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 (totaling 15-20 hours). Volunteers choose their own schedule from a variety of available shifts.
  • 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.
  • Education volunteer applicants must be willing to obtain a criminal record check if selected. Email volunteers@beatymuseum.ubc.ca if you have questions about this step.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Museum Education Volunteers: OPEN 
We have made the difficult decision to cancel our spring and fall 2020 volunteer training. We will continue to accept applications and will be in touch later this summer regarding our next training and availability.

The Beaty Museum is open, but with modifications to minimize the spread of COVID-19.  If you are interested in volunteering, please apply, and we will be in communication via email with any other pertinent information. We will work together to find interview and in-person training dates that work for as many people as possible when it is safe to do so. Thanks for your flexibility and understanding, don’t hesitate to email us with questions or concerns!

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 Education Volunteer position description. 
Read about the experience here.

Looking for other opportunities? Send us an email to be notified of our next recruitment or ask us questions.

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. Need help? Watch our video tutorial to guide you through the process. If you have any issues with the form, please email us!

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 after applications have closed to set up a time for a group face-to-face interview.

Step 4: Attend the group interview.

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

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Accessibility information: For volunteer positions, fob access will be given to offices behind-the-scenes. Stairs and elevators are used in the building, doorways have no lips and several have button-operated doors. Lockers and locks are provided, as is a basic kitchenette with dishes, sink, fridge, and microwave. Restrooms in the building are multi-stall male/female restrooms with accessible stalls with handrails. Don’t hesitate to ask us if you have questions about access! Check out our accessibility page for details about the museum space.