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Explore the Volunteer Programs
of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

The museum welcomes enthusiastic people with various language backgrounds, interests, and levels of education to apply as volunteers. The minimum age for acceptance into the volunteer program is sixteen.

Museum volunteers do not work behind-the-scenes with the research departments and curatorial staff.


Current HMSC Volunteer Positions

Museum Ambassadors welcome guests to public programs and events such as lectures and author talks. Friendly and knowledgeable volunteers answer questions, provide directional assistance, and staff the HMSC information table before and after events and lectures to promote future HMSC events and membership. Training for this position is offered several times a year.

HMNH Gallery Guides engage visitors in a conversational way in the museum exhibits, often through facilitating hands-on activities at discovery carts. Multiple-session training courses are offered several times a year.

Sketching Facilitators invite visitors of all ages to look closer at exhibits by modeling and inviting visitors to draw in the galleries. Preparation for this position is conducted on an individual basis.

Nature Storytime Program Readers share children’s storybooks with the youngest visitors and their families on Saturday and Sunday mornings and afternoons. After reading, story readers guide families to visit related specimens in the HMNH galleries. Training for this role is offered several times a year as well as on an individual basis.

Family Festival Volunteers facilitate hands-on educational and craft activities at HMSC family festivals such as Summer Solstice Celebration, Amazing Archaeology Day, Day of the Dead family festival. Training is specific to the event and conducted by the programmatic area served.


Volunteer Program Information Sessions

To find out more about the HMSC Volunteer Program positions, Information Sessions will be held on Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 2:30–4:00 pm and Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 2:30–4:00 pm. Information Sessions take place in Classroom A on the main 3rd floor of the Museum. RSVP and completed application requested for either session.

Application Process

If you would like to apply for volunteer opportunities at the museums, complete the application form and email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or fax it to 617-496-8308. Candidates will submit a completed application (see above), meet with the Volunteer Program Coordinator for a 45-minute interview, and, as appropriate, be invited to attend a training course.

New Gallery Guide Volunteer Training

The next Gallery Guide training course for new volunteers will take place on Tuesday evenings in October and early November. Incoming volunteers must attend all sessions in order to be qualified to serve as Gallery Guides.