Arizona Museum of Natural History

Arizona Museum of Natural History

General Volunteer Opportunities


  • Anthropology/Archaeology
  • Archaeology Fieldwork
  • Collections
  • Exhibit Building
  • Exploration Station
  • Free Sunday
  • Gallery Interpreter
  • Gold Panning/Dig Pit
  • Library
  • Museum Store
  • Office help
  • Paleo Cart Interpreter
  • Photography
  • Public Outreach
  • Reception Help
  • Research
  • Special Events
  • Special Needs
  • SPS Lab
  • SWAT Lab
  • Teen Volunteer
  • Volunteer Organizational Help
  • Weekday Paleo Lab

ADMINISTRATION

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Development and Membership     1Unscheduled  2No shifts available  
Weekend Teen Volunteer Shift Supervisor

Must be at least 20 years old to apply

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES               

Interview prospective teen volunteers, send shift reminders to teens, check in teens for their shifts, assist teens during their shift when needed, schedule and rotate teens due to missed shifts, follow up when teens do not show up for their shift, and train new teen volunteers. Note: Teens are more available to interview on the weekends

SKILLS, ATTITUDES, KNOWLEDGE

Management skills, good people skills, good customer service, knowledge of Excel and Microsoft Word, experience working with teens and patience

NOTE: Must be fingerprinted by City of Mesa 

TIME COMMITMENT                     

At least 4 hours one Saturday or Sunday a week and occasional weekday meetings with education staff, may be asked to come in on both Saturday and Sunday at times

Pending the number of volunteers for this position – communication across shifts and working hours that support both shifts may be needed

RELATIONSHIPS, LIAISONS

Will work with Volunteer Coordinator, Teen Volunteer Coordinator,  Education Staff and other volunteers

BENEFITS & CHALLENGES        

Able to see the working of exhibits and the behind scenes of the museum, learn new skills, share talents with others, help mentor teens, serve the community

 TRAINING

Orientation and hands on training with AzMNH Volunteer Coordinator and Teen Volunteer Coordinator            

    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  

CHILDRENS PROGRAMS

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Activity Station Leader

WEEK ENDS ONLY: Time commitment: 2 weekend shifts a month, shifts are 2-3 hours in length

The purpose of this position is to provide a positive interactive experience for the visitors and lead the children in an activity while they are in the area.

Note: The Activity Station volunteer will be a backfill for the Exploration Station when needed.
Job responsibilities: Set up table and activity, greet the visitors and guide the children in the activity, dismantle the table at the end of the shift and place all items in designated storage area, log any comments or items needed on the communication log sheet.

Skills, Attitudes and Knowledge: Enjoy working with children, be organized, learn the activities used in the area and in the Exploration Stations; be knowledgeable about the museum, good customer service skills

    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  
Children’s Activity Guide

WEEKENDS ONLY:  Time Commitment: 2 weekend shifts a month: Shifts are 2-3 hours in length

The purpose of this position is to assist visitors in understanding the activities and how to interact with them.  Note:  The Children’s Activity Guide volunteer will be a backfill for the Exploration Station when needed

Job Responsibilities: Move among children’s stations on each floor of the museum, greet the visitors and assist the children as needed, log any comments or items needed on the communication log sheet.  

Skills, Attitudes and Knowledge: Enjoy working with children, be organized, learn the children’s activities in the museum and the Exploration Station; be knowledgeable about the museum, good customer service skills

    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  

EXHIBIT BUILDING

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Exhibit Building

Exhibit Volunteer: We have no openings at this time in our exhibit building area. If you would like to be put on a waiting list to be notified when a opening occurs please email: yvonne.petersen@mesaaz.gov

PURPOSE To assist exhibit staff build and maintain exhibits JOB RESPONSIBILITIES Help build and maintain exhibits. Utilize small power tools and hand tools, climb ladders up to 12 feet and be able to help with lifting. SKILLS, ATTITUDES, KNOWLEDGE Be able to work with small power tools and hand tools, climb ladders up to 12 feet, willing to learn new skills and processes. RELATIONSHIPS, LIAISONS Will work with exhibit staff and other volunteers TIME, COMMITMENT 4-6 hours a week, preferably on Mondays BENEFITS & CHALLENGES Able to see the working of exhibits and the behind scenes of the museum, learn new skills, share talents with others, serve the community SUCCESS MEASURES Regular and complete attendance at assigned work shifts Adherence to requirements and needs of position Appropriate standards of appearance and dress Adherence to museum policy regarding public area volunteer performance TRAINING Volunteer orientation, costumer service, & one-on- one training with exhibits staff

    1Unscheduled  2No shifts available  

EXPLORATION STATION

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Facilitator

The Exploration Station is a hands-on children’s activity center. Visitors can create dino rubbings, hold a real dinosaur fossil, enjoy puzzles and 5 interactive carts that help make connections with our natural history galleries.

