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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On the Spot Docents
Promote coastal 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
Availability: Weekend afternoons
Time Commitment: Summer only, 20 hours (plus initial training), commitment to a minimim of seven 3-hour shifts from June through September
Front Desk Volunteer
Welcome visitors and help in the Museum store.
Interests & Skills: Greeting, informal interpretation, secretarial
Time Commitment: 1 year of service, 2-4 hours per month (plus initial training)
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)
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
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 email@example.com.
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