Thank you for your interest in volunteering in the Office of Education and Outreach at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.
The National Museum of Natural History is recruiting volunteers for Q?rius, (pronounced “curious”). This facility features touchable accessible collections, scientific tools, and presentations by members of the Museum’s science staff. Q?rius volunteers are indispensible in bringing the facility’s programs to life, whether by inspiring an individual visitor’s interest in the natural world or by helping students make personal connections to science in innovative and engaging ways. These volunteers are more than friendly ambassadors for the National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian; volunteers guide our visitors on the road of scientific understanding and exploration.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
The three-week training sessions begin Sunday, September 28th. Guided by the NMNH team of scientists and educators, volunteers will develop critical skills for working with visitors of all ages and curiosity levels. The Q?rius approach to education is grounded in the theory that people learn best when their inquisitive and problem-solving faculties are engaged. Training sessions include self-directed, participatory, and online activities. Volunteers will understand both inquiry-based and discussion-based strategies for engaging the public; they will function as storytellers and facilitators, not lecturers. Training materials and techniques will include thought-provoking readings and role-playing.
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Are you a teen interested in volunteering in Q?rius?
Q?rius jr.: a Discovery Room is an interactive space geared to families with children who want to explore the natural world at their own pace. Volunteers guide students and families through dynamic activities, help them find answers to their questions, and encourage their curiosity.
We have two opportunities to become involved in Q?rius jr:
Volunteers will be asked to work a minimum of 8 hours a month.
Please contact Cara Clark, Q?rius jr. a Discovery Room Coordinator at email@example.com or visit our website for more information.
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Come join a team of Insect Ambassadors at the Smithsonian’s Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion! Share your interest in butterflies, insects, and the natural world with the museum’s diverse visitors. Within these exhibits you will find several hundred tropical butterflies and over 50 species of arthropods from all over the world.
Being an Insect Ambassador is vital in engaging the minds of our visitors. You can inspire conversations and be a guide into the world of insects. As an Insect Ambassador, you will have the opportunity to participate in any combination of the following exciting opportunities:
QUALITIES NEEDED IN AN AMBASSADOR:
REQUIREMENTS FOR AMBASSADORS:
TRAINING FOR INSECT AMBASSADORS:
HOW TO APPLY TO BECOME AN INSECT AMBASSADOR:
Email Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-633-0147.