Why Volunteer?

Let's be honest - we can't do what we do without the help of our volunteers! From caring for our animal habitats, to keeping the Museum in tip top shape, there's a chance for everyone to volunteer at the Museum. You'll get to learn about biology, horticulture, engineering, and animal care. Be a part of our fun and enthusiastic team! Do something unique and interesting that gives back to the community and helps build a world-class Museum for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond.

We have opportunities for groups and individuals of all interests. See our ongoing and one-time volunteering positions.

In addition to these intangible benefits, you'll also get to enjoy the wonder of:

  • One free Explorer 4 membership after 100 hours of service completed within one year. Once earned, the membership renews annually for as long as you continue to volunteer at the Museum.
  • Invitations to special events for Museum staff and volunteers
  • Recognition in Museum publications and at the Museum itself
  • Eligibility for Volunteer awards
With questions, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Emma Nadeau via email at emman@ncmls.org or by phone at (919) 220-5429 ext. 302

Become a Volunteer


  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Complete a Museum Volunteer application
  • Pass a background check
  • Attend a New Volunteer Orientation

Upcoming Volunteer Orientations

All orientations are held at the Main Museum building. Orientation is open to the public and drop-ins are welcome - although pre-registration is preferred. To register for one of our upcoming volunteer orientations, email our Volunteer Coordinator Emma Nadeau today.

  • Sunday, September 11 | 2–3pm
  • Thursday, October 6 | 3–4pm
Fill out an application now

Summer Camp Youth Volunteer Program

Are you age 13-17 and interested in learning more about volunteering with our Summer Camps? Find more information here.


Volunteer opportunities include both ongoing commitments and one-time options that allow you to pick and choose events that match your interests and availability.

Ongoing Opportunities

Magic Wings Butterfly House
  • Engage visitors as they explore one of our most popular experiences
  • Keep the butterflies and plants safe from curious hands
  • Provide informal educational programs with invertebrate animals in the Insectarium
  • Assist with the care and maintenance of our butterflies, invertebrates, and plants
  • Low to moderate physical labor required
  • Ideal volunteers are able to commit 2–4 hours per week
Animal Department
  • General animal husbandry including raking and shoveling of farmyard stalls and yards
  • Clean animal cages and exhibits
  • Sweep, mop, and organize support areas
  • Food preparation
  • General department assistance
  • High physical labor required (including ability to lift and carry 50 lbs.)
  • Volunteers must be able to commit at least two 4–hour shifts per month, 8am–12pm
The Lab
  • Assist Lab Facilitator with presenting experiments and activities
  • Interact with guests to enhance exhibit experience
  • Clean glassware and replenish supplies
  • General department assistance
  • Low to moderate physical labor required
  • Ideal volunteers are able to commit 2–4 hours per week
  • Lab hours are currently Tuesday–Friday, 10:30am–2:30pm, Saturdays 10:30am–4:30pm, and Sundays 12:30–4:30pm
Exhibits Maintenance
  • Repair exhibit components
  • Make models
  • Assist with cleaning and vacuuming exhibit components
  • Low to moderate physical labor required
  • Ideal volunteers are able to commit at least two 4–hour shifts per month


One-time special events occur throughout the year and vary in types of activities and length of commitment. Special event opportunities are often perfect for groups, individuals with a limited amount of time, or those interested in learning more about the Museum. Interested in a day of service for your group or corporate team? We'd be happy to explore projects to fit your schedule and needs. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information on these special opportunities.

Current Volunteers

Don't forget to log your hours on the Track it Forward website! While you're there, check for volunteer sign-ups for Science of Beer on September 15.

Log your hours

Members receive UNLIMITED admission all year long!