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Volunteer Opportunities

If you enjoy working with young people and inspiring them to pursue science and nature education and careers, please consider becoming a YSI volunteer. The rewards far exceed anything you might imagine. For over 60 years, volunteers have helped YSI teach more than 30,000 children per year.

YSI Volunteers help us achieve our mission every day.

Do you enjoy working with or on behalf of young people?

Do you want to support science and nature education that inspires children to learn more and be excited about science and nature?

Do you want to be part of educating the next generation of science and technology professionals, teachers, researchers, and critical thinkers?

Are you a Middle School or High School Student needing to earn community service hours while you learn cool things, explore career paths, and enjoy nature - all while helping YSI?

If you answered yes to any of these, then become a YSI volunteer!

You can volunteer for an hour, a day, a week, or longer. Minimum age for volunteers is 14 unless otherwise noted. Here's a sampling of some of our on-going opportunities.

Animal Care:
Help us feed snakes, exercise turtles, and maintain our animals' homes. Volunteers help Staff Curators feed and care for the live animals used in our programs. We welcome Junior Curators beginning at age 14 (requires training and a longer-term commitment).

Trail and Landscape Maintenance:
Help us maintain our outdoor classrooms, native-plant trail, and garden areas. Depending on the season, work may include weeding, mulching, pruning, watering, and soil preparation.

Special Events:
Like coordinating the big picture or helping with the smaller details? Help is needed leading up to and on the day of our Free Family Fun Day in February and our Wildlife Festival in October. You can help with a single task, like preparing materials, or with a bigger piece of the puzzle, like coordinating the craft tables. Or you can volunteer for just a couple of hours at the event. Like to throw parties? We also hold special events for our donors each year.

Volunteer Forms:
Volunteer Application
Volunteer Service Agreement

YSI Volunteer opportunities evolve all the time.
To volunteer (even if you don't see something here for you) email us at: