The Austin Nature and Science Center (ANSC) offers a variety of exciting and rewarding volunteer opportunities. Volunteers must complete an application form. Most positions require some training. For more information, please call visitor services at 512-974-3888.
Current Volunteer Positions
An exhibit docent will greet visitors and help in the description of exhibits, introducing visitors to natural science topics and individual animals, and telling visitors about our resident wildlife. There is a minimum volunteer commitment of four hours per month with a three-month commitment. Must be 16 or older.
Naturalist Workshop Volunteer
Explaining how the trading counter works (giving out brochures, going over rules). Opening reference cabinets, talking to visitors about specimens. Helping visitors use microscopes, balance, books, etc. General crowd control when large groups come through. Recording points in account notebook, helping traders “shop”. Volunteers in this exhibit space should be curious about nature, outgoing and friendly. Like to talk to people & find answers to questions. Must be able to handle specimens (bones, furs, dead insects etc.) Times available include: Wednesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. -1 p.m. or Saturday 1- 4 p.m. There is a minimum volunteer commitment of 4 hours per month with a six-month commitment. Must be 16 or older.
Work with staff horticulturist and maintain native plants and landscaping in a beautiful setting. Time and date available is most Thursday mornings, 9 – 11 a.m., as scheduled and coordinated by the staff horticulturist. This is a weekly volunteering opportunity, but the volunteer can opt to attend each week based on their availability. All tools and supplies provided. Must be 18 and older.
Sheffield Education Center Volunteer
Assist with the Splash! Exhibit’s weekend program activities. Shifts are three sessions either Saturday or Sunday. Volunteers may also assist visitors in the gallery or the exhibit area regarding their questions and information needs. Requires a three-month time commitment. Must be 17 or older.
ANSC Event Volunteer Opportunities
Assist staff with ANSC one-day events such as Austin Museum Day, Fall festival, Celebrate Urbans Birds, and Austin Nature Day. Shifts are four to eight hours and include facilitating hands-on family friendly activities and events. Many event volunteer opportunities will be posted on the ANSC’s GivePulse Volunteer Portal.