Volunteer With Pacific Science Center

Volunteer LoginAt Pacific Science Center we rely on volunteers and interns to help fulfil our mission to inspire lifelong science learning while providing vital assistance in all areas of Pacific Science Center operations. Whether you're interested in hands-on interaction with exhibits and guests, or something behind the scenes, we have opportunities for you. Internships are offered on a rolling basis throughout the year in a variety of departments. Internships are an exciting way for current college and graduate students to gain real-world skills.

If you're looking for a fun way to share your time and interests while giving back to your community, we'd love to hear from you.

± Current Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Teen Science Café Leadership Team
The Teen Science Café Leadership Team is a great way for teenagers to get involved with the planning and event process that occurs when designing and implementing the Teen Science Cafés.

Discovery Corps Program (Teen Program with volunteer and paid positions)
Discovery Corps is a youth development program that puts young people on the front line of Pacific Science Center's mission to inspire a lifelong interest in science, math and technology.

± Current Adult Volunteer Opportunities

Mercer Slough Project Volunteer (Bellevue – Adult Program)
Located on a biologically diverse 320-acre wetland nature park in the heart of urban Bellevue, WA, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is a collaboration between the City of Bellevue and Pacific Science Center. A dedicated project volunteer is needed to assist with the day-to-day logistics of the busy Mercer Slough office. Duties will include general office support, organization, supply maintenance and more. Enthusiastic, flexible, and caring people with an office background and passion for the environment are a good match for this position.

Polliwog Preschool Volunteer (Bellevue – Adult Program)
Located on a biologically diverse 320-acre wetland nature park in the heart of urban Bellevue, WA, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is a collaboration between the City of Bellevue and Pacific Science Center. Polliwog Preschool is a Mercer Slough program for preschoolers (3-5 years old). Energetic, caring people with a background or interest in early childhood and environmental education are needed to assist with Polliwog Preschool's many offerings. Volunteers will get a chance to assist Polliwog Preschool Educators while contributing to the success of this popular program.

Pompeii Field Trip Ambassador (Adult Program)
Volunteers are needed to enhance our guest experience during the highly anticipated exhibit Pompeii: The Exhibition. High volumes of guests are expected to visit Pacific Science Center, along with thousands of school children. Pompeii Field Trip Ambassadors will play a critical role in ensuring school groups have a positive experience and must be passionate about interacting with guests. Volunteers will work closely with Science Interpreter Program staff greeting group leaders, distributing tickets and providing general information about the exhibit. Please note, volunteers will be positioned in an indoor location separate from the exhibit. The enthusiastic support from Ambassador volunteers adds to the field trip experience, ensuring each group starts their visit positively.

Curriculum Assistant Volunteer – Youth & Family Programs (Adult Program)
In 2014, almost 5,000 campers participated in over 60 summer camps designed to provide the perfect opportunity to explore, experiment and discover. Our Youth & Family Programs Department seeks a skilled individual who can help with the creation of Camps for Curious Minds curriculum. The Curriculum Assistant Volunteer will work with the Youth & Family Programs staff to create curriculum for up to 3 new summer camps. This position is ideal for a team player who is looking to expand their curriculum development experience.

Evaluation Assistant Volunteer (Adult Program)
Pacific Science Center's Evaluation department is looking for enthusiastic self-starters. This is a volunteer opportunity to work with a small team to collect and process data for a variety of Science Center programs and initiatives. The Evaluation department aims to accurately collect and reflect the voices of our guests and stakeholders. Evaluation guides planning, enables decision-making, and strengthens programing. The volunteer will contribute to this important effort.

Maker Space Volunteer (Adult Program)
Do you love making things, tinkering with objects, building with mechanical parts, or experimenting with electronics? How about sharing your passion for making things with others? Pacific Science Center seeks creative volunteers to assist inside our new Maker Space. This prototype Maker Space is named Tinker Tank. Tinker Tank aims to inspire visitors of all ages to make - using their hands, provided tools, and imaginations! Maker Space Facilitator Volunteers will test new experiential open-ended maker activities with the public inside Tinker Tank.

± Current Scientist Volunteer Opportunities

Pacific Science Center offers a variety of adult volunteer opportunities that may interest scientist volunteers. Click on Adult Volunteer Opportunities above for details on these.

Science Communication Fellowship
Science Communication Fellows are scientists, researchers and other science-based professionals who have been certified by Pacific Science Center as current science ambassadors and excellent communicators. Fellows join Pacific Science Center in inspiring lifelong interest in science, math and technology.

± Current Internship Opportunities

Events Internship – SPECTRA New Year's Eve Party (Unpaid)
We are in the planning stages of SPECTRA 2015 – our annual New Year's Eve party. This large scale-event includes live entertainment by KEXP DJs, aerialists, contortionists, food trucks, photo booths, VIP areas, mixology and of course the best view of fireworks in all of Seattle. The Event Intern will gain valuable event production experience while strengthening their resume. This is a great opportunity for students who want to positively impact a nonprofit while exploring a career in Event Production.

