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.


Volunteer opportunities at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History are limited 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.



Guest Services:

  • Floor Ambassador
  • Floor Activity Facilitator

Research and Collections:



  • Volunteer Blog Writer
  • Volunteer Photographer

Natural Areas:

  • Nature Preserve Inspection Volunteer
  • More opportunites in Spring and Summer- mark 'Outdoors' as an interest if you are interested in working outdoors at Mentor Marsh or our Nature Preserves and we will reach back out to you as opportunities become available. 

More Coming Soon!



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 at the email below. 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.




Laura Einsel
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval Drive, University Circle
Cleveland, OH 44106
216.231.4600 x3367

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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.