Volunteer | La Brea Tar Pits and Museum


Become a volunteer today!

Explore, share, and inspire as an Education Volunteer!

Discover and contribute as a Fossil Lab Volunteer!

Interested in volunteering with the La Brea Tar Pits Museum?

The Museum is a unique and exciting venue where volunteers help to bring the Ice Age back to life for all visitors! From greeting guests to helping school groups discover the Prehistoric world to working alongside a team of paleontologists, there are several important ways in which volunteers contribute to making the Museum experience a great one. We appreciate your interest and look forward to sharing with you all that the La Brea Tar Pits Museum has to offer!

APPLY NOW to join our team today!  Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. 

We have two exciting ways for you to get involved!


Share and inspire as an Education Volunteer!

Explore and discover as a Fossil Lab Volunteer!

Please note that you must be at least 16 years old to volunteer. Volunteers 18 and over must complete a Live Scan upon joining the program; a California DMV-issued photo identification or driver's license will be required.

For more information, contact Volunteer Program Manager Julie McAdam at jmcadam@tarpits.org.


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Daily Activities

Excavator Tour 

Experience our discoveries in action. Free with Museum admission.

Observation Pit

Get a birds-eye-view of how fossils were buried.
Exclusively open for Excavator Tours!

Pit 91 Viewing Station

Take a look inside an actual excavation pit. Watch live excavations happening throughout the summer. 
Open 9:30 am - 5 pm

Project 23

Live excavation seven days a week!

Fossil Lab

This is the real thing, paleontological lab work – up close and personal!
Open 9:30 am - 5 pm


Visit our Calendar  for more daily events.