AVAILABLE WEEKDAY SHIFTS Beginning August 5, 2014: Tuesdays- Fridays:10 am - 1 pm or 1-4 pm

NO WEEKEND SHIFTS Available at this time

TIME, COMMITMENT Minimum of 3 hours per week, Tuesday - Friday as scheduled or Saturday/Sunday positions 6 hours a month

PURPOSE Help facilitate the visitors’ use of the interactives in the Exploration Station

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES Prepare Exploration Station to open, greet and aid visitors, assist children/caregivers in exploring the interactives, must be able to move around the room freely for duration of shift, keep supplies available and room orderly, prepare Exploration Station to close

SKILLS, ATTITUDES, KNOWLEDGE Enjoy working with children, be organized, learn the Exploration Stations activities, be knowledgeable about the museum, good customer service skills BENEFITS & CHALLENGES Able to see the working of exhibits and the behind scenes of the museum, learn new skills, share talents with others, help children learn science in a fun way, serve the community SUCCESS MEASURES Regular and complete attendance at assigned work shifts Adherence to requirements and needs of position Appropriate standards of appearance and dress Adherence to museum policy regarding public area Volunteer performance

TRAINING Volunteer orientation, customer service training, Exploration Station training with education staff. Facilitators are required to attend quarterly Facilitator workshops

NOTE: Exploration Station facilitators must be fingerprinted if 18 or older

    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  

FIRST SUNDAY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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Free Sunday Volunteers

Through a grant by Target the first Sunday of every month is free at the AzMNH. Because of the volume of visitors that come on Free Sunday we need extra volunteers.

Here is a once a month continuous volunteer opportunity.

We are now recruiting Free Sunday Volunteers in the following areas:

Gallery Rover: Shift: 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Gold Panning/Dino Dig Pit Gallery Interpreter: Shift 2:00 - 5:00 pm

    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  

GALLERY INTERPRETER

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Gallery Interpreter Training

Gallery Interpreter Training

Enlist now for an experience that will take you millions of years back in time, give you the knowledge to engage and educate visitors, and help you become part of the great AzMNH Volunteer Troop.

Mondays, Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4

Arizona Museum of Natural History 53 N. Macdonald Mesa, AZ 85201

Must be able to make at least 5 of the 6 trainings scheduled

This training will cover archaeology, paleontology, geology, interpretation techniques, customer service and how it relates to the museum. You will be trained in all gallery areas of the museum.

After training you are asked to commit to one shift a week as a Gallery Interpreter.

Gallery Interpreter Job Discription

Purpose: Provide visitors with a delightful educational museum experience through interesting and accurate information about the museum

Job Responsibilities: Greet and aid public, learn and apply interpretive techniques relating to current exhibits, be responsible for getting out, interpreting and putting away hand-on objects.

Skills Attitudes, Knowledge: Enjoys talking with people, is interested in natural and cultural history, will be sure to offer accurate information, willing to learn new information and interpretive methods, good customer service skills

    1Unscheduled  2No shifts available  
Gold Panning/Dino Dig Pit

PURPOSE Provide visitors with a delightful, educational museum experience through interesting and accurate information and instructions about gold panning and the paleo dig pit.

TIME, COMMITMENT: Week-day shifts between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., as scheduled, minimum of 3 hours per week Week-end shifts, as scheduled, minimum of 3 hours per month

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Gold Panning: Greet and aid public, hand out gold panning bags, instruct on gold panning techniques, interpret Arizona’s Historic 5 C’s. Paleo Dig Pit: Greet and aid public, hand out brushes, interpret the different fossils, cover exposed areas back up

SKILLS, ATTITUDES, KNOWLEDGE: Enjoys talking with people, is interested in natural and cultural history, offer accurate information, willing to learn new information and good customer service skills

RELATIONSHIPS: Will work with museum staff, other volunteers, general public

BENEFITS: Able to see the working of exhibits and the behind scenes of the museum, learn new skills, share talents with others, serve the community

SUCCESS MEASURES: Regular and complete attendance at assigned work shifts Adherence to requirements and needs of position Appropriate standards of appearance and dress Adherence to museum policy regarding public area volunteer performance

TRAINING: Volunteer orientation, customer service training, one on one training, attend continuing education training NOTE All gallery interpreters 18 and older must be fingerprinted

    1Unscheduled  0All shifts available  

MUSEUM STORE

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Museum Store Volunteer

Purpose:  To assist Museum Store staff in duties involving the Museum Store

We have no open shifts at this time

Job Responsibilities: Greet customers, offer assistance, watch customer activity on the floor, thank all customers as they leave the store, and straighten merchandise.

Skills& Knowledge: Must be able to learn product knowledge and discuss it with patrons, excellent customer service required.

Relationships: Will work with Museum Store staff and other volunteers.

Benefits: 15% discount on Museum Store merchandise, interact with patrons from around the world, free admission to the museum, invitations to opening receptions, evening programs, Guild programs

Success Measures: Arrive on time, reliable attendance at assigned work shifts, adherence to requirements and needs of position, appropriate standards of appearance and dress, adherence to Museum policy regarding public area, and volunteer performance.

Training: Volunteer orientation, customer service class, one-on-one training with Museum Store staff.

    1Unscheduled  2No shifts available  

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