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Volunteer With Pacific Science Center
Looking for a rewarding and fulfilling volunteer opportunity in Seattle? Look no further than Pacific Science Center. We rely on volunteers and interns to help fulfill our mission to ignite curiosity in every child and fuel a passion for discovery, critical thinking, and experimentation in all of us. We offer volunteer and internship opportunities throughout the year. If you are looking for a fun way to share your time and interests, while giving back to your community, we’d love to hear from you.
Whether you’re interested in hands-on interaction with exhibits and guests or something behind the scenes, we have volunteer opportunities for you. If you’re looking for a fun way to share your time and interests while connecting, we’d love to hear from you.
Volunteer requirements include:
- Unless otherwise noted volunteers must be at least 13 years old
- With few exceptions, volunteer commitments require at least two 4-5 hour shifts per month for a six-month period
- Completing an application and screening process, including passing criminal background and reference checks and attending mandatory training
- Enjoy interacting with children, families, and the general public
- Smiling team player, with a pleasant disposition and service orientation
- Ability to present oneself in a professional manner with regards to personal appearance and hygiene
- Ability to exercise sound judgment and flexibility should challenging situations arise
Volunteer benefits include:
- Passes or membership to Pacific Science Center and its offerings
- Opportunity to share your knowledge and skills
- Interact with other staff and volunteers who share your passion
- Add to your resume and explore new careers
- Elevate your current skill set and showcase your talent
- Experience leadership and be part of a great team
- Have fun while fulfilling volunteer hours requirement for school
Current Scientist Volunteer Opportunities
Science Communication Fellowship
Pacific Science Center’s Science Communication Fellowship provides training and ongoing opportunities for local scientists, engineers, researchers and other science-based professionals to engage with the public at Pacific Science Center about their work.
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 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 guests 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 13 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 our Volunteer Program, call (206) 443-2868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about volunteering in this quick PacSci Podcast: