Pacific Science Center

Bringing science to life.

Current Volunteer Opportunities with Pacific Science Center

Spring and Summer Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Terracotta Warriors Special Exhibit Volunteer (14+)
Pacific Science Center in Seattle and The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia are proud to present Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor, a one-of-a-kind special exhibition premiering at Pacific Science Center for a five-month run in spring of 2017. As a volunteer in this exhibit, you will help guide guests through the fascinating history and science behind the discovery of the underground warriors. Be an integral part of our Special Exhibit team, sharing your enthusiasm for science and history, all the while ensuring our guests are enjoying this exhibit to its fullest capacity.

Street Team (14+)
Pacific Science Center’s Summer Street Team needs volunteers to join us at fairs, festivals and parades in Seattle this summer! Gain marketing and promotions experience, earn volunteer hours and have fun as you represent Pacific Science Center while interacting with families in our local communities. Most events take place on weekends for 3-5 hours, and we ask that volunteers attend at least four events over the summer.

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.

Special Event (13+)
Many people interact with Pacific Science Center through attending our year-round special events which include science exhibit openings, science research “Curiosity Days” 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 once a month.

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

Science Interpretation Program Volunteer (18+)
Science Interpretation Program volunteers play pivotal roles for our guests and staff by providing superior customer service, skilled science interpretation, operational assistance, and school group support. Science Interpretation Program volunteers begin working on the floor assisting in trunk or anchor positions, and after volunteering for 6-months, may be invited to volunteer in other capacities – including high level science interpretation delivery, program and content development, or operational support. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of one shift every two weeks, one shift weekly is preferred. Shifts are 9:25 a.m.–2 p.m., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or 1–5 p.m. Shifts are available every day of the week. Weekday shifts are needed most.

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 am-12:00 pm, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays.

Development Donor Records Volunteer (18+)
The behind-the-scenes work in our offices support all Pacific Science Center operations and is an integral part of maintaining efficiency throughout Pacific Science Center. The Development Donor Records Volunteer works closely with staff in the Development offices organizing and scanning donor records, as well as assisting with other administrative tasks.The volunteer works with confidential and sensitive information and must be comfortable maintaining professional discretion. This position is ideal for someone looking to learn more about donor relations. It begins in April and requires a commitment one day per week (flexible) for a 4-hour-long shift.

Development Data Entry Volunteer (18+)
The Development Data Entry Volunteer works closely with staff in the Development offices to support the Individual Giving team in growing and sustaining a donor-centered fundraising program. The volunteer works with confidential and sensitive information and must be comfortable maintaining professional discretion. It begins in April and requires a commitment of 1 – 2 days per week (flexible) for a 4-hour-long shift.

Terracotta Warriors Special Exhibit Volunteer (14+)
Pacific Science Center in Seattle and The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia are proud to present Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor, a one-of-a-kind special exhibition premiering at Pacific Science Center for a five-month run in spring of 2017. As a volunteer in this exhibit, you will help guide guests through the fascinating history and science behind the discovery of the underground warriors. Be an integral part of our Special Exhibit team, sharing your enthusiasm for science and history, all the while ensuring our guests are enjoying this exhibit to its fullest capacity.

Guest Ambassador Station Volunteers (18+)
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.

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.

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 guests of all ages to explore new ideas through hands-on design experiences – using their hands, tools, and imaginations. Volunteer shifts available Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday mornings.

Office Assistant Volunteer– Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, Bellevue WA (18+)
An administrative volunteer is currently needed to assist in Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center’s offices. The behind the scenes work in our offices supports our innovative environmental programs and exhibits. The Office Assistant volunteer will support operations by assisting with mailings, scanning projects, filing, organizational projects, and other administrative needs while gaining a unique perspective on how the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, located in Bellevue, WA, runs. Position Starts April 2017. Flexible schedule, 5 to 10 hours per week with a minimum 3-month commitment required. Additional hours may be available to those interested.

Special Event (13+)
Many people interact with Pacific Science Center through attending our year-round special events which include science exhibit openings, science research “Curiosity Days” 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 once a month.

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