Another great way to support CuriOdyssey is by volunteering. Each year, over 150 individuals ages 13 to 89 volunteer for CuriOdyssey. There are volunteer opportunities in many areas of the museum, including: wildlife docents, roving interpretative guides, 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.

Although we do not have any immediate volunteer openings at this time, we will respond to all volunteer applications received. Click here to download a volunteer application.

Volunteer Positions

Marketing Intern


The Intern will support the Marketing Department to execute our marketing and membership programs and support our guest services and retail operations. Job duties may include: visitor research, social media content development, assistance with museum events and theme days, and administrative support.

Requirements: Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications along with strong writing skills and attention to detail required. Some familiarity with video editing software preferred. Enrollment in graduate school a plus.

Commitment: Part-time (1-3 days/week, Tuesday-Friday), beginning in May, for 3-6 months. This is a volunteer position.

Application: Cover letter and resume due by March 31, 2014. See complete position description and application information.

Leadership Development Program

This specially designed program for youth entering 7th-9th grade in the fall of 2014 combines leadership development, science education, and environmental stewardship into one exceptional experience! Selected participants, working within our summer camp program, will develop and demonstrate their leadership abilities, responsibility, independent decision-making, public speaking skills, and scientific knowledge.

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Animal Care Interns

CuriOdyssey offers 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.

Deadline: Submit required application materials by April 11

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Wildlife Aide

Wildlife Aides work closely with the professional keepers to assist in the day to day cleaning of the animal facilities as well as preparing diets for the animals. Must be physically able to clean and be very dependable. After several months, volunteers will have opportunity to learn animal handling.

Age: 18+

Current Opening: Saturdays, 9am-1pm, for at least 6 months (longer preferred).

If interested, submit a standard Volunteer Application for Monday, April 21.

Aviary Aide

Aviary Aides typically spend an hour helping to maintain a clean walk-through Aviary and then several hours engaging visitors about the birds and turtles in the Aviary. Contact LCauble(at)CuriOdyssey.org to inquire which day(s) Aviary Aides are currently needed.

Requirements: Ability to volunteer one day per week for at least 3 months (longer preferred). Volunteer shifts are 9am-1pm on Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 11am-3pm on Sundays. Must be at least 18 years old, reliable, friendly, and have good communications skills. On-the-job training provided.

Current Opening: Fridays, 9am-1pm

The Weekend Interpretive Guide (TWIG)

TWIGs create memorable visitor experiences by providing interpretive animal presentations, engaging visitors in conversation about the animals in our Wildlife Habitats, facilitating fun science based activities on special event days, and providing roving visitor services.

Requirements: Must be available for two 2-hour shifts each month for at least one year. Teens (13-17) may volunteer and train to handle animals when partnered with their parent.

Wildlife Docent

Docents help visitors appreciate our local wildlife and the natural world by providing live animal presentations and interpreting the wildlife collection for visitors on weekday mornings.

Requirements: We are looking for enthusiastic, reliable volunteers who enjoy speaking with visitors, especially elementary school children. Must be 18 years old, or partnered with a parent if 13-17 years old. Docents volunteer for at least two regularly scheduled 2-hour shifts per month for at least one year.