Current Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in learning more about our current volunteer opportunities? Read the details about available positions below. Clicking the link to the left of the opportunity descriptions will direct you to either Behind-the-Scenes or Gallery Facilitator positions. Please carefully review the specific requirements of each role. You are not required to select a position of interest We will review the opportunities in greater detail at your interview.

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At any given time here, there are dozens of roles being performed. If you do not see your interest listed at this time, we encourage you to apply anyway as openings change frequently.

Behind-the-Scenes

Anthropology Collections Assistant

Proper storage, care, and preservation of anthropology collections is essential to the successful functioning of the Anthropology Department. The anthropology collections assistant builds new archival storage mounts for artifacts to improve the environmental conditions and ensure the collection is preserved.

Before applicants are accepted for the position they will participate in a hands-on training to learn what the volunteer position will entail. The training provides the department with a better sense of whether the applicant’s skills and abilities fit the needs of the department, and it gives applicants an opportunity to experience the kind of work they’ll be doing to ensure a good fit for everyone.

Required Skills

  • Experience working with collections or education related to anthropology or conservation helpful but not required
  • Strong attention to detail, patience, and fine motor skills; excellent hand-eye coordination
  • Ability to follow instructions and to ask for clarification when necessary
  • Strong ability to multitask
  • Capacity to work as part of a team and independently
  • Comfortable using power drills, knives, and hand tools
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time
  • Comfortable climbing ladders

Training
Mandatory training on mount-making must be attended.

Schedule and Commitment
Shifts available Tuesday–Friday, 9 a.m.–noon or 1–4 p.m. Applicants must be able to volunteer for at least one shift each week for one year.

Age Requirement 
Available to individual applicants 18 years of age or older. 

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Conservation Assistant

Conservation volunteers assist the department with insuring the long-term safe guarding of our world-class collections. Volunteers will support with the restoring, maintaining, or preparing specimens or artifacts for storage, research, or exhibition. 

Essential Functions

  • Support various aspects of conservation techniques
  • Assist with repairing unstable artifacts
  • Assist with making supportive mounts to hold artifacts or specimens securely in place
  • Assist with documenting or recording information in written or electronic form
  • Coordinate and communicate with supervisors on all aspects of project
  • Learn the skills and vocabulary for conservation techniques


Required Skills

  • Strong attention to detail, patience, and fine motor skills; excellent hand-eye coordination
  • Ability to follow instructions and to ask for clarification when necessary
  • Strong ability to multitask
  • Capacity to work as part of a team and independently
  • Art conservation education or experience helpful
  • Experience with color matching helpful
  • Experience in weaving, sewing, and embroidery helpful
  • Strong attention to detail and commitment to quality and accuracy
  • Ability to perform repetitive, time consuming tasks with care
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems and know when to ask for assistance
  • Takes direction and works well independently
  • Demonstrates respect for intrinsic value of conservation techniques and collections
  • Position is onsite in the Conservation workshop during regular business hours


Working Conditions

  • Office: Moderate noise (business office with computers and printers, light traffic)
  • Lifting requirements: Moving objects weighing up to 25 pounds for short periods of time
  • Must be comfortable sitting for extended periods of time


Training 
Extensive on-the-job training will be provided by the Conservator


Schedule and Commitment
Shifts available Tuesday–Thursday between the hours of 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Applicants must be able to volunteer for at least one four hour shift each week for one year.


Age Requirement 

Available to individual applicants 18 years of age or older. 

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Earth Sciences Collections Assistant

The Earth Science’s Collections contain over 1.6 million specimens of vertebrate, invertebrate, plant fossils, minerals, rocks, micromount minerals, and meteorites.  Most of our collections are from the Rocky Mountain region of North America.  We support our curators, special events at the Museum, and the world by hosting hundreds of external researchers and requests.

Paleontology and geology is for Everyone, Everywhere!  Our work is supported by volunteers like you!  Join our skilled team of volunteers, staff, and researchers who manage our collections on a daily basis.

The Earth Science’s collections staff are looking for people to join all elements of collections work.  Volunteers will work with any of our sub-collections as necessary. in our collections varies on a daily basis and is project based. Volunteers will assist with help moving specimens, reorganizing specimens, cataloging, inventory, labeling, workshop cleanliness, hosting events, and other incidental demands of collections work.

Required Skills

  • Ability to follow specific directions and see tasks through
  • Strong attention to detail, patience, fine motor skills, and excellent hand-eye coordination
  • Clear and legible penmanship
  • Capacity to work on a team and independently
  • Ability to see fine detail, with magnification as needed
  • Experience handling collections helpful
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or similar applications

Working Conditions

  • Ability to stand and sit for extended periods of time
  • Ability to climb ladders
  • Must be able to lift objects up to 30 lbs.

