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

Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Ambassadors
Pacific Science Center is looking for volunteers to enhance our guests experience during the busy holidays. Are you a friendly, outgoing and energetic person who enjoys interacting with the public? If you thrive helping people and conversing with guests we want to hear from you!

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

Tots Dream Stream Team
Are you looking for a short  yet meaningful volunteer opportunity? Pacific Science Center is interested in recruiting some volunteers for a very short period of time each day, to set up and clean the Just for Tots stream table each morning. The task is detail oriented and repetitive. We also want someone who can notice potential problems and seek help-like when a toy is stuck in the drain or thread wrapped around inside or leaks in the mechanical compartment. The task is rewarding because kids love the exhibit, and is fun in a meditative way. The task takes approximately 45 minutes, and must be done before we open, usually from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. The perfect volunteer for this task is reliable, independent, collaborative, patient, focused, cares about toddlers, and will call in advance when they can’t come in.

Volunteer Ambassadors
Pacific Science Center is looking for volunteers to enhance our guests experience during the busy holidays. Are you a friendly, outgoing and energetic person who enjoys interacting with the public? If you thrive helping people and conversing with guests we want to hear from you!

Meet a Scientist Event Volunteer (Adult)
Pacific Science Center’s Meet a Scientist program is designed to bring local scientists and public audiences together in face-to-face interactions that promote appreciation and understanding of current scientific research and its application.  Meet a Scientist events are held on the first Saturday of each month. Portal to the Public, the hosting department of Meet a Scientist, is seeking volunteers to assist with the facilitation of Meet a Scientist events.  Volunteers will be essential in ensuring that scientists are properly set-up and prepared so they can effectively share their exciting research with Pacific Science Center guests. Volunteers in this position help guests gain a hands-on, insiders look at current science in order to further the Science Center’s mission of inspiring a lifelong interest in science, math and technology.

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. Volunteers especially needed for Tuesday and/or Wednesday mornings.

Polliwog Preschool Volunteer (Adult Program)
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.

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

Science Summer Camps Database Intern (Unpaid)
Pacific Science Center’s Registration Department has an exciting internship opportunity for a student pursuing a career in Information Systems or Data Management. Pacific Science Center hosts 70+ camps at 6 different sites for 5,000+ youth throughout the summer. Each participant is registered through the Registration Department’s online cvent system. Cvent is a software platform widely used by a diverse array of companies and non-profits. An intern is needed to work with our Sales Manager to develop the summer 2015 cvent registration tool. Time permitting, the intern will also create cvent user guides for Pacific Science Center staff. This is an excellent opportunity for any student seeking hands-on experience while contributing to a non-profit. At the internship’s conclusion, the intern will have gained valuable data management and registration skills that can be applied to future work settings.

Development Internship
Pacific Science Center is committed to inspiring a lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs. We offer a wide variety of exhibits and programs, including standards-based formal and informal science education programs and an award-winning environmental education center. Much of the funding for these and other Science Center activities come from grants, sponsorships and personal gifts stewarded by our talented Development team. The Development Intern will support these efforts by building a library of case statements for Pacific Science Center and each of our exhibits and programs. You can work on this project during the holidays or during the winter term. This is a great opportunity to see the inside of museum workings, grant writing, and programming.

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 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