Share your love of the natural world with others by joining the Beaty Biodiversity Museum’s volunteer team!

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is a public museum dedicated to enhancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of biodiversity, and making the research conducted by the scientists of UBC’s Biodiversity Research Centre more accessible to the public. Volunteers play a vital role in helping the museum achieve this mission.

Why Volunteer at the Beaty?

  • Work with experienced museum staff, UBC biodiversity researchers, and like-minded volunteers
  • Learn about biodiversity and current research through training and development opportunities
  • Invitations to special volunteer appreciation events and ongoing training opportunities
  • Receive complimentary admission to the museum, along with other discounts and perks
  • Enhance your resume, and gain references after reaching a minimum number of hours

Am I Eligible?

  • Minimum age: you must be at least 16 years old
  • Commitment: varies based on each opportunity, but in general, we expect a minimum of four, 4.5 hour shifts per month
  • Screening and training: you must be able to participate in a face-to-face interview and attend a training session, see the position descriptions for dates and times.
  • Communication requirements: for all positions that interact with the public, you must feel comfortable speaking English. Volunteers are expected to actively start conversations with visitors.
  • You must be willing to obtain a criminal record check

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Applications are open from Monday, February 27 through March 27 at 11:59pm PDT.
We are recruiting for two positions; please read the descriptions below. If you have any questions, please email us.

Museum Education Volunteers
Museum volunteers engage visitors in the wonder of biodiversity through discussions and activities, and answer questions about the museum, its collections, and its research. Volunteers represent the museum on the floor daily and occasionally provide support for special museum events and lectures. Volunteers are almost always stationed inside the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, and interact with visitors during open hours.
Click here for the full position description.
Read about the experience here.

Museum Evaluations Volunteers
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum strives to our vision of “a world where biodiversity is better understood, valued, and protected.” In order to continually improve our visitor experience, we are committed to ongoing projects that evaluate the success of exhibits and programs; we need volunteers to help collect data. This position involves interacting with visitors on the floor, completing visitor studies, and communicating results. Note that Evaluations volunteers will also be trained as Education volunteers.
Click here for the full position description. 


How do I apply?

Step 1: Check our current volunteer opportunities to find a volunteer role that fits your skills and interests.

Step 2: Complete the online volunteer application form before the deadline. Applications will be accepted from February 27 through March 27, 11:59pm PST, 2017.

Step 3: You will receive an email confirmation that your application has been submitted. If there is a suitable volunteer opportunity for you, we will contact you by email to set up a time on Tuesday, April 11 for a group face-to-face interview.

Step 4: Attend the group interview on Tuesday, April 11.

Step 5: If we are able to match your skills and interests with an existing volunteer position, you will be invited to join our volunteer team.

Step 6: Attend training sessions for your role.

Step 7: Begin your role as a member of our amazing volunteer team! 

If you have any questions please email volunteers@beatymuseum.ubc.ca