• One free Explorer 4 membership (including privileges and discounts) after 100 hours of service completed within one year from start date. Once earned, this membership renews annually for as long as you continue to volunteer at the Museum.
  • Invitations to special events.
  • Recognition in Museum publications and the Museum itself.
  • Opportunities to experience new collections and exhibits not yet on public display.
  • Eligibility for Volunteer of the Year awards.

There are many intangible benefits as well, including the opportunity to:

  • Help build a world-class Museum and provide the citizens of North Carolina with a valuable resource for learning and science exploration.
  • Raise awareness of new technologies and scientific breakthroughs, as well as the importance of natural conservation and preservation.
  • Learn about biology, ecology, aerospace engineering, physics, entomology, horticulture and more.
  • Interact with science professionals with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
  • Be part of a fun and enthusiastic team.
  • Do something unique and interesting to give back to the community.
  • Earn the gratitude of the staff, Board, animals, amphibians, reptiles, fish, insects, arachnids, plants and other life forms that live and work at the Museum.

Volunteer opportunities include both ongoing assignments and one time options which allow you to pick and choose events that match your interest and availability.

Ongoing Opportunities

Volunteering at one of our most popular experiences means:

  • Engaging visitors as they explore the conservatory
  • Keeping the butterflies and plants safe from curious hands
  • Providing informal educational programs with invertebrate animals in the Insectarium
  • Assisting with the care and maintenance of our butterflies, invertebrates and plants

Level of Physical Labor: Light to Moderate

Our ideal volunteers for this area would be able to commit 2-4 hours per week, Monday–Sunday.

In this physically-demanding volunteer role, tasks include:

  • General animal husbandry including raking and shoveling of farmyard stalls and yards
  • Cleaning animal cages and exhibits
  • Sweeping, mopping and organizing support areas
  • Food preparation
  • Animal handling/brushing/bathing
  • General department assistance

Level of Physical Labor: High (ability to lift and carry 50 lbs.)

Ideal volunteers would be able to commit at least two 4-hour shifts per month (8am-12pm).

In this guest facing volunteer role, tasks include:

  • Assisting Lab Facilitator with presenting experiments and activities
  • Interaction with guests to enhance exhibit experience
  • Cleaning glassware and replenishing supplies
  • General department assistance

Level of Physical Labor: Low to Medium

Ideal volunteers would be able to commit 2 – 4 hours per week.

Lab hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30am – 2:30pm, Sundays 12:30–4:30pm.

We have many opportunities for volunteers throughout the Museum including indoor assistance in exhibits like Contraptions or Launch Lab. These roles are guest-facing and require an ability to interact with a wide variety of people. Duties include:

  • Facilitating visitor interactions with the exhibit in an inquiry-based manner
  • Explaining basic scientific principles at work

You may also volunteer with our Exhibits department to assist as they repair exhibit components, make models, maintain exhibits and assist with cleaning, vacuuming and washing of exhibit components.

Level of Physical Labor: Low to Moderate

Ideal volunteers for General Museum roles would be able to commit at least two 4-hr shifts per month.

One time Special Events occur throughout the year and vary in types of activities and length of commitment.  Special Event opportunities are often perfect for groups, individuals with a limited amount of time or those interested in learning more about the Museum.

To learn more about being a volunteer and to fill out an application, attend one of our upcoming volunteer orientations!

  • Thursday, December 10 | 2–3pm

All orientations are held at the Main Museum Building. Orientation is open to the public and drop-ins are welcome, although prior reservation is preferred.


  • 18 years of age or older
  • Completed Museum Volunteer Application
  • Pass a background check
  • Attend New Volunteer Orientation

For more information about upcoming opportunities or to reserve a spot during one of the orientation dates, please contact:

Emma Nadeau
(919) 220-5429 x302

Don’t forget to log your time! 

With questions, please contact:

Emma Nadeau
(919) 220-5429 x302

High-need Volunteer Opportunities:

Are you looking to expand your volunteer opportunities outside your regular department at the Museum? Looks like we could use a few more hands for the following events:

  • Santa Train, December 16–20

Contact Emma Nadeau with your availability and questions or or check out the Track It Forward site for more opportunities.!


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