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Volunteer Information

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 Applicaton.

Volunteer Downloads:

ADULT VOLUNTEER FORMS

Adult Volunteer Application

COLLEGE VOLUNTEER FORMS

College Volunteer Application

TEEN VOLUNTEER INFORMATION AND FORMS

Teen Program Info
Youth Volunteer Application

MENTOR/SENIOR PROJECT APPLICATION

Mentor/Senior Project Information and Application 

CAREER OBSERVATION FORM

Career Observation Information and Application Form

SCUBA DIVER VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

Please complete either the Adult or Teen Volunteer Application and review the SCUBA Diver Guidelines below.

SCUBA Diver Guidelines

INTERNSHIPS

Internship Application

FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS

Participation Consent Form

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!

VOLUNTEER MILESTONES

3,000 Hour Volunteer Milestone

  • John Davis
  • Joy Rushing

1,000 Hour Volunteer Milestone

  • Peter Kuchirka
  • Lou F. Moore 

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