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.



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.



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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