Pacific Science Center

Bringing science to life.

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 volunteers@pacsci.org.

Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Special Events Volunteer (Teen) Pacific Science Center brings science to life. Many people interact with Pacific Science Center through attending our year-round special events. Such events include: science exhibit openings, science research weekends, Science Education after school programming, and special donor events. 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. We request that volunteers make a six month commitment and assist at least once a quarter.

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

Math Moves Special Exhibit Volunteer Do you like math? Do you want to like math? Math Moves! challenges guests to work together in a playful, full-body exploration of ratios, proportions, and other fundamental math concepts, and Pacific Science Center is looking for volunteers to enhance our guest experience. Math Moves! Special Exhibit Volunteers play a critical role in ensuring guests have a positive experience. Volunteers work closely with Science Interpreter Program staff, lead guests through educational activities and provide general information about the exhibit and good customer service.

Special Event Volunteer (Adult Program) 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.

Internship Opportunities

Human Resources Recruiting Internship (unpaid)
Pacific Science Center’s Human Resources Department has an exciting internship opportunity for a student pursuing a Human Resources career. Pacific Science Center employs over 400 full-time, part-time, and seasonal staff. Typically we post over 100 positions a year. Spring is an especially busy season for the HR Department, as hundreds of temporary seasonal Camps for Curious Minds staff are hired.  The HR Recruitment intern will play an integral role in camp staff recruitment, interview facilitation, training support, payroll input, and more!  At the internship’s conclusion, the intern will have gained valuable HR recruitment and administration skills. To apply send resume and cover letter to volunteers@pacsci.org

STEM Education Internship (Unpaid)
Pacific Science Center is committed to driving science education forward in Washington State, and inspiring today’s youth to further their education and go into careers in science, technology, engineering and math.  We are looking for STEM education interns to support our STEM-OST (Out-of-School Time) program.  The focus of this internship is to deliver hands-on lessons and activities in physics, engineering, astronomy, mathematics and remote sensing to elementary and middle school children in out-of-school time programs in underserved communities in the Seattle area this summer.  The program employs a tiered mentoring approach; each STEM-OST team, comprised of one outreach education teacher, one STEM education volunteer intern and one teen intern, visit participating community organizations with existing out-of-school time programs for a Summer Series consisting of one hour sessions per day for five days (typically over a 5-week period from June to August). People who are enrolled or seeking enrollment in an education certificate program or with a background in education are well suited to this position. To apply e-mail volunteers@pacsci.org with your resume and cover letter.

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 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 volunteers@pacsci.org.