biology, plant and pollinator interactions.
Minimum Commitment: 2 hours per month
Learn about and gain hands-on experience in: Non-profit management and museum operations, Environmental education, horticulture and landscaping
Exhibits, Special Events, One-Time Volunteering
Offer help in a variety of ways, or be on-call for specific tasks.
Exhibit Installation/ Assembly
Special Event Hosting/ assistance
Interests & Skills: Physical labor, construction, event help, creative projects, and more…
Availability: Weekdays and occasional weekends
Minimum Commitment: 3 hours, variable days throughout the year
Learn about and gain experience in: Non-profit management and museum operations, Exhibit preparation & construction, Event coordination.
For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org