Pacific Science Center

Bringing science to life.

Current Volunteer Opportunities with Pacific Science Center

Teen Opportunities (13-17 years old)

Guest Ambassador (13+)
Are you a friendly, outgoing and energetic person who enjoys interacting with the public? If you thrive on interacting with people and delivering a terrific guest experience we want to hear from you! Guest Ambassador Volunteers share their enthusiasm and ensure that guests feel welcomed and well-informed about our many programs and exhibitions, as well as assist guests in finding their way to key locations inside and outside of the Science Center.

Street Team (16+)
Summer is the busiest season for Pacific Science Center as our guest numbers rise and our presence at local events increases. The promotional demands within our Marketing department also increase in the summer. Our Marketing department has an exciting opportunity for those interested in developing their promotions experience by representing Pacific Science Center at Bumbershoot and other events!

As a Street Team volunteer you will gain valuable guerrilla marketing skills, as well as strengthen your resume/portfolio, and earn volunteer hours to fulfill your service hours requirement. This is a great opportunity for students who want to positively impact a non-profit while exploring a career in Marketing, Public Relations, or Communications or who just want to make a difference while having fun meeting people at local festivals and fairs. Most events take place for 3-5 hours on weekends. Volunteers should have availability June through early September and availability on weekends is required. Transportation from Pacific Science Center to events is available. Learn more.

The Summer 2018 Science Educator in Training (SET) application period is now closed. Please check back in late 2018 for dates for Summer 2019. SETs volunteer for summer day camps or extended care, assist camp teachers with lessons, and lead camp games and activities. In return, SETs earn volunteer hours for high school graduation and gain leadership and classroom management skills. More information and an application can be found here.

Adult Volunteer Opportunities (all 18+)

Guest Ambassador
Are you a friendly, outgoing and energetic person who enjoys interacting with the public? If you thrive on interacting with people and delivering a terrific guest experience we want to hear from you! Guest Ambassador Volunteers share their enthusiasm and ensure that guests feel welcomed and well-informed about our many programs and exhibitions, as well as assist guests in finding their way to key locations inside and outside of the Science Center.

Office Administration Assistant
Every year, Pacific Science Center’s programs and exhibits connect with well over one million people throughout the state. The behind the scenes work in our offices supports these programs and exhibits. Office Assistant volunteers will support these operations by providing assistance with filing and possibly data entry while gaining a unique perspective on how the Science Center runs. Volunteers are needed during regular business hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) on weekdays for one 4-hour long shift per week.

Data Squad
The Evaluation department is looking for enthusiastic self-starters who enjoy working independently. This is a flexible volunteer opportunity to work with a small team to collect and process data for a variety of Science Center programs and initiatives. Many of our grant-funded projects require us to measure to what extent we are meeting the goals we have set. We do this by surveying or interviewing participants during programs, at events, and in our exhibits. Data Squad Volunteers do the majority of this work! Aptitude and interest in audience research is desired. The Data Squad is essential to the completion of evaluation for multiple programs and initiatives. Data Squad volunteers work a minimum of two regularly scheduled shifts a month and are expected to commit for a minimum of six months (or 24 hours of data collection time if school requirements necessitate a shorter commitment). Shifts take place during the busiest hours of the day, from 10:45 a.m.-2 p.m. During summer, all days are busy. From September through May, volunteers can be most productive during weekend shifts.

What is Reality
Are you excited about cutting-edge technology, curious about technological innovation, and passionate about sharing and exploring these topics with the public? What is Reality offers our guests an opportunity to explore leading-edge immersive experiences that technological innovators will showcase throughout the Science Center. From gaming and cinema to medicine, architecture, and education, these technologies are undergoing constant innovation that is happening right in our backyard. What is Reality Volunteers spur discovery of the different approaches local scientists, engineers, and artists take to create the future and delve into existential and practical questions through active interpretation, education, and facilitation of virtual reality gaming stations. If you are open to new experiences, adaptable, available once a week, and interested in helping our guests explore our understanding of reality please mention your interest in What is Reality in your online volunteer application. Current Science Center volunteers are welcome to extend their Field Trip Ambassador, Guest Ambassador, and Science Interpretation Program volunteer role to include What is Reality; please discuss your interest in this extension role with your direct supervisor.

