Volunteers are an integral part of IVDM!

In 2014 our volunteers donated over 1,200 hours to the museum to help keep us going. Whether you are interested in being a volunteer curator or giving tours of the museum, there is an opportunity here for you! Please look at our list of volunteer opportunities or contact Museum staff!

Volunteers must be 16 years or older.

Opportunities for Volunteers:

Volunteer Days

On the last Sunday of everything month, IVDM hosts Volunteer Days!

We're asking individuals to assist the museum with sorting and cataloging photos from our Founders Collection in preparation for upcoming exhibit in 2024!

You will get to organize photos, talk with museum staff, and learn about local history! You are not required to stay and help for the entire time, but if you want to, please bring your own lunch.

If you are interested in volunteering with IVDM please reach out to reserve your spot for Volunteer Day from 10:00am-3:00pm

Please either call us at (760) 358-7016 or email us at curation@ivdesertmuseum.org and we will get you signed up.

We look forward to working with you!

Volunteers must be comfortable with computers and be able to stand/walk for short periods of time.

Visitor Services

Volunteers will greet visitors, provide information about upcoming events, membership, monitor museum galleries for safety, and assist with sales in the gift shop. Volunteers learn about our exhibits, collections, and history while working in this position.

Volunteers must be comfortable with computers, handling money, and be able to stand/walk for short periods of time.

Volunteer Curators

Volunteers meet with the Head Curator in the curation lab and learn the process of curating artifacts for the museum. If you've ever been interested in the behind-the-scenes activities at museums, this would be the perfect opportunity for you!

Volunteers must be comfortable with computers.

Special Events

Youth arts programs, field trips, stargazing events, grand openings of major exhibits, and fundraising events are examples of events volunteers can assist with.

Volunteers must be comfortable interacting with visitors of all ages, not be afraid of getting messy, and be able to stand/walk for a period of time.

Gardening & Landscaping

Volunteers are responsible for planting, maintaining, and sometimes removing plants from the museum grounds, trails, and interpretive gardens. Trails need to be maintained and new landscaping ideas are always welcome!

Building Maintenance

Volunteers who enjoy construction, painting, problem-solving and cleaning will enjoy these opportunities!

To apply for a volunteer position, please fill out a Volunteer Application and contact IVDM Staff.

IVDM Staff

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer at IVDM! Once ALL application documents are received, an IVDM Staff Member will contact you to schedule your Volunteer Orientation date.