At CuriOdyssey, we recognize that volunteers are critical to our success.
Each year, more than 150 individuals ages 13 to 93 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 Volunteer Manager Lee Cauble at lcauble(at)curiodyssey.org or 650-340-7580.
Encourage our young visitors to freely explore, play, and experiment with our hands-on science exhibits, using conversation, extra materials, and activities. Volunteers are also trained to assist with basic cleaning and maintenance of our science exhibits. Volunteers are required to schedule seven 9:00am–12:00pm shifts over the course of the summer. Training will be held on June 9. Position is designed for students entering 11th grade or above. Read complete position description and submit an online volunteer application by May 15 if interested.
Wildlife Interpretive Guide (TWIG)
Volunteer for two 2-hour shifts per month, educating visitors about our animals on exhibit, through the use of conversation, biofacts, and animal ambassadors. Teens, 13–17, may volunteer when partnered with a parent/guardian. Training will be held in September and October. Read complete position description and submit an online volunteer application if interested.
Wildlife Watchers observe designated animals outside their exhibits and chart their behavior for one 1-hour shift per week for at least 6 months. Over time, the data these volunteers gather will enable the keepers to identify behaviors, whether they be normal, seasonal, or unusual, to see if any changes should be made in their care. We have a limited number of openings. The weekly commitment is very important. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old (18+ preferred). Read complete position description and submit an online volunteer application if interested.
All of the above positions will be open until filled. Applications are reviewed when received.