Rising Grades 9–12 (in 2021–2022 school year)

Applications are closed for 2021. Check back in early 2022 to apply for the summer 2022 program!

Junior Interpreters (formerly known as Junior Volunteers) are teens who are passionate about sharing the wonders of science and the natural world with others. Junior Interpreters interact directly with the public out on the Museum floor and provide positive, educational experiences for visitors using natural history specimens from the Museum’s collections.

Teens in the program will have the chance to develop valuable speaking and customer service skills while building a strong knowledge of natural science topics, and passing that knowledge along to Museum visitors of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. These dedicated Museum ambassadors serve as representatives of the Museum and help advance the Museum’s mission of illuminating the natural world and inspiring its conservation.

This fall, Junior Interpreters will commit to attending a required student orientation on Saturday, August 28 and completing a total of 30 service hours in the fall semester. For the health and safety of our student volunteers and the visitors they interact with, students and staff participating in this in-person volunteer program will follow all current health guidelines and recommendations from NCMNS, the State of NC and the CDC. Junior Interpreters will need to complete 30 hours of volunteer time during normal Museum operating hours (10am-5pm Tuesdays-Sundays); students accepted into the program will work with staff to set their schedules.

Applications are closed for 2021. Check back in early 2022 to apply for the summer 2022 program!

Please note that space in this competitive program is especially limited this fall, and we anticipate receiving more applications than we can accept. If you have questions or experience technical issues with your application, please contact Erin Apple at erin.apple@naturalsciences.org.

Watch this video to hear firsthand about the Junior Interpreter (formerly Junior Volunteer) program from students and their parents: