Our Museum Needs You! Volunteering your time and energy is one of the many ways you can support the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. We offer an interesting and enriching experience for all ages, talents and skill levels. If you have an idea about how you can help the museum but don’t see it listed below, just contact us; we would love to hear about it.

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Volunteer Opportunities


On the Spot Docents

Promote coasDSCN0601tal stewardship and engage summer beach goers in informal marine science activities at “pop up” interpretive stations along East Cliff Drive.

Interests & Skills: Love of the outdoors and Seabright Beach, basic knowledge of coastal ecology, outgoing and enthusiastic about engaging the public in informal marine science activities

: Weekend afternoons

Time Commitment: Summer only, 20 hours (plus initial training), commitment to a minimim of seven 3-hour shifts from June through September

Click here to fill out the On the Spot docent application. OR print off the On the Spot Docent PDF.


front desk volunteer

Front Desk Volunteer

Welcome visitors and help in the Museum store.

Interests & Skills: Greeting, informal interpretation, secretarial

Availability: Weekdays

Time Commitment: 1 year of service, 2-4 hours per month (plus initial training)



hosting volunteer

Museum Host

Provide informal interpretation of artifacts in the Museum and local geology and ecology outside.

Interests & Skills: Greeting, informal interpretation, education, outreach, nature, history

Availability: Saturdays, 1st Friday of every month

Time Commitment: 6 months of service, 2-4 hours per month (plus initial training)


pilkington garden volunteer

Garden Volunteer

Help maintain the Museum’s demonstration gardens and pollinator gardens.

Interests & Skills: Gardening, botany, horticulture, biology, plant and pollinator interactions

Availability: 3rd Thursday of the Month, 11am-12:30

Time Commitment: 1 hour per month or more


volunteer exhibit set up

Exhibits, Special Events, One-Time Volunteering

Offer help in a variety of ways, or be on-call for specific tasks.

Interests & Skills: Physical labor, construction, animal care, data entry, event help, tidepooling, creative projects, and more…

Availability: Weekdays and occasional weekends

Time Commitment: One-time commitment, variable


For more information contact Elizabeth at 420-6115 x12 or elizabeth@santacruzmuseum.org.

Interested in leading school tours? Learn more about being a docent!

Interested in getting class credit? Learn more about our internships!