Training

  • Every aspect of collections work will be on-the-job training by the collection staff
  • Training builds on itself
  • Museum wide policy, safety, and emergency response trainings are mandatory

Schedule

  • Shifts are available Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Shifts are morning (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) or afternoon (1 p.m.–5 p.m.)
  • Applicants must be able to volunteer for at least one shift each week for one year.
  • Preference is given to individuals who commit to once a week.

Age Requirement

  • Available to individual applicants 18 years of age or older.
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Earth Sciences Community Scientists

The Museum’s interest in and commitment to earth sciences began over 100 years ago. Volunteers have long since been involved with earth sciences research. Earth sciences community scientists work collaboratively with the curator of geology to conduct research on special Museum projects.

Research may include fieldwork, laboratory work, or collections work, both onsite and at offsite venues. Volunteers may also conduct outreach on behalf of the Museum. Volunteers are selected for this position based on their education, skills, and work experience that may be a match for current geology projects. A master’s degree in Earth Sciences or Geology is required.

Required Skills

  • Must have completed a master's degree in Earth Sciences or Geology
  • Experience conducting fieldwork, laboratory work, research, or collections work
  • Expertise or interest in developing expertise in sedimentology, geochemistry, and non-vertebrate paleontology
  • Interest in Museum geology projects and a desire to collaborate with Museum staff and volunteers
  • Must be able to read scientific literature
  • Ability to perform repetitive, time consuming tasks with care
  • Ability to see fine detail, with magnification as needed
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with various computer programs

Training
On-the-job training will be provided by the earth sciences curator. Once trained, volunteers will work independently on assigned research projects.

Schedule and Commitment
Shifts available Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Volunteers will coordinate scheduling with the curator of geology. Time commitment varies by project.

Age Requirement
Available to individual applicants 18 years of age or older.

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Earth Sciences Fossil Preparation Labs

The Department of Earth Sciences oversees several labs at the Museum that actively prepare new finds from all over the Rocky Mountain Region and the world, for research, education, and exhibition. Of the many fossils currently being prepared, several are new to science! The labs include the Schlessman Family Earth Sciences Laboratory, located within Prehistoric Journey on Level 3 and visible to Museum guests, a new behind-the-scenes lab, and a molding and casting lab.

You too can be a part of this dynamic group of volunteers and be the first to work on a new species of dinosaur! Applicants are required to attend all training sessions and commit to at least one shift of 6–8 hours per week for all lab positions. For more information about each position please read below. 

Archival Jacket Maker 
In this role, volunteers will assist in the creation of support structures, called archival cradles, to hold large vertebrate fossils for long-term storage in our collections space. Additionally, volunteers may assist with minor repairs or stabilization of fossils during cradle production. Shifts are available daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. New volunteers are required to attend a six hour training prior to volunteering. 

Fossil Micro-Preparation 
Volunteers in our Fossil Preparation Lab work on small-scale vertebrate fossils under a microscope. Applicants will receive the appropriate skills and techniques for this position through hands-on training sessions. Shifts are available Monday – Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. New volunteers are required to attend a six hour training before volunteering. 


Molding & Casting 
In this lab, volunteers will assist in the preparation of molds and casts created from original fossil material collected from Madagascar, Utah, and other significant paleontological sites across the Rocky Mountain Region. Additionally, volunteers can assist with the inventorying, cataloging, and accessioning of molds and casts used to create some of the exhibit materials still seen in Prehistoric Journey today. Shifts are available daily from  9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. There is a required training for all new volunteers.

Required Skills

  • Patience and pleasant disposition
  • Strong attention to detail
  • High level of skill, innovation, and cooperativeness
  • Solid manual dexterity
  • Capacity to work as a part of a team and independently
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Good organizational skills
  • Interest in paleontology
  • Task oriented with the ability to meet deadlines in a timely manner

Age Requirement
Available to individual applicants 18 years of age or older.

 

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Education Collections Assistant

Our education collections are authentic museum objects and part of the Museum's collections. What makes this collection unique and special is that our community can interact with it on a personal level. We encourage people of all ages to explore and discover the natural sciences through real, tangible experiences with our collections.

The education collections assistant is responsible for working with the education collections manager and assistant manager to maintain the daily responsibilities of the department by pulling specimens for carts and educational programs, putting specimens away, preparing and cataloging specimens, recording inventory, and assisting with daily operations.

