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.”


The Museum has many volunteer opportunities for you! Among our current selections are:

Teen Volunteers: **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.  The capacity of the program varies each year based on the needs and mentorship capacity of each department.  Teens may qualify to volunteer within departments such as Kids Camps, Rimrock Cafe, Living History or the Silver Sage Trading Post.  Orientation for new teen volunteers occurs annually in May, leading up to our busy summer season. People under eighteen are unable to volunteer within our wildlife department.

Desertarium: Reptiles really aren’t scary! Volunteers 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. Volunteers 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.

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

Gallery and Wildlife Attendants: The Gallery Attendant position supports our traveling and temporary exhibits. Volunteers receive a curator-led training about the specific exhibit(s) and then interpret for visitors within the gallery. Wildlife Attendant volunteers provide information to visitors about the wildlife on exhibit at the museum. Basic FAQs and interesting facts are shared informally.

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

Galaxy portal for volunteers 

Volunteer applications will be accepted again in September 2022!