Pacific Science Center

Bringing science to life.

Current Volunteer Opportunities with Pacific Science Center

What is Reality Volunteer Opportunity
In this extension of the Guest Ambassador and Science Interpretation Program volunteer roles, What is Reality volunteers will help guests navigate an innovative suite of highly-engaging experiences. What is Reality (opening October 2017) will offer our guests an opportunity to explore cutting-edge immersive experiences that technological innovators will showcase throughout the Science Center. Immersive technologies are becoming more exciting every day. From gaming and cinema to medicine, architecture and education, these technologies are undergoing constant innovation that is happening right in our backyard. These technologies have a significant impact on how we are able to understand our world and our universe. In What Is Reality, you will facilitate discovery of the different approaches local scientists, engineers and artists take to explore existential and practical questions. What is Reality is an opportunity to offer a broad variety of mind-bending topics alongside scientists and innovators who are creating the future. If you are curious, 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, please discuss your interest in this extension role with your direct supervisor.

Teen Opportunities (13-17 years old)
Currently our Teen Guest Ambassador Volunteer position is full. We will update this as soon as it opens again, so please check again soon. Other teen opportunities from Pacific Science Center can be found here.

Adult Volunteer Opportunities (all 18+)

Safety & Security 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 & Security 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 & Security 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. Volunteers should be able to commit to volunteering once a week.

Polliwog Preschool Volunteer
We’re gearing up for another school year of Polliwog Preschool, a nature-based preschool program at Mercer Slough in Bellevue. We go outside every day, and the natural world frames our science, math, and early literacy curriculum. Classroom volunteers help us by reading stories, preparing art projects, and most importantly, playing outside with us! Must be willing to get messy! Volunteers should be able commit to at least one of the following 4-hour shifts per week: either one morning (options are M-F, 8:30-12:30) OR one afternoon (option are T or Th, 12:30- 4:30) for the Fall 2017 Semester.

Guest Ambassador
Are you a friendly, outgoing and energetic person who enjoys interacting with the public? If you thrive helping people and delivering a terrific guest experience we want to hear from you! Guest Ambassador Volunteers share their own 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. Guest Ambassador Volunteers will also help guests navigate the innovative suite of experiences that the new What is Reality? (opening October 2017) is bringing to the Science Center by facilitating guests’ exploration of the cutting-edge digital and analog interactive experiences that technological innovators will showcase here.

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.

Data Squad
Find out what everyone loves about Pacific Science Center. Help us by talking to our guests about their experiences at the Science Center and collecting those responses to be used by our Evaluation team. 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. The Data Squad is essential to the completion of evaluation for multiple programs and initiatives, and our Data Squad Volunteers do the majority of this work. A love of talking with members of the public and interest in audience research is highly desired.

Horticulture Volunteer
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., on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays. Horticulture experience is not required – training is provided.

Guest Ambassador Station Volunteers
Guest Ambassador Station Volunteers are an intrinsic part of the guest experience. They will be the face of Pacific Science Center, sharing their own enthusiasm and ensuring that guests feel welcomed and well-informed about our many programs and exhibitions. They will assist guests in finding their way to key locations inside and outside of the Science Center by providing clear and precise directional assistance. Guest Ambassador Station Volunteers proactively recommend exhibitions and programs to guests depending on their interests and needs. Must have weekday afternoon availability.

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