Volunteer Opportunities

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We need volunteer help in these areas:

 

GALLERY/CART INTERPRETERS

Gallery/Cart Interpreters are an extension of our education team and provide exceptional customer service in the various museum galleries. Current opportunities include Southwest Gallery, Cultures of the Ancient Americas, Dino Cart, Dino Zone, Cretaceous Seas, Geology Cart, and Origins Gallery.

TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum of 3 hours 2-4 times per month, as scheduled on weekdays or weekends.

PURPOSE: To provide visitors with a delightful, educational museum experience through interesting and accurate information about the museum’s exhibitions. Cart volunteers will have artifacts or fossils and other hands-on objects to help facilitate an inquiry-based interaction with museum guests.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Greet and aid the public, learn and apply interpretive techniques relating to current exhibits, be responsible for getting out, interpreting, and putting away hands-on objects.

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EXPLORATION STATION FACILITATOR

The Exploration Station is a hands-on children’s activity center. Visitors can create dino rubbings, hold a real dinosaur fossil, enjoy puzzles and 5 interactive carts that help make connections with our natural history galleries.

TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum of 3 hours per week, Tuesday - Friday as scheduled or Saturday/Sunday positions 6 hours a month

PURPOSE: Help facilitate the visitor's use of the interactives in the Exploration Station

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Prepare Exploration Station to open, greet and aid visitors, assist children/caregivers in exploring the interactives, must be able to move around the room freely for duration of shift, keep supplies available and room orderly, prepare Exploration Station to close.

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MESA GRANDE INTERPRETIVE GUIDE

Mesa Grande Cultural Park is an active archaeological site associated with the Arizona Museum of Natural History. The ancient Hohokam, ancestors of today's O'odham people, built and used the Mesa Grande platform mound between AD 1100 and 1450. The mound was the public and ceremonial center for a one of the largest Hohokam villages in the Salt River Valley. Interpretive guides lead student and adult guests through the park as they discover more about Arizona’s prehistory in a dynamic environment. Mesa Grande is open October through May. Applicants must be willing and able to work outdoors and stand for 3-4 hours at a time.

TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum of 3 hours per week, Tuesday - Friday as scheduled.

PURPOSE:  Provide visitors with a delightful, educational museum experience through interesting and accurate information about Mesa Grande Cultural Park.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Will work with museum staff and other volunteers to lead student and adult tours and activities and provide information to guests regarding the history of the site.

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COURTYARD GUIDE

 The Historic Courtyard is located outside; the exhibit provides the opportunity for visitors to pan for gold and uncover fossils in the Paleo Dig Pit.

TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum of 3 hours per month, weekdays between 10a and 5p or Saturday 11a-5p, or Sunday 1p-5p as scheduled.

PURPOSE:  To provide visitors with a delightful, educational museum experience through interesting and accurate information pertaining to gold panning, uncovering fossils, sharing the history of the territorial jail and the significance of the 5 C’s of Arizona.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Greet and aid public, hand out gold panning bags, instruct visitors on gold panning techniques, interpret Arizona’s Historic 5 C’s, instruct about Dino Dig Pit, keep the dig pit area covered and brushes picked up.  Rotate among the areas – jail, mine, pond, and dig pit.

 

Formal training for these positions is provided by our museum staff!

 

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