Pick your passion at
the Perot Museum
Volunteer with us to get the inside scoop on Perot Museum excitement! With a variety of opportunities, from behind-the-scenes to out on the front line, there's something for everyone.
Begin by choosing a Volunteer Application below. After our review, we will contact you for the best opportunity available.
Complete this general application if you are interested in becoming a Perot Museum of Nature and Science year round volunteer. *NOTE: ANY APPLICATION FORM SUBMITTED BY INDIVIDUALS 18 OR OLDER THAT DOES NOT HAVE A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER WILL NOT BE PROCESSED*
If you have been provided with additional instructions to fill out a specialty volunteer application, please choose below: *NOTE: ANY APPLICATION FORM SUBMITTED BY INDIVIDUALS 18 OR OLDER THAT DOES NOT HAVE A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER WILL NOT BE PROCESSED*
For further inquiry, contact the Volunteer Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214.756.5780. We look forward to hearing from you!
Who can volunteer?
- Teens ages 14 and older
- Adults of any age
- Small groups (usually 10 or less)
- Corporate or civic volunteers
What are the requisites?
- A completed application on file, to include a cleared background check. Social Security number MUST be provided.
- An individual interview with Volunteer Department staff
- Attendance at a scheduled orientation
- Attendance at training sessions required for your position
- Willingness to commit to a minimum of 24 hours per quarter for a one year period.
- Paleo Lab/Collections Volunteers: Commitment determined during interview with paleontologist
- Adherence to the volunteer dress code: black slacks, solid white shirt, closed-toed shoes and Museum apron.
Discovery Corps is a volunteer program for students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school.
A limited numbers of spots are available with the application process beginning in January 2015. Deadline for all applications and required documents is April 30. Group interviews will begin in April until the program is filled or until May 15. Discovery Corps goals are to foster student interest in science, education and the Perot Museum; promote personal student growth; and support the Museum’s mission through a contribution of the student’s volunteer service.
Discovery Corps students successfully completing the program will automatically qualify for the Summer Intern Program in 2016.
Summer Intern Program
The Summer Intern Program is open to all ages: adults and students ages 14 and up. The application process will begin in January 2015. Orientation and interviews will begin in April until the program is filled or until May 30. In addition to the on-line application, a cover letter and resume will also be requested.
Adult or college applicants with specialized knowledge and work experience will be considered for placement in areas of their specialty if volunteer positions are available.
Volunteer summer intern opportunities include:
- Exhibit Hall Host
- Exhibits Tech Assistant
- Science cart demonstrations
- Information Technology Assistant
- Portable Planetarium Assistant
- Administration Support in the Museum offices such as Marketing, Accounting and Volunteer Services
- Special Event Host
Exhibit Hall Volunteer
Our Exhibit Halls offer a wide range of opportunities for volunteers. Areas of interest include Gems and Minerals, Engineering, The Human Body, Sports, Birds, Oil and Gas, Ancient Life on Earth, Living Ecosystems, and more! Share your knowledge with visitors at an activity station, by providing demonstrations or serving as an information guide. After completion of 50 hours of volunteering in an individual exhibit hall, you may advance to docent status. Exhibit Hall Volunteers are needed during all Museum operating hours.
Guest Services Volunteer
Guest Services volunteers are the first point of contact for guests entering the Museum. Guide guests through the lobby, exhibit halls and other areas of the Museum, inform guests about the Museum including daily offerings, upcoming events, pricing, parking, membership options and hours of operation, or provide information about other sites of interest in the Arts District and the downtown area. Guest Services volunteers are patient, friendly, outgoing, proactive and well-informed about the layout of the Museum and other pertinent information. Guest Services volunteers are needed during all Museum operating hours.
FIRST LEGO® League
FIRST inspires young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting, mentor-based programs that build math, science, and technology skills—abilities that, in turn, lead to a more well-rounded life through greater self-confidence, communication, and leadership. This invaluable mission is shared by the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. As a research and informal science education institution, we believe that children learn best when they overcome challenges through hands-on learning, project design, and experimentation. It’s an experience that gives them the opportunity to view science as a process, rather than merely an end result. This is why we are proud to support the North Texas Regional Tournament.
Paleo Lab/Collections Volunteer
(Fair Park Campus Only)
Work with fossils and recent finds in our Paleo Lab or assist in our extensive Collections Department. Volunteers must participate in an interview with the Fossil Preparator or the Collections Manager along with completing general orientation. THESE POSITIONS ARE AVAILABLE WEEKDAYS ONLY. There are currently no volunteer opportunities in the Paleo/Collections Department. Please continue to check back.
Education volunteers will assist our Programs Department with informal educational activities. Education volunteers may assist during regular Museum hours as well as for special program events that could occur outside of regular Museum hours.
Do you enjoy being behind the scenes and assisting with day to day operations? Administrative volunteers may file, compile lists, work with spread sheets, assist with large mailings or answer telephones.
About Our Requirements
In order to provide the best possible experience for our volunteers as well as our guests, we strongly recommend that all volunteers commit to coming for eight hours per month. However, we occasionally have activities available for those individuals who are interested in sharing their talents but are unable to commit to that requirement. Some of the opportunities may include Discovery Days, FIRST LEGO® League, Social Science, exhibit openings, etc. We accept individuals under these circumstances on a case by case basis.
If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, please contact email@example.com and put “Special Event Inquiry” in the Subject Line.