Current Opportunities for Teens

Teen Science Scholars 
Teen Science Scholars (TSS) complete hands-on summer internships with Science Division staff at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. To be eligible, applicants must be entering their junior or senior year of high school in the fall of 2020, be interested in learning more about a science-related career, and be available for the duration of the internship, June 6 to July 25 (July 4 week off).

Summer Programs and Children’s Camps 
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science invites teens who are friendly, curious, team-oriented, and great with kids to apply to become volunteers. Opportunities include volunteering with summer camps; in our children’s exhibition, Discovery Zone; or as a Ready on Arrival (ROA) volunteer.

Year Round Volunteer Opportunities 
We have many volunteer opportunities for teens to participate in the Museum community throughout the year. Teens ages 14 and above are eligible for volunteering as facilitators in our exhibition halls including: Expedition Health, Prehistoric Journey, and Temporary Exhibits. (Teens age 13 may volunteer as part of a family group.) We understand that teens have busy schedules due to school and other obligations, so we work with our students to create a schedule that is feasible for them and the Museum.  

Teen Science Scholars

Teen Science Scholars

Teen Science Scholars (TSS) complete hands-on summer internships with Science Division staff at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. To be eligible, applicants must be entering their junior or senior year of high school in the fall of 2020, be interested in learning more about a science-related career, and be available for the duration of the internship, June 6 to July 25 (July 4 week off). Teens from marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply, e.g., Hispanic, Latino, African, African American, Black, Native American, and individuals who will be first-generation college students. 

TSS Applicant Eligibility Requirements

  • Will be entering their junior or senior year of high school in Fall 2020
  • Interested in learning more about a science-related career
  • Must be available from June 6 to July 25 (six-week program – July 4 week off)
  • Previous Teen Science Scholars are not eligible

Important Dates
Application Open: Monday, January 13
Application Deadline: Sunday, March 8 

Stipend
$1,000 for six-week internship 
Bus passes and Museum cafeteria vouchers

Interviews
Late March to early April

If you have not previously applied, interned, or volunteered at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, use the link below to create an account and start your application today.

If you are a current or former applicant, intern, or volunteer, please login in to your account HERE to start a new application with your existing account. Duplicate accounts will be deleted. Not sure if you have an account, please contact Edith Silvas at [email protected].

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Teen Summer Programs & Children's Camps

Summer Programs and Children's Camps

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science invites teens who are friendly, curious, team-oriented, and great with kids to apply to become volunteers. Opportunities include volunteering with summer camps; in our children’s exhibition, Discovery Zone; or as a Ready on Arrival (ROA) volunteer. We need teens to help us bring the Museum to life for our youngest guests and their families by creating a space that is welcoming and engaging. Applicants must be at least 14 years old by May 31, 2020 to apply.

Application deadline is Sunday, March 8, 2020. Select candidates will be contacted by email for in-person interviews late March to early April 2020.

TIME COMMITMENT

Summer camp volunteers are required to complete 3 week-long shifts between June 8 and August 7, 2020.

Discovery Zone volunteers are required to complete 2 shifts per month during the summer, and 1 shift per month during the school year. Discovery Zone shifts are 12:30 – 5 p.m.

Ready on Arrival (ROA) volunteers are required to complete a minimum of 5 shifts throughout the year during specified high attendance times like SCFD Free Days and Friday evening hours.

Minimum Age
Applicants must be at least 14 years old by May 31, 2020.

Application Deadline
Application deadline is Sunday, March 8, 2020. Select candidates will be contacted by email for an interview in April 2020. 

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Year-Round Teen Volunteer

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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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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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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