Pacific Science Center

Bringing science to life.

Current Volunteer Opportunities with Pacific Science Center

Animal Care (18+)
Pacific Science Center is home to a variety of fascinating animals –  snakes and mole-rats, insects and spiders, a salt water tide pool model and of course our Tropical Butterfly House. Each animal is unique and interesting, and their remarkable qualities are often best revealed in in-depth conversations with their caretakers. The animal care volunteers work behind the scenes to maintain the animals and their habitats then bring what they’ve learned to our visitors, delivering interactive conversations and hands on experiences.

Polliwog Preschool Assistant (18+)
Polliwog Preschool at Mercer Slough in Bellevue, WA is a school-year program for preschoolers ages 3-5 years old. At Polliwog Preschool we focus on developing the whole child – socially, emotionally, mentally and physically –while initiating them into a lifelong, meaningful relationship with the natural world. The program is play-based and student-driven with specific activities that relate to natural and emergent topics, and plenty of time for nature exploration. With our low teacher to child ratio and ample outdoor exploration time, this position is ideal for students who seek opportunities to plan lessons, participate in documentation and assessment, and refine behavior management skills. Our preschool operates from mid-September through early June. We have three cohorts: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9-12, Tuesday and Thursday 9-12, and Tuesday and Thursday 1-4. Each cohort has 12 children and two lead teachers. We follow the Bellevue School District school break schedule.

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!

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.

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.