Please complete this application form if you are interested in becoming a San Diego Natural History Museum volunteer. Once you complete the form, click the submit button at the bottom.

Personal Information

Please provide the requested information. Birthdate is used in determining the need for background checks.

Emergency Contact Information


Please indicate the days you are usually available to volunteer.

Please note that the science and administrative departments do not require volunteers on the weekends.

Assignment Preference

Please select from the drop down lists your first and second choice of interest. You must be 18 to volunteer in the science departments.

Before responding, please review our current needs to make sure we have openings in your area of interest.

Reasons for Choices *


Please enter the highest level of education attained.

Major or Coursework Related to Natural History *

Skills and Hobbies Related to Natural History *

Previous Work and Volunteer Experience *


Please provide the names of two former employers, teachers, or supervisors of volunteer work. Relatives are not accepted. References are checked as part of the application process.

Additional Comments

Certification of Accuracy of Information

I understand and agree that submitting this application form does not automatically register you as a volunteer.

The Museum values the gift of time made by its volunteers. We maintain high standards in the way we involve volunteers and we recognize the importance of volunteers to our work. This agreement sets out what you can expect from us, and what we expect from you as a San Diego Natural History Museum Volunteer. This is the first step in the application process.

• We will invest the resources necessary to keep you motivated and engaged, including training, events, discounts, and support.
• We are committed to working with volunteers and your Volunteer Department staff will be available to offer guidance and support.
• We will greet any notification of absence with due understanding.
• The Volunteer Department will provide a reference if needed.
• We will address any issues that arise and provide reasonable and appropriate support for you.
• Will provide safe working conditions with the right supervision, training, and tools for the tasks assigned.
• We will provide appropriate insurance cover for volunteers while undertaking voluntary work.
• The Museum will communicate with the volunteer and keep them up-to-date with museum developments.

• During my time at the Museum, I understand that I will volunteer under the guidance of the Volunteer Department Staff, department supervisor, or volunteer leadership.
• I understand that the Museum has policies and procedures in the Volunteer Handbook that will be given to me and is also available via Volgistics or through the Volunteer Department. I understand that if I do not follow these policies and procedures, or act in any way incompatible with the image or acceptable conduct of the Museum, then I will not be able to continue as a volunteer.
• I will make every attempt to volunteer for the amount of time that I have agreed to. If my availability changes, I will give my supervisor or the Volunteer Department Staff as much notice as possible.
• I agree to record my hours served in Volgistics in a timely manner.
• I agree to follow the Museum's Volunteer Disciplinary and Grievance procedures as outlined in the Volunteer Handbook, in the event of a dispute or grievance.
• I understand that if I am scheduled to volunteer, but miss three consecutive duties without telling my supervisor or by prior arrangement, I may be unable to continue as a Volunteer.
• I understand that I am a volunteer and not an employee or worker and I can be asked to leave at any time.
• I agree to always wear the Volunteer ID to ensure I can be easily identified by visitors, paid staff, and other volunteers.
• I agree to notify the Volunteer Department Staff of any changes in my contact information in a timely manner.
• I agree to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information about the Museum.
• I give permission to use my photograph in Museum-related publications and promotional materials.

By submitting this form, I attest that the information I have provided on the form is true and accurate. I understand that references will be checked and a background check may be performed.