Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers play an integral role in the Museum's daily operations and special events. From working in collections and archives to welcoming guests at the summer festivals, volunteers provide essential support to MNA's mission.

For more information or to inquire about becoming a Volunteer or Docent, please contact our Tour & Volunteer Coordinator at 928-774-5213 ext 275 or email msoliday@musnaz.org

Title: Colton Garden Coordinator

Department: Botany
Status: Part-Time, Volunteer
Supervisors: Botany Research Specialist & Colton Garden Farm Manager

Position Description:

The Colton Garden Coordinator is responsible for coordination of volunteers in the garden, volunteer communications, volunteer hour tracking and ongoing garden care including: planting, weeding, compost management and watering. This position will work collaboratively with the Botany Research Specialist, Garden Farm Manager, and garden volunteers to maintain a productive vegetable and demonstration garden at the museum.

View Volunteer Description

Docent Program
Learn to be a tour guide in the Museum by attending a comprehensive six-month training course regarding archaeology, ethnology, geology/paleontology, ecology, fine arts, and more. A commitment of at least two years is required.

Education Department
Assist with administrative functions, art activities, science projects, school tours and more.

Shop & Bookstore
Assist in retail operations specializing in Native American jewelry and fine art. Must enjoy working with the public! Experience is helpful, but not necessary. Training in sales procedure and merchandise provided.

Public Programs & Events
Assist with hospitality, guest relations, and more. This is a wonderful opportunity for friendly, out-going individuals to interact with Museum patrons from all over the world. Bilingual volunteers are a plus.

Update databases, processing publication orders, and assisting with mailings.

Botany Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Native Plant Materials Program: The Native Plant Materials Program was developed in collaboration with The Arboretum of Flagstaff and U.S. Forest Service to improve our ability to propagate native species and evaluate those species for use in restoration projects. Volunteers are needed to assist with harvesting, cleaning, processing native seed, and in the development of a Native Seed Garden, which includes propagation, planting, watering, weeding, seed harvesting, and fence repair.
  • Colton Community Garden: The Colton Community Garden is located on the Museum's research campus. Volunteers are needed to help with all aspects of garden maintenance, including: propagating, weeding, watering, planting, seeding, mulching, and fence repair.
  • Horticulturists: The Museum's grounds offer a variety of landscaped areas including The Colton House Coyote Range gardens, Michael Moore Medicinal Garden and the historic Golightly Courtyard. Volunteers can work as stewards on a specific garden or attend a scheduled workday to assist with the weeding, watering, planting, and seasonal maintenance associated with the aesthetics of the Museum’s grounds.
  • Plant Curation: Numerous projects associated with the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Walter B. McDougall Herbarium are also available. Plant sorting, mounting, and data entry projects take place over the course of the year.
Sedona Muses
The Muses are a Sedona based group of women and men who work to support MNA's mission to "inspire love and responsibility for the Colorado Plateau." Monthly meetings provide many opportunities for camaraderie as well as taking advantage of the many educational offerings available through MNA.