Museum Ambassador

Our teen program exists to develop young leaders, with an emphasis on science and conservation. The Museum Ambassador program is a great first step for many teens to enter our volunteer program. You will be volunteering on your own as well as alongside other Museum Ambassadors or Docents. Like Docents, Museum Ambassadors are volunteer educators at the GSC. You will benefit from increased exposure to our daily operations as well as continued mentoring from Zoo and Aquarium Docents. Eventually, you will take on the role of mentor yourself as new volunteers join the program. You'll interact with our visitors during every shift and contribute to their positive experiences here at the GSC. You’ll share important conservation messages with our guests, an essential part of how we meet our mission to inspire scientific curiosity and encourage personal discovery about life and the natural world.

Stegosaurus in Prehistoric Passages Exhibit


Applications Posted

May 1

Application Deadline

June 1

Interview Deadline

June 20

Candidates Notified

June 23

Scavenger Hunt Deadline

July 14

Class: 6:00 - 8:00pm

July 17

Post Class Assessment Deadline

July 24

Mentor Shift Deadline

September 15

Solo Shift Deadline

October 31

• Must be 13 by July 17 to take this class.
• May not complete any hours in July due to starting so late.
• Expected to complete 6 hours per month starting in August.
• 6 month commitment: July - January

Museum Ambassador Application


A Museum Ambassador is a volunteer educator. Museum Ambassadors are a visible part of the GSC team and interact directly with our visitors every day. Museum Ambassadors have two main responsibilities: rotating through a mix of exhibit areas and talking about important conservation messages related to our animals at each exhibit in their rotation. In this program, you will benefit from mentoring by experienced Docents, some of our more veteran volunteers. You will rotate through different exhibits, including Friendly Farm, the Aquarium Touch Tank, Prehistoric Passages, Jeansboro Junction, SciPlay Bay, a cart in the Herpetarium, and Coins for Conservation.

Yes, but not in the way you might think. Museum Ambassadors work alongside Docents to help supervise contact between animals and the public at Friendly Farm and the Aquarium Touch Tank. Animal care—including feeding, training, cleaning exhibits, etc.—is handled exclusively by professional staff. Instead, Museum Ambassadors serve as animal educators by teaching our visitors about the animals in those areas and answering questions about other animals at the GSC. Museum Ambassadors do, however, learn about typical behaviors for our animals and are often the first to point out any irregularities to our staff. Our volunteers are our eyes and ears!

Museum Ambassadors are expected to volunteer a minimum of six hours per month. The shifts are split up into three hour blocks of time. The shifts are 9:45 to 1:00 and 12:45 to 4:00. There are no shifts after 5:00 unless we have a special event or rental. The program will operate on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the school year, as well as on Guilford County Schools workdays and during breaks and holidays. It will operate 7 days a week during the summer.

Museum Ambassadors must be at least 13 years old to apply. Applicants must be at least 13 years of age by July 17, 2018 to be considered for the July class. No exceptions will be made.
  1. Submit an application by 5pm on June 1. Our staff will review all applications after that deadline and will contact selected candidates to schedule interviews. We will likely be unable to interview every candidate, so please provide thoughtful responses to your application questions.
  2. Schedule and successfully complete an interview. All interviews must be completed by June 20. You will be given a fact sheet on some of our exhibits when your interview is scheduled. During the interview, we'll be looking for you to teach us something about the exhibit you choose just as you would when interacting with our visitors.
  3. All candidates who were interviewed for the program will be notified by 5pm on June 23 to let them know if they have been chosen for the program.
  4. Complete one scavenger hunt by July 14 to learn about the GSC.
  5. Attend training on July 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the GSC.
  6. Complete an online assessment from home.
  7. Complete three mentor shifts with a veteran Museum Ambassador followed by an online assessment.
  8. Complete three solo shifts.

The fee for our Museum Ambassador program is $25.00. This includes the cost of your name tag and your volunteer t-shirt which you will wear during your shifts. The fee also helps defray the cost of running the program. That fee is due at the time of your entry into the program, NOT when you submit your application.

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