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Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering at Fernbank

To become a Fernbank Museum volunteer, you will need to submit an application  and attend an orientation session. Additional paperwork will need to be completed at your orientation session, including a background check authorization form.

A: Please call the Volunteer Coordinator at 404.929.6360 or email

A. Benefits of volunteering at Fernbank include:

  • Free entry to the museum during regular museum hours (available to active volunteers only; guests must purchase tickets)
  • Opportunity to earn Fernbank admission and movie tickets to share with friends and family
  • Invitations to special volunteer appreciation events and field trips
  • 10% discounts on purchases in the Museum Store and Café
  • Special pricing for a Fernbank membership
  • Meaningful opportunities to develop new skills, make new friends, and learn more about science and natural history
  • A chance to make a difference in the community while having fun!

A. Volunteers are required to wear a uniform when volunteering. The uniform consists of a Fernbank nametag, a Fernbank-branded shirt (available for purchase in the Volunteer Office for $25), dark solid-color bottoms, comfortable closed-toe shoes, and a big smile!

A. Yes, please complete our community service volunteer application . Please note that volunteers fulfilling court-mandated community service hours may be subject to a $25 background check fee. If you have any questions, please contact the Volunteer Manager at 404.929.6360 or

A. General volunteer roles are available for individuals ages 18+. A special volunteer program, Fernbank Youth Interpreters, is available for youth ages 13-17.

A. We ask that volunteers contribute at least 50 hours per year (usually 1-2 shifts per month).

A: Yes, forest restoration volunteer opportunities are available for groups of 30 or less. These special opportunities must be coordinated at least 8 weeks in advance by contacting

A. Absolutely! We encourage our volunteers to become familiar with the various volunteer roles available at the museum.

A: Yes, all volunteers are required to purchase an official Fernbank volunteer shirt for $25. Volunteers fulfilling court-mandated community service hours may be subject to a $25 background check fee.

A. The restrooms on Staff Level contain full-size lockers for your coat and valuables while working. You will need to bring your own lock and empty the locker at the end of your shift. Lockers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.