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Volunteer Opportunities at ASDM

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum!

Looking for a relaxing way to stay cool this summer? Considering volunteering with the Desert Museum's Art Gallery! It's a great way to contribute, while catching up on your summer reading list! For more information, select 'Ironwood Gallery Assistant (Art Institute)' in the list below.

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Volunteer Opportunities are available in the following areas:

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Volunteer Description:
Interested in helping the Desert Museum with an ongoing research project? Consider becoming a Citizen Scientists with our Pollinator Hotspots Program.
Benefits:
This citizen science opportunity is a fun way to contribute towards the identification of Pollinator Hotspots - areas of particularly high density across the Sonoran Desert landscape that provide essential resources for pollinators.
Requirements:
If you're interested in helping with this project, there is no need to submit a volunteer application; just visit the Pollinator Hotspots page for more information on getting involved!

Current Openings:
Flexible
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Volunteer Description:
Docents are trained volunteers whose major responsibility is to help people on the Museum grounds and in the community better understand and appreciate the Sonoran Desert region. Docents are adults of all ages, walks of life and educational backgrounds. Duties include, but are not limited to: leading tours, interpreting natural history themed kits and presenting live animals to guests from around the world.
Benefits:
This is a fun and educational opportunity! Being a docent is a great way to gain first-hand knowledge about the natural history of the Sonoran Desert Region; once trained, docents get to directly interact and share their passion of the region with museum guests.
Requirements:
Applicants must be current members of the Desert Museum and interested in making a two-year commitment, contributing 144 hours per year. Trainees must successfully complete a 15 week training course (enrollment fees do apply). View more information on the Docent Program here.
Current Openings:
The next Docent training is scheduled for August 2019.
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Volunteer Description:
Volunteers in this position inspect, service and/or repair the Museum's exhibits. Duties include (but are not limited to): circulating around grounds and inspecting exhibits, performing routine daily servicing, replenishing and cleaning stamp stations, reporting problems or damage and making small repairs as necessary.
Benefits:
This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to volunteer with their hands and contribute to the maintenance of exhibits. Due to the nature of the position, volunteers in this role receive behind-the-scene access; they also get to experience the Museum in a way that few people have!
Requirements:
Applicants must be able to make a 6 month commitment, volunteering 4-5 hours once a week. Applicants must be able to maneuver around all exhibit areas. The ability to use basic hand tools such as hammers, screwdrivers and pliers is a plus (but not required). Applicants should feel comfortable being trained to drive an electric cart.
Current Openings:
Tuesdays (7:30 - 11:30)
Volunteer Description:
Volunteers in this position are stationed around the Museum's front patio; they support Guest Service Staff by being a welcoming, friendly and helpful presence throughout a guest's visit.
Benefits:
This is a great opportunity to meet guests from around the world, while helping them enjoy their Desert Museum experience!
Requirements:
Applicants must be able to make a 3-6 month commitment, volunteering once a week. Applicants must also have the ability to maneuver around the front patio areas and be open to working during all types of weather. Applicants should demonstrate excellent customer service skills and be enthusiastic about interacting with diverse populations of guests (i.e.: age, race, gender, etc.); they should also be able to retain information that will be communicated to guests. Volunteers in this position are required to purchase an official volunteer t-shirt ($10-$15).
Current Openings:
Weekends, 8am-12pm or 12pm-4pm
Volunteer Description:
Volunteers in this position are stationed in the Ironwood Gallery; they act as friendly and knowledgeable representatives of the Museum while monitoring the gallery exhibition space. Duties include (but are not limited to): reinforcing gallery rules, assisting with clerical tasks, organizing materials, answering phone calls, assisting with the sale of artwork and maintaining a clean exhibit space.
Benefits:
This is a great opportunity for anyone who enjoys being around creative, like-minded people. Art Institute volunteers have the chance to interact with museum guests from around the world; they also receive first-hand access to new gallery exhibits, featured artists and special Art Institute programing. If you're looking for a position that offers the flexibility to work on your own projects (in between gallery visitors), this is the environment for you!
Requirements:
Applicants must be able to make a 3-6 month commitment, volunteering 3 hours, once a week. Applicants should be comfortable using technology and be open to selling (or learning how to sell) artwork.
Current Openings:
Saturdays (10:00am-1:00pm) or Sundays (10:00am-1:00pm) or Cool Summer Nights Events (Summer Saturday nights 4pm - 9pm)
Volunteer Description:
Volunteers in this position assist in the production of the Museum’s Cool Summer Nights special events. Primary Specific Tasks: • Event set-up • Organizing special event tasks • Some computer work related to special events • Taking inventory of supplies • Updating event information on spreadsheets • Cart transport (training provided)
Benefits:
Experience working with a world-renowned attraction during seasonal special events. Knowledge of event planning and organizing.
Requirements:
Qualifications: Physical requirements: Able to walk distances, handle light lifting, stand for sometimes-long periods. Skills/knowledge required: Computer literate, pleasant on phone, self-starter, little or no supervision required, excellent organizational skills, creative, self-confident, and good people skills.
Current Openings:
Summer Saturday Nights (May 25, 2019 - August 31, 2019) 4 p.m. - 9:30 p.m
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Volunteer Description:
The Desert Museum's Tortoise Adoption Program (TAP), benefits the welfare of captive and wild desert tortoises in the Tucson area. TAP volunteers assist staff with phone calls and emails from the public, who request information about the program; volunteers also travel to prospective adoption sites and conduct yard inspections before tortoises are placed.
Benefits:
This is a great opportunity for individuals who are interested in wildlife conservation. TAP volunteers interact with community members who are passionate and interested in gaining knowledge on tortoise care. This volunteer position is also done from home!
Requirements:
Applicants must be 18 years or older to participate. Prospective volunteers must be able to make a minimum of a one year commitment, volunteering once a week; please keep in mind that during the winter/spring months, hours decline due to the inactivity of the tortoises. Volunteers must be able to move around yards to inspect tortoise areas. Volunteers also need to have access to a phone, the internet and their own transportation.
Current Openings:
Saturdays
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Volunteer Description:
Volunteers in this position support staff by walking around the Museum's grounds while providing guest services to those they encounter. Duties include (but are not limited to): helping guests find their way, explaining the grounds maps and helping guests understand safety concerns during daily animal programming.
Benefits:
This is a great outdoor opportunity that allows volunteers to enjoy the Museum while sharing their enthusiasm with guests from around the world.
Requirements:
Applicants must be able to make a 6 month commitment, volunteering for 4 hours once a week. Applicants should be able to stand for periods of at least 45 minutes, be comfortable working outdoors, have good communication skills and be able to provide excellent customer service. Volunteers in this position are required to purchase an official volunteer t-shirt ($10-$15).
Current Openings:
Sundays 9:30am - 1:30pm, 1:30 - 5pm, Tuesdays 9:30am - 1:30pm, or Fridays 1:30 - 5pm

Volunteer Application Form

If the position aligns with your interests and availability, please fill out the following form:

If you're having trouble accessing the online application, please print this application form (PDF) and mail it to Volunteer & Internship Programs Manager at: 2021 N. Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ 85743.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please don't hesitate to call the Volunteer Programs Manager at: 520-883-3071.

Volgistics Link for current volunteers
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