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

Honoring our Volunteers

Every year, Museum volunteers are recognized for their efforts at a special reception. In 2020, many volunteers reached years-of-service milestones or were chosen by their supervisors to be recognized for their exceptional service. Although we were not able to gather in 2020, we would like to acknowledge these volunteers for their contributions and dedication. 

Becoming a Volunteer

Employees of the American Museum of Natural History are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, absent qualifying exemptions in accordance with applicable laws.

Please note: There are no volunteer opportunities at this time, but you are welcome to fill out an application.

  • 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.