Interested in learning more before applying? Join us for one of our quarterly Volunteer Open Houses!

Swing by the museum to discuss volunteer opportunities, meet some of our amazing volunteers and staff, get a tour of the museum, and say hello to a few of our animal ambassadors. We will also have volunteer applications available with an opportunity for on-the-spot volunteer interviews. Volunteers must be age 14+.

Interested? Please fill out the form below. Walk-ins are also welcome!

Questions? Contact Erika Barber, HR Manager, at ebarber@delmns.org or 302-658-9111 ext. 324.

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Public Engagement Volunteer Opportunities

For teens ages 14-17 and adults 18+

Assist our Public Engagement formal and informal education team with gallery interpretation, camps, special programming and events, scout and community overnights and more.

This opportunity is available to teens ages 14-17 and adults (18+) who:

  • Have knowledge of natural history and/or science or an interest and willingness to learn
  • Are comfortable and willing to interact with and relate to different age groups and educational levels in a positive and professional manner
  • Want to dedicate at least 4 hours per week or 15 hours per month on a regular basis as an active member of our team.

Public Engagement volunteer opportunities include:

Summer Camp – help our summer camp staff lead fun and interactive activities for campers ages 4-12 years

Science Kits – choose one of your favorite science themed kits as a show & tell for museum guests in our galleries

Community outreaches – represent the museum at community events with fun biofacts such as feathers, furs, scales, and skulls as well as promotional materials.

Nature Nook Assistant – assist our Nature Nook staff in leading programs specifically designed for our littlest guests.

Special Exhibit Host – guide museum guests through our latest traveling exhibit pointing out their exciting features

Special Scout programs – assist with weekend, evening or overnight scout programs as they work towards earning various badge requirements.

Gallery Interpretation – DelMNS has many new and wonderful ecosystem-based exhibits, assist our guests in learning about them through interpretation

Special Events – Assist museum staff on one of our many fun and edu-taining special events.

Education Collections Curation – If you’re a behind-the-scenes person, assisting with the inventory, preservation and curation of the museum’s education collection may the place for you.

Arts & Crafts Prep – Assist museum staff in creating and preparing educational arts, crafts and activities that can be used as tools to teach and scientific concept.

Program/Tour Assistant – assist museum staff with preparation, guidance and assessment of our school and community based tours at the museum

Animal Care – for those interested in caring for our live animal collection including cleaning, diet preparation, and other basic animal care needs. This position requires a weekly commitment due to the amount of training required.

Summer Science Corps

June 9, 2024 – August 24, 2024

For teens in grades 7-12

Summer Science Corps is a program created just for teens! Bring your brain and creativity and gain real-world, on-the-job experience in early childhood education, gallery interpretation, museum collections, and more.

Application deadline is Monday, April 8, 2024. Applications will be reviewed, and interviews will be hosted the week of April 14-April 20. Accommodations can be made to host interviews virtually. All applications will be responded to by April 30, 2024.

Summer Science Corps members:

  • Lead hands-on science and nature activities
  • Assist with gallery interpretation, education programs, special events, summer camp, and more
  • Gain experience in early childhood education, exhibit interpretation, museum collections, and more
  • Must be comfortable and willing to interact with and relate to different age groups and educational levels in a positive and professional manner

Join the Delaware Teen Science Café Leadership Team

August 2024 – May 2025

For teens in grades 9-12.

Hours count towards community service requirements

Applications for the 2024-2025 school year are open! Apply today to be part of our Delaware Teen Science Café Leadership Team.

The Delaware Teen Science Café Leadership Team plans and hosts Delaware Teen Science Cafés throughout the school year. Planning and hosting Teen Science Cafés include creating themes, preparing presenters, marketing, and building leadership skills. Check our Events page for Delaware Teen Science Cafés that our current Leadership Team have hosted!

Application deadline is Monday, April 15. Applications will be reviewed, and interviews will be hosted April 21-April 27. Accommodations can be made to host interviews virtually. All applicants will be responded to by May 7, 2024.

In addition to our teen volunteer opportunities, through the New Castle County Youth Program, we are hiring up to five youth (ages 14-21) for paid summer (and possibly year-round) positions. This program is funded through the American Recovery Program Act (ARPA) and has household income eligibility requirements.