Share your love of the natural world with others by joining the Beaty Biodiversity Museum’s volunteer team!

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is a public museum dedicated to enhancing the public's understanding and appreciation of biodiversity, and making the research conducted by the scientists of UBC's Biodiversity Research Centre more accessible to the public. Volunteers will play a vital role in helping the museum achieve this mission.

Why Volunteer at the Beaty?

  • Continually expand your knowledge on biodiversity and UBC biodiversity research through exclusive training and development opportunities
  • Work alongside museum staff and researchers
  • Gain valuable experience
  • Provide valuable feedback to staff on museum programs
  • Receive invitations to special volunteer appreciation events and exclusive Biodiversity Research Centre presentations & lectures
  • Receive complimentary admission to the museum 

Am I Eligible?

  • Minimum Age: you must be at least 16 years old
  • Commitment: varies based on each opportunity, but in general, we expect a minimum of four, 4.25 hour shifts per month
  • Screening and Training: you must be able to participate in a face-to-face interview and attend a training session
  • Communication requirements: for all positions that interact with the public, you must speak English fluently and be outgoing and comfortable speaking in front of people
  • You must be willing to obtain a criminal record check


Current Volunteer Opportunities

Beaty Museum Volunteer
Museum volunteers engage visitors in the wonder of biodiversity through discussions and activities, and answer questions about the museum, its collections, and its research. Volunteers interact with and engage visitors in the museum using touchable specimens, activities, crafts, and more. Volunteers represent the museum on the floor and provide support for special museum events and lectures.
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Beaty Museum Exhibits & Design Volunteer
Exhibits & Design volunteers work with the Exhibits Manager, Digital Media Specialist, and Museum Artifact Technician to produce and maintain museum exhibits and program materials. Volunteers may select their area of interest—design and multimedia production, or fabrication and mount-making—and will receive specialized training in that area.
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Beaty Museum Marketing Volunteer
Marketing Volunteers engage visitors in the wonder of biodiversity through outreach and social media campaigns. Volunteers represent the museum at community events and provide support for special museum events and lectures. Social media projects will be chosen and volunteers will receive additional training in that area.
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All positions are open for recruitment, as of August 17, and will close at 9:00 a.m. on September 15.
If you have any questions or would like to be notified of upcoming recruitment opportunities, please email volunteers@beatymuseum.ubc.ca


How do I apply?

Step 1: Check our Current Volunteer Opportunities to find a volunteer role with requirements and training that match your skills, interests and availability.

Step 2: Complete the online Volunteer Application Form. We do not accept applications in person. If you have any issues with the form, please email us!

Step 3: You will receive an automatic reply to confirm that we have received your application. If there is a suitable volunteer opportunity for you, we will contact you to set up a time for a group face-to-face interview.

Step 4: Attend the group interview.

Step 5: If we are able to match your skills and interests with an existing volunteer position, you will be invited to join our volunteer team.

Step 6: Attend training sessions for your role.

Step 7: Begin your role as a member of our amazing volunteer team!


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Beaty Biodiversity Museum
2212 Main Mall, Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1Z4
Tel: 604.827.4955 Email: info@beatymuseum.ubc.ca

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