Volunteers serve as informal interpreters in the public spaces of the Academy of Natural Sciences museum to educate guests of all ages about exhibits and natural science topics using hands-on activities.
Volunteers may take on all or some of the following interpretive assignments, throughout the museum:
Special Exhibits Gallery Guide
- Volunteers engage visitors in conversation and hands-on activities to help them learn about the current Special Exhibit.
- Special Exhibits for 2015 & 2016
- Reptiles - end September 2015 through January 2016 - see next page
- Tarantulas - February through May 2016
- Dinosaurs Unearthed - June 2016 through January 2017
Cart of Curiosity Interpreter
- Volunteers engage visitors with exciting science education throughout the museum with hands-on activities and Academy specimens.
Invertebrate Cart Live Specimen Interpreter (optional; open to all volunteers; requires extra training)
- Volunteers engage visitors with live invertebrates to observe and touch, as well as teach guests about the fascinating world of bugs with hands-on activities.
Live Animal Floor Presenter (optional; open to qualified volunteers age 18 and older; requires extra training)
- Volunteers who have demonstrated consistent responsibility and aptitude may be trained to make educational presentations while handling live specimens from the Academy’s Animal Ambassador collection, including reptiles, small mammals, and birds.
- General Education
- People Skills
- Environmental Education
- Environmental Science
- Animal Care / Handling
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 14
- ideally 3-4 hours weekly; 7 hours per month min.