Museum Opportunities

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

Adult volunteers can 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 2.5 hour shift required during four-month exhibit.

For more information about the program, contact Volunteer Manager Rebecca Coulter,

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

Are you passionate about natural science and hoping to make a positive impact on the future? Do you want to open doors to science and nature for the next generation? The Museum needs you! Join our community of Museum Educators: the dedicated volunteers who share our halls with visiting schoolchildren.

No previous experience required. We will give you all the training you need to succeed. It’s an amazing way to become an expert in local natural history. Educators commit to two mornings a week for the first year, with half that time spent training. Come find out what it’s like to make this commitment and share a positive sense of purpose with our volunteer corps.

Join us for an open house on September 12, 10:00–11:00 AM, and learn about the key role of Museum educators in our work connecting people to nature for the betterment of both. Enjoy coffee and pastries and meet our School & Community Programs staff.

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

Teens ages 13–17 have volunteer opportunities at the Museum and Sea Center! From long-term programs to summer-only projects, there's something for everyone with a passion for science and nature. Community service credit available. Click here for 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.

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.

Click here for more information about Eyes in the Sky.

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