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.

Let Us Know How You Can Help!
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Teen Volunteers (14+)

Our youth volunteer program combines service to the community with learning and leadership opportunities for high school students ages 14 – 18.

A special note for those interested in working with the animals in our care... 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, and intake for summer positions takes place in May. (See link below for extern information.)

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.

Have a specific question? Please contact Volunteer@BoonshoftMuseum.org or call 937.275.7431 ext. 111 to learn more.

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