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Volunteer With Pacific Science Center
At Pacific Science Center we rely on volunteers and interns to help fulfill 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. Apply online and indicate the open position that interests you. For more information about our volunteer program, call (206) 443-2868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teen Volunteer Opportunities
Adult Volunteer Opportunities
Sewing Volunteer Sought For Outreach Education (Adult)
Pacific Science Center’s Outreach Education program delivers high-energy, engaging assemblies and workshops to schools and community groups around Washington State. The program offers six van programs, each providing a school with a day full of science learning. We are looking for a volunteer skilled in sewing to refurbish some of our assembly and workshop materials from our Blood and Guts van. Projects could include advising the outreach team on some creative aspects, sewing costumes for the Blood and Guts assembly, and making fabric “kit bags” for workshop materials. All supplies will be provided by Pacific Science Center.
Tinker Tank Volunteer (Adult)
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 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! Tinker Tank Facilitator Volunteers will test new experiential open-ended maker activities with the public inside Tinker Tank. They will also have the chance to help shape this prototype space by providing valuable feedback and ideas at planning meetings. Additional duties include guest greeting, managing crowd control, assisting with rule enforcement and more! Creative, outgoing, and enthusiastic individuals that like sharing with others are well suited for this position. We ask that volunteers make a minimum 6-month commitment, as well as be available for at least two shifts a month.
WetLab Volunteer (Adult)
The Pacific Science Center’s state-of-the-art WetLab is located on a biologically diverse 320-acre wetland nature park in the heart of urban Bellevue, WA, the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center (MSEEC) is a collaboration between the City of Bellevue and Pacific Science Center. MSEEC’s WetLab Academy offers high school students the opportunity to step away from the traditional high school chemistry curriculum. Utilizing our state-of-the-art laboratory and field equipment, students perform scientific investigations while taking advantage of the living laboratory within the Mercer Slough Nature Park. We are seeking a volunteer who has a background or interest in environmental science and working with high school aged youth. Experience in either environmental field work or chemistry labs is required, and a background in both is preferred. Experience in clean technology is a plus. We ask that volunteers commit for a minimum of 3 months as well as be able to come in once or twice a week (see schedule below). Volunteers will assist with the Lake Washington Watershed Internship Program and/or Environmental Science & Technology Practicum.
Data Squad Volunteer (Adult)
The Evaluation department is looking for enthusiastic self-starters who enjoy working independently. This is a flexible volunteer opportunity to work with a small team to collect and process data for a variety of Science Center programs and initiatives. Many of our grant-funded projects require us to measure to what extent we are meeting the goals we have set. We do this by surveying or interviewing participants during programs, at events, and in our exhibits. Data Squad Volunteers do the majority of this work! The Evaluation department aims to accurately collect and reflect the voices of our guests and stakeholders. This feedback is often used when reporting on the impact of Pacific Science Center’s initiatives to our donors and grant funders. Additionally, we use data to continually assess and improve our programs and exhibits and ensure that we are providing relevant, inspiring experiences for the public. Evaluation guides planning, enables decision-making, and strengthens programing. Aptitude and interest in audience research is desired. The Data Squad is essential to the completion of evaluation for multiple programs and initiatives.
Science Interpretation Program Volunteers – (adults)
Pacific Science Center brings science to life. Our interactive exhibits, planetarium shows, dynamic live science stage performances and interpretive carts are just some of the educational offerings guests experience that need the ongoing daily support of volunteers. Volunteers play pivotal roles for our guests and staff by providing skilled science interpretation, interactive activities for guests, and superior customer and school group support. Through this key role, volunteers help ensure guests are impacted by our mission. After volunteering for 6 months, Science Interpretation Program volunteers may be invited to volunteer in other capacities – including high level science interpretation delivery, program and content development, or advanced operational support. Apply online.
