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COVID-19 Update: Although we are temporarily closed, you can stay connected to NHMU online – details below.
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Open Volunteer Positions

Thank you for your interest in joining the NHMU Volunteer Team! Here you can see all of our current volunteer openings. Read more about open positions by clicking on the position title. If you see a position that matches your interest and availability, please submit an application using the appropriate link at the bottom of this page. Check back regularly for new openings. If you have questions, email the volunteer program.

We are committed to providing a safe experience for all NHMU Volunteers. Please note that volunteer responsibilities or tasks have been shifted or postponed during NHMU's closure in response to changes in the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community.


Opportunities to Volunteer with the Public

Watch for future openings in these positions:

  • Summer Camp Assistant
  • Citizen Science Volunteer
  • Community Outreach
  • Highlights Tour Guide
  • Gallery Interpreter: Anthropology, Paleontology, Biology
  • School Programs: Gallery Guru, Tidbit Tour Guide, STEM Exploration Guide, Junior Science Academy Classroom Assistant, Museum on the Move
  • Youth Teaching Youth Mentor
  • Animal Handler

Opportunities to Volunteer Behind the Scenes

Watch for future openings in these positions:

  • Citizen Science Volunteer
  • Collections - Anthropology, Entomology, Herbarium, Mycology, Paleontology, Vertebrates
  • Creature Care
  • Landscape Steward
  • Paleontology Lab Fossil Preparator
  • Paleontology Field Assistant
  • Registration Volunteer

Volunteer Requirements

  • A criminal background check is required for all volunteer positions at the Museum for participants over the age of 18.
  • A $25 processing fee will be assessed for all volunteers. Accepted applicants with limited financial resources may request a fee waiver.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

At the Natural History Museum of Utah, we recognize that our strength and sustainability as an organization stem from diversity and inclusion. For this reason, we are committed to fostering equity, recruiting and retaining a diverse volunteer corps that reflects the communities we serve, and empowering volunteers in developing an accessible and inclusive work environment.

We also place a strong emphasis on providing an exceptional experience to every guest who visits the Museum or participates in any of our programs. We believe that everyone at NHMU, at every level and in all departments, are a critical part of providing this level of experience. Therefore, all staff members and volunteers receive ongoing training and are expected to consistently contribute to creating exceptional, memorable, and inclusive experiences for our guests, partners, and the community.


The University of Utah has issued a temporary hiring freeze, which extends to volunteer positions. At this time, we are unable to accept applications for new volunteers. Check this page frequently to apply for a volunteer position when they re-open.