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Consider Volunteering with South Florida Museum
At the South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium, Inc. volunteers play an integral role in helping the staff and board achieve our mission “to engage and inspire learners of all ages; we protect, interpret and communicate scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world, and our universe.”
You will work with great volunteers and staff as you develop your knowledge of Florida’s natural and cultural history, the environment, manatee conservation and care and our universe while making a real difference in the lives of our community and our visitors. Volunteer benefits include 10% off Museum store purchases and the ability to earn free passes to the Museum. Volunteers who work 50 hours or more per year also receive a 50% discount on membership in the Discovery Society.
Current volunteer opportunities include the following positions listed below.
Education & Programs
Lead curious learners across time and place to reveal the secrets of early Florida. No experience necessary. We will train you in Museum content, learning techniques and crowd control. Must have a desire to work with children and adults and be able to climb stairs and stand for extended periods of time. Hours are generally 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Volunteers may choose days that fit their schedules.
Bartender & Food Sales (for evening events/special programs)
Bartenders will assist Museum staff in the sale of beer, wine, soda and snacks. No experience necessary but a fast-paced, fun attitude is a plus! Must be 21 years of age or older.
Collection & Exhibitions
We have numerous collections-related projects that need skilled volunteers. Projects require some knowledge or experience working with collection objects. Further information and project list available upon request.
Community Engagement Office Support
Assist in the fulfillment of Discovery Society benefits. Desire to work with computer-based programs or paper mailings, attention to process and detail. Available day and time range: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers may choose the days and times that fit their schedules.
Work with computer program to input information for mailings and program attendance. Must be able to work with computer-based programs. Available day and time range: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers may choose the days and times that fit their schedules.
Marketing Office Support
Assist in the archiving and organization of marketing materials and data. Desire to work with computer-based programs or paper filing and archiving, attention to process and detail. Available day and time range: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers may choose the days and times that fit their schedules.
Facilities & Fabrication
Seeking experienced painters to help paint the exterior of the Museum. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers may choose the days and times that fit their schedules.
Volunteer manatee handlers assist staff with general husbandry care and support for the Aquarium’s rehabilitation manatees. Duties include food prep, creating environmental enrichment devices, assisting the dive spotter and feeding the manatees. May include participation in animal transportation and physical exams as well as plant collection.
Join Us Today
- Please print, complete, and mail or email the appropriate application.
- Volunteer positions are limited, applicants will be called on an as needed basis.
- Thank you for your interest and understanding!
- Adult Volunteer Application (PDF)
- Teen Volunteer Application ages 15-18 (PDF)
South Florida Museum
P.O. Box 9265
Bradenton, FL 34205
Email or call Program Coordinator, Susan McCarthy 941-746-4131, ext 113
Inclusion of a cover letter, letter of recommendation or resume along with your application is preferred.