Polliwog Preschool Volunteer – (adults)
Polliwog Preschool is a program at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center for preschoolers ages 3-5 years old. At Polliwog Preschool we focus on developing the whole child – socially, emotionally, mentally and physically – while initiating them into a lifelong, meaningful relationship with the natural world. The program is play-based and student-driven with stations to choose from, discovery exploration times and specific activities that relate to a new theme each week. Energetic, caring people with a background or interest in early childhood and environmental education are needed to assist with Polliwog Preschool’s many offerings.
Grossology Special Exhibit Volunteer (adult)
Are you fascinated by the human body? Do you love to share that enthusiasm? Pacific Science Center needs you to enhance our guest experience during GROSSOLOGY: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body. High volumes of guests are expected to visit Pacific Science Center, including thousands of camp and school children. Grossology Special Exhibit Volunteers play a critical role in ensuring guests have a positive experience and go away learning more about the human body than they ever thought possible. Volunteers work closely with Science Interpreter Program staff to lead guests through educational activities and provide general information about the exhibit and good customer service. Apply online.
Special Event Volunteer (Adult)
Many people interact with Pacific Science Center by attending our year-round special events. Such events include: science exhibit openings, Science On Wheels evening programming and various off-site fairs and festivals. Special Event Volunteers play a vital role in executing these events. Volunteer roles vary and may include welcoming guests, setting up tables and chairs, checking in guests, staffing information tables and more. Hours vary, but primarily take place during weekends and evenings. This is the perfect opportunity for anyone interested in contributing to our dynamic events and furthering our mission to bring science to life.
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.
Evaluation Intern (unpaid)
The Evaluation department is seeking an intern to contribute to dynamic and highly visible work at the Science Center. The Evaluation team is responsible for the design, development and implementation of Pacific Science Center’s evaluation efforts including the assessment of Science Center programs and exhibits; contribution to the development of corporate and federal grant proposals; and measurement of program outcomes. As part of this team, the Evaluation Intern will be actively involved and contributing to critical projects. An emphasis of the internship will be on the biennial Winter Break study. Aptitude and interest in audience research is desired. At the internship’s conclusion, the intern will have gained valuable instrument design, data collection and analysis, and report writing skills. Application deadline: Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015.
Human Resources Intern
Pacific Science Center’s Human Resources Department has an exciting internship opportunity for a student pursuing a career in Human Resources. Pacific Science Center annually employs 500+ full-time, part-time, and seasonal staff. The HR Department is in the midst of updating position descriptions. The intern will work with the Human Resource Director, Supervisors, and incumbents to assess and update position descriptions. The Intern will assist with developing performance expectations for positions. This is an excellent opportunity for any student wanting more hands-on experience creating and updating position descriptions. At the internship’s conclusion, the intern will have gained valuable HR organizational development skills that can be applied to future work settings.
Archive Collections Intern
Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Since 1962, Pacific Science Center has accomplished many wonderful things and accumulated numerous archival items. The archive includes 50 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.
This internship is an excellent opportunity for a Museology student seeking a thesis project, as several potential projects have been identified. A detail-oriented individual with a background in collections management, museum studies, library sciences, and/or archives is an ideal candidate. To apply, send your resume and cover letter to email@example.com with “Archive Collections Intern” in the subject line. (This is an unpaid internship.)
Polliwog Preschool Intern
Polliwog Preschool at Bellevue’s Mercer Slough is a school-year program for preschoolers ages 3-5. Located on a biologically diverse 320-acre wetland nature park in the heart of Bellevue, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is a collaboration between the City of Bellevue and Pacific Science Center. Polliwog Preschool is play-based and student-driven with specific activities that relate to natural and emergent topics, and plenty of time for nature exploration. Activities are designed to address each child’s developmental needs while encouraging curiosity, fostering love of nature, and developing the whole child.
With our low teacher to child ratio and ample outdoor exploration time, this position is ideal for students who seek opportunities to plan lessons, participate in documentation and assessment, and refine behavior management skills. Learn more about the program. To apply, send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Polliwog Preschool Intern” in the subject line. (This is an unpaid internship.)
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 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 our Volunteer Program, call (206) 443-2868 or email email@example.com.