Public Floor Volunteers

Docent talks with visitors about SUE the T.rex

School Experiences Volunteers 

School Experiences Volunteers interact with students on field trips in the Museum galleries.  Four themed curiosity stations can be found in permanent hall exhibitions containing artifacts or objects to support a key concept.  Each interaction is designed to be a 10 minutes hands-on activity that will give students a specific theme in which to investigate the exhibitions.

Volunteers in this position must enjoy engaging with students and should enjoy learning about natural history.  An ability to clearly articulate complex concepts and to learn new teachings styles is a must.  High school graduate required; some university coursework in education or natural or social sciences preferred.

Volunteers are asked to be able to commit 1 day per week for at least six months. Volunteers are needed Monday through Thursday from 10am-1pm. If interested in applying, please use the online volunteer application

Discovery Squad Volunteers

The Discovery Squad volunteers use artifacts and specimens from the Museum's collections to help visitors discover what scientists can learn from them and their importance to The Field Museum's collections.  

Volunteers in this position must be outgoing and energetic.  They must possess the skills and desire to interact and communicate with people of all ages and backgrounds.  Theater and/or teaching experience is preferred.  Bilingual volunteers are a plus.

The Discovery Squad shifts are available seven days a week. Volunteers must be able to sign up for at least 4 half day shifts (9:30am-1pm or 12pm-3:15pm) or 2 full days (9:30am-3:15pm, includes a 45 min lunch) per month to stay active.  If interested in applying, please use the online volunteer application.  

Guest Relations Volunteers

Guest Relations volunteers greet and assist visitors at The Field Museum. This is a great opportunity for friendly, out-going, courteous and helpful individuals to interact with guests from all over the world. Volunteers will work at the information desks located throughout the Museum.  Volunteers serve as the point-person for visitors' questions. Outgoing and fun people who like to interact with others will do well in this position. Positions are available seven days a week, mornings and afternoons.  Bilingual volunteers are a plus. If interested in applying, please use the online volunteer application

Docent Volunteers

Docents are formally trained to provide guided tours in our exhibition halls to over one million visitors annually.  Ideal applicants should have a background or strong interest in science or natural history, enjoy teaching, and have excellent communication skills with visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Docents must be able to commit to one full year of volunteering to be considered. Weekday docents volunteer regularly one day a week; weekend docents volunteer two half days a month.  To become a docent in one of the following exhibitions, please use the online volunteer application

Temporary Exhibitions


March 16, 2018 - April 29, 2019

The exhibition will feature mummies from ancient Peruvian and Egyptian cultures. Docents will help visitors learn about mummies, coffins, sarcophagi, burial figures, ceramics and the CT scanning process. 

Applicants should have a background in anthropology and world history. A docent training session will be held on Saturday, March 10th, 2018. 

Ancient Mediterranean Cultures in Contact

October 20, 2017 - April 29, 2018

What happens when cultures collide and people are ablt to trade, interact, and influence each other like never before? Docents will informally engage visitors in exploring culture contact and change in the spectacular exhibition of Roman, Egyptian, Greek and Etruscan artifacts.  Applicants should have a background in anthropology or world history. 


Permanent Exhibitions

Abbott Hall of Conservation Restoring Earth

This is a permanent exhibition that showcases the conservation efforts of Field Museum scientists.  Docents will engage Field Museum visitors in exploring choices they can make for a healthier future.  Applicants with a background in environmental studies are especially encouraged to apply.  

Ancient Americas

The Ancient Americas exhibition tells the epic story of various cultures in the western hemisphere before the arrival of Europeans.  Docents guide visitors through the lives of ice age hunters, early farming villagers, mound builders, and the great Maya, Aztec and Inca empires. Applicants should have some background in anthropology or history, with an interest in Native America cultures.

Cyrus Tang Hall of China

The Cyrus Tang Hall of China presents a spectacular array of artifacts depicting 5,000 years of Chinese history and culture, from paleolithic times to present.  Docents guide visitors through displays of textiles, rubbings, bronzes, ceramics, sculptures, an extraordinary scroll painting of the Qingming festival, and will take visitors backstage to discover how the performers put on a unique show at a Chinese shadow puppet theater. The exhibition also includes artifacts recovered from the 13th century Java Sea Shipwreck.  Applicants should have a background in anthropology or world history, with a special interest in China.  

Evolving Planet

Evolving Planet a is dynamic permanent exhibition that gives visitors a journey through 4 billion years of life on earth to discover how evolution works and the science that reveals it. Evolving Planet includes a spectacular dinosaur section.  Applicants should have some background in science and a strong interest in dinosaurs and evolutionary biology. 

Pawnee Earth Lodge

The Pawnee Earth Lodge is one of our most popular exhibits.  Docents engage visitors in discovering traditional Native American life out west on the Great Plains inside a furnished, full size replica of a Pawnee home.  Applicants should have some background in anthropology or history, with an interest in Native American cultures.  

Ruatepupuke, Maori Meeting House 

Ruatepupuke is an authentic Maori meeting house from New Zealand.  Docents introduce the Maori culture to visitors as they explain the intricate carvings of ancestors and tell the story of the beautiful woven panels within Ruatepupuke.  Applicants should have some background in anthropology or art.