Volunteer & Intern at MOSH
Give back to the community and share your time spreading the joy of lifelong learning.
Volunteer and College Internship Applications are open!
Join Our Team of Passionate Volunteers
We invite you to share your time with Northeast Florida’s only Museum of Science & History! MOSH Volunteers are champions of sharing our mission to inspire lifelong learning. Volunteers donate their time to guide, teach, and inspire Museum guests and ensure their visit is a memorable and enlightening experience. The gift of time creates a friendly, positive atmosphere and provides the necessary support for staff and visitors.
How to Apply
All volunteer candidates must complete an application. If applicants do not select and opt into text messages, your application will not be considered. A working cell phone number and email address that is checked frequently are required. Interviews will be scheduled through email. All volunteer candidates who are selected must have a successfully cleared background check, attend MOSH volunteer orientation, and complete department trainings.
Intern & Volunteer Guide
All Teen Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Teen Volunteers can volunteer for multiple years until they graduate from high school or turn 18. Teen Volunteers are required to volunteer at least 8 service hours per school quarter including Spring, Summer, and Winter Breaks. This is not a summer-only volunteering program. Teen Volunteers must earn a minimum of 100 service hours per year.
Teen Volunteers assist with Spring, Summer and Winter Discovery Camps, Museum special events, educational programming, and preparation for these programs.
Teen Volunteer Applications for the summer of 2024 will open on March 1, 2024, and remain open until March 22, 2024. Teen volunteers will conduct an interview in March, and final decisions will be made by March 31. If you are selected, you must attend an onboarding training in April. Volunteering can begin once a volunteer has completed both orientation and background check paperwork.
Discovery Camp Teen Volunteer (16 Years and Older)
- Positively interact with students from K – 8th grade
- Assist MOSH Teachers and Education Staff with preparing lesson materials
- Supervise and assist with experiments, lessons, and projects throughout camp
- Assist with before- and after-care for extended day campers
Exhibition Guide Teen Volunteer
- Engage Museum visitors with activities located in the traveling exhibit spaces
- Be aware of visitor and Museum safety and report needed exhibit repairs
- Assist with basic wayfinding
- Answer general questions about the Museum
Creation Station Teen Volunteer
- Engage Museum visitors with mini lessons on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Mathematics) topics
- Prepare, setup, and clean up activities in the Creation Station on a daily basis
- Provide basic art interpretation about Artist-In-Residence projects
- Encourage Museum guests to try new activities and materials
Quantum Cart Teen Volunteer
- Engage Museum visitors with mini lessons on science and history topics
- Prepare, set up, and put away demonstration cart activities on a daily basis
- Learn and practice the informational scripts for each cart
- Encourage visitor engagement at your station
Teen Volunteer applications for the summer of 2024 will open March 1, 2024, and remain open until March 22, 2024.
College interns spend a semester (longer internships may be designed to fit a student’s needs for their program of study) working on specialized projects in various Museum departments. Each internship position requires a minimum of 100 hours per semester and may be tailored to meet the student intern’s course requirements if needed. College interns must be second-year or higher in their major fields. Students will receive a chance to work alongside Museum professionals and gain valuable field experience for course credit and educational enrichment.
2023 – 2024 College internship applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis. There are three internship periods each year, listed below with their associated application deadlines.
- Fall Interns: Applications are due no later than August 1 for a September 1 internship start date.
- Spring Interns: Applications are due no later than December 1 for a January 1 start date.
- Summer Interns: Applications are due no later than May 1 for a June 1 internship start date.
All college intern candidates will be notified by email if they are selected to interview.
We are currently determining projects to offer for our Summer and Fall intern program. The Summer 2024 college intern application should open mid-March.
Adult Volunteers serve the Museum in a variety of roles and assist with general Museum operations. This volunteer position is open to all adults 18 years and older. Adult Volunteers are asked to volunteer at least once per month.
2023 – 2024 Adult Volunteer applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis. All 2023 – 2024 Adult Volunteers will be notified by email if they are selected to interview.
Florida Naturalist’s Center Volunteers may gain experience and knowledge of animal care and husbandry as well as informal education practices. Volunteers serving in this role should expect to spend the majority of their time on their feet assisting in maintenance and habitat care for live animals residing at MOSH like snakes, turtles, frogs, opossums, birds, and fish which includes removing animal feces and cleaning dishes. Be ready to ‘get dirty’ on tasks, as this is our most manual labor-intensive volunteering and will require volunteers to work with some chemicals (such as bleach and vinegar), and animal husbandry tasks including feeding/ handling animals like deceased mice, birds, reptiles, and bugs.
Field Trip Engagement Volunteers join us during the week to engage with students visiting MOSH on field trips. Volunteers may present demonstrations at our Quantum Carts, lead activities in the Creation Station, and help bring the museum to life for our field trips.
Docent Tour Guides lead guests on guided tours through the museum, giving a closer look at the different spaces and items in our exhibits. Help guests learn more about natural ecosystems, space, and regional Florida history on Saturday tours. Docent tour guides must attend a multi-week training to prepare to lead tours.
Corporate Volunteer Groups and NGO Groups On occasion, the Museum works with corporate volunteer groups and NGO groups comprised of individuals who all represent the same organization or business. These groups typically work together on a large project or special event at the Museum. This collaborative opportunity offers a chance for large groups to give back to the community in a fun and educational way. Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call ((904)396-6674 x227) the Volunteer Coordinator directly to arrange Corporate Volunteer and NGO Group volunteering.
Already a Volunteer?
If you are a current Teen Volunteer, College Intern, or Adult Volunteer, click here to sign up for volunteering sessions and view your service hours. Your login name is the email address that you used in your application and to receive MOSH Volunteer newsletters. If you don’t remember your password, you can select the “Forgot Your Password?” link to reset it.
Please watch the video linked on the volunteer site homepage to learn how to sign up for volunteering sessions.
Please note: Volunteer and Intern positions are assigned based on availability; some positions are in high demand and are subject to a waiting list.