Areas of Opportunity

The following are some of the areas within the Museum in which we make use of volunteers. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator for more information, 256-237-6261x 325 or  or print and mail or fax the adult or youth volunteer applications. Your information will be kept on file and someone will contact you if a position is available.

Collections Department

Registrar Assistant (must be 17 to apply)
  • Computer skills – general knowledge of how a computer operates, typing, printing documents and some online research.
  • General knowledge of how to operate a digital camera and upload photos to a computer.
  • Good penmanship
  • Ability to follow directions and written instructions.
  • Enjoy cleaning and organizing
  • Physically able to climb stairs and ladders, lift/move boxes (at least 10 lbs).


Spring/ Summer / Fall / Winter on Mondays
Includes landscape task, working in Museum greenhouses, participation in annual plant sales for Museum Complex

Live Animal Care (Youth 14-17 and adults)

Work with an Animal Caretaker in cleaning, feeding and exercising animals that are used in educational programming. Provides a unique opportunity to work with a variety of reptiles, birds and mammals.

Education Department

Docent (Educational tour guide)- Derived from Latin “docere” meaning to teach, these volunteers are Museum teachers for school and public tour groups. These front line volunteers interact with visitors of all ages providing tours of the Museum Exhibit Halls, answering questions as well as allowing visitors to handle objects and live animals. Training is mandatory and will be arranged as positions become available. No prior teaching experience is required but good “people” skills are a must. Must be 21 to participate.

Special Events – Throughout the year there are opportunities to assist the staff with a variety of tasks during special events and exhibits.  Other opportunities include working with the Museum League on projects such as the Winter Market, Garden Events and Homes for the Holidays. For Museum League project volunteer opportunities e-mail or call 256-237-6766 and ask for the Membership Department.
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