Charlie Hall
Museum docent Charles Hall answers a visitor’s question in the Central Gallery.
Florida Museum photo by Kristen Grace

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Whether needing hours for a scholarship, wanting to spend time serving others, or having an interest in lifelong learning, the Florida Museum of Natural History has volunteer opportunities for everyone.

The museum will hold an orientation session Jan. 22 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. where prospective adult volunteers ages 18 and older may learn about the different opportunities available.

“Volunteering is a great way to interact with the public, expand your knowledge and use experiences you already have,” said Florida Museum volunteer coordinator Amy Hester.

Florida Museum docent Charles Hall describes volunteering as a great way to spend his time with a rewarding return.

Hall started volunteering at the museum two years ago after his wife of 62 years died. He volunteers five days a week giving visitor tours and working at the fossil discovery cart.

“I really enjoy talking to people,” Hall said. “With my background in the military as a three star general I’ve given speeches all over the world, so talking to people came easy for me.”

The Florida Museum also offers opportunities for students ages 12 to 17 through its summer junior volunteer program. Applications will be accepted March 3-28, 2014. All new applicants undergo an interview process and a day of mandatory training. Junior volunteers must be able to commit to two consecutive weeks of service.

More information is available online, or by calling 352-273-2056.


Writer: Francis Diaz,
Source: Amy Hester,, 352-273-2055
Media Contact: Paul Ramey,, 352-273-2054