When you volunteer at a Dayton Society of Natural History location like the Boonshoft or SunWatch, you join a team of volunteers who represent multiple ages, interests, and areas of expertise, from former teachers and retired engineers, to teens and college students looking to expand their horizons through volunteerism. The Dayton Society of Natural History has an opportunity for everyone to contribute to meaningful projects and get hands-on while interacting with the community---all while having fun and meeting new people.

Volunteer Opportunities at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

The mission of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is to be the premier regional provider of interactive science learning experiences which enrich the lives of children and adults, enhance the quality of life in our community, and promote a broad understanding of the world.

Our volunteers are committed to excellence!  Volunteer applicants must submit an application, participate in screenings and attend an orientation prior to placement.

Apply to be a volunteer today!

Teen Volunteers (16+)

Our youth volunteer program combines service to the community with learning and leadership opportunities for high school students ages 16 – 18.

Our program mirrors the academic calendar to provide seasonal opportunities for students who are involved in other extra-curricular activities. Intake for the Fall Semester takes place in August.  Intake for the Spring Semester takes place in December and early January.  Intake for summer positions takes place in May. 

Adult Volunteers

We are always accepting applications for adult volunteers to assist with daily Museum operations or for occasional projects and events.

Interns and Externs

When the Museum has a need for interns and externs, we will post job descriptions on our Employment Page here.

Please contact Volunteer@BoonshoftMuseum.org or call 937.275.7431 ext. 111 to learn more.

Volunteer of the Month

Curtis McGuire started volunteering summer of 2013. This year, Curtis has led a group of Volunteers in floor programs for Museum guests. This summer alone over 300 guests have attended his programs. Curtis started Volunteering because of the influence camp volunteers had on him when he attended camp. His favorite part of the Museum is the Planetarium.

Curtis attends Stivers School for the Arts and is an accomplished student. This summer he has gone out of his way to learn as much as he can about Museum operations and in order to achieve his goals on a daily basis. We are proud to announce Curtis McGuire as our June 2016 Volunteer of the month! If you visit the Museum and see Curtis out on the floor, be sure to say "hello"!

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