Cleveland Museum of Natural History


More than 300 volunteers graciously donate over 34,000 hours of service across 20+ departments every year. From volunteering behind the scenes in Collections & Research to working directly with our guests, we do our best to match the best position for each volunteer.


There are currently no volunteer opportunities at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History due to COVID-19.  Please feel free to complete an application and we will contact you when opportunities become available.


Please be as detailed on your application as possible and include a resume to give a better overall picture of your skills and experience. 
Keep in mind that volunteer placement is selective and not all applicants are accepted into the program.



All volunteers and interns are required to complete online compliance training every year. Training takes 3.5 hours to complete, and participants are awarded credit for their time.  Individuals that need assistance completing training can schedule an individual orientation session with the Manager of Volunteer Programs by emailing The mandatory training covers: discrimination and harassment, workplace violence, diversity, bullying, ethics and code of conduct. Additional classes may be assigned depending on the individual’s placement.



Katrina Blatt

Manager of Volunteer Programs
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval Drive, University Circle
Cleveland, OH 44106

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Cleveland Museum of Natural History Mission Statement

Volunteers are the heart of the Museum’s mission—to inspire, through science and education, a passion for nature, the protection of natural diversity, the fostering of health and leadership to a sustainable future.