Required Skills

  • Ability to follow specific directions and see tasks through
  • Strong attention to detail, patience, fine motor skills, and excellent hand-eye coordination
  • Clear and legible penmanship
  • Capacity to work on a team and independently
  • Ability to see fine detail, with magnification as needed
  • Experience handling collections helpful
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or similar applications

Training
Training will be provided by the education collections manager and assistant manager.

Schedule and Commitment
Shifts available Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.– noon or 1–5 p.m. Applicants must be able to volunteer for at least one shift each week for one year.

Age Requirement
Available to individual applicants 18 years of age or older.

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Entomology Collections Assistant

Do you love bugs? The Zoology Department is looking for volunteers to provide support to the insect collections, including a vast beetle collection with a focus on learning insect preparation techniques, especially pinning. Tasks also include the identification of specimens to the species level, cataloging and/or databasing of specimens and assisting with outreach activities.  

Required Skills 
Biology and entomology experiences helpful. Solid attention to detail. Experience handling specimens and steady hands a must! Ability to read and understand taxonomic literature and publications. Basic familiarity of field collection methods. 

Training 
On-the-job training will be provided by the zoology collections staff and entomology curator

Schedule 
Shifts available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Applicants must be able to volunteer for a four hour shift each week with a minimum of 20 shifts within one year.

Minimum Age Requirements 
Available to individual applicants 18 years of age or older  

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Entomology Data Entry Assistant

Do you love bugs? Are you computer savvy? Do you have gentle and steady hands? Zoology is looking for volunteers to provide support with databasing and cataloging unrecorded insect specimens. Must be comfortable handling small-pinned specimens.

Required Skills

  • Meticulous
  • Extremely detail-oriented
  • Solid computer skills
  • Comfortable with transcribing foreign languages and cursive handwriting
  • Solid geographical skills
  • Experience handling small, fragile specimens
  • Must be able to read small print

Training
On the job training will be provided by zoology collections staff and entomology curator 

Schedule
Four hour shifts available, Tuesday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Applicants must be able to volunteer for a four hour shift each week with a minimum of 20 shifts within one year. 

Minimum Age Requirements
Available to individual applicants 18 years of age or older

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Zoology Vertebrate Preparator

Get your (gloved) hands dirty in a state-of-the-art lab dissecting and preparing animals for collections! Zoology vertebrate preparator volunteers assist with prepping mammal study skins, skeletons, and tissues in preparation for specimens to be added to our mammalogy and ornithology collections. This is a unique opportunity to have hands-on experience with a multitude of specimens from the Rocky Mountain and Great Plains regions. Daily tasks include skinning carcasses and taking tissue samples, collecting parasites, prepping study skins, and accurately filling out data sheets.

Required Skills

  • Education or experience in biology, mammalogy, or ornithology helpful
  • Detail-oriented and willing to learn new skills
  • Manual dexterity skills
  • Experience handling specimens
  • Cooperative in a team environment
  • Ability to follow instructions and work independently
  • Must be able to commit to a set weekly schedule

 

Training
On-the-job training will be provided by the zoology preparator.

Schedule and Commitment
Shifts available Tuesday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Applicants must be able to volunteer for one 4–6 hour shift each week with a minimum of 20 shifts per year.

Age Requirement
Available to individual applicants 18 or older.

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Expedition Health Exhibit Guide

Expedition Health ® is and exhibition about YOUR human body-how it is constantly changing and adapting in ways you can see, measure, and optimize through the choices you make.

Exhibit guides welcome guests to the exhibition, work with Museum collections on touch carts, and assist in our experiment area, Biology Base Camp. They work in teams to facilitate a variety of health and wellness activities for guests.

Required Skills

  • Passion for learning and a cheerful disposition are essential
  • Strong desire to educate and work with the public
    Comfortable approaching and being approached by guests
  • Highly flexible and versatile when responding to the needs of the Museum and guests
  • Capacity to work on a team and independently
  • Bilingual a plus

Training
On-the-job training by staff and experienced volunteers; formal group trainings, and enrichment.

Schedule and Commitment
Shifts available 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. and 12:30–5 p.m. daily. Applicants are asked to commit to one shift each week on the same day and time of the week (or bi-weekly) with a minimum of 20 shifts per year.

Age Requirement
Available to individual applicants 14 years of age or older and family groups.

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Museum Ambassador

There’s nothing better than receiving a warm welcome and useful information when you visit a place for the first time – or the 100th time! Museum ambassadors provide excellent customer service by greeting guests when they first arrive, provide way-finding throughout the Museum, and help guests plan their visit. Think of it this way, when you take out all the major exhibitions at the Museum, there’s still 90,000 square feet of space that guests can explore! These public spaces are where museum ambassadors operate.

