Devoted, caring volunteers bring the High Desert Museum to life.

Join a volunteer family who shares a passionate interest in the wildlife, culture and history of the High Desert. Volunteers help the Museum in a variety of ways and, in the process, gain a sense of accomplishment and personal satisfaction.

Here’s what some of our volunteers are saying:

  • “We’re so proud to be associated with such a high quality attraction.”
  • “All of the people you work with are just great!”
  • “Sharing the history of the West is meaningful to me.”
  • “It’s just plain fun!”
  • “You can’t help but learn about new and different things on every visit.”

The Museum has many volunteer opportunities for you! If you are interested in volunteering, please email the Museum’s People and Culture Coach Kristen Campbell at kcampbell@highdesertmuseum.org.

Admissions Greeter
Greet Museum visitors and start them on their journey. Guide them to the daily happenings and new exhibits.
Visitor Services
Help the Admissions Team welcome admit visitors to the Museum and ensure a positive, memorable visit. Answer any questions visitors have during their visit.  
Assist in providing positive experiences for students, educators and chaperones to the High Desert Museum. Answer questions about content, educational materials, field trip logistics, and ensure schools are excited to return and feel welcomed into the Museum. 
Nature Team
Interpret the High Desert’s natural history, including the region’s plants, fungi, climate, geological features, ecosystems and human interactions within those ecosystems. Assist with various special events including the monthly Natural History Pub, exhibit openings, educational programs, weed pulling on the grounds and other initiatives. 
Living History Docent
Engage with visitors and interpret the lives of the historical late 19th and early 20th century people of the High Desert at the ranch or in the Spirit of the West gallery. 
Living History Interpreter
Bring to life the people of the late 1880s through the 1930s of the High Desert at the 1904 ranch or the scenes of the Spirit of the West gallery. Don period costumes, portray historical characters and demonstrate historically significant crafts or technological skills.
Wildlife Interpreter
Engage with visitor and deliver multiple scheduled wildlife talks throughout the day, from the High Desert Hooves talk to the Otter Encounter.
Wildlife Behind the Scenes
Assist Wildlife keepers with animal care and husbandry in specific areas including Desertarium and Birds of Prey.
Wildlife Gallery Attendant
Work to connect Museum visitors to the welfare, natural history and conservation of animals in exhibit habitats while stationed at one of four areas: Birds of Prey, Otters, Mammals or Desertarium.
Wildlife Special Projects
Do you have a specialized skill or interest and wish to contribute to the Wildlife Department in unique ways? This may be the spot for you! 
High Desert Ranger Station
Volunteers open and close the building, raise the flag when open, make sure displays are clean and available to guests, prepare and deliver information about the historic building, the role of the US Forest Service, and provide information about forest management and ecosystems in the current era. 
Photography Team
Capture in still photography and video all of the fun and beauty found at the Museum. Photographers are sent to document special events and daily programs. 
Teen Volunteer Program
**Currently, our Teen Volunteer program is on hold.**  The Teen Volunteer Programs aims to provide a supportive learning opportunity for young people ages 11-18.  Teens may qualify to volunteer within departments such as Kids Camps and Living History.  

If you have additional questions, please email volunteer@highdesertmuseum.org.