Behind-the-Scenes Volunteers

Volunteer uses a microscope to examine a collection item

Our behind-the-scenes volunteers help support a wide range of essential services to The Field Museum’s administrative, scientific and exhibitions departments. If interested in applying, please use our online volunteer application.

Keller Action Center Volunteer

Support the implementation of environmental education field trips to natural areas in Chicago’s southeast side communities. The Field Museum’s Keller Science Action Center is involved in conservation education that engages 3rd – 12th grade students, community groups, and educators in the Calumet Region (

Types of programs where volunteers may be needed:

  • Mighty Acorns (Grades 3-5): Mighty Acorns introduces students to nature and stewardship through classroom and field-based education, restoration, and exploration activities.
  • Earth Force (Grades 6-8): Earth Force engages youth in community action and environmental problem solving to create lasting solutions to environmental issues in their communities.
  • Calumet Is My Backyard, CIMBY (Grades 9-12): CIMBY connects high school students to local natural areas through stewardship opportunities while building students’ scientific and leadership skills. 


Assist with the delivery and supervision of nature-related educational activities during field experiences to local natural areas (predominantly on the far south side of Chicago). Responsibilities may include one or more of the following:

  • Lead small groups (about 15 youth) in educational and/or monitoring activities.
  • Lead small groups in exploration activities through woodland, wetland or prairie sites.
  • Assist in the supervision of students engaged in stewardship activities; proper tool handling, group management, invasive species identification and removal, etc.


  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Complete a background check and volunteer application.
  • Attend a volunteer training.
  • Volunteer for a year-long commitment, and participate in a minimum of 6 field trips a year (trips are 3 hours long and occur every fall, winter, and spring).
  • Have access to transportation to stewardship sites.
  • Enjoy working outdoors and enjoy working with children.

For more information or to apply, contact Laura Milkert at  

Collection Center Volunteer

Work alongside our collections staff and contribute to the The Field Museum’s world-renowned Anthropology, Botany, Geology and Zoology collections. 


  • Count, sort and digitize (photograph or scan) artifacts, specimens, and collections records.
  • Transcribe collection labels and transfer data into excel spreadsheets and/or database.
  • Produce new foam support housing and boxes for collection specimens and artifacts.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Attention to detail, good organization, computer, and manual dexterity skills. 
  • Academic or professional background in Anthropology, Botany, Geology or Zoology is preferred. 
  • Volunteers must be available to volunteer for at least 6 months, one day a week, Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.  No weekend placements available.  Apply Now!

Administrative Volunteers

Support the Field Museum’s many administrative offices by assisting with general administrative tasks.


  • Maintain general office files and file necessary paperwork accordingly.
  • Sorting and distributing mail.
  • Providing support for departmental meetings and events.
  • Updating and maintaining departmental databases.


  • Good organization, filing, computer, and communication skills.
  • Proficient in maintaining databases and have the ability to create and manipulate spreadsheets. 
  • Volunteers must be available to volunteer for at least 6 months, one day a week, Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.  No weekend placements available.  Apply Now!