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

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.

Lake Washington Watershed Internship
A great year-long program at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center that assists teens in becoming informed stewards of their local community through mentoring, hands-on learning, habitat restoration and stream monitoring.

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

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

Special Exhibit Intern – Grossology
Pacific Science Center seeks an intern to enhance our guest experience and provide support to volunteers 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 plays a critical role in ensuring guests have a positive experience. The intern will work closely with Science Interpreter Program staff, lead guests through educational activities and provide general information about the exhibit and good customer service, plus assist with volunteer coordination and support. There is potential to partner to assist in creation of Grossology activities for guests. Upon completion of a three-month commitment, volunteers are eligible for a complimentary Pacific Science Center membership. The exhibit runs through January 3, 2016. To apply, send resume and cover letter to Volunteers@pacsci.org with Grossology Intern in the subject line. (This is an unpaid internship.)

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.)

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.