Volunteer Program

Volunteer opportunities

Docents and tour guides.  We have a continuous need for reliable volunteers to work with visitors in "front-of-house" positions.  Our docents greet visitors, answer questions, help in the gift shop, and may give tours to groups of all ages.  Typically, volunteer docents commit to regular shifts over a medium- to long-term period.  Once trained, volunteer tour guides may be able to choose tour times and create a flexible schedule.

Education and outreach programming.  Volunteers help staff events such as Night at the Museum, Creepy Campus Crawl, and outreach events.  These may be continuing or one-time commitments, and require varying amounts of training.

Short-term projects.  We sometimes need volunteers for short-term work such as hanging posters in local businesses or preparing materials in advance for education programs.  

Other opportunities.  If you want to volunteer but none of these sound right for you, or if you have professional skills you think would be useful to the museums, get in touch--we'll try to find an opportunity that matches your interests.

Application process

We ask volunteers to fill out a standard application form.  Many of our volunteer positions also require a criminal background check.


  • Free parking in the IMU parking ramp while you're volunteering
  • As you build up hours, qualify for our volunteer thank-you prizes
  • Hours may count toward service requirements or programs in your high school, college, or community

Interested?  Contact us at uimnh@uiowa.edu to find out more or to sign up!