Pacific Science CenterBringing 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teen Volunteer Opportunities
Adult Volunteer Opportunities
Science Interpretation Program Volunteers – (adults) Pacific Science Center brings science to life. Our interactive exhibits, planetarium shows, dynamic live science stage performances and engaging interpretive carts are just some of the educational offerings guest’s experience that need the on-going daily support of volunteers. Volunteers play pivotal roles for our guests and staff by providing skilled science interpretation, interactive activities for guests, 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 on-line.
Polliwog Preschool Volunteer – (adults)
Located on a biologically diverse 320-acre wetland nature park in the heart of urban Bellevue, WA, the 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). 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 on-line.
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
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 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. 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 for this internship. To apply, send resume and cover letter to Volunteers@pacsci.org 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 aged 3-5 years old. Located on a biologically diverse 320-acre wetland nature park in the heart of urban Bellevue, WA, the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is a collaboration between the City of Bellevue and Pacific Science Center. 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 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 Volunteers@pacsci.org with Polliwog Preschool Intern in the subject line. (This is an unpaid internship.)