Grades 8-12 (in 2018-2019 school year)

Junior Curators are volunteers with an intense interest in natural science and animal husbandry. Volunteer responsibilities include assisting in the care and feeding of live animals, natural history educational programs and participation in Museum special events. Junior Curators enjoy science-themed seminars on various natural science topics throughout the year. Field experiences to natural areas around the state and participation in natural history service projects are offered throughout the school year. Junior Curators interact frequently with a wide range of Museum staff and other science professionals. Students work together with like-minded peers for the duration of their volunteer experience. Time commitment is one 1.5-hour weekday shift per week and one 1.5-hour meeting per month through the traditional school year calendar, plus additional optional field trips.

Fee: $75/year. Fee covers snacks for Friday meetings, Junior Curator t-shirt, program equipment like scrubs, boots, protective eyewear, camping gear, etc.

This application-based program is highly competitive, and we receive more applications than we can accept. Online applications are due by 5pm April 16, 2018. Group interviews for top candidates will take place May 1–4, 2018. Program runs on school year calendar, August–April.

Junior Curator Application Form
Junior Curator Recommendation Form

Junior Curator Facebook Group— for all past and present Junior Curators associated with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.