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Current Volunteer Opportunities with Pacific Science Center
Teen Opportunities (age 13-17)
The Summer 2019 Science Educator in Training (SET) and Lead Science Educator in Training (LSET) application is now open! Applications must be submitted by the February 28, 2019 deadline for consideration. For more information about both volunteer opportunities check out our Science Educator in Training web page.
The Street Team and Guest Ambassador application period is now closed and will reopen for Summer 2019 opportunities in Spring 2019.
Other teen opportunities and information regarding the positions listed above can be found here.
Teen Opportunities (age 14-18)
Applications Are Now Open For:
Science Educator in Training (SET) teens (14-18 years old) volunteer with summer camps located at Pacific Science Center, as well as at seven other locations around Puget Sound where they provide support for camp instructors by assisting with activities and aiding educators, leading games/songs and providing extra support for campers. SET volunteers must have a strong interest in science, be motivated to work with young children, and accept the responsibility of being a positive, enthusiastic role model for campers. SETs must complete an application, obtain references, pass a background check, and attend mandatory interview and training to participate in the program. A commitment to a schedule of volunteering at least two summer weeks, Monday-Friday, is required. SET application deadline is February 28, 2019.
Lead Science-Educator-in-Training (LSET)
As a Lead Science Educator in Training (LSET) teens (16-18 years old) volunteer with camps located at Pacific Science Center and other locations in the Puget Sound area. LSETs support camp through aiding educators, leading games/songs, providing extra support for campers and develop content for Youth and Family Programs. LSETs should have a strong interest in science, be motivated to work with young children, accept the responsibility of being a positive, enthusiastic role model for campers and Science Educators in Training (SET). LSET volunteers must be at least 16 years old and have served at least one summer as an SET. LSETs must complete an application, obtain references, pass a background check, and attend mandatory interview and training to participate in the program. A commitment to a schedule of volunteering at least two summer weeks, Monday-Friday, is required. LSET application deadline is February 28, 2019.
Adult Opportunities (age 18+)
Discovery Corps Data Entry Volunteer
Discovery Corps is a youth development program that puts high school students on the front line of Pacific Science Center’s mission to inspire a lifelong interest in science, math and technology. The Data Entry volunteer will support the Discovery Corps staff with these efforts by organizing and entering data to be used for grant reporting and ongoing planning. The volunteer must be tech-savvy, and comfortable with data entry and Microsoft Excel. In addition, the volunteer will be working on-site in the Discovery Corps offices, and must be able to work effectively in an active office setting. The position requires one shift per week for the first 2-3 months. After this the commitment would be less frequent and ideal candidates would commit through the school year.
Help keep PacSci Safe! The Safety Assistant monitors and stocks 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. In addition, ideally the Safety Assistant could attend the monthly Safety Committee meetings and work on projects throughout the month to help the Committee. This position begins in January 2019 and requires a 6-month commitment and one 4-hour shift every other week. In April 2019 shifts will be weekly. Hours are flexible.
Ready to use your excellent communication skills and unparalleled attention to detail at Pacific Science Center? As an Office Volunteer, you will work directly with the Sales Department and Science on Wheels Program to reach out to schools who have scheduled outreach programming for their students. Essential duties include reminding schools that their paperwork is due (via email), checking confirmed schedules for accuracy, and reaching out to schools to address scheduling errors. This is a great opportunity for anyone with interest in furthering their communication skills via phone and email. This is a temporary role that runs through the school year and ends in June 2019. Volunteers need to be available either Mondays or Tuesdays in order to be considered for this position.
Block by BLOCK Volunteer
Block by BLOCK: Innovating from the Ground Up, is a temporary exhibit that challenges visitors to think about how they might apply their abilities to come up with new solutions to social issues they care about. This exhibit showcases a local father-daughter architecture team’s innovative response to Seattle’s homelessness crisis. The BLOCK Project builds sustainable tiny homes for people experiencing homelessness in the backyards of willing Seattle homeowners. As a Block by BLOCK volunteer, you will have the opportunity to engage PacSci guests in discussion about this topic while inside the exhibit. If you are interested in sustainability and innovation, and helping to inspire others to join the conversation about one of our region’s most pressing social challenges, this may be the volunteer opportunity for you! This is a temporary volunteer opportunity; the exhibit runs through April 1, 2019.
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!
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.
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.