Learn. Inspire. Connect. Are you passionate about natural and cultural history? Want to share your enthusiasm with others? Volunteering at the museum is a great way for lifelong learners to make new friends and share their passion for science and history. From leading exhibit tours to helping with children's events, the museum offers a variety of fun ways to get involved.



Are you in high school and looking for opportunities to volunteer in the community? Do you love science, history, and culture? The Museum of Natural and Cultural History has a volunteer program just for you. The museum is looking for volunteers who are currently in grades 10-12 to help with our summer education programs. Shifts are four hours long on Fridays and Saturdays starting in July. 

What you need:

  • Comfort greeting visitors and assisting families with activities
  • Interest in science, history, and culture, and a willingness to share information with visitors
  • Availability to commit to one Friday or Saturday shift each week from July 12-August 31 (Will you be traveling one or two weekends? Apply anyway and let us know your schedule right away.)
  • Ability to work and stand outside for extended periods

Interested?Please fill out our youth volunteer application

Questions? Please contact mnchvolunteers@uoregon.edu.



Trainings for Public Programs volunteers are offered once to twice a year and are required for all new volunteers. If your volunteer application is accepted during the recruitment period, you'll be invited to register for a training. The entire training series costs $40 and includes a one-year individual membership to the museum (a $40 value) plus materials and supplies. All sessions are held at the museum.


  • Exhibit hall interpreters provide the personalized experiences and perspectives that make museum trips memorable and meaningful for our visitors.
  • Educational program instructors inspire curiosity and critical thinking about Oregon's past and present and lead hands-on activities for K-12 classes and community members.
  • Visitor Experience volunteers help with special events, share information about membership, and greet visitors.



Aside from making a difference in our community and making new friends, volunteering at the MNCH comes with a variety of great rewards, including:

  • A certificate in museum interpretation, following completion of the volunteer training series
  • Additional trainings to further your education
  • Free one-year individual membership to the museum, with upgrade options
  • Invitations to special museum events
  • Job references  
  • 10 percent off museum store purchases
  • Invitation to our annual volunteer appreciation luncheon
  • Quarterly volunteer meet-ups

Questions? Contact the museum's volunteer coordinator at mnchvolunteers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-1717.



Contact the divisions directly for more information.

  • Anthropological Collections: Contact Pamela Endzweig, Anthropological Collections director, at 541-346-5120 or endzweig@uoregon.edu.
  • Paleontological Collections and Research: Contact Edward Davis, Condon Collection manager and curator of paleontology, at 541-346-3461 or edavis@uoregon.edu.
  • Archaeological Research: Contact Julia Knowles, archaeological labs manager, at 541-346-0932 


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