At CuriOdyssey, we recognize that volunteers are critical to our success.
Each year, more than 100 individuals ages 13 and up support CuriOdyssey by volunteering on a regular basis. There are volunteer opportunities in many areas, including: roving wildlife interpretative guides, summer camp volunteers, conservation project volunteers, and Wildlife Department assistants. Volunteers receive many special privileges including educational opportunities, social events with other volunteers, a newsletter specifically written for volunteers, free family membership, and the knowledge that the community benefits from each volunteer’s time.
Our goal is to provide enjoyable and rewarding experiences for all our dedicated volunteers. Every volunteer receives position-appropriate training and in most cases, is asked to make a significant commitment of time. Please see Volunteer Opportunities section below for specific responsibilities, important application details and age requirements for our current volunteer openings. If you complete our Online Volunteer Application, you will be contacted with more information on positions which fit your stated interests, age range, and availability.
For other volunteer inquiries, or if you do not hear from us within 7 days of submitting an online application, contact our Manager of Volunteer Engagement Lee Cauble at lcauble(at)curiodyssey.org or 650-340-7580.
You can provide valuable support for amphibian conservation by joining FrogWatch USA, a national citizen science/conservation program. Volunteers are trained to monitor at nearby wetlands site for 30 minutes after sunset at least two times per month during the breeding season (February-August) in order to identify frog calls and report their findings. The training will be held on Saturday, February 1, 9am-12pm at CuriOdyssey. Advance registration is required.
Marsh Restoration Project
Saturday, March 21, 8:30-11:00am, Coyote Point Park
Volunteers will remove an invasive plant species to help establish a healthier, sustainable marsh habitat. Teen volunteers must be in high school, or be accompanied by a parent if in middle school. Space is limited. Advance registration required. Contact our Science Educator Cat Brett at cbrett(at)curiodyssey.org with any questions or to sign up for this project. Additional information and required release forms will be sent upon registration.
This specially designed volunteer program for youth entering 8th–12th grade in the fall of 2020 combines leadership development, science education and environmental stewardship into one exceptional experience! Selected participants will develop and demonstrate their leadership abilities, responsibility, independent decision-making, public speaking skills and scientific knowledge.
LITs are required to complete a minimum of 80 hours of practical volunteer experience in the summer, plus an additional 10 hours during the school year at special events. LITs typically volunteer for future summers as well. The full position description and application can be downloaded here. Application packets are due by 5:00 pm, Thursday, March 12, 2020.