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.

Interested in Volunteering?  Fall Trainings Start in September!

Please fill out a Volunteer Application.

Already a Volunteer?
Sign in to the online volunteer calendar, HERE.

Current Volunteer Opportunities:


Education Program DocentTraining begins in September

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.

Garden Volunteer P1150538

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.
Availability: ongoing
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. DSC_4282
These include:
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: volunteer@santacruzmuseum.org

Interested in Volunteering?  Please fill out a Volunteer Application.