Volunteer With Pacific Science Center

Volunteer LoginAt Pacific Science Center we rely on volunteers and interns to help fulfil our mission to inspire lifelong science learning while providing vital assistance in all areas of Pacific Science Center operations. Whether you're interested in hands-on interaction with exhibits and guests, or something behind the scenes, we have opportunities for you. Internships are offered on a rolling basis throughout the year in a variety of departments. Internships are an exciting way for current college and graduate students to gain real-world skills.

If you're looking for a fun way to share your time and interests while giving back to your community, we'd love to hear from you.

± Current Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Teen Science Café Leadership Team
The Teen Science Café Leadership Team is a great way for teenagers to get involved with the planning and event process that occurs when designing and implementing the Teen Science Cafés.

Discovery Corps Program (Teen Program with volunteer and paid positions)
Discovery Corps is a youth development program that puts young people on the front line of Pacific Science Center's mission to inspire a lifelong interest in science, math and technology.

± Current Adult Volunteer Opportunities

Science Interpretation Program Volunteer (Adult Program)
Science Interpretation Program volunteers play pivotal roles for our guests and staff by providing superior customer service, operational assistance, school group support, and skilled science interpretation.  Through this key role, volunteers help ensure guests are impacted by our mission.  After volunteering for 6-months, Science Interpretation Program volunteers may be invited to volunteer in other capacities – including high level science interpretation delivery, program and content development, or advanced operational support.

Mercer Slough Project Volunteer (Bellevue – Adult Program)
Located on a biologically diverse 320-acre wetland nature park in the heart of urban Bellevue, WA, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is a collaboration between the City of Bellevue and Pacific Science Center. A dedicated project volunteer is needed to assist with the day-to-day logistics of the busy Mercer Slough office. Duties will include general office support, organization, supply maintenance and more. Enthusiastic, flexible, and caring people with an office background and passion for the environment are a good match for this position.

Polliwog Preschool Volunteer (Bellevue – Adult Program)
Located on a biologically diverse 320-acre wetland nature park in the heart of urban Bellevue, WA, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is a collaboration between the City of Bellevue and Pacific Science Center. Polliwog Preschool is a Mercer Slough program for preschoolers (3-5 years old). Energetic, caring people with a background or interest in early childhood and environmental education are needed to assist with Polliwog Preschool's many offerings. Volunteers will get a chance to assist Polliwog Preschool Educators while contributing to the success of this popular program.

Pompeii Field Trip Ambassador (Adult Program)
Volunteers are needed to enhance our guest experience during the highly anticipated exhibit Pompeii: The Exhibition. High volumes of guests are expected to visit Pacific Science Center, along with thousands of school children. Pompeii Field Trip Ambassadors will play a critical role in ensuring school groups have a positive experience and must be passionate about interacting with guests. Volunteers will work closely with Science Interpreter Program staff greeting group leaders, distributing tickets and providing general information about the exhibit. Please note, volunteers will be positioned in an indoor location separate from the exhibit. The enthusiastic support from Ambassador volunteers adds to the field trip experience, ensuring each group starts their visit positively.

Curriculum Assistant Volunteer – Youth & Family Programs (Adult Program)
In 2014, almost 5,000 campers participated in over 60 summer camps designed to provide the perfect opportunity to explore, experiment and discover. Our Youth & Family Programs Department seeks a skilled individual who can help with the creation of Camps for Curious Minds curriculum. The Curriculum Assistant Volunteer will work with the Youth & Family Programs staff to create curriculum for up to 3 new summer camps. This position is ideal for a team player who is looking to expand their curriculum development experience.

Data Squad Volunteer (Adult Program)
Pacific Science Center's Evaluation department is looking for enthusiastic self-starters. This is a volunteer opportunity to work with a small team to collect and process data for a variety of Science Center programs and initiatives. The Evaluation department aims to accurately collect and reflect the voices of our guests and stakeholders. Evaluation guides planning, enables decision-making, and strengthens programing. The volunteer will contribute to this important effort.

± Current Scientist Volunteer Opportunities

Pacific Science Center offers a variety of adult volunteer opportunities that may interest scientist volunteers. Click on Adult Volunteer Opportunities above for details on these.

Science Communication Fellowship
Science Communication Fellows are scientists, researchers and other science-based professionals who have been certified by Pacific Science Center as current science ambassadors and excellent communicators. Fellows join Pacific Science Center in inspiring lifelong interest in science, math and technology.

± Current Internship Opportunities

Education Outreach Intern (Bellevue – Unpaid)
The Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center (MSEEC) strives to inspire lifelong stewardship of our natural world through innovative and interactive environmental programming. MSEEC has an exciting internship opportunity for a student interested in developing their outreach and partnership building experience. In 2014 MSEEC developed a new set of outreach programs aimed at bringing the Mercer Slough to the classroom environment for those schools and students unable to participate in our on-site field study programs and those that want an additional in-class experience alongside our field trips. The Education Outreach Intern will help develop innovative approaches for marketing and outreach to schools and informal educational institutions in order to increase participation in these new in-class programs.

