Volunteer Opportunities


What: Rimrock Cafe
When: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Time: 11am-2pm. Free lunch and soda during your shift. We also need help with catered after-hours events. Additional help needed over spring break: March 24th thru April 1st. You would run food, clear tables, greet guests and do light dishes and cleaning.

What: Silver Sage Clerk/Cashier
When: Monday, 10am-1pm
Surrounded by wonderful inventory, Silver Sage volunteers interact with customers and are trained to use the register for purchases.

What: Wildlife Interpretation
Number of Volunteers: 1-2
When: coordinate with interpretive team to select several days per month
Requirements for wildlife interpretation are a willingness to learn about the species in the collection, develop good public speaking skills, and to base talks on scientifically supportable material. You will present a 15-minute talk to visitors on porcupines, hooved mammals, carnivores and more. Come check out various talks to see if it would be a good fit. Daily schedule can be found here: https://www.highdesertmuseum.org/daily-schedule

What: After-hours events
We would love support from volunteers to help with monitoring the museum during larger events. The typical hours for this volunteer position would be 6pm-9pm and require monitoring of certain exhibits and areas of the museum. We also could use help setting for the events from 5pm to 6:30pm. All options would receive an email the month prior to sign-up.

What: Weed Pull
The weed issue, particularly cheat grass, on the property remains a huge problem. Weed pulling is vital to keeping the Museum grounds healthy and is quite a cathartic activity! If there is a group interested, we can set a specific weed pulling day (with short shifts.) However, if it’s just one or two people, Curator of Natural History Louise Shirley is more than happy to come out and help with weed identification.

What: Nature Team
When: No regular shifts available but always looking for members to join.
Time frame: Daily tours at 10:00am
The Naturalists serve as the introduction to the Natural History of our area. They interpret local flora and fauna and lead a daily nature walk through the beautiful grounds of the museum.

What: Living History and By Hand Through Memory
Timeframe: We aren’t in dire need for LH or BHTM volunteers at the moment but are always eager to welcome someone passionate about joining either of these teams.
Note: Working at the 1904 Ranch is very interactive and hands-on, from cross cut sawing, wood shop, rolling pie dough and playing games with the children. Must “enjoy” the hot summer months outdoors.

What: Newsletter
Number of Volunteers: Open
Our volunteer newsletter team publishes a monthly issue of High Desert Voices that includes articles about museum highlights, local attractions, team profiles and more. If you enjoy writing, this is a great way to get involved.

What: Photography
Number of Volunteers: Open
Did you know most every photograph included in our print and online materials were taken by our team of volunteer photographers? We are looking for more members, particularly those who would enjoy shooting museum events and/or using flash photography.

What: Behind the Scenes in Birds of Prey
When: None needed at this time
We need help with general husbandry (cleaning perches and enclosure, changing waters, sweeping, dishes, mopping). There is also the opportunity to learn some bird handling and interpretation after a period of time.

What: Desertarium
When: None needed at this time, but special projects are a definite possibility.
Reptiles really aren’t scary! We need support in the Desertarium with diet prep, general husbandry, and conducting the daily 15-minute interpretive Reptile Encounter. Come enjoy the creatures that thrive in the High Desert: Tortoises, turtles, lizards, snakes, spiders and even scorpions.

What: Admissions Greeters
Number of Volunteers: One
When: None at this time
Welcome visitors to the museum by providing a brief overview of the daily schedule, map, highlights, etc.

What: Gallery Attendant
Number of Volunteers: Open
When: Per museum schedule of exhibits, 11am-2pm
The Gallery Attendant position supports our traveling and temporary exhibits. You will receive a curator-led training about the specific exhibit(s) and will then interpret for visitors within the gallery during a shift of your choice. FLEXIBLE!

What: Birds of Prey Attendant
When: Needed daily
Much like our Gallery Attendants, we are looking for volunteers to provide information to visitors about the birds of prey on exhibit at the museum. Basic FAQs and interested facts will be shared informally.

What: Admissions
When: None at this time
Extra support needed at Admissions with ticket sales, greeting, membership questions, etc. A wonderful team of folks to be a part of!

Website for the volunteers of the High Desert Museum