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Current Volunteer Opportunities with Pacific Science Center
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.
We are now accepting applications for our Summer 2018 Science Educator in Training (SET) volunteer opportunities. SETs volunteer for summer day camps or extended care, assist camp teachers with lessons, and lead camp games and activities. In return, SETs earn volunteer hours for high school graduation and gain leadership and classroom management skills. More information and an application can be found here.
Adult Volunteer Opportunities (all 18+)
Discovery Corps Data Entry
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. In Discovery Corps, youth are given the opportunity to gain different types of valuable skills and experiences that will help them to succeed in school, career and life. Tracking data on the Discovery Corps program is vital. 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 3-6 months, any day Tuesday – Saturday. Ideally Volunteers would be able to commit through the school year.
What is Reality Volunteer Opportunity
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 (opening late 2017) will offer 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 will 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. On any given day you can build a rocket and explore the stars, take a trip to the tropics, or travel back in time to walk with the dinosaurs. Essential duties include engaging with guests and creating positive experiences during their time visiting the Science Center, and providing skilled and accurate interpretation of the Science Center’s many exhibits and activities. SIP Volunteers also have the opportunity to help guests navigate the innovative suite of experiences that the new What is Reality? experience is bringing to the Science Center by facilitating guests’ exploration of the cutting-edge digital and analog interactive experiences. Volunteer shifts are available Monday – Saturday mornings and afternoons. Additionally, we ask for at least a 6 month commitment to volunteering with Pacific Science Center.
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. Extend your day with us until 2:00 p.m. and see the school groups through their whole Science Center experience; Field Trip Ambassadors are welcome to fill Guest Ambassador, Science Interpretation Program, Tinker Tank, or What is Reality volunteer roles once Field Trip Ambassador activities are complete. Volunteers should be able to commit to volunteering once a week.
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 late 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.
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., 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.