Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteer opportunities can be viewed and registered for in Volgistics. https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/?FROM=7991

Forgot your pin? Trouble signing in? Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Shannon Campbell at scampbell@highdesertmuseum.org | 541-382-4754 ext. 391

Please contact Shannon via email if you are interested in learning more about or pursuing any of these opportunities. She will connect you with the appropriate staff lead.

What: Silver Sage Clerk/Cashier
When: None at this time
Surrounded by wonderful inventory, Silver Sage volunteers interact with customers and are trained to use the register for purchases.

What: Rimrock Cafe
When: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Time: 11am-2pm. Free lunch and soda during your shift. We also need help with catered after-hours events

What: Gallery Attendant
Number of Volunteers: Open
When: Per museum schedule of exhibits, 11am-2pm, Tues, Fri, Sat most needed
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: 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: Admissions Greeters
Number of Volunteers: None needed at this time
Welcome visitors to the museum by providing a brief overview of the daily schedule, map, highlights, etc.

What: Admissions
When: None needed 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!

What: Development
When: Flexible hours, project-based
Both Membership and Grants have a scanning project. Make your own hours and hang out with our Canon copier! Great opportunity for those who like to work behind the scenes and have a flexible schedule.

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: Wildlife Interpretation
Number of Volunteers: 2 needed, on-call
When: coordinate with interpretive team to select several days per month
We need several new volunteers who would like to becoming part of our “Fins ‘n Fur” interpretive team. 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. Interpreters must also be able to get to the physical locations of each talk on time, and even in bad weather. If you like to learn about wildlife and present a 15 minute talk to visitors on porcupines, otters, carnivores and more, this may be for you. 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
Training: Wednesday, October 4, 9:00-10:30am

What: Behind the Scenes in Birds of Prey
Number of Volunteers: 1-2 per day
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: 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 phone 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.

Website for the volunteers of the High Desert Museum