Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are currently limited due to the COVID pandemic as well as the Museum building’s closure for renovations in 2021. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Terri Reed, Director of Human Resources and Visitor Services at treed@delmnh.org for more information.

Attention nature lovers! The Delaware Museum of Natural History seeks dedicated volunteers to support various educational, administrative, and scientific efforts. The Museum’s mission is to excite and inform people about the natural world through exploration and discovery. As a volunteer, you can contribute your time, skills, energy, and enthusiasm on a weekly basis or for a one-day event.

To become a volunteer, you need only bring your interest in nature – we will provide you with the training necessary for a successful volunteer experience. Most volunteer positions have a minimum age requirement of 16. Benefits include free admission to the Museum for you and your immediate family, discounts in the Museum Store, and discounts on classes.

Summer Science Corps is a program for teens who love nature and science and are looking for community service hours

Summer Science Corps members will lead hands-on science and nature programs throughout the Museum’s galleries, including the Science-in-Action Lab, Investigation Lab, Nature Nook, and outdoor areas, as well as assist with special events, summer camp, and family programs. Candidates will have the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in early childhood education, gallery interpretation, education collections, special events, family programs, and more.

This is an application based program for high school teens (grades 10–12).

This program is canceled for 2020 because of  program restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Applicants must be high school students entering 10th to 12th grade.
  • Must be able to attend required training.
  • Must adhere to volunteer policies and procedures including dress code.
  • If accepted to the program, a DMNH Official Uniform Shirt must be purchased for $15.
  • Must be able to volunteer for a minimum of three consecutive weeks in the summer at least two days a week.

High school students in grades 9 through 12 can fulfill community service requirements while learning about nature and science.

Volunteer opportunities include: natural history instructors and craft assistants at special events and lab demonstrators.

The Museum holds a number of Engagement and special events. A letter confirming the number of volunteer hours will be sent to schools upon request. Students may also request a letter of recommendation for placement in their school file or for use in college or job applications.

The Delaware Teen Science Café is designed for teens by teens in our community.  

As part of our mission to excite and inform people about the natural world through exploration and discovery, the Delaware Museum of Natural History offers a variety of unpaid internships for college students. LEARN MORE.

The Nature Nook reveals animal habitats with hands-on learning for young children and promotes interaction between children and their parents or caregivers.  The interactive activities transport kids into a cave, streambed, meadow, and woodland to explore wildlife and habitats using their senses and simple tools. The Museum seeks volunteers who enjoy interacting with young children, specifically pre-school age, and who will be comfortable facilitating child-parent/caregiver educational interactions. The volunteers are required to participate in on-going training that will be provided by the Museum Education department staff. LEARN MORE.

If you have a love of science, exploration, and fostering curiosity, this is the volunteer opportunity for you. Here you can lead science experiments and activities for visitors of all ages, teaching scientific principles and methods in a fun and hands-on way. Get up and personal with biofacts such as fossils, shells, furs, skulls, rocks, and minerals and share them with our Museum’s visitors.

Help keep the Delaware Museum of Natural History collections accessible to researchers by volunteering! The mollusk collection consists of more than 2 million specimens, making it one of the top twelve in the United States.  The 250,000 lots represent more than 18,000 species. The Museum seeks volunteers with an interest in natural history to work behind the scenes in caring for those unique resources. No special knowledge is required and all training is provided.

The volunteers should possess good organizational skills and attention to detail and have experience with Microsoft Office products, Excel preferred, but not required. The volunteers will need to be able to lift 10-15 pound trays of specimens.

Sample volunteer activities:

Mollusk Department

  • Sort samples
  • Build a photo library of special collections
  • Incorporate catalogued lots into the collection
  • Computerize specimen holdings
  • Prepare data for computer entry

Hours: Anytime between 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Days: Monday through Friday

Ready to Start?  For more information about volunteering in the scientific collections, please contact Terri Reed, Director of Human Resources and Visitor Services, at 302-658-9111, ext. 324, or treed@delmnh.org

The Museum schedules several special family-oriented events each year like Family Fun Day in June and Discovery Days in December. Volunteers can lend support by staffing booths, helping with craft activities, and guiding visitors through the Museum galleries. These volunteer opportunities are perfect for those individuals who have limited time to give.

For more information about becoming a volunteer, contact Terri Reed, Director of Human Resources and Visitor Services, at treed@delmnh.org.