Did you know that more than 50% of our volunteers work directly with the public? Every year, more than a thousand volunteers help the American Museum of Natural History meet its mission and goals by donating in excess of 115,000 hours to the Museum. We would like to take a moment to thank all our volunteers for their hard work and dedication.
Volunteers work individually or in groups, performing a variety of duties throughout the Museum. The Museum is open to the public seven days a week, and volunteers are utilized at all times. All the "behind the scenes" volunteer positions, including the science departments, are only available Monday-Friday during normal business hours. Our volunteers are from diverse backgrounds and reflect the population of the city. There are two volunteer categories: Volunteers who work with the Public and Volunteers who work behind-the-scenes as Research and Departmental Volunteers. Learn more about them by reading further.
Volunteers who work with the Public
Volunteers who work with the public conduct tours of the permanent halls and special exhibitions, staff information desks, engage students through hands-on learning and immersive experiences as teaching volunteers and act as explainers in the fossil halls and in the earth and space halls. Apply now to make a real difference in the lives of others and to meet other volunteers who are also passionate about natural history, science, and learning.
Volunteers who work Behind-the-Scenes
Volunteers who work behind the scenes offer a wide range of essential services in the administrative and scientific departments. These volunteers work side-by-side with collections managers in our research departments or with staff in marketing, IT, HR and other departments. Skills generally required are organizational and administrative in nature and might include providing computer and clerical services, cataloging of new and rare books in the library, or labeling of specimens in the collections.
Share your enthusiasm for natural history. From greeting guests to working alongside Museum curators, volunteers enable the Museum to provide a lively, fun and educational experience. Learn more about some of the typical volunteer duties.
Information Desk Volunteers Needed
Information Desk volunteers perform a vital function as frontline staff. The Museum and its visiting public rely upon Information Desk volunteers for courtesy and accuracy of information, which supports the Museum and enhances the overall visitor experience. The volunteers’ objective, when working with the public, will be to provide a welcoming atmosphere for the Museum’s visitors.
Information Desk Volunteers:
• Answer visitor inquiries and deliver accurate directions to Museum facilities, theaters, Security, coat check, etc.
• Provide information about the Museum, its programs, exhibitions, show times, etc.
• Assist visitors with disabilities giving appropriate information when requested.
• Must be friendly and enjoy interacting with diverse visitors and staff
• Approachable and patient temperament
• Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills
• Ability to retain information.
• Able to commit to a minimum of one year of volunteer service.
Time Commitment: Weekdays (one shift a week) │ Weekends (two shifts a month)
Shifts: 9:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
If you are interested in becoming an Information Desk volunteer, please contact Nicole Winns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Night at the Museum Sleepover Volunteers
The Sleepover department is looking for friendly, knowledgeable volunteers to welcome guests, help out at craft tables and enrich our guests’ experience. We run 22-26 events a year on Fridays or Saturdays. Children’s programs generally run from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. while adult programs run from 6:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. but neither require a commitment for the entire timeslot. If you’re interested or would like to learn more information about the program, send an e-mail to Pierce Lydon at email@example.com.
Teaching Volunteers teach science to K-12 students who visit the Museum’s exhibition halls weekday mornings from 9:30-12:30. They teach with objects, conduct a specific exhibition hall tour and/or explain a diorama.
Volunteers work one shift a week, during the public school year.
If you are interested in becoming a teaching volunteer, please contact Donna Sethi at firstname.lastname@example.org.