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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer for your local Museum!

Volunteering gives you the opportunity to share your passion for natural history and science with today’s students and tomorrow’s scientists in a dynamic, ever-changing setting. Whether your interests are in computer science, astronomy, or natural history, we have a need for your assistance! Our volunteers work on the Museum floor and behind the scenes, performing a wide range of tasks.

Besides personal satisfaction and rewarding life experiences, volunteer benefits include free admission, discounts at the NatureWorks gift store and the Museum's Café, newsletters, social activities, and special recognition events.

The Museum is currently accepting volunteers for the following positions: Traveling Exhibit Volunteers, Museum Hosts, Naturalist Center Docents and Information Desk Specialists.  All new museum volunteers must attend and complete the "New Volunteer Orientation" training before hours can be logged. More training dates will be announced soon. Please call (505) 841-2877 or email for more information.


Below is a detailed list of all of the volunteer opportunities offered at the Museum:

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science in Albuquerque has decided to extend our temporary exhibit, Brain: The Inside Story, which is currently on display now and will be extended until November 10th, 2019.  We are in need of friendly and positive volunteers to staff the exhibit. Volunteers will provide outstanding customer service by greeting guests, answering questions, and interpreting exhibit information. 

Volunteers are needed seven days a week and must commit to a minimum of three shifts a month. Volunteers must complete a short training. Trainings will be offered on September 4th and September 6th from 1-3pm and Saturday, September 7th from 1:30-3:30pm at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.  For information, visit: or contact the Museum’s volunteer office at 841-2877 or  


Administrative Volunteer Opportunities

  • Information Desk: Greet visitors to the Museum, check entrance tickets, and answer general information questions
  • Data entry: Add Museum information to a computer database

Educational Volunteer Opportunities

  • Museum Docent: Help visitors understand Museum exhibits
  • Naturalist Center Docent: Assist visitors of all ages in our hands-on discovery room
  • Outreach Educator: Present hands-on science activities in the community (extra training required)
  • FossilWorks: Prepare fossils in front of the public in the fossil preparation lab (extra training required)

Traveling Exhibit Volunteers

Drugs: Cost and Consequences is an incredibly important exhibit that confronts the consequences of the illegal drug trade and drug abuse within our communities.  The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is seeking volunteers to be gallery interpreters and resources within the exhibit.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for this exhibit, please join us on either July 16th from 5-7pm or July 24th from 5-7pm for a mandatory training to be held at the museum.  For any questions or for more information, please contact “

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