California Academy of Sciences Volunteer Application

Are you in middle or high school? We offer a variety of paid and volunteer programs for teens to get involved with the California Academy of Sciences. For more information, see our Youth Programs.


The California Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to ensure that all employees and applicants receive equal consideration and treatment, regardless of race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), religion, marital or domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical, mental or medical disability, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.

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Museum Area of Interest (check all that apply):

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Background check information:

If you become a volunteer at the California Academy of Sciences you will be subject to a background check. In order to do this you will need to provide your social security number and sign a release that allows the background check to be completed. After the check is completed the California Academy of Sciences will not use or share this information in any way; it is solely collected in order to complete the background check.

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Reference Check:

You must undergo a reference check to volunteer. Please note whether the relationship is personal or professional. If you are applying for a position that involves working with the public, you must provide at least one personal reference.



The Volunteer Services department is proud to provide a connection between the diverse Bay Area community and our museum, research, and administration. Volunteer Services aims to provide a wide range of opportunities for all those interested in supporting the Academy’s work to explore, explain, and sustain life. All volunteers are part of the greater Academy community. We look for volunteers with a collaborative spirit, and for those who work well and respectfully with others.