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Another great way to support CuriOdyssey is by volunteering. Each year, over 150 individuals ages 13 to 90 volunteer for CuriOdyssey. There are volunteer opportunities in many areas of the museum, including: roving wildlife interpretative guides, exhibit facilitators, summer camp volunteers, and Wildlife Department assistants.

CuriOdyssey, located in San Mateo, is recognized as one of the country’s foremost environmental education institutions. The museum includes engaging science exhibits and outdoor Wildlife Habitats home to live animals native to California in natural settings including a walk-through aviary.

Volunteers receive many special privileges including educational opportunities, social events with other volunteers, a quarterly newsletter specifically written for volunteers, discounted family membership rate, and the knowledge that the community benefits from each volunteer’s time.

Click here to download our standard volunteer application.

 


Volunteer Positions

Animal Care Internship

Description: Two 26 week (6-month) part time volunteer internships 24 hours (3-days) per week. CuriOdyssey is looking for interns who can maintain a high level of personal motivation and a positive attitude by demonstrating their enthusiasm and high energy for each project they take on. This program offers practical, on-the-job experience working with invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, and provides exposure to zoo careers. Internship positions start in November, 2014. Read full description.


Animal Welfare Intern

Description: This program offers experience monitoring wildlife (amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals) and provides exposure to animal welfare, conservation, and zoo careers. Specifically, the Animal Welfare Intern will observe and chart animal behavior, using an ipad or manually. Open until filled. Read full description.

Age: 18+

Commitment: 12-15 hours per week for 13 weeks. Flexible start and end dates.

To Apply: Interested applicants should send a resume with cover letter and references to: Ms. Nikii Finch-Morales, Director of Wildlife, 1651 Coyote Point Drive San Mateo, CA 94401.


Aviary Aides

Description: These Wildlife Department volunteers clean the Aviary walkways before we open, and then greet and engage visitors to help them learn more about the birds and turtles who make this beautiful Aviary their home.

Age: 18+

Commitment: 9am-1pm on same day of the week for at least 3 months.

To Apply: No current openings. You may submit a CuriOdyssey Volunteer Application to be considered if an opening arises.


Wildlife Aides

Description: Supervised by our professional keepers, Wildlife Aides primarily assist with habitat cleaning and animal diet preparation. May also become involved with animal enrichment and animal handling.

Age: 18+

Commitment:  9am-1pm on same day of week for at least 6 months (longer preferred).

To Apply: No current openings. You may submit a CuriOdyssey Volunteer Application to be considered if an opening arises.


Animal Care Interns

Description: Twice per year, we offer two 6-month volunteer internships with the Wildlife Department. This program offers practical, on-the-job experience working with invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, along with exposure to zoo careers. We look for interns who can maintain a high level of personal motivation and a positive attitude by demonstrating enthusiasm and high energy for each project they take on. Responsibilities include animal husbandry, diet preparation, record keeping, animal enrichment development, and public speaking.

Age: 18+

Commitment: Interns volunteer 24 hours a week (three 8-hour days) for 6 months.

To Apply: Full application requirements will be posted once next application period opens (likely in September or October 2014).


Leaders in Training

Description: These youth volunteers provide major assistance during our summer science day camp by facilitating activities, supervising campers, and helping prepare camp materials. Those accepted MUST attend a week-long leadership training camp in mid-June (fee applies), and commit to a minimum of 80 hours of practical volunteer experience during the summer. LITs typically volunteer for future summers as well, and periodically during the school year for special events.

Age: Designed for students entering 7th-9th grade, although older high school students may apply.

Commitment: 80+ hours

To Apply: Full application requirements will be posted once next application period opens in February 2015.


Exhibit Facilitators

These volunteers encourage visitors to freely explore, play, and experiment with our hands-on science exhibits, sometimes using supplemental science materials and activities. Volunteers are also trained on the functioning and maintenance of the exhibits.

Age: Entering 10th grade or older.

Commitment:  Seven 3-hour shifts over course of the summer. Longer commitment welcome.

To Apply: Complete standard CuriOdyssey Volunteer Application.


Wildlife Docents

Description: Docents engage visitors to the Wildlife Habitats and help them observe and learn more about animals and the natural world. Visitors during docent shifts are primarily young children with caregivers and elementary school classes. Docents can also be trained to handle and show some of our education animals. Annual training series held in September and early October.

Age: 18+

Commitment: Two regularly scheduled 2-hour shifts (10am-12pm on Tuesdays-Fridays) per month for at least one year.

To Apply: Complete standard CuriOdyssey Volunteer Application.


Weekend Interpretive Guides (TWIGs)

Description: TWIGs create fun and memorable visitor experiences by providing animal presentations and serving as roving guides in the Wildlife Habitats. Teens can volunteer and train to handle animals when partnered with a parent. TWIGs also help during special weekend events. Annual training series held in September and early October.

Age: 18+ (or 13-17 if partnered with parent)

Commitment: Two 2-hour shifts on weekend days or Monday holidays, scheduled on a flexible basis.

To Apply: Complete standard CuriOdyssey Volunteer Application.


Keeper In Training (KIT)

Description: Designed for 13-17 year olds who want to learn what it is like to work in an animal centered career. KITs assist professional keepers with cleaning and diet preparation, as well as the interpretation of animals and biofact display tables with the public.

Age: 13-17

Commitment: Two 6-hour shifts per month for at least 6 months.

To Apply: Full application requirements will be posted once next application period opens.