Teen Volunteers

Teens share their love of science with the public through our volunteer programs. 

Two teens kneel on a tile floor next to a child. They are all looking at a small object one of the teens is holding out in her hand.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are not currently accepting applications for any teen volunteer position. We value your interest and invite you to explore other teen and pre-teen opportunities at the museum.

Learn more about teen and pre-teen programs

For additional information about teen volunteering, email teens@fieldmuseum.org. We hope to welcome all volunteers back into the museum in the future.

For current high school students

Where you'll work

Teen volunteers split their time between the Crown Family PlayLab and interpretive carts in Stanley Field Hall.

In the PlayLab, volunteers are trained to interact with young learners in a hands-on educational setting, facilitate drop-in programming, and help keep the space running smoothly. With interpretive carts, teens engage visitors and handle and share artifacts and specimens.

Application process

Teens must be current high school students at the time of application. (Current eighth graders going into high school can apply to our Bridge Program, see below.) 

There is limited capacity for this competitive program—only the top candidates are selected! Our teen volunteers are outgoing, think quickly on their feet, and love learning about the world around them. Interested teens should demonstrate a strong interest in the natural sciences and/or early childhood education. Bilingual skills are a plus.

Applications are closed.

A group of teens surround a teen who, on the back of her outstretched hand, has a small reptile that another teen is touching.

Teen volunteers go behind the scenes at the Field Museum.

For students starting high school

The Bridge Program is currently on hold due to city-wide restrictions related to the pandemic.

Application Process

Applications are closed.