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Volunteers are vital to our mission of creating positive relationships between people and nature.

They work throughout the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to take care of our critters, engage our visitors throughout our exhibits, preserve our historic collections, and so much more.

Regardless of their role, all Nature Museum volunteers must have:

  • A commitment to our mission
  • A genuine passion for nature and science
  • A friendly personality and positive attitude
  • An active email address that is checked frequently

Thank you for your interest in volunteer opportunities at the Nature Museum. We invest a lot of time in bringing new volunteers on board and finding the right fit for their interests, talents, and schedules. Please know that it may take up to two months to become an official Nature Museum volunteer. If you have an urgent need for service hours, we encourage you to seek out other opportunities. 

All current opportunities are listed below. If there are no current positions listed, please check back often as we post positions as they become available.

*Please note, due to our background check process, a valid US Social Security number is required to volunteer at the Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Administrative Assistant Volunteer
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Come work with the Volunteer Coordinator in her office! Volunteer 10am-2pm one day a week Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays on a regular schedule. This role is a great opportunity to gain administrative experience or use your existing experience to help a very busy coordinator knock out some tasks!

Duties range from filing, data entry, creating surveys using Google Docs platform, uploading volunteer information into Volgistics, preparing documents for events, working on the volunteer newsletter, preparing volunteer recruiting packets, creating excel sheets and graphs based on volunteer data, and more.

You’ll get trained on how to use various computer programs and shown how office tasks are carried out. The Volunteer Coordinator tends to run around a lot throughout the day, so we need someone who can work independently and with some good humor as things can be a bit crazy!

Position Requirements:

  • Must be 16 years old or older
  • Prefer if you have a laptop that you can bring most of the time
  • Ability to learn new computer programs
  • Ability to work independently on tasks

Apply to be a Administrative Assistant

Look-In Lab Maintenance Aid Volunteer
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

This is a trial position, and may be temporary. The purpose of this position is to help our biology team with general cleaning and maintenance tasks to improve the overall cleanliness and appearance of the Look-In Lab (and possibly other labs in the Nature Museum).

Position Requirements:

  • Must be over 18
  • Must be able to life over 40 lbs
  • Comfortable maneuvering large, awkward objects, stretching, and kneeling
  • Willingness to handle live and dead animals
  • Able to deal with unpleasant odors

Apply to be a Maintenance Aid

Museum Host
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Museum Host volunteers are part of our amazing Guest Experience team, making our guests feel welcome and helping them find their way around the museum. Duties will have you moving all around the museum, doing tasks ranging from welcoming volunteers to the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, to helping guests find the elevator, to just being a smiling face if anyone has a question. Required skills include a quick smile and enthusiasm for talking about the Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum!

Position Requirements:

  • Must be 16 years or older
  • Willingness to regularly work with visitors of all ages, from tiny toddlers to adults
  • Willingness to learn our programming and be part of our Guest Experience team

Apply to be a Museum Host

Produce Run Volunteer
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

We need someone who enjoys driving out to the suburbs to lend a hand to our biology team. This position involves driving to Northlake to pick up the biweekly Imperfect Produce donation for the Nature Museum! This produce is diverted from being wasted due to its appearance, and instead is used to feed our museum critters.

Position Requirements:

  • Must have a current driver's license
  • Must have proof of auto insurance
  • Must have own transportation

Apply to be a Produce Run Volunteer

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