Rising Grades 9–12 (in 2023–2024 school year)

Applications are now open! Application deadline is Monday, April 10 at 5:00pm. Group interviews will be held April 18, 19 and 20 and top applicants will be invited to attend.

Junior Interpreters 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.

A required new student orientation will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 10am to 5pm.

Fee: $50/summer. Fee covers orientation meeting, food, T-shirt and program equipment like nametags, props and animal models.

  • Workday shifts will take place in the mornings (10am–1pm) or afternoons (1–4pm) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays for 10 weeks, June 13–August 17.
  • Occasional trainings on new topics will be held on workdays from 12:45 to 1:15pm, which will require morning shifts to stay late and afternoon shifts to arrive early; we will provide advance notice of these trainings.
  • Students will be allowed to reschedule a maximum of three out of 10 shifts due to family vacations, illness or other commitments.
  • A required new student orientation will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 10am to 5pm.
  • An end-of-summer celebration will be held on Thursday, August 17 from 4pm to 6pm at the conclusion of the program.

Junior Interpreter Application Form

Junior Interpreter Teacher Recommendation Form