Volunteers

  • One free Explorer 4 membership (including privileges and discounts) after 100 hours of service. 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:

  • Posting chrysalises as they arrive in our Chrysalis Room
  • Collection and release of live butterflies into the Conservatory
  • Specimen collection
  • Assistance with record-keeping
  • Occasional interactions with visitors answering questions

Level of Physical Labor: 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).

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.

Join us at this 21+ adults-only event as we explore the science behind gaming & strategy. Assist with:

  • Set-up and breakdown
  • Crowd control
  • Presenting activities throughout the duration of the event

Level of Physical Labor: Low to Moderate

Volunteer with us at our most popular fundraising event. Help share the science of Santa with visitors at this after-hours event for families of all ages.

  • Assist with visitor check-in
  • Help load passengers onto the train
  • Serve hot chocolate
  • Assist with set-up and breakdown
  • Lead our science activities

Level of Physical Labor: Low to Moderate

Ideal volunteers would be able to be outside for the duration of their shift and be eager to engage with a wide variety of visitors while answering questions, sharing knowledge and more.

To learn more about being a volunteer and to fill out an application, attend one of our upcoming volunteer orientations! All orientations occur from 2–3:00pm:

  • October 2
  • November 6

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.

Requirements:

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

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

Maureen Satterwhite
maureen.satterwhite@ncmls.org
(919) 220-5429 x379

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With questions, please contact:

Maureen Satterwhite
maureen.satterwhite@ncmls.org
(919) 220-5429 x379

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:

  • AfterHours: Game Theory – Nov. 13
  • Santa Train – Dec. 2014

Contact Maureen Satterwhite with your availability and questions or use the following forms to sign up for a shift today!

 

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