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What is the Museum’s mission?
The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History isn’t just a museum. It’s a place to learn, to imagine, to think, and to draw your own conclusions. We welcome visitors of all ages and all walks of life – because nuclear history and science affects each and every one of us. It’s our mission to chronicle the past, describe the present and imagine the future applications of nuclear science – beyond weapons and energy to the cutting edge of technology and healthcare.
What are the benefits of volunteering at the Museum?
1. Have fun and meet people with similar interests!
2. Learn the nuts and bolts about how museums work.
3. Work with a highly motivated staff that respects experience and maturity.
4. Peer volunteers with educational, scientific, technical, engineering and military backgrounds.
5. Learn basic computer skills and or keep your computer skills honed.
6. 20% discount at the Museum Store.
7. Receive a museum newsletter quarterly and invitations to special events.
What are the responsibilities of being a volunteer at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History?
1. Attend volunteer training sessions specific to your role (1-2 hours)
2. Attend volunteer orientation session (1.5 hours)
3. Attend volunteer meetings (6 per year/2 hours)
4. Report to staff or volunteer supervisor
5. Work hours/shift you select in conjunction with staff/volunteer supervisor
6. Record your volunteer hours on a regular basis
7. Give one weeks’ notice of any non-emergency related absences
8. Give emergency-related absence notice as soon as possible
9. Share your expertise and wisdom.
When will I be volunteering?
Hours vary according to the needs of the Museum and the scheduling preferences of the volunteer. The Museum is open 7 days a week, 9 am to 5 pm with the exceptions of New Years Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas. Occasionally volunteers are needed for evening events or functions.
What will I be doing?
Volunteers are placed according to their skills, interests, and current museum needs; they support all aspects of the Museum's operations, including administrative support. Each volunteer is paired with staff members in their field of interest.
Will training be provided?
Each volunteer receives a volunteer handbook and an orientation. Training and mentoring for specific placement is provided.
What is the minimum time requirement?
Time required is dependent upon specific job placement. There is no minimum number of hours required.
Is there an age requirement?
The age requirement is 14 years of age to….. (Well, how long can you last?)
How do I get involved?
For the online registration form, click here. To reach our Volunteer Coordinator, call 245-2137, extension 122, or email your specific questions to email@example.com .
Do I need experience?
Experience is not a prerequisite for a volunteer position at the Museum. Whenever necessary and feasible, training and mentoring are provided.
Where is the Museum located?
The Museum is located on Eubank and Southern SE near Kirtland Air Force Base and the Sandia Technology Park.
As a member, you can contribute to the unique experience we offer, and help educate and inspire visitors like yourself for years to come. In addition to unlimited free visits at our museum and free admission to science museums across the country, members receive special benefits ranging from discounts at our gift store, to extra guest passes, to special members only events. Join at a level you’re comfortable with, and become a member today!
The construction of the new building cost the Museum $10.5 million and although the move is virtually complete, there are still opportunities to participate in the Capital Campaign.
Your gift could:
- Receive permanent recognition on the beautiful NVision Plaza, at the front of the Museum.
- Support an exhibit that interests you.
- Place your name or your company name on the Paver Path through the amazing collection of artifacts in the 9-acre Heritage Park outside the Museum.
- Provide for the restoration of the USS James K. Polk submarine sail.
- Give a donation in any amount as a part of our on-going appeal -- and we'll put your support to good use!
For any of these opportunities, contact Charles Lowery, Director of Development, at 505-245-2137, ext. 110.
Click here to see some other ways that you can give back to the museum.