When you volunteer at a Dayton Society of Natural History location like the Boonshoft or SunWatch, you join a team of volunteers who represent multiple ages, interests, and areas of expertise, from former teachers and retired engineers, to teens and college students looking to expand their horizons through volunteerism. The Dayton Society of Natural History has an opportunity for everyone to contribute to meaningful projects and get hands-on while interacting with the community---all while having fun and meeting new people.

Volunteer Opportunities at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

The mission of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is to be the premier regional provider of interactive science learning experiences which enrich the lives of children and adults, enhance the quality of life in our community, and promote a broad understanding of the world.

Our volunteers are committed to excellence!  Volunteer applicants must submit an application, participate in screenings and attend an orientation prior to placement.

Apply to be a volunteer today!

Teen Volunteers (16+)

Our youth volunteer program combines service to the community with learning and leadership opportunities for high school students ages 16 – 18.

Our program mirrors the academic calendar to provide seasonal opportunities for students who are involved in other extra-curricular activities. Intake for the Fall Semester takes place in August.  Intake for the Spring Semester takes place in December and early January.  Intake for summer positions takes place in May. 

Adult Volunteers

We are always accepting applications for adult volunteers to assist with daily Museum operations or for occasional projects and events.

Interns and Externs

When the Museum has a need for interns and externs, we will post job descriptions on our Employment Page here.

Please contact Volunteer@BoonshoftMuseum.org or call 937.275.7431 ext. 111 to learn more.

Volunteer of the Month

March: Fauna Whitesell
If you've been to the Museum on a Sunday, you may have noticed Fauna, who is a staple at the Museum on weekends. She has gone out of her way to be trained in as much as possible and, consequently, you can find her doing everything from cleaning animal enclosures in the Discovery Zoo to presenting at Tidal Pool and helping with Do-Lab. Fauna has been with the Museum since October 2015, and in that time has accumulated over 188 hours of service. For those reasons, we are happy to present Fauna as our March Volunteer of the Month!

2017 Volunteer of the Month Recipients

  • January: Nathan Martin
  • February: Abby Tracy

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