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Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

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Do you want to be a part of current conversations about public health and preventing epidemics?

Volunteer in Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World and help visitors understand how viruses such as Ebola, Zika, and Influenza reveal an intricate connection between humans, animals, and their environments. Learn to facilitate conversations on challenging topics and engage in fact-based discussions with visitors about their role in prevention.

Combine your interest in infectious disease outbreaks with expert-led training to increase visitor awareness of global health and efforts to predict, respond, and stop epidemics.

What does volunteering require?

  • 18 or older
  • Attend all day training sessions: Saturday, March 28, Sunday, March 29 and Sunday, April 4th, 10am-5pm
  • Complete 10 hours of online training
  • Complete 1 shadow shift in exhibition
  • At least a 1 year commitment at 8 hours per month
  • Complete a Smithsonian Background check
  • Attend Volunteer Orientation on: Sunday, April 5 or Sunday, May 3

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About Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History


10th and Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560, US

Mission Statement

The NMNH Volunteer Program is a recognized, integral part of the staff at the National Museum of Natural History community. NMNH volunteers are key to engaging the Museum’s diverse visitor audience in natural history and collaborating with Museum staff on research initiatives as peers.


The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History is one of the world's great museums of natural and cultural history, building on nearly a century of research into our changing earth and its climate; the evolutionary history of plants and animals, and human origins, diversity, and culture. The Museum's research environment features incomparable collections of nearly 130 million specimens of plants and animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, and human artifacts from world-wide locations. The collections form a foundation from which are built inextricably strong connections between research, exhibits, outreach and education. More than seven million people visit the Museum annually, where they have an opportunity to participate in a variety of exciting, exhibit-based, educational experiences that are facilitated by volunteers. Volunteers also support researchers, scientists, collections managers and other experts behind-the-scenes.


We'll work with your schedule.


National Museum of Natural History10th & Constitution Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20013



  • Adult Education
  • Environmental Education
  • General Education


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 8 hours per month over 1 year
  • Attend all training sessions

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