Pacific Science Center

Bringing science to life.

Current Volunteer Opportunities with Pacific Science Center

Teen Opportunities (age 13-17)

The Summer 2018 Science Educator in Training (SET), Street Team, and Guest Ambassador application period is now closed.

Other teen opportunities and information regarding the positions listed above can be found here.

Adult Opportunities (age 18+)

Safety Assistant
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.

Office Volunteer
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!

Tinker Tank
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.

Horticulture Exhibits
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.