There are a number of volunteer opportunities available at Sibley Nature Center. If you are interested in any of the following areas, please contact the center at (432) 684-6827. 

Binocular Maintenance

Did you know you could rent a pair of binoculars to use at Sibley at no charge?  A collection of binoculars is available through a grant from ECOLAB Foundation and we need help to care for them! This volunteer will inspect the binoculars for damage and clean lenses.

Program Supply Support

Support the Education Programs at Sibley Nature Center by first creating an inventory of supplies and then helping to maintain it monthly! In addition to maintaining supplies, you will have the opportunity to help the Sibley staff prepare for our monthly programs. This task includes cutting, gluing, some computer work and other miscellaneous prep work. Schedule can be flexible.

Saturday Docents (Training Required)

Volunteer(s) will staff Sibley’s front desk on Saturdays, providing information and gift shop service. They will be trained to welcome guests, offer tours of the center and answer questions regarding exhibits and campus operations.

Sibley Field Experience Docents (Training Required)

Volunteers(s) will be trained to provide guided Trail and Nature Center Tours for school groups visiting Sibley. These volunteers must be able to support weekday morning programs March – May to qualify for training. (Background checks are required for all volunteers working directly with minors.)

Library Support (Training Required)

Support Sibley’s non-lending library and enjoy a few good titles while you are at it! This volunteer will be trained in accessioning and cataloging new books using Library of Congress Dewey numbers, Book Cat and Cutter software programs. The volunteer will also assist with re-shelving books, cleaning and inventory.

Collections Support (Training Required)

Discover the hidden treasures of Sibley Nature Center while you assist the Museum Scientist in caring for the collections. With training and initial supervision, these volunteers will assist in specimen preparation, accessioning, and cataloging using Access software. Volunteers will also make documentation of hard copy in Registration Catalogs, generate photo documentation and condition reports, as well as monitor the collections.  In addition, each collection has specific needs.  We are seeking volunteers with great attention to detail and the ability and interest to conduct research!

  • Osteology: Cleaning and preparation of skeletal material; identifying and labeling specimens.
  • Vertebrates (Birds and Mammals): Previous experience in preparing museum skins extremely desirable; monitoring collection for insect damage, replacing fumigant; cataloging and tagging.
  • Invertebrates (Insects): Using dichotomous keys to identify specimens; use microscope; good eye-hand coordination in handling small, fragile specimens; pinning, labeling; phylogenetic organization.
  • Herbarium: Using dichotomous keys to identify specimens; use microscope; use plant press and specimen mounting paper; labeling.
  • Geology and Fossils: Cataloging, labeling.
  • Art and Photography: Cataloging, labeling.
  • Maps, Posters, Graphics: Cataloging, labeling.

Exhibits

Our exhibits are an important part of the visitor experience at Sibley! Join Sibley’s Museum Scientist in designing, installing and de-installing exhibits as needed. You can also help by cleaning exhibit cases and taxidermy displays.

Wildlife Garden (Training Required)

The Wildlife Viewing Garden at Sibley is great place to escape for a little inspiration and birdwatching. This volunteer will support the garden by feeding birds, cleaning feeders, cleaning windows, and assisting in garden/yard work. (Volunteers with allergies to bees are discouraged from participating in this area.)

Center Maintenance Support

Interested in helping Sibley put its best foot forward? You can assist us in window cleaning, dusting, sweeping, picking-up litter, and other miscellaneous “housekeeping” work.

Campus Maintenance Support

Love working outside? Join our campus maintenance technician in maintaining a safe walking trail for our guests. These volunteers will assist with trail maintenance, cutback, trash pick-up and invasive species control.

Administrative Support

Are you organized and office task oriented? Give us a hand on the admin side! This is where volunteers will assist in filing, membership fulfillment and mailings. Volunteers are needed during regular business hours Mon. – Fri.

Youth and Family Garden

Garden Maintenance

Join the Youth and Family Garden Coordinator in maintaining the raised beds and other areas of the garden. You can support the garden through weeding, painting, pruning and planting. Volunteers are needed Tuesday – Saturday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Adult Program Support

Interested in sharing your love of gardening? Consider supporting the staff in presenting garden programs the first Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Volunteers must be willing to meet with staff prior to the program for planning and assignments.

Youth Program Support

The Sibley Youth and Family Garden works closely with area homeschool groups. If you are interested in supporting youth development in gardening this is the area for you! Volunteers must be available most Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon (Schedule subject to change) and must be willing to meet with staff in advance of the program for planning and assignments. (Background checks are required for all volunteers working directly with minors.)