Would you like to help tell the story of life on Earth through science? Volunteers bring science to life for over one million visitors to the Field Museum each year.

Why volunteer?

Research has shown that volunteering is associated with improved health and well-being, including increased longevity, adoption of healthy lifestyles and reduction in depression and stress. The service volunteers provide also goes on to benefit the communities in which they live and serve.

Why Now?

Our mission embodies the forward-thinking scientific leader we’ve always been and the work we do every day. Fighting climate change. Preserving biodiversity. Celebrating cultures. Championing science and taking action. As a dedicated volunteer, we would be grateful for your support of science and the work we do. Come and join us as we continue working to explore and conserve our planet. After all, we’re on it together.

What's Available?

Visitor Services Volunteer

You could provide a friendly face and greeting to visitors from around the world at our information desks throughout the museum. Visitor Services volunteers suggest exhibitions based on visitors' interests, conduct wayfinding duties and provide overall customer service and support for our daily guests. Customer service experience and/or bilingual skills are a huge plus! A minimum time commitment of one four-hour shift per weekday or one four-hour shift every other weekend for 8 months to 1 year is required. Interested?


We are currently not recruiting or onboarding new Docent volunteers at this time. Please check back at a later date.

Collections and Research Volunteers

We are currently not accepting any unsolicited applications for Collections, Research, or Behind the Scenes volunteers at this time. Please check back at a later date.

Please note: In order to protect the health and safety of our community, employees, visitors, and their families from COVID-19, the Field Museum still requires all volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to provide proof of that status before placement.