Event Intern - STEM: Science Uncorked (Unpaid)
Pacific Science Center is in the planning stages of STEM: Science Uncorked – our annual wine tasting "stem" education event. This large scale-event includes wine tastings with dozens of wineries, tasty food, activities and more. The Event Intern will play a pivotal role in ensuring the staffing and guest experience is positive. The Event Intern will communicate with vendors and staff, gain hands-on event production experience and be a valued member of a busy team amongst other exciting responsibilities. At the internship's conclusion, the intern should have gained valuable event production experience while strengthening their resume.

Database Registration Internship (Unpaid)
Our Registration Department has an exciting internship opportunity for a student pursuing a career in Information Systems or Data Management. Pacific Science Center hosts 70+ camps at 6 different sites for 5,000+ youth throughout the summer. Each participant is registered through the Registration Department's online cvent system. An intern is needed to work with our Sales Manager to develop the summer 2015 cvent registration tool. This is an excellent opportunity for any student seeking hands-on experience while contributing to a non-profit.

Blogger Internship – Tinker Tank (Unpaid)
Over 15,000 guests have experienced Pacific Science Center's Tinker Tank since it opened last year. A Blogger Intern is needed to help showcase Tinker Tank's dynamic activities and content to the digital world. The intern will research peer institution's Maker Space blogs, as well as general Maker Space blogs. The internship is centered on creating a proposed Tinker Tank blog plan with estimated cost, content strategy, evaluation methods, sample blog posts and projected timeline. This is a scalable internship. The intern could choose to extend their internship to two quarters to then execute the plan in the second quarter.

± Volunteer & Internship Program FAQ

What do Pacific Science Center volunteers do?
All of our volunteers are an important part of the Pacific Science Center team and contribute to our mission. Volunteering at Pacific Science Center is a fun way to share your passion for inspirational science learning. Each volunteer position is unique whether behind the scenes, hands-on, or interacting with visitors and exhibits.

Who can volunteer at Pacific Science Center?
All applicants must meet the volunteer position's individual requirements and complete the necessary application, pass a background and reference check, and be available to attend orientation. Volunteers must have no history of abuse or neglect against a child.

Are there age restrictions for volunteering?
Our adult volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Teen volunteers must be at least 14 years of age. Each individual volunteer position has specific age requirements.

What are your internship program requirements?
Internships are offered on a rolling basis throughout the year. Internships have been offered in Accounting, Development, Human Resources, Marketing & Special Events, Information Services, Science Education and more. Internships are project-based and offered to current college and graduate students. Interning at Pacific Science Center is an exciting way to expand your professional skills, network with professionals, receive school credit and of course attain real-world experience. Application details are listed on each internship position description.

What is the application process for volunteers?
Once we receive your application, we will determine if your skills and availability match our current volunteer position needs. Qualified applicants will be invited to either an individual or group volunteer interview. Individuals invited to join the volunteer team will also complete a reference and background check. Once complete, volunteers are then invited to orientation and position training.

How much time does volunteering take?
The length and time commitment of each volunteer position varies. In general, we ask that volunteers commit to at least 2-monthly regularly scheduled volunteer shifts for 6 months. Some exceptions include positions which are seasonal, temporary, or offered on particular dates and times.

What positions can I apply for?
The current available volunteer positions are listed on this page. If positions are filled, we will keep your application on file. Please indicate if you would be interested in any other volunteer opportunities on your application.

What experience or education do I need to volunteer?
Qualifications for each volunteer position vary. Orientation and training are provided to help volunteers learn the necessary volunteer position skills.

Do you offer one time or short term volunteer positions?
Most of our adult and teen volunteer positions are long term. Occasionally, special event volunteer opportunities may be offered and will be posted on our website.

Do you offer group volunteer opportunities?
If given enough notice, we can typically accommodate volunteer groups of 20 individuals or less. Group volunteer opportunities have included gardening, cleaning exhibit spaces, inventorying our educational materials, painting and more!

Are there opportunities for skill-based/pro-bono volunteers?
We welcome individuals or groups who would enjoy lending their professional expertise to Pacific Science Center. Past skill-based volunteers have offered graphic design projects, legal expertise, professional photography and more!

What are the benefits of volunteering at Pacific Science Center?
Volunteers not only receive the benefit of science learning and inspiration. Pacific Science Center volunteers have access to current and new exhibits, events, and more. Not to mention lots of fun!

Who can I contact if I have any questions?
If you have any questions about your application or to get in touch with the Pacific Science Center Volunteer Program, please call (206) 443-2868, or email volunteers@pacsci.org.

Interested in Volunteering? Apply online and indicate the open position that interests you.

Have questions? For more information on the Pacific Science Volunteer Program, please call (206) 443-2868, or email volunteers@pacsci.org.