Learn. Inspire. Connect. Are you passionate about natural and cultural history? Want to share your enthusiasm with others? Volunteering at the museum is a great way for lifelong learners to make new friends and share their passion for science and history. From leading exhibit tours to helping with children's events, the museum offers a variety of fun ways to get involved. 




We are not currently recruiting volunteers. Please stay tuned for information on future recruitments.

Trainings for Public Programs volunteers are offered once to twice a year and are required for all new volunteers. If your volunteer application is accepted during the recruitment period, you'll be invited to register for a training. The entire training series costs $40 and includes a one-year individual membership to the museum (a $40 value) plus materials and supplies. All sessions are held at the museum.


  • Exhibit hall interpreters provide the personalized experiences and perspectives that make museum trips memorable and meaningful for our visitors.

  • Educational program instructors inspire curiosity and critical thinking about Oregon's past and present and lead hands-on activities for K-12 classes and community members.

  • Visitor Experience volunteers help with special events, share information about membership, and greet visitors.

  • Museum store associates staff our unique gift shop and assist guests with purchases.

Volunteers displaying fossils at an outreach event



Aside from making a difference in our community and making new friends, volunteering at the MNCH comes with a variety of great rewards, including:

  • A certificate in museum interpretation, following completion of the volunteer training series

  • Additional trainings to further your education

  • Free one-year individual membership to the museum, with upgrade options

  • Parking permit for use in our first-come, first-served parking lot during volunteer shifts

  • Invitations to special museum events

  • Job references  

  • 10 percent off museum store purchases

  • Invitation to our annual volunteer appreciation luncheon

  • Quarterly volunteer meet-ups

Questions? Contact the museum's volunteer coordinator at mnchvolunteers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-1717.



Contact the divisions directly for more information.

  • Anthropological Collections: Contact Pamela Endzweig, Anthropological Collections director, at 541-346-5120 or endzweig@uoregon.edu.

  • Paleontological Collections and Research: Contact Edward Davis, Condon Collection manager and curator of paleontology, at 541-346-3461 or edavis@uoregon.edu.

  • Archaeological Research: Contact Julia Knowles, archaeological labs manager, at 541-346-0932


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