Volunteering at the museum is an opportunity to share, learn, serve, meet people, teach, and experience the stimulating environment of Mississippi's natural resources. Volunteer commitment in time and talents is a vital contribution to the museum's mission of preserving natural Mississippi.
All kinds of people volunteer at the museum: teens, college students, professionals, and retirees. A wide variety of volunteer positions are available - even for SCUBA Divers (see article below)! Training is provided and the number of hours you commit is flexible.
To start the process of becoming a volunteer, give us a call at (601) 576-6000 or email for an information packet on the volunteer program.
If you are interested in an internship, then please download and complete the Internship Application.
ADULT VOLUNTEER FORMS
TEEN VOLUNTEER INFORMATION AND FORMS
MENTOR/SENIOR PROJECT APPLICATION
CAREER OBSERVATION FORM
SCUBA DIVER VOLUNTEER INFORMATION
Please complete either the Adult or Teen Volunteer Application and review the SCUBA Diver Guidelines below.
FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS
DIVING INTO VOLUNTEER ACTION
Visitors enjoy watching our volunteer divers in action! After entering the museum volunteer program, these certified divers learn to feed fish in the large Salt Water and Pearl River tanks. The divers also educate, entertain, and interact with visitors during live presentations.
Behind-the-scenes, these volunteers prepare the fish feedings, a task that includes cutting fish, peeling shrimp, and cleaning and blending worms. Volunteers also spend long hours keeping the tanks sparkling clean, especially the terrarium. In the summer, when algae grows so quickly that the glass needs to be scrubbed at least twice each week, divers put on their masks and wetsuits and spend an hour in the chilly water, scrubbing the glass from the inside. From the slimy task of preparing feedings to the hard work of cleaning tanks, this is some very serious volunteerism!
Carolee Kuchirka has logged hundreds of volunteer hours cleaning the tanks, diving and feeding the fish, and diving for special events. We salute Carolee, Bryce Lemmons, Rob Blaine, Carla Flaherty, Randy Jones, Mike Lucius, and Amanda Lucius for sharing their time and talents with the museum and our many visitors!
3,000 Hour Volunteer Milestone
- John Davis
- Joy Rushing
1,000 Hour Volunteer Milestone
- Peter Kuchirka
- Lou F. Moore