Volunteer opportunities at the Museum

Volunteer applications will be processed as soon as it is safe for staff to return to our administrative offices.

Visit the COVID-19 page for more information and updates on our temporary closure. For questions or assistance, contact the volunteer department at volunteer@californiamuseum.org. Thank you!


Looking for a rewarding way to serve the community? The California Museum invites you to join our volunteer program to assist staff in presenting exhibits and programs on the state’s history, arts and culture of diversity, inspiring more than 125,000 annual visitors.

Whether you’re looking for a few hours to fill or a regular position, a range of opportunities are available to choose from including:

  • Gallery Guides & Assistants to facilitate field trip & group visits
  • Events Assistants to work at the Museum’s special events
  • Classroom Presenters to provide K-12 education programs to field trip groups
  • History, Arts & Culture Facilitators to educate general admission & tour visitors
  • Ambassadors to represent the Museum at community events

No experience necessary — all volunteer positions feature in-depth training and offer parking, public transit and ridesharing reimbursement. Best of all, benefits include Museum memberships with reciprocal admission at other institutions, store discounts, invitations to volunteer events and more!

To apply today, click the application link below. For questions or assistance, the Volunteer Coordinator at (916) 653-8099 or volunteer@californiamuseum.org.

Current volunteers: Log in to access program information, view schedules and sign up for shifts.  


Apply to become a Volunteer today

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Attend mandatory training
  • Flexible schedule with availability on weekdays, evenings & weekends
  • Minimum commitment of 6 months of volunteer service
  • Dependability to arrive on time for shifts
  • Mileage traveling to & from the Museum for volunteer shifts may be tax deductible
  • Reimbursement for parking & public transportation
  • Recognition at volunteer events
  • Traveler level membership upon completion of 40+ hours of service ($60 value)
  • Explorer level membership upon completion of 80+ hours of service ($120 value)

Volunteer Application

Please describe your educational background

Please describe any special skills you can offer, such as speaking another language or any training you have had

What days and times are you available to help?

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Candidates are selected on an as-needed basis. Submission of this application does not guarantee placement. Volunteers must attend an orientation and will be screened to determine their placement and eligibility for volunteering. Screening may include reference checks, fingerprinting, background checks or other screening, depending on the placement.