We are looking for friendly, enthusiastic, and flexible volunteers who are excited to learn what makes this Museum special and how to share this knowledge with our community. Maybe that’s you!

Required Skills

  • Passion for learning and a cheerful disposition are essential
  • Strong desire to educate and work with the public
  • Comfortable approaching and being approached by guests
  • Highly flexible and versatile when responding to the needs of the Museum and guests
  • Capacity to work on a team and independently
    Bilingual a plus

Training
On-the-job training by staff and experienced volunteers; formal group trainings and enrichment.

Schedule and Commitment
Shifts available 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. and 12:30–5 p.m. daily; shift times vary for evening events. Applicants are asked to commit to one shift each week on the same day and time of the week (or bi-weekly) with a minimum of 20 shifts per year.

Age Requirement
Available to individual applicants 14 years of age or older. Younger applicants will be considered with family groups.

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Our Colorado Tour Guide

Do you remember some of your first experiences in nature? The smell of a ponderosa pine? The first glimpse of a bird’s nest high in a tree? The Our Colorado Program gives students the chance to experience, first-hand, the wonder of exploring our natural world and the unique resources at the Museum.

Our Colorado volunteers lead 3rd grade students from Denver Public Schools on a day of discovery to learn about the wonders of the outdoors, nature, and science! Volunteers may choose to facilitate a half-day session with education collections of Colorado animals at the Museum, or a full-day session with a nature hike in Genesee Park and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum’s zoology collections area. We are looking for friendly, enthusiastic, and flexible volunteers who will help foster the next generation of stewards for the natural world and create unforgettable memories for Denver-area students. 

Required Skills

  • Enthusiasm to share our natural world with students
  • Comfortable working with 3rd grade students and accompanying adults
  • Flexibility in schedules and timing to adapt to the needs of the school
  • Outdoor excursions require hiking with small school groups and riding a school bus

Training
On-the-job training delivered by staff and volunteers; occasional group trainings and enrichment.

Schedule and Commitment
Shifts can be half-day (3–4 hours) in the Museum or full-day (6–7 hours) split between both Genesee Park and the Museum. Applicants must be able to volunteer a minimum of one shift per month during the school year.

Age Requirement
Available to applicants 18 years of age or older.

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Prehistoric Journey Exhibit Interpreter

Our popular Prehistoric Journey exhibition takes guests on a journey through the eons allowing them to trace the evolution of life on Earth, from single-celled organisms to lumbering dinosaurs to the inhabitants of today's world.

Prehistoric Journey volunteers assist guests by providing educational content about the exhibition, answering questions, and facilitating exploration stations (educational touch-carts) where guest can pick up fossils and examine them. Help our guests travel through time starting 3.5 billion years ago and inspire their interest in earth sciences.

Required Skills

  • Passion for learning and a cheerful disposition are essential
  • Strong desire to educate and work with the public
    Comfortable approaching and being approached by guests
  • Highly flexible and versatile when responding to the needs of the Museum and guests
  • Capacity to work on a team and independently
  • Bilingual a plus
  • Applicants do not need to be a content expert, but rather have a passion for learning and an excitement for sharing new information to help enrich our guests’ experience.

Training                                  
On-the-job training with staff and formal technique trainings.

Schedule and Commitment                               
Shifts available 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. and 12:30–5 p.m. daily. Applicants are asked to commit to one shift each week on the same day and time of the week (or bi-weekly) with a minimum of 20 shifts per year.

Age Requirement     
Available to individual applicants 14 years of age or older. Younger applicants will be considered with family groups.

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Ready on Arrival (ROA)

If dipping your toes into volunteerism sounds more doable than taking the full plunge, then Ready on Arrival (ROA) might be the right position for you! ROA volunteers do not have a fixed schedule, but rather the flexibility of choosing shifts that will fit into their schedule from a list of pre-established dates. ROA volunteers help enhance the guest experience during some of our busiest times including free days and nights, spring and summer breaks, the holidays, and special events.

ROA volunteers get a taste of a variety of our current volunteer positions including: greeting guests and way-finding as our ambassadors do; scanning tickets, filling in at exploration stations, and helping with queueing and crowd control in Temporary Exhibits; distributing Peak Passes at the entrance to Expedition Health; providing a welcome and introduction to Prehistoric Journey; and much more. This position requires a great deal of adaptability, as ROA volunteers are asked to fill in wherever we may have gaps in the moment to support daily operations and special events. Duties and responsibilities are assigned upon their arrival at the Museum according to how and where extra assistance is required.