Science Interpretation Program
Help ignite curiosity and welcome visitors into the amazing world of exploration at Pacific Science Center as a Science Interpretation Program (SIP) Volunteer. Travel to the tropics as you welcome and engage guests at our Tropical Butterfly House and explore the ecosystem of Puget Sound with visitors at the Salt Water Tide Pool. Share your passion for science and learning as you interact with guests of all ages. Explore math and patterns at Puzzle Place, defy gravity at the High Rail Bike, and discover cause and effect, colors, and more with our youngest guests at Just for Tots. Essential duties include direct interaction with the public, creating positive experiences for guests during their visit, and providing skilled and accurate interpretation of Pacific Science Center exhibits. Volunteer shifts are available seven days per week. Minimum time commitment is at least one half-day shift per week for 6 months, but you are welcome to join us more frequently!

Safety Assistant
The Safety & Security Committee is comprised of employees from throughout Pacific Science Center and exists to make Pacific Science Center a safe place to work and visit. The Safety Assistant works on behalf of this committee to monitor and stock first aid kits throughout the Science Center and put in orders for the kit supplies. There are over twenty first aid kits throughout Pacific Science Center. The main function of the position is to ensure the first aid kits are adequately stocked with appropriate supplies. The scope of the position is ongoing and would require one shift per week. Hours are flexible. In addition, ideally the Safety Assistant could attend the monthly Committee meetings and work on projects throughout the month to help the Committee. The schedule is one 3-4 hour shift each week with at least a 6-month commitment.

Development Donor Records Volunteer
Pacific Science Center brings science to life. Our award-winning, interactive programs reach more than 1.3 million people around the state each year — in their communities, classrooms and on our campus – and our donors help make these possible. The Development Donor Records Volunteer works closely with staff in the Development offices sorting, organizing and scanning donor records, as well as occasionally assisting with other administrative tasks. The volunteer works with confidential and sensitive information and must be comfortable maintaining professional discretion. Time commitment is one 4-hour shift per week for 6 months.

Field Trip Ambassador Volunteer
Pacific Science Center welcomes thousands of students on field trips every year. If you are outgoing, energetic, organized, and enjoy working with teachers and school-aged children you can help facilitate their Pacific Science Center experience. As a Field Trip Ambassador you will welcome school groups and help them get a great start to their day at the Science Center by setting a tone of fun and learning. Shifts are available Mondays – Fridays, 9:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Extend your day with us until 2:00 p.m. and see the school groups through their whole Science Center experience; Field Trip Ambassadors are welcome to fill Guest Ambassador, Science Interpretation Program, Tinker Tank, or What is Reality volunteer roles once Field Trip Ambassador activities are complete. Volunteers should be able to commit to volunteering once a week.

Tinker Tank
Do you enjoy sharing your passion for making things, tinkering with objects, building with mechanical parts, or experimenting with electronics? Pacific Science Center seeks creative volunteers to facilitate inside Tinker Tank, a space which aims to inspire guests of all ages to explore new ideas through hands-on design experiences – using their hands, tools, and imaginations.

Horticulture Exhibits
Pacific Science Center is home to several living exhibits that feature plants, including our most popular attraction, The Tropical Butterfly House. While these exhibits may appear effortlessly natural, they are supported by an enthusiastic team of Horticulture Exhibit Volunteers. Volunteers care for plants, keep exhibits looking beautiful, record citizen science data, and share exhibit science content with museum guests. Volunteer Shifts are 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Horticulture experience is not required – training is provided.