My youth mentorship at the Children’s Museum is truly an experience that I will never forget. The staff was so enthusiastic about what they were doing and the children were so excited to be there. The positivity exuding from the museum is infectious and I got bit with the bug. I really feel like I was part of something greater because there was a clear objective of every task a staff member had me complete. You’re not picking weeds here, you’re building a garden and the children can see this and respond in a way that feels magical. There is a volunteering opportunity for everyone here and I hope all of you choose to work at a place that has so greatly influenced how I think and feel about the world around me.

Missing the Museum,
Izzy Thomas (May 2018)

Visitor Services & Engagement

Help facilitate playful experiences outside in our acre-plus space and garden for visitors of all ages.

Virtual Opportunities

Assist our Planetarium Coordinator with virtual visits to schools and our education team with presentations. Added plus if you have an astronomy, science or STEM background.

Educational Programs Assistant

Assist our programs team by preparing, facilitating, and/or cleaning up hands-on activities done in the museum with one of our museum educators. Assist with our outreach programs by helping to assemble Grab & Go Kits either at the museum, or you can pick up supplies to put together in the comfort of your own home! Grab & Go Kits are distributed to rural and tribal communities all over New Mexico, used as classroom supplemental curriculum, and used in the museum during our Covid Safe camps. 

Special Activities Facilitator

Have a special skill to share?  Help facilitate activities related to a specific area of interest.  Teach yoga to toddlers or develop hands-on science/art activities or more!  Learn about activity development and our educational philosophy. 

Marketing and Public Relations

Love social media? Have skills in media relations or marketing? We are looking for skilled volunteers to help with a variety of projects. 

Garden Assistant

Green thumb? Help us beautify our acre plus Community Garden!  This is a great opportunity to learn all there is to know about gardening or teach others about landscaping, sustainable gardening, cooking, and naturalized play.  Participate in gardening activities or help facilitate gardening programs for children. 

General Volunteering

Assist our staff with various projects. 

Volunteers Must:

  • Must be 15 years or older (14-20 for Summer Camp interns)
  • We sometimes accept volunteer applications for youth ages 12-14 with management approval.
  • Customer service skills
  • Personal computer (preferred)
  • Pass a background check if over the age of 18
  • Participate in a volunteer orientation

Camp Youth Mentors

Qualified mentors earn gift cards to assist during our seasonal camps. All mentors are interviewed and if accepted, mandatory training days must be completed before camps start.  Youth mentors who choose to volunteer their time are accepted. 

The Santa Fe Children’s Museum offers a Mentor opportunity for teens, ages 15 & up, for each camp.

Mentors will be assigned to assist students under the supervision of a lead museum educator. 

Duties include: assisting campers during art and science projects, setting up and cleaning activities, supervising and engaging with campers during museum playtime, helping in emergency situations, and serving as a great role model for the children attending camp.

Mentors will be able to:

  • Build their resume
  • Gain leadership experience
  • Make $$$ over their school breaks
  • Earn a certificate of completion
  • Receive a letter of recommendation for future job opportunities and college applications, upon request


Apply to be a Santa Fe Children’s Museum Volunteer