Docent Program | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Few things are more satisfying than knowing you have helped a young person to learn and grow.

Volunteer Spotlight

Stephen Simon (above left) is a docent at the NHM and the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. There are many ways to volunteer at our three museums!
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More Volunteer Opportunities!

Volunteer at our sister museum, the La Brea Tar Pits Museum, where you can bring the Ice Age back to life! 

Volunteer at the
La Brea Tar Pits Museum today! 


Explore and Inspire as an Interpretive Volunteer

By joining our team of interpretive volunteers, you become an integral part of the staff team, share your love of lifelong learning, and strengthen the Museum by providing valuable service. What more could you ask for?

As soon as you begin attending trainings and logging hours, you are on track to become a Museum docent. It's as simple as that!

As an Interpretive Volunteer, You Will:

  • Immediately start interacting with our guests - from families, to school groups and more
  • Expand your knowledge of the Museum through ongoing trainings that provide access to our renowned curatorial staff
  • Develop and enhance your public engagement, public speaking, and customer service skills
  • Assist with fun programs and events throughout the year. Bug Fair, Haunted Museum, First Fridays, and more - there's something for everyone!
  • Explore with visitors all our unique exhibits, such as the fantastic world of butterflies in the Butterfly Pavilion (Spring) and the fascinating world of spiders in the Spider Pavilion (Fall)
  • Be on the track to become a docent -- it's closer than you think!


To be an Interpretive Volunteer, you must:

  • Enjoy working with people
  • Be enthusiastic about working with authentic artifacts, fossils, and specimens (that's right, you'll be working with the real things!)
  • Attend orientations and trainings
  • Commit to the Museum's mission to inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds
  • Have a curious mind
  • Be at least 16 years of age


Don't let another moment pass, join our team TODAY!

Volunteer orientations and trainings are offered regularly during the year.

To apply, complete the Volunteer Application (make sure to choose Natural History Museum from the dropdown menu). You must be at least 16 years of age to apply. Please note, applicants ages 16 and 17 will be asked to fill out additional paperwork at the volunteer orientation.

We will contact you pending review of your application.

Need more information? Have some questions? Don't hesitate to contact us! Email us at or call 213-763-3341.