Public Programs Volunteers


Docents are trained teaching guides who lead school and adult groups on Museum tours, and take the Museum on Wheels programs to schools and adult groups around the county. A six-month comprehensive course in natural history begins mid-September and continues through the end of March. A two-year commitment, monthly meetings, and 10 hours of continuing education each year are expected. Training begins in September 2018. It's not too early to apply.


Canyoneers have been leading guided nature hikes throughout San Diego County since 1972. They receive a comprehensive class taught by our scientists and local experts on the natural history of the San Diego region. The ten-week training begins the first Saturday after Labor Day and continues through mid-November. A commitment to lead six hikes a year for a peiord of two years is expected. Training begins in September 2018. It's not too early to apply.

Museum Whalers

Museum Whalers provide naturalist interpretation December–October on whale-watching cruises. An 8-session training course begins the first week in October and continues through the first week in December. A minimum of three cruises per month (including one weekend cruise) during the whale-watching season is expected. The next training begins in October 2018. It's not too early to apply.

Camp Aides

Gain valuable work experience and/or earn college credit working with children Pre-K through Grade 6 in a fun, camp setting. Camps are held during winter and spring breaks and over the summer. Volunteers must be age 16 or older. Summer camp starts June 18, 2018. It's not too early to apply.