Required Skills

  • Passion for learning and a cheerful disposition are essential
  • Strong desire to educate and work with the public
    Comfortable approaching and being approached by guests
  • Highly flexible and versatile when responding to the needs of the Museum and guests
  • Capacity to work on a team and independently
  • Bilingual a plus

Training
On-the-job training by staff and volunteer mentors; occasional formal group trainings and enrichment.

Schedule and Commitment
Dates and shift times will be available to choose from and register for in advance. This flexible schedule allows volunteers to choose individual shifts that fit into their busy lives. Shifts are available during free days and nights, spring and summer breaks, the holidays, and special events. Applicants must be able to volunteer a minimum of five shifts per year. Please note: Some volunteer benefits do not apply unless one volunteers a minimum of 20 shifts per year.

Age Requirement
Available to individual applicants 14 years of age or older. Younger applicants will be considered with family groups.

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Science Lounge

Science Lounge volunteers are friendly, positive, articulate, and enthusiastic. They help make the Science Lounge an enjoyable and fun experience for guests. Volunteers assist with greeting, way-finding, answering questions, and engaging guests in fun, experimental, and creative activities.

Science Lounge is held on the third Thursday of each month and there are 11 events per year. Volunteers are asked to participate in a minimum of five events each year.

Required Skills

  • Passion for learning and a cheerful disposition are essential
  • Strong desire to educate and work with the public
  • Comfortable approaching and being approached by guests
  • Highly flexible and versatile when responding to the needs of the Museum and guests
  • Capacity to work on a team and independently
  • Bilingual a plus 

Training
On-the-job training with staff 

Schedule and Commitment
Science Lounge events are held on the third Thursday of the month. Shift time is 6–10 p.m. Applicants are asked to commit to five events a year. 

Age Requirement
Must be at least 21 years of age

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Space Odyssey Galaxy Guide

Museum galaxy guides facilitate fun and enriching space science activities in Space Odyssey, the Museum’s permanent, award-winning space science exhibition. Galaxy guides work as a team to deliver an out-of-this world educational experience for our guests through innovative, interactive live performances and demonstrations and one-on-one conversations with guests. The Space Odyssey philosophy is one that promotes curiosity and continued learning experiences for people of all ages. No formal background in space science is necessary

Required Skills

  • Passion for learning and a cheerful disposition are essential
  • Strong desire to educate and work with the public
  • Comfortable approaching and being approached by guests
  • Highly flexible and versatile when responding to the needs of the Museum and guests
  • Capacity to work on a team and independently
  • Bilingual a plus
  • Applicants do not need to be a space science content expert, but rather have a passion for learning and an excitement for sharing new information to help enrich our guests’ experience.

Training
On-the-job training, occasional evening training, independent study, and content-related lectures.

Schedule and Commitment
Shifts available 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. and 12:30–5 p.m. daily. Applicants are asked to commit to one shift each week on the same day and time of the week (or bi-weekly) with a minimum of 20 shifts per year.

Age Requirement
Available to individual applicants 14 years of age or older. Younger applicants will be considered with family groups.

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Temporary Exhibit Facilitator

The Museum has two exhibition spaces, Anschutz Gallery and Phipps Gallery, and can host two exhibitions simultaneously. This is an ongoing position where facilitators will assist with all temporary exhibitions. Facilitators will train for all exhibitions and will facilitate multiple exhibitions when they are running concurrently.

Required Skills

  • Passion for learning and a cheerful disposition are essential
  • Strong desire to educate and work with the public
  • Comfortable approaching and being approached by guests
  • Highly flexible and versatile when responding to the needs of the Museum and guests
  • Capacity to work on a team and independently
  • Bilingual a plus
  • Applicants do not need to be a content expert, but rather have a passion for learning and an excitement for sharing new information to help enrich our guests’ experience.

Training
The training program consists of nine hours of formal training for each temporary exhibition. This training is devoted to learning about facilitation positions specific to each exhibition. Facilitators will be required to complete training for all temporary exhibitions. Multiple exhibitions begin and end on different dates, so temporary exhibit facilitators will sometimes train for concurrent exhibitions.

Schedule and Commitment
Shifts available 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. or 12:30–5 p.m. daily. Applicants are asked to commit to one shift each week on the same day and time of the week (or bi-weekly) with a minimum of 20 shifts per year.

Age Requirement
Available to individual applicants 14 years of age or older. Younger applicants will be considered with family groups.

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