Ongoing Adult Volunteer Opportunities

Butterfly Rainforest Interpreter

Work with Education and Butterfly Rainforest staff to interpret the flora and fauna in the vivarium and encourage visitors to learn more about butterflies, biodiversity and conservation. Enjoy the tropical environment while engaging visitors and answering their questions. Discovery carts with live specimens and hands-on activities are also used to actively involve visitors in the learning process. Help the Museum provide a safe and rewarding experience for guests as they enjoy the sights and sounds of the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit.

Shifts available: Two-hour shifts; Monday through Sunday during Museum operating hours


Horticulture Volunteers

Work with horticulture staff to keep the Butterfly Rainforest beautiful year-round. These volunteers work on various aspects of gardening, including planting, watering and weeding.

Shifts available: Two-hour shifts; every day of the week with the majority of work happening between 8 and 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.


Plant Sales Assistant

Provide basic information to visitors during daily plant sales on the patio in front of the Museum. Submit orders to the gift shop and fill orders by assisting with loading.

Shifts available: Monday-Saturday: 9:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., noon-2:30 p.m. or 2:15-5 p.m.; Sunday 12:45-3:15 p.m. or 3-5 p.m.


Lepidoptera Collections Volunteers

Work with our research and collections staff on the daily care and maintenance of our growing Lepidoptera collection. Volunteers will work behind the scenes helping staff to label and mount specimens, keep records, and curate the collection.

Shifts available: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


School Program Docents

Introduce educational programs and facilitate hands-on activities in the classrooms and permanent exhibits to groups of school children on a pre-scheduled basis.

Shifts available: One three-hour shift per week, Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, depending on scheduled field trips. 


Exhibit Docents

Interact with visitors of all ages in permanent and temporary exhibit halls, highlighting exhibits and answering general questions.

Shifts available: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-noon, noon-2 p.m., 2-4 p.m.; Sunday 1-3 p.m., 3-5 p.m.



Please contact Florida Museum Volunteer Coordinator Amy Hester, 352-273-2055 or email