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Field Museum Pawnee Earth Lodge Exhibit Host

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ORGANIZATION: The Field Museum

The Field Museum Welcomes You

Pawnee Earth Lodge Exhibition Hosts use hands-on materials to interpret the story of the past, present, and future of Pawnee Nation. This role reflects an ongoing collaboration with the Pawnee Nation Cultural Resources Division to share Pawnee culture with Museum visitors. The centerpiece of this experience is the immersive Pawnee Earth Lodge and Exhibition Hosts are trained on how to use the Lodge and its contents to talk with visitors about Pawnee life and culture both in the past and today.

Docents who complete the required training and meet the basic certification requirements staff the Pawnee Earth Lodge gallery within the Native Truths: Our Voices, Our Stories exhibition. Exhibition Hosts generally work in pairs and interact with visitors who drop in to the Lodge. Volunteers may engage with visitors while standing, but seating is also available.

The Pawnee Earth Lodge was built in 1977 as the result of a collaboration with the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and the Field Museum. The Lodge represents a typical Pawnee home in the 1850s in Nebraska, the Pawnee homelands. In 2022 half of the lodge was reconceived to include contemporary items that represent Pawnee culture today. Today the Lodge tells a story of Pawnee life in the past and present, showing how cultural traditions continue and change over time. All the furnishings in the Lodge are meant to be touched by visitors and is a unique hands-on experience for all ages.

To apply for this position, please access the online volunteer application at Once you submit your application, someone from HR will contact you. Thank you!

1 Shift

  • 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM
    Volunteer shifts are available every day of the week.

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About The Field Museum


1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605, US

Mission Statement

The Field Museum connects all of us to the natural world and the human story. The Field Museum has particular relevance in three of the many challenges facing our country and planet: climate change, mass extinction, and social change. We can and must instill a sense of connection in people to the planet and to each other. Our mission statement reflects this goal.


Volunteers provide the vital link that helps bring the Museum alive for over 1.75 million annual visitors. You can bring a smile to a child, or earn a nod of appreciation from a visitor. With over 400 volunteers, we have a diverse range of volunteer opportunities. You can make a difference here!


Arts & Culture
Children & Youth
Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Community


We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 1 shift


1400 South Lake Shore DriveChicago, IL 60605



  • Literacy / Reading
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Environmental Education
  • Drawing
  • Child Development
  • Storytelling




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Volunteers must commit to at least 5 hours per month. A long term commitment of 8 months to one year preferred. Applicants able to fulfill the long term time commitment will receive priority placement.

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