Volunteer Program

Volunteers play an essential role in inspiring and engaging our audiences and supporting behind-the-scenes work. Volunteers greet and welcome visitors, provide information and tours, and support staff in a variety of functions.

The Volunteer Program began in 2008 and is highly competitive. Museum volunteers undergo a rigorous application and review process, complete a multi-month intensive training program, and commit to volunteering for a minimum of two years.


The Museum will be accepting volunteer applications beginning Thursday, January 18, 2018. Applications close on February 16, 2018. Only the first 500 applicants will be considered.

Submit An Application

Applications will be considered for the following positions only

How To Apply

  1. Read each volunteer position description carefully. Determine which position fits your skills. Applicants may only apply to one position.
  2. Attend an in-person orientation session or watch our online orientation session that will be available the week of January 22, 2018.
  3. Complete and submit your application.

Submit An Application

Orientation Sessions

Due to overwhelming popularity both orientation sessions are sold out.

Watch our online orientation session to learn more.The online session will provide you with more information about the position descriptions, application process, time commitment and the Museum.

The orientation will be available the week of January 22, 2018.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Due to overwhelming interest, we are unable to respond to individual public inquiry.

We plan to offer a Virtual Volunteer Program. Please indicate your interest in that when you sign up for volunteer opportunity alerts.

Volunteer positions do not transition into permanent positions. If you are seeking employment, please monitor announcements on the Smithsonian Institution Office of Human Resources website and apply via USA Jobs.

At this time the NMAAHC is unable to accept submissions for activities, exhibitions, programs, publications, and tours.

The Office of Equal Employment and Minority Affairs (OEEMA) ensures compliance with regulatory guidelines and Institutional policies as they relate to diversity and equal opportunity; the office provides direction, oversight, facilitation, and reports on all aspects of equal opportunity (EO) in the Smithsonian Institution's employment and business relationships.

Learn more about the Smithsonian’s EEO policy.

Everybody can be great because anybody can serve.

Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Activist

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