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Museum Docents Adults

Docents are volunteers who love to learn and share their knowledge with others. They guide the Museum's school programs, helping students explore nature and the world around them, both inside the Museum and outdoors. Docents commit to one weekday morning shift per week between October and June. Training and continuing education are ongoing, in formal training sessions and current docent-shadowing during the training period. More...


Astronomy Volunteers Adults

As part of the Museum’s school and public programs, The Gladwin Planetarium offers Astronomy presentations led by docents (see Museum Docents above) and volunteers. Both docents and volunteers are trained to use the planetarium and give live, interactive presentations. While docents guide the Museum’s school programs during weekday mornings, volunteers can choose schedules from weekday afternoons or weekends. During school breaks, both docents and volunteers are needed for daily public presentations but scheduling is flexible.


Events and Programs Volunteers Adults

The Museum's Mission Canyon campus hosts many types of events throughout the year, from the Santa Barbara Wine Festival to various family festivals, lectures, workshops, and community gatherings. Volunteers at these events perform a range of tasks: assist with setup, check-in, and breakdown; take tickets; usher; lead crafts; or serve food and drinks. Volunteers bring a keen interest in working with the public and are willing to join the team to create a lively and organized event. Intermittent; days/times vary. Adults.


Exhibit Interpreters Youth and Adults

Our biennial Butterflies Alive! and other large summer exhibits enjoy volunteer support for visitor interaction and interpretation. After training sessions, these volunteers work weekly shifts throughout the exhibit run, talking with visitors and interpreting exhibit material. Volunteers must have an interest in the exhibit subject matter, but most of all they must enjoy working with the public of all ages! Youth volunteers may earn community service credit if desired. Seasonal.


Collections & Research Volunteers Adults

Occasional volunteer/intern support is needed in our Collections and Research Center (CRC), located at the Museum's main campus. Volunteers assist curatorial staff behind the scenes in collection maintenance, data entry, cataloging, and artifact preservation. Ongoing, long-term commitments are requested from CRC volunteers; attention to detail and an interest in the lab or office setting are key factors for placement in these volunteer positions. Weekdays only.


Backyard Play Partners Youth, Adults, Adult-Youth Teams

Do you love playing outside? Did you grow up playing outdoors and want to share this fun with others? Play Partners work with staff in the Museum Backyard, encouraging families to explore the oak woodland, creek, watercourse, and Nature Club House. Family Play Partner teams are also considered in this setting. Youth volunteers may earn community service credit if desired.


Eyes in the Sky Raptor Education Program, Adults, Adult-Youth Teams

Through a partnership with Santa Barbara Audubon's Eyes in the Sky Program, volunteers receive comprehensive training to work with the live birds of prey ambassadors on the Museum campus. Volunteers learn public interaction skills in addition to the intensive bird care and handling training. Please visit the Eyes in the Sky website for more information and to begin the application process:  


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