Our Volunteer Program is Expanding – Join Our Team!

If you enjoy sharing science and natural history with students and families, consider joining our volunteer team. 

We have long- and short- term opportunities available for students, individuals, and family groups.  As a volunteer you will enjoy full training and a friendly and rewarding environment. You’ll experience exciting museum exhibits, learn from curators and educators, and have the sincere appreciation of the museum staff. Most importantly, you will be helping our visitors spark a passion for science.

Volunteer Opportunities

Paleo Guides
Like dinosaurs and fossils?  We are currently looking for Paleo Guides to staff our new exhibition space, ExploreLab.  Entirely devoted to paleontology, this interactive education and exhibit space provides hands-on activities with real fossils, bones and casts, fossil prep experiences, and a multi-period dino dig site for younger visitors.

Paleo Guides play a crucial role in our visitors’ experience.  Guides introduce activities, lead prep experiences, and offer both background and specialized knowledge about the subjects presented (full training is provided). 

Sound exciting? Read more.

Gallery Guides
Gallery Guides work with our visitors to bring traveling exhibits to life, with hands-on activities, spotlight tours, and information about the exhibit and related topics.  Through January 7, 2018, we are hosting Chocolate: The Exhibition, organized by the Field Museum.  This exhibit explores many aspects of the subject, including the natural history of the cacao tree, first discoveries of chocolate as a consumable treat, modern methods of manufacture, and even the science behind why it tastes so good.

Opening February 3, 2018 is Ancient Rome:  Age of the Caesars.  This exhibit represents the period as realistically as possible, with reconstructions of ancient technologies and sections on the military, lifestyle, building and more.

Intrigued? Read more

Discovery Center Docents
Cranbrook Institute of Science is currently looking for docents to help staff the Family Discovery Center every Sunday. Join us as we tap into the vast Institute resources and ignite a passion for learning – whether working directly with our guests or building content behind the scenes – we need your skills! The Family Discovery Center team creates a comfortable space where families explore real objects and scientific methods. Please be willing to dedicate 4 hours per month to the Family Discovery Center.

Special Events Volunteers
Being a volunteer does not require a lot of your time. Consider becoming a Special Events Volunteer and help bring science to life during our holiday and special programs.  This is a great way to explore new science topics, fulfill community service requirements, and enjoy the satisfaction of giving back without a long-term commitment. When you become a volunteer we will contact you when an event nears to see if you’re available.

Become a volunteer
Contact Janet Beylin at 248-645-3748, or CIS_volunteer@cranbrook.edu. We look forward to hearing from you!

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