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.

For current high school students

Teen volunteers bring the Museum to life for visitors of all ages.

Teens must commit to volunteer at least 10 days throughout the summer to successfully complete the program and qualify to apply for future year-round volunteering.

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*. In-person interviews are conducted in the spring.

There is limited capacity for the teen volunteer program. All participants are expected to apply and interview prior to acceptance into the program.  Our teen volunteers are outgoing, adaptable, and love learning about the world around them.  Interested teens should demonstrate a strong interest in the sciences and/or early childhood education.  Bilingual skills are a plus.

Applications are open from January 10th, 2022 to March 14th, 2022.  Selected interview candidates are expected to interview in April 2022.  Teens will be notified of final selections by May 1st, 2022.  

*In order to protect the health and safety of our community, employees, visitors, and their families from COVID-19, the Field Museum is requiring all employees and volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to provide proof of that status. Requests for exemptions from employees or volunteers with qualifying medical conditions or sincerely held religious beliefs that prevent them from receiving a COVID-19 vaccination will be considered.

Apply now to be a summer teen volunteer.

For additional information about teen volunteering, email teens@fieldmuseum.org.

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

Graduating eighth graders are encouraged to participate in museum activities through our storytelling programs.

Learn about other teen and pre-teen programs