Museum open Wed–Sun, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM (last entry at 4:00 PM). Reservations recommended. Sea Center on Stearns Wharf open daily, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM, purchase tickets on-site. Please wear a mask to protect those unvaccinated, especially our youngest guests.

Adult Opportunities

From public exhibit interpretation to special events to behind-the-scenes work in the collections, there are many opportunities for adults at the Museum and Sea Center. Explore the options below for more information.

Share the wonder of our seasonal exhibit, Butterflies Alive! during the summer between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Mandatory training session in May; interest in working with the public is essential. At least one weekly 3-hour shift required during four-month exhibit.

Applications closed for the 2021 season

Share your passion for the conservation and stewardship of Santa Barbara’s coastal waters and watersheds at our campus on Stearns Wharf. We provide the training—you bring a love of working with people and the ocean! More information.

Special events happen with a great team. Assist with festivals, lectures, workshops, and community events. Keen interest in working with the public and flexible, team-oriented style are essential.

Exhibit Interpreters share content and hands-on activities with guests in seasonal or permanent exhibits. Content training provided; an interest in working with the public is essential.

In partnership with Santa Barbara Audubon, receive training to work with live birds of prey ambassadors. Public interaction skills and intensive bird care and handling training provided. More information.

Is your group looking for a day of giving? From building astronaut helmets to painting to beach cleanup, the Museum and Sea Center are great places to get your team together for a good cause. Group Application.

Guide the Museum's school programs, exploring natural history with students inside the Museum and outdoors. More information.

Are you a master of the universe? After a training period, present public planetarium shows. A background in astronomy or physics is a plus; public speaking and/or presentation experience is preferred.

For more information, contact Volunteer Manager Rebecca Coulter at 805-682-4711 ext. 107 or