Live Animal Care Center (LACC) Volunteer


The Live Animal Care Center houses the Museum's collection of animals that are utilized for education both on-site and off-site at a variety of locations. Our volunteers work alongside staff to provide routine care to our collection, animal enrichment, and assist with educational opportunities with the museum guests. Staff and Volunteers in this area also work with several species that are on display for the public. These areas include Hall of Human Life, Live Animal Care Center viewing windows, Charles River Gallery, and Take A Closer Look.

Position Summary

Volunteers in this department will work alongside staff with animals housed in the Live Animal Care Center, Hall of Human Life, Charles River Gallery, and Take A Closer Look. Volunteers may assist with routine care of the animal collection, animal enrichment, and educational opportunities with the public.


4-6 month commitment, 3.5-7 hours shift per week. Shift choice: morning (8:30 am – 12:00 pm), afternoon (1:00 pm – 4:30 pm), or full day (8:30 am – 4:30 pm)


In order of priority.

  • Assist staff with routine care of the animal collection.
  • Attend morning briefs as needed.
  • Create animal enrichment for the collection.
  • Learn proper handling procedures with live animals.
  • Assist with public programing and education.


  • Attendance at a New Volunteer Orientation Session.
  • Review of the emergencies procedures.
  • Understanding of the Live Animal Care Center volunteer handbook.
  • Volunteer training with animal care staff.
  • Animal Enrichment training program as required.
  • Animal Handling Training as required.