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Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering at Fernbank

To become a Fernbank Museum volunteer, you will need to submit an online application, pass a background check, and attend an orientation session.

A: Please call the Volunteer Department 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 general admission tickets to share with friends and family
  • Invitations to special volunteer appreciation events
  • 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), 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 must pay a $30 background check fee. If you have any questions, please contact the Volunteer Manager at 404.929.6360 or

A. Adult 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 50 or less. These special opportunities must be coordinated at least 2 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 will be subject to a $30 background check fee.

A. There are lockers available in the Volunteer Office for you to use while volunteering. They are free to use and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.