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Explore the Volunteer Program
at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

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


Roles for Volunteers

The majority of HMNH volunteers serve as Gallery Guides who engage visitors by interpreting the exhibits through hands-on gallery activities, Nature Storytime readings, gallery sketching, and other public programs. Volunteers receive extensive training and support. Training courses include museum interpretive skills and scientific content pertaining to a specific museum gallery and are offered several times a year. Gallery Guide volunteers are asked to commit to a weekly four-hour shift on weekdays or weekends from 9:15 am–1:15 pm or 12:45–4:45 pm.

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


Application Process

If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Museum, 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.


Volunteer Program Information Session

Information Sessions to find out more about the HMNH Gallery Guide program will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 2:30–4:00 pm and on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 2:30–4:00 pm. Information Sessions take place in Classroom A on the main 3rd floor of the Museum. RSVP requested for either session.


Nature Storytime Program Volunteer Training

Volunteers engage the youngest museum visitors and their families in the HMNH Nature Storytime program. The program takes place regularly each Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. The next Nature Storytime training will take place on Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 1:00–3:00 pm in Classroom A on the main 3rd floor of the museum at 26 Oxford Street. Interested candidates must submit a completed application (see above), meet with the Volunteer Program Coordinator and be invited to attend.


New Gallery Guide Volunteer Training

The next Gallery Guide training course for new volunteers will take place on five Wednesday evenings from mid-May through Mid-June from 5:00–8:00 pm. New volunteers must attend all five sessions in order to be qualified to serve as Gallery Guides. Interested candidates must submit a completed application (see above), meet with the Volunteer Program Coordinator and be invited to attend.