Volunteering at the Museum

Volunteers are a vital part of accomplishing our mission at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. To register as a volunteer, you will need to submit a completed Volunteer Application, Waiver and Background Check Form. Background checks are an important step in ensuring the safety of our visitors, staff, volunteers and collections.

Please note:

  • For general volunteer requests, we will only accept applications for the open positions listed below.
  • For internship requests, we will process these on a case-by-case basis based on available internship positions. Because these positions fill up quickly, we recommend submitting your request 2-4 months in advance of the semester during which you would like to intern.

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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Department: Entomology

Volunteer Responsibilities:
Interns will be trained on-site (no previous experience necessary) and assigned to one or more of the following tasks: (1) Sorting, identifying, preserving and cataloging insects, spiders, millipedes and other arthropods; (2) Collection curation. This includes the following tasks: validating and updating the taxonomic names, physically organizing the collection, and digitizing the specimens (3) Specimen Transactions. This may include: handling specimens; entering information in a database; running Boolean searches (Google); completing forms; filling away and retrieving forms (4) Imaging of specimens.

Qualifications/ Skills Needed: No previous experience necessary. Other requirements include: ability to work safely, independently and in a team environment; proficiency with PC computer software preferred but not necessary Microsoft Office, Google Drive and other Windows based applications; excellent fine motor skills to handle collections items; good organization skills and an eye for detail.

Training/Orientation Provided: The Entomology Collection Manager will directly supervise training on all necessary tasks. Interns will be trained to handle, sort, identify, preserve, and curate Entomological specimens. Training will also include accurately recording information into various databases, use of PC-based software, maintenance of equipment, basic taxonomy, taxonomic nomenclature, insect collection curatorial standards and imaging techniques. Training period varies depending on tasks and prior experience, but averages 40 hours. If you are volunteering for college credit or similar programs, the training period is included in the count of your service hours.

Days/Times Volunteers Needed: Volunteers can serve between 9:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday (with possible flexibility).

If interested, please contact Jim Boone, Entomology Collection Manager, at bpbmentcoll@gmail.com.

Department: Botany

Volunteer Responsibilities: Mounting of Botany collections specimens. No previous experience necessary.

Qualifications/ Skills Needed: Must be 18 years of age or older. Excellent fine motor skills to handle delicate specimens.

Training/Orientation Provided: Department staff will directly supervise training on all necessary tasks. Volunteers will be trained in how to mount Botany specimens to paper. Training period varies, but averages 20 hours (or 6 service days of 3 hours each day).  If you are volunteering for college credit or similar program, please know the training period is included in the count of your service hours – simply include that information on your application.

Days/Times Volunteers Needed:
• Minimum length of service: 6 months
• Hours and Frequency: 3 hour shift at least once per week
• Days/Times Needed: Monday or Tuesday, Mornings, 9-12noon. Once training completed, hours may be more flexible.

Service Groups & One-time Volunteer Opportunities

To inquire about opportunities for service groups (example – Key Club), please contact the Volunteer Department via email or call us at (808) 848-4171. Please also check our upcoming Special Events and Exhibits at the museum for opportunities you may be interested in volunteering for.


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Contact Us

Cheyenne Velez
Volunteer & Human Resources Coordinator
Email: volunteer@bishopmuseum.org
Phone: (808) 848-4171

HR/Volunteer Department
1525 Bernice Street
Honolulu, HI 96817

The Human Resources and Volunteer Department has office hours Monday through Friday. We are closed over the weekend and during administrative holidays, including Thanksgiving and Christmas.