Database Registration Internship (Unpaid)
Our Registration Department has an exciting internship opportunity for a student pursuing a career in Information Systems or Data Management. Pacific Science Center hosts 70+ camps at 6 different sites for 5,000+ youth throughout the summer. Each participant is registered through the Registration Department's online cvent system. An intern is needed to work with our Sales Manager to develop the summer 2015 cvent registration tool. This is an excellent opportunity for any student seeking hands-on experience while contributing to a non-profit.

Blogger Internship – Tinker Tank (Unpaid)
Over 15,000 guests have experienced Pacific Science Center's Tinker Tank since it opened last year. A Blogger Intern is needed to help showcase Tinker Tank's dynamic activities and content to the digital world. The intern will research peer institution's Maker Space blogs, as well as general Maker Space blogs. The internship is centered on creating a proposed Tinker Tank blog plan with estimated cost, content strategy, evaluation methods, sample blog posts and projected timeline. This is a scalable internship. The intern could choose to extend their internship to two quarters to then execute the plan in the second quarter.

Collections Internship (Unpaid)
Since 1962, Pacific Science Center has accomplished many wonderful things and accumulated numerous archival items. The archive includes fifty years of board meeting minutes, Seattle World's Fair materials, photographs, and more. A Collections Intern is needed to assist with the ongoing organization of Pacific Science Center's paper and photo archives. The Intern will inventory, catalogue, and re-house items within the archive. A detail-oriented individual with a background in collections management, museum studies, library sciences, and/or archives is an ideal candidate for this internship.

Volunteer Program Intern (Unpaid)
Pacific Science Center's 300+ volunteers are integrated into all six Science Center Divisions. Volunteer roles vary greatly from behind-the-scenes office support to more visitor focused roles to virtual volunteering and more. The Volunteer Program strives to develop community building opportunities amongst these various volunteer groups. Past volunteer community building events have included exhibit previews and an architecture tour. The Volunteer Program intern will create a proposed calendar of community building volunteer events. The intern will survey volunteers and research suitable events and program ideas. The intern will also execute a volunteer event. The intern will also have the opportunity to provide general Volunteer Program administrative support throughout the internship.

± Volunteer & Internship Program FAQ

What do Pacific Science Center volunteers do?
All of our volunteers are an important part of the Pacific Science Center team and contribute to our mission. Volunteering at Pacific Science Center is a fun way to share your passion for inspirational science learning. Each volunteer position is unique whether behind the scenes, hands-on, or interacting with visitors and exhibits.

Who can volunteer at Pacific Science Center?
All applicants must meet the volunteer position's individual requirements and complete the necessary application, pass a background and reference check, and be available to attend orientation. Volunteers must have no history of abuse or neglect against a child.

Are there age restrictions for volunteering?
Our adult volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Teen volunteers must be at least 14 years of age. Each individual volunteer position has specific age requirements.

What are your internship program requirements?
Internships are offered on a rolling basis throughout the year. Internships have been offered in Accounting, Development, Human Resources, Marketing & Special Events, Information Services, Science Education and more. Internships are project-based and offered to current college and graduate students. Interning at Pacific Science Center is an exciting way to expand your professional skills, network with professionals, receive school credit and of course attain real-world experience. Application details are listed on each internship position description.

What is the application process for volunteers?
Once we receive your application, we will determine if your skills and availability match our current volunteer position needs. Qualified applicants will be invited to either an individual or group volunteer interview. Individuals invited to join the volunteer team will also complete a reference and background check. Once complete, volunteers are then invited to orientation and position training.

How much time does volunteering take?
The length and time commitment of each volunteer position varies. In general, we ask that volunteers commit to at least 2-monthly regularly scheduled volunteer shifts for 6 months. Some exceptions include positions which are seasonal, temporary, or offered on particular dates and times.

What positions can I apply for?
The current available volunteer positions are listed on this page. If positions are filled, we will keep your application on file. Please indicate if you would be interested in any other volunteer opportunities on your application.

What experience or education do I need to volunteer?
Qualifications for each volunteer position vary. Orientation and training are provided to help volunteers learn the necessary volunteer position skills.

Do you offer one time or short term volunteer positions?
Most of our adult and teen volunteer positions are long term. Occasionally, special event volunteer opportunities may be offered and will be posted on our website.

Do you offer group volunteer opportunities?
If given enough notice, we can typically accommodate volunteer groups of 20 individuals or less. Group volunteer opportunities have included gardening, cleaning exhibit spaces, inventorying our educational materials, painting and more!

Are there opportunities for skill-based/pro-bono volunteers?
We welcome individuals or groups who would enjoy lending their professional expertise to Pacific Science Center. Past skill-based volunteers have offered graphic design projects, legal expertise, professional photography and more!

What are the benefits of volunteering at Pacific Science Center?
Volunteers not only receive the benefit of science learning and inspiration. Pacific Science Center volunteers have access to current and new exhibits, events, and more. Not to mention lots of fun!

Who can I contact if I have any questions?
If you have any questions about your application or to get in touch with the Pacific Science Center Volunteer Program, please call (206) 443-2868, or email volunteers@pacsci.org.

Interested in Volunteering? Apply online and indicate the open position that interests you.

Have questions? For more information on the Pacific Science Volunteer Program, please call (206) 443-2868, or email volunteers@pacsci.org.