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
Fairs and Festivals Street Team
Pacific Science Center’s award-winning, interactive programs reach more than 1.3 million people around the state each year. Summer is particularly busy as our presence at local events increase.  Our Marketing department has an exciting opportunity for a person interested in developing their promotions and marketing experience by representing the Pacific Science Center at Seafair, Bumbershoot and other events. The Street Team will march in parades, staff interactive booths, and work in a team to promote Pacific Science Center’s diverse programs. By the end of summer, the volunteer will have gained valuable event planning and marketing skills, as well as strengthened their resume. Explore a career in Marketing, Public Relations, or Communications or just make a difference while having fun meeting people at local festivals and fairs on summer weekends.

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.

Special Event 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 On Wheels evening programming, and various off-site summer fairs and festivals. Special Event volunteers play a vital role in executing these events. Volunteer’s 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.

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

Butterfly House Horticulture Volunteer (Adult Program)

The Tropical Butterfly House is a beautiful living exhibit where Pacific Science Center guests can learn about butterfly diversity, life cycle, and ecology. It opened in 1997, and has been visited by millions of people, yet no two experiences are quite the same; each day brings slight shifts in temperature, light, butterfly population, and plant growth. There are over 100 species of plants within the Tropical Butterfly House. Many of these plants provide nectar and habitat for the butterflies. Tropical Butterfly House Horticulture Volunteers care for the plants, keep the exhibit looking beautiful and tidy, and share their knowledge about the exhibit’s butterflies and plants with guests.

Outdoor Horticulture Volunteer (Adult Program)

Pacific Science Center is home to several outdoor garden exhibits, including a pollinator garden featuring native plants, and a civilization garden showcasing plant domestication. These garden spaces benefit from the support and enthusiasm of a team of Outdoor Horticulture Volunteers. These volunteers care for plants, keep garden spaces looking beautiful, record citizen science data, and educate Pacific Science Center guests about the ecological and scientific value of the plants they care for. Outdoor Horticulture Volunteers help ensure that Pacific Science Center’s one million annual guests continue to enjoy the gardens and be inspired by science related to the exhibits.

Fairs and Festivals Street Team

Pacific Science Center’s award-winning, interactive programs reach more than 1.3 million people around the state each year. Summer is particularly busy as our presence at local events increase.  Our Marketing department has an exciting opportunity for a person interested in developing their promotions and marketing experience by representing the Pacific Science Center at Seafair, Bumbershoot and other events! The Street Team will march in parades, staff interactive booths, and work in a team to promote Pacific Science Center’s diverse programs. By the end of summer, the volunteer will have gained valuable event planning and marketing skills, as well as strengthened their resume. Explore a career in Marketing, Public Relations, or Communications or just make a difference while having fun meeting people at local festivals and fairs on summer weekends.

Special Event Volunteer (Adult)

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 On Wheels evening programming, and various off-site summer fairs and festivals. Special Event volunteers play a vital role in executing these events. Volunteer’s 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.

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 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

Currently we have no internships available.

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, please call (206) 443-2868, or email volunteers@pacsci.org.