Pacific Science Center

Bringing science to life.

Current Volunteer Opportunities with Pacific Science Center

Tinker Tank (18+)
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 visitors of all ages to explore new ideas through hands-on design experiences – using their hands, tools, and imaginations!

Sherlock Holmes Special Exhibit (14+)
The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes will open in October 2016. Volunteers will assist in a variety of ways in this interactive crime-solving exhibit, and play a critical role in ensuring that guests enjoy a positive visit that stays with them after they leave and makes them want to return. Volunteers work closely with Guest Services staff to provide engaging customer service, guide guest experience through the exhibition, and share information about the exhibit and Pacific Science Center. Preference given to volunteers who can commit to working at least two 4-hour shifts per month during the entire run of the exhibit through January 8.

Guest Ambassador (13+)
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.

Science Interpretation Program (18+)
Science Interpretation Program volunteers play a pivotal role for our guests and staff by providing superior customer service, operational assistance, school group support, and skilled science interpretation. 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.

Data Squad (18+)
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.

Horticulture Exhibit Volunteer (18+)
Pacific Science Center is home to living exhibits that feature plants. The Tropical Butterfly House contains plants that provide butterfly habitat and ethnobotanical products. The Pollinator Garden features Northwest native plants that support local pollinators. Civilized Seeds showcases domesticated plants that produce food, medicine, dye, and other products. Though 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 from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Special Event (14+)
Many people interact with Pacific Science Center through attending our year-round special events which 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 assist at least once a quarter.

Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center Office Assistant (18+)
Volunteers are currently needed to assist with mailings, scanning projects, filing, organizational projects, and other administrative needs in Pacific Science Center’s Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center (MSEEC) administrative offices. This behind the scenes role supports the MSEEC programs, operations and exhibits located on a biologically diverse 320-acre wetland nature park in the heart of urban Bellevue, WA.

Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center Field Studies Volunteer (18+)
Pacific Science Center offers a wide variety of programs in formal and informal science education at our award-winning Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, located on a biologically diverse 320-acre wetland nature park in the heart of Bellevue, WA. We currently seek a volunteer to help us inspire students to excel in science learning. The Field Studies volunteer position is an opportunity to share your passion, background, and interest in working with youth in environmental science. Shifts are usually one Saturday per month, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Start and end times are flexible. Additional hours may be available to those interested.