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We can't do it alone! Volunteers help the Museum run smoothly and contribute to all corners of our operation. Volunteer positions require a 6-month commitment, and shifts range in length and frequency. If you're interested in getting involved, please fill out an application.
Listed below are the current available positions:
Feed the Museum's animals! Animal care volunteers prepare diets, give baths, monitor enrichment, and clean enclosures. All training is provided, but volunteers must be comfortable with reptiles and arthropods. Schedule: one 2-hour shift per week. Prefer volunteers to be 16 or older, but will evaluate on a case by case basis
BUILDING & GROUNDS
Help with projects around the Museum including basic carpentry, gardening, and making sure the Museum looks its best! Schedule: one or more 4-hour shift(s) per week
Lend a hand in our programs! Help our education department with dissections, outreach programs, tours, and field trips by preparing materials and assisting during the program itself. Training is provided, however experience in education and working with children is strongly preferred. Schedule: varies depending on programs
You're the welcome wagon! Duties include welcoming guests, operating the cash register, research projects, answering phones, and helping guests. This is a great position for friendly outgoing people! Training is provided. Schedule: one or more 2-hour shift(s) per week
Spread the word! The Museum's marketing volunteers update community calendars, create and/or hand out posters and brochures, and maintain our social media sites. Experience with Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Photoshop, and social media platforms preferred. Schedule: one or more 2-hour shift(s) per week
OUTREACH & SPECIAL EVENTS
Assist with planning, coordinating, and working at special events and outreach programs throughout the year. Events include fundraisers, parties, and educational programs. Schedule: varies depending on upcoming events
SPECIAL SKILLS & OTHER
Have a skill that might be helpful? Let us know! Volunteers in this category can also be substitute volunteers in case the Museum’s in a pinch!
The Midwest Museum of Natural History is a great place to get hands-on experience in your field of study!
All internships are unpaid and require an average of 10 hours per week over a period of three months, and successful completion of an assigned project. We are happy to work with your university for credit.
Listed below are the current available internships:
Have experience with animals and biology? Animal care interns will research the Museum’s live animal collection to ensure proper diets, habitats, handling, and daily care. The Museum is a great place to gain experience with live animals, especially exotic reptiles! For more information on our live animal collection, click here.
The Museum is currently in the process of digitizing its collection catalog. Collections interns will assist in creating and maintaining records on our collections, including catalog information, condition reports, incoming/outgoing loan agreements, etc. Collections interns will also be trained in the proper handling of artifacts as needed.
Education interns will be responsible for helping the Museum Educator create and execute both public and private programming. Education interns will create lesson plans, execute research, interact with the public, and carry out programs (in-house and outreach).
Work closely with staff to go through the conception, research, and installation of rotating exhibits! Exhibit interns will utilize the Museum’s collection to create original exhibits that will be featured in the Oasis Room or Rotary Gallery.
Help the Museum get the word out! Marketing interns are responsible for maintaining the Museum’s presence in social media (twitter & facebook), write and manage press releases, and upkeep of the website. Additionally, interns will participate in community outreach as a representative of the Museum.
If you’re looking to get experience in administrative and operational tasks, this internship is perfect! Interns will work with the Executive Director to keep the Museum on track and organized.
If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to the Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.