Volunteer Page | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Volunteer

Volunteers are an integral part of the Natural History Museum. Whether engaging with our guests in the exhibits or supporting museum research, our volunteer team inspires wonder and discovery for thousands of people every year!

Interpretive Volunteers
ENGAGE with visitors in the museum’s galleries. Share museum research and stories using our award-winning exhibits and touchable objects. Opportunities to join regular shifts are available most days ofthe week.
Behind-the-Scenes Volunteers
SUPPORT a wide variety of museum teams. Work directly with our natural and cultural collections; organize artifacts, care for live animal ambassadors, prepare specimens, and so much more. Opportunities are dependent on project needs and availability.
Events and Programs Volunteers
CONNECT with thousands of visitors of all ages through our frequent evening and weekend programs. Opportunities like Bug Fair, Haunted Museum, and First Fridays occur throughout the year.

Feed your Curiosity!

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Enrich your volunteer experience by supporting Museum events and programs

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Develop your skills and knowledge by participating in trainings led
by renowned curatorial and education staff

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Explore unique behind-the-scenes opportunities

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Become a Docent, one of our highest achieving interpretive volunteers

"Being an NHM volunteer gives me a chance to feed my enthusiasm and knowledge. That is an extraordinary opportunity, and makes every day spent there, in the company of great colleagues, a true joy"

- Carolyn Weiss

Benefits of Volunteering

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Build on your passion for learning
new things.

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Have experiences you won't find
anywhere else

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Develop science skills, from
communication to fossil preperation

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Connect with people who share
your interests

Qualifications

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Must be 16 or older to apply

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Attend volunteer orientation and complete background check

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Commit to a regular, weekly shift (3 hours or more) that fits with your schedule

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Start working with our guests and/or collections

I Want to Volunteer!