Volunteer FAQs

Are you interested in becoming a Peabody Museum volunteer?

The following information will help you find the right placement at the Museum.

Q: Do you want to volunteer during the week?

A: If a weekday opportunity is what you are looking for, explore these possibilities:

 

  • Discovery Room Help out in the Discovery Room. A chance for families, and especially children ages 5 to 12, to explore the Museum’s collections. The Discovery Room’s most important rule is “Please Touch”.
  • Collections Assist in the Peabody Collections. Volunteers are welcome to become involved in a variety of research and support activities.
  • Docents Lead programs as a Museum Docent. Learn about the exhibits, develop teaching techniques for informal education and lead programs for visitors from school-age to seniors
  • Some Special Weekday Events and Programs Assist with crafts, games, music, lectures and presentations at themed programs throughout the year. Join in the fun at Special Events and Programs
  • Museum Exhibit Preparation Work with Museum preparators to create and maintain Museum exhibits
  • Museum Offices Help with a variety of projects and office-related tasks related to Membership and Visitor Services
  • Peabody on the Road Take a little of the Peabody out of the Museum with the Peabody On The Road program. Docents travel to public events with exciting and interactive educational kits: Natural History, How Cultures Carry Things, and Rocks and Minerals.

Q: Do you want to volunteer on the weekend?

A: If you are free on the weekends, these volunteer possibilities are open to you:

 

  • Fossil Cart Offer hands-on experience with the Fossil Cart in the Great Hall. Engage the public with specimens. Compare fossilized bone to a cow’s bone or share a replica of a Tyrannosaurus rex tooth
  • Highlights Tours Lead Highlights Tours. This tour takes you through the best the Peabody has to offer from the dinosaurs in the Great Hall to the Daily Life in Ancient Egypt
  • Special Events Assist with crafts, games, music, lectures and presentations at themed programs throughout the year Join in the fun at special events and programs throughout the year
  • Peabody on the Road Take a sampling of Museum artifacts and specimens to public events. Learn to use our exciting and interactive educational kits: Natural History, How Cultures Carry Things, and Rocks and Minerals

Q: Do you want to work directly with the Museum visitors in public programs and events?

A: These are the Museum programs in which volunteers work directly with the public:

 

  • Fossil Cart Give visitors to the Great Hall an opportunity to touch fossils and learn more about them. Go to Fossil Cart to learn more
  • Discovery Room Interactive exhibits and live animals make this hands-on room a favorite with children and families. Go to Discovery Room to learn more
  • Highlights Tours Learn to guide Museum visitors on a 45 minute tour of several important Peabody exhibits from dinosaurs to mummies. Go to Highlights Tours to learn more
  • Docents Lead Museum programs in a variety of settingsto visitors from school-age to senior groups Go to Docents to learn more
  • West Campus Community Education Center Work with our West Campus Educator to develop and lead programs in natural history at our newest educational facility. Go to West Campus Community Education Center to learn more
  • Special Events Assist with crafts, games, music, lectures and presentations at themed programs throughout the year. Go to special events and programs
  • Peabody on the Road Program Introduce the Peabody at public events through traveling kits of artifacts and specimens. Go to Peabody On The Road  

Q: Would you like to assist as a volunteer behind the scenes?

A: There are also weekday opportunities to work behind the scenes at the Museum:

 

  • Research collections at Main and West Campus. See the Collections
  • Assist scientific research in a number of departments including Botany/Herbarium, Paleobotany, Vertebrate and Invertebrate Zoology, Vertebrate and Invertebrate Paleontology, Mineralogy, Entomology, and Anthropology
  • Weekday opportunities, 9:00-5:00
  • Training provided on site by each department
  • To learn more about a specific department follow link to collections
  • Collection libraries Develop and maintain books and other materials, assist with digitalization and archival tasks
  • Museum Exhibit Preparation Work with Museum preparators to create and maintain Museum exhibits
  • Museum Offices Help with a variety of projects and office-related tasks related to Membership, Grants, Public Affairs, Graphics and Public Education
  • West Campus Community Education Center Assist in planning, creating and maintaining nature trails and gardens

Q: Are there opportunities for high school volunteers?
A: High school students are welcome to apply for volunteer positions. Acceptance is contingent upon successful application and interview. Applicants under the age of 18 must return parental consent form with their application. Please understand that the Museum always has more applications for positions than we are able to fill. Student opportunities may be available in the following areas:

 

  • Special Events Assist with crafts, games, music, lectures and presentations at themed programs throughout the year. Go to special events and programs 
  •  Fossil Cart Give visitors to the Great Hall an opportunity to touch fossils and learn more about them. Go to Fossil Cart to learn more 
  •  Discovery Room Interactive exhibits and live animals make this hands-on room a favorite with children and families.  Go to Discovery Room to learn more
  • Summer Camp Assist counselors with science-themed week-long camps at both our main and West Campus locations during July and August
  • Research collections at Main and West Campus Assist scientific research in a number of departments (applicants must be at least 16 years of age to work in collections)