Devoted, caring volunteers bring the High Desert Museum to life.
Join a family of adults and teens who share 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:
“I just love working with all the animals!”
“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.”
New Volunteer Orientations are held 8 months of the year on the third Thursday of every month from 10:00 am -11:00 am. (No orientations in June, July, August or December).
Our Teen Volunteer Program is also closed for the season. For teens, we offer a year-long program that includes a fair amount of specialized training with wildlife, living history, education. We enroll 50 active teen volunteers annually, giving preference to those already committed to the program. Depending on availability, we consider new teen volunteers leading up to our busy summer season. We have our next Teen Volunteer Orientation scheduled on Saturday, May 11th from 10 am – 3 pm. Unfortunately, we do not consider new teen volunteers until that time.
The Museum has many volunteer opportunities for you! Among our current selections are:
Desertarium: Reptiles really aren’t scary! We need support with diet prep and general husbandry for some of the creatures that thrive in the High Desert: tortoises, turtles, lizards, snakes, spiders and even scorpions.
Mammal Interpretation: Requirements for wildlife interpretation are a willingness to learn about the species in the collection, develop good public speaking skills, and base talks on scientifically supportable material. You will present a 15-minute talk to visitors on fish, hooved mammals, carnivores and more. Training will be provided. A 6-month commitment is required and one/day week preferred.
Behind the Scenes Wildlife Care: Wildlife volunteers assist the Wildlife staff in cleaning animal enclosures, as well as preparing diets and assisting Wildlife staff in other approved activities such as providing enrichment.
Living History: Bring history to life by donning period clothing and portraying historic characters. Or, demonstrate historically significant arts, crafts or technology from the High Desert past.
Cultural History: Illuminate history by conducting talks, presentations and tours of the Museum’s rich exhibitions of historic artifacts.
Natural History: Help visitors learn about High Desert wildlife. Lead nature walks on our trails. Introduce visitors to the unique flora and fauna found here.
Silver Sage Trading Store: Help visitors choose that perfect gift to remind them of the High Desert. Meet fascinating people from all over the world. Become an expert about Museum store merchandise, from jewelry to a specialized selection of books about High Desert nature and culture.
Rimrock Cafe: Help serve visitors in the cafe – run food orders out to guests, and bus tables. Fast paced, fun environment for volunteers with friendly, outgoing personalities.
School Programs: You will learn right along with the children while assisting with engaging and enriching learning opportunities in our Discovery Classes, which meet state benchmarks.
Kids’ Programs: Read a story to children once a week and oversee a corresponding craft for the children to participate in. Interact with preschool age children during our Backpack Explorers program, with a monthly rotating theme.
Photography: Use your skills in still photography or video to capture all the fun and beauty of this nationally acclaimed Museum.
Visitor Services: Greet visitors at Admissions and help direct them to their favorite interests in the Museum or provide insightful information. Talk with visitors about our many different membership levels and sell Museum memberships.
Volunteer Newsletter: Use your Publisher skills to help produce our monthly volunteer newsletter. Read the recent issue of High Desert Voices.
Gallery and Birds of Prey Attendants: The Gallery Attendant position supports our traveling and temporary exhibits. You will receive a curator-led training about the specific exhibit(s) and will then interpret for visitors within the gallery during a shift of your choice. We are also looking for volunteers to provide information to visitors about the birds of prey on exhibit at the museum. Basic FAQs and interested facts will be shared informally.
If you have additional questions, contact us.
During the summer months, we are busy supporting summer interns, engaging with visitors and offering dynamic programming so we do not onboard new volunteers. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you submit an application during the busy summer months, we will follow up in September. The summer crowds keep us hoppin’ and we are unable to onboard new volunteers at that time. Thank you for your interest!