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Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

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Are you passionate about the ocean? Learn how to share your knowledge and inspire new ocean stewards by volunteering in the Sant Ocean Hall!

Since 2008, the Sant Ocean Hall has inspired millions of visitors from around the world to learn about and care for our global ocean. As a volunteer you will spark conversations and facilitate hands on learning experiences that make the themes and collections in the Sant Ocean Hall come to life.

Join our team of museum educators, curators, and researchers working together to bring cutting edge ocean science and conservation solutions to visitors of all ages!

Are you ?

  • An ocean enthusiast?
  • Interested in helping people find their connection to the ocean?
  • Excited to talk with visitors about the exhibits in the Sant Ocean Hall?

What does volunteering require?

  • Must be 18 years old or older
  • Attend all training sessions and a new volunteer orientation
  • Complete all online training modules
  • Volunteer 8 hours per month for at least 1 year
  • Shifts are 9:45am-1:45pm and 1:15pm-5:15pm 7 days-per-week
  • Must attend pre-shift meetings at 9:45am and 1:15pm
  • Complete a Smithsonian Institution background check

Why volunteer?

  • Inspire people to understand and care about the ocean
  • Connect with Smithsonian scientists, staff, and volunteers
  • Build your scientific knowledge and develop new communication and education skills
  • And so much more!

Training Dates:

  • Saturday, 2/29 10am-4:30pm
  • Wednesday, 3/4 6-8pm
  • Saturday, 3/7 10am-4:30pm
  • Wednesday, 3/11 6-8pm
  • Saturday, 3/21 10am-4:30pm
  • Wednesday, 3/25 6-8pm
  • Saturday, 3/28 10am-4:30pm

New Volunteer Orientation Dates (all are Sundays from 10am-1pm):

Select ONE date:

  • 2/23
  • 3/1
  • 4/5

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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



  • General Education
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Education
  • Public Speaking


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 8 hrs/month over one year

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