Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the California Academy of Sciences! Prior to applying, please explore the various role options listed on the table below to ensure that your availability meets the current shift availability. Please note that not all roles may be available at a given time, and that need for volunteers on a given day of the week may vary, so please check back if you do not see your preferred role or shift availability listed. 

RoleMinimum Shift RequirementCurrent Shift AvailabilityMinimum Commitment
Botany Collections Volunteer1 shift/weekMonday-Thursday, morning or afternoon6 Months
Docent Volunteer3 shifts/monthMon-Sun morning or afternoon6 Months
Invertebrate Zoology Collections Volunteer1 shift/weekWeekdays only, morning or afternoon6 Months
Orienteer2 shifts/monthWeekends and holidays, morning only6 Months
STEAM Volunteer1-2 shifts/monthWeekends and holidays, morning only6 Months
School Programs Volunteer2 shifts/weekMonday-Thursday, 8:30am-1:30pmAugust 2022-
May 2023
Scientific Computing Volunteer1 shift/weekWeekdays only, morning or afternoonVaries, minimum 40 hours
Terrestrial Husbandry Volunteer1 shift/weekSunday-Monday, 7:30am-11am9 Months
Water Quality Volunteer1 shift/weekMonday, 8am-11am9 Months

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Demographic Information

Providing demographic information is optional, but encouraged for those who feel comfortable sharing, as we use this information to assess the demographic of our volunteer community.

The California Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to ensure that all employees and applicants receive equal consideration and treatment, regardless of race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), religion, marital or domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical, mental or medical disability, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance. 

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Please indicate the days and times you are usually available to volunteer - Please confirm that your regular availability matches that of your desired role as indicated in the table at the top of this application form.

Volunteer Areas of Interest

Note that some volunteer opportunities have limited availability. At this time the following areas are accepting applications:  

Volunteering at the Academy

Why are you interested in volunteering at the California Academy of Sciences?

Experience and Interests

Please share any professional or volunteer experience that you feel would make you a great candidate for the specific volunteer role(s) that you are interested in, including your hobbies or interests.

Certifications and Trainings

Please list any current certifications or trainings that you have completed that are applicable to the specific volunteer role(s) that you are interested in. Note that this section is required for applicants for the Aquarium Diver program. Please see the Volunteer Diver Position Description for specific requirements.

Previous Academy Volunteer or Employment History

Have you previously been employed by or volunteered with the Academy? If so, what were the dates of your service, which department were you a part of, and who was your supervisor?

Background Check Information

 If you become a volunteer at the California Academy of Sciences you will be subject to a background check. In order to do this you will need to provide your social security number and sign a release that allows the background check to be completed. After the check is completed the California Academy of Sciences will not use or share this information in any way; it is solely collected in order to complete the background check.

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