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.

Fill out a Volunteer Application today!

Volunteer Opportunities:

Garden Volunteer

Help maintain the Museum’s gardens. Interests & Skills: Gardening, botany, horticulture, biology, plant and pollinator interactions. Availability: ongoing and every 3rd Thursday morning of each month Minimum Commitment: 2 hours per month


Exhibits, Special Events, One-Time volunteer exhibit set upVolunteering

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 Minimum Commitment: 4 hours, variable days throughout the year


On the Spot Docent (Summer only)On the Spot

Volunteers with our summer On the Spot program will work in teams of 2-3 docents at pop-up spotting scope stations overlooking Seabright Beach and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. These teams will engage beach-goers in conversation about the natural history of the local coastline. Interests & Skills: Marine science, informal interpretation, talking to new people Availability: Thursday and/or Saturday afternoons, 1-4pm
Minimum Commitment: 3 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks (plus initial training).


For more information contact volunteer@santacruzmuseum.org.

Interested in leading school tours? Learn more about being a docent! Interested in getting class credit? Learn more about our internships!