Current Volunteer Opportunities

Notice 
Due to the temporary closure of the Museum to the public, our volunteer placement process is currently on hold. We are not conducting interviews, holding orientations, assigning positions, or starting new volunteers until further notice. 

You may still submit an application, but you will not hear back from us about next steps until the Museum reopens and we have resumed the placement process. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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

Notice

We are not accepting volunteers for behind-the-scenes positions at this time. 

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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Piano Player

Is that music you hear? Indeed, it is! Our piano volunteers offer an enjoyable musical backdrop enhancing the Museum experience. Most play classical or jazz pieces, but contemporary and other genres are welcomed as well. Guests have expressed how much they enjoy the added musical element to their visits. If you are you a pianist looking to share your talent with a wider audience – come and play for us!  

Required Skills 

  • Passion for entertaining and a cheerful disposition are essential
  • Self-motivated and able to perform without direct supervision
  • Intermediate to advanced piano skills

Training 
Piano training is not provided; volunteers must already possess piano playing ability. Piano volunteers must go through the standard application and placement process, and are also asked to come in for an audition using a piece of music representative of what they might play during business hours.

Schedule and Commitment 
Shift times are flexible during all operating hours between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., daily. 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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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.

Beginning in January 2020, ROA volunteers will be especially needed on Friday evenings as the Museum will be open until 10 p.m. Friday night ROA volunteers will be essential to fulfilling operational roles that create a welcoming and engaging guest experience.

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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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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