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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Earth Sciences Community Scientist

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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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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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Archaeology Collections Assistant

Be a part of this NEH Archaeological project by assisting with improving the environmental conditions of archaeological artifacts in storage at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. NEH volunteers will improve the overall organization of the Museum’s archaeology collection by rehousing and mounting objects, photographing objects for the database, and organizing rehoused objects for future use by researchers and staff members. Volunteers will complete the following tasks. 

  • Replace older materials (such as bags, labels, boxes) with new archival materials for storing archaeological objects. This includes bagging objects, constructing new boxes, labelling bags, and associating barcodes with the appropriate objects
  • Safely and responsibly, handle fragile materials such as faunal material, lithics, and soil.
  • Photograph archaeology objects, which includes setting up the camera and lighting equipment per department standards.
  • Edit photographs using a photo-editing program chosen by the Anthropology Collections staff.

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
Attendance for a one-time training is required.

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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Zoology Documentation Photographer

Are you passionate about zoology collections and photography? We are looking for a volunteer to help photograph zoology specimens from all zoology collections, including entomology, mammalogy, and ornithology. Prior experience with zoology specimens is not required, but an interest helps with learning the features to target.

The photographs generated are meant to document the specimens in our collection and be attached to our database records; they will become available to the public through an online database. This position is repetitive and requires an adherence to patterned procedures while maintaining attention to the subject.

Tasks

  • Set up lighting and photograph specimens and/or features of specimens
  • Utilize focus-stack photography equipment and software, EOS Canon 5d Mark III, StackShot automated Macro Rail, Zerene Stacker
  • Edit, crop, and label images in Adobe Photoshop
  • Record data in Excel, following precise format, syntax, and accuracy
  • Manage and prepare data and images for database ingest

Required Skills

  • Patience and a pleasant disposition
  • Intermediate experience with data management in Microsoft Excel
  • Intermediate experience with Photoshop
  • Eagerness to learn additional software skills
  • Previous experience in photography of still items and lighting is desirable; at minimum an eye for aspects of image quality and detail is needed
  • An appreciation of repetitive and patterned tasks/procedures
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time
  • Adept at safely handling small, delicate specimens
  • Ability to see fine detail, with magnification as needed
  • Solid verbal & written communication skills
  • Being meticulous and detail-oriented is highly valued
  • Volunteers must be able to work independently once training is completed, with support from staff when necessary

Training
On-the-job training will be provided by the collections managers. Training will include basic working knowledge of zoology terminology, specimen handling, proper equipment usage, as well as desired product quality and format.

Schedule and Commitment
Shifts available Tuesday 1 p.m.– 5, Wednesday 9 a.m. Noon or 1 p.m. – 5 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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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.

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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