We depend on volunteers to help us run quality programs for the community. We accept volunteers of all ages and abilities, and are adept at working with volunteers’ busy schedules. Whether you’re interested in teaching children about nature, assisting with our auction, filling in at our front desk, greeting visitors at Evening Lectures, or working in our native plant garden, we have an opportunity for you!
If you’d like to become a volunteer, please fill out the form under the “Volunteer Application” tab. Or just stop by and visit us!
Front Desk Assistance
Mondays throughout the summer
MNHC will be open on Mondays this summer! To make it happen, we are in search of volunteers to help at our front desk on Mondays, greeting attendees, answering the phone, and receiving donations. You can donate a few hours or stay the whole day. If you are willing to help out on any of the Mondays this summer, please contact Drew at 327.0405.
Lead or Assist with Community Hikes
Calling Master Naturalists!
Would you like to lead others on a hike or family walk? In the past Master Naturalists have led trips to Bass Creek and the North Hills. It can be as informational as you like. Participants meet you at the trailhead. The hike can go all day or just a few hours. It’s up to you! Along the Kim Williams Trail with kids? Up St. Mary’s Peak? Up to you!
If you are interested in learning more, please contact Christine at 327.0405.
Teach Kids about Nature’s Superheros!
Saturday, July 29, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
MNHC will be at the Carousel for Missoula Superhero and Fairy Tale Festival, and we could use a volunteer or two to help run our educational activity booth. You will have assistance and instructions–it should be a fun event! To sign up or learn more, contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 327.0405.
Volunteer Work & Learn Days at the Native Plant Gardens!
Thursday afternoons in June, 4-6 p.m.
During this “work and learn” opportunity you can help maintain our beautiful learning space and practice your plant ID skills or find out about native garden landscaping. Our native plant gardener will be there to provide information and garden tours. Bring the whole family! Kids are welcome to play in the garden area.
Location: Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden by the water tower at Fort Missoula.
RSVP is required. Contact Christine at 327.0405 or email@example.com if interested or for more information.
MNHC Silent Auction Assistance
2-5 hours/month, July-September
We are looking for ~5-8 volunteers to help us prepare for the silent auction portion of our Annual Banquet & Auction. We need volunteers to help contact a variety of local businesses and organizations for silent auction donations (many of these businesses donate to us year after year, and we simply need some help in getting in touch with them and collecting the items). Time commitment will be around 2-5 hours/month from July through late September. Please contact Allison at 327.0405 if you’re interested in getting involved!
Volunteer at the MNHC Auction!
Saturday, September 30, 4:00-10:00 p.m
Our Annual Banquet & Auction is coming up on Saturday, September 30th, at the University Center Ballroom, and we’ll need 15-20 volunteers to help us make it as fantastic as it’s been the past few years! Our auction is always a fun event and we make sure our volunteers have a good time! We’ll have a training for interested volunteers in September. Please contact Allison at 327.0405 if you are interested in getting involved!
Bus helper wanted!
We are still searching for a volunteer or two to help with regular maintenance and upkeep of our three small buses. If you are handy and want a flexible volunteer role, this might be the position for you! If you have questions or want to sign up, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help with Basic Construction Projects
There are a number of small construction projects around MNHC that we could use a handy volunteer to help with. If you are interested in helping with projects like building floating shelves and boxes for our touch tables, or in being on our “on-call” list of handy-person volunteers for when things come up, please contact Stephanie at 406-327-0405.
Stay tuned for more volunteer opportunities!
Want to work with kids? Want to lead natural history field trips? Or would you prefer to write a Field Note or help in the Garden? Here are all the great ways to get involved!
Bring natural history to local 4th-5th grade school kids as a specially trained Volunteer Naturalist for the Visiting Naturalist in the Schools Program.
Saturday Kids’ Activities, miniNaturalists and Center Visits Volunteer
During the school year, assist our staff naturalists in running our Saturday Kids’ Activities on the weekends (on topics from birds to bugs to space, and more!), miniNaturalists program on Thursday mornings from 10-11, or help with school class visits during the week.
Help out with our Summer Science Day Camps – a fun and fantastic opportunity to gain experience working with kids in the outdoor classroom, where No Child is Left Inside. Assist staff with activities, or create your own lesson and activity on a natural history topic that interests you. This is also a great opportunity for young people aged 14-17 to participate in our Leaders in Training program.
Outreach and Special Events
Annual events such as Wild Fest and KidsFest are exciting ways to engage families in MNHC activities. Other events include and are not limited to the Farmer’s Market, Missoula MADE fair, Kids Fair at Southgate Mall, Out to Lunch, University tabling and recruitment, and Missoula Children & Nature Network programs.
Native Plant Garden at Fort Missoula
Do you have a green thumb or just love to pull weeds? We could use your help! Work in our native plant garden and learn about Montana’s native prairie grasslands, or help with Garden education activities. In June, July and August we have weekly volunteer afternoons on Thursdays from 4-6pm.
Research and write ~600 word natural history essays for our Field Notes radio program aired weekly on Montana Public Radio.
Nature Discovery Traveling Trunk Maintenance
Assist in keeping our Traveling Trunks well-stocked and ready for use by our local schools.
Help the Montana Natural History Center with answering phones, greeting visitors, assisting with sales and memberships, and registration for MNHC’s exciting programs.
Help us prepare for our largest fundraising event of the year! Each summer, we need 6-8 volunteers to solicit silent auction items from local businesses. We also need ~25 volunteers to assist on the night of the event (usually from 4-10pm on a Friday or Saturday in early October), checking attendees in and out, selling raffle tickets, displaying live auction items, and more.
Ralph Lee Allen Environmental Education Library
Help the Montana Natural History Center with ongoing maintenance and upkeep of our collection of field guides, children’s nature books, a wide variety of nature writing, and environmental educational resources. Our library is also a cozy, quiet place to spend an hour or two curled up reading!
Exhibits Construction & Maintenance
Give us a hand with maintaining both the exhibits at our Center and our traveling displays. Handy with tools? If so, we need your carpentry skills.
We accept volunteers of all ages and abilities. No matter what your interests, we have an opportunity that will fit you! If you’d like to volunteer, please begin by filling out our volunteer application form.
March 2017 Volunteer of the Month:
Jack is a new volunteer with the Visiting Naturalist in the Schools program this year, and we are so glad to have him as part of the team! Jack has been a frequent and consistent volunteer for the last several months, and we are lucky to have him. He brings a kind and compassionate spirit into the classroom and is especially helpful when working with students in small groups. He is always willing to share his own background knowledge and make sure the kids are as engaged as possible with the lesson.
Thank you, Jack!
Click HERE to read about other great volunteers and how they’ve gotten involved with MNHC.