Every year, more than 1,000 volunteers with diverse backgrounds help the American Museum of Natural History meet its mission and goals. Find out how you can participate!

"I've been a volunteer at the Museum of Natural History for more than 10 years, and each year it gets more interesting and rewarding."

Linda Scalbom, Tour Guide and behind-the-scenes-volunteer

Volunteer Roles

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 contribute on all of those days, although behind-the-scenes roles are only available Monday through Friday during regular business hours.

Public Volunteers

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. Make a difference in the lives of others and meet other volunteers who are also passionate about natural history, science, and learning!

Volunteer squats down to show a child an orange slice on which a butterfly is perched.
Volunteer with visitor in the Butterfly Conservatory.
© AMNH/R. Mickens

Behind the Scenes

Volunteers who work behind the scenes will potentially aid the staff in any one of a variety of departments, including scientific collections, marketing, IT, HR, and others. Generally, organizational and administrative are required. Roles may include providing computer and clerical services, cataloging new and rare books in the library, or labeling of specimens in the collections. 


  • There are no volunteer opportunities at this time. Please check back later.
  • The minimum age is 16; there is no upper limit.
  • You must provide a regular commitment of time, ranging from one-half day to several days per week, for at least one year (although longer commitments are sometimes required for certain positions).
  • All applicants must complete our online application.  Once you have completed the application, you may also contact us directly regarding specific openings listed below.

My Volunteer Story

Wayne Mones, volunteer at the American Museum of Natural History.
C. Chesek/© AMNH

Meet Wayne Mones.

"I visited the Museum for the first time with my father in 1953 and never stopped visiting. The Museum has been important to me for 66 years, and it seemed like the most natural thing in the world to become a volunteer when I retired from my career eight years ago. Today I volunteer as a tour guide, an Earth and Space Explainer, a Fossil Explainer, and in the fossil preparation laboratory.

For me, the Museum is a source of intellectual stimulation and artistic inspiration. (I spend a lot of my personal time at the Museum, drawing.)  It has also provided me with community of fellow volunteers and staff who I think are some of the smartest, most interesting, and most dedicated people in the world." - Wayne