PLEASE NOTE: tickets should be purchased in advance.

This Is Your Opportunity to Learn, Interact and Be Part of a Fun Community!

Volunteering at the Museum gives you the opportunity to share your experience and knowledge, making science more inspiring for our guests.

The commitment and support of our volunteers provides valuable assistance in all areas of the Museum, from engaging with guests in the exhibits and labs to providing administrative support.

There are a number of different volunteer positions available. Please review the opportunities below to learn more.

Please note:

Due to current safety considerations / restrictions we are not accepting student volunteer applications at this time. Should you have any questions please reach out to Bernice Baker, Community Engagement Coordinator, bbaker@smv.org.

Student Volunteer Positions Available


Gallery Education Interpreter

Gallery Education Volunteers bring passion, skills, and special talents to work closely with Museum staff to provide a quality, fun, engaging, inclusive, science experience for Museum guests - encouraging and assisting them as they interact with exhibits and in labs.

Time Commitment/Hours:

  • Must be able to commit to a consistent, regular schedule (once a week or once every other week) for a minimum of six months.
  • 9:00am-1:00pm and 1:00-5:00pm 5 days/week


Dome Usher

Dome Ushers greet, take tickets, answer questions and assist guests as they enter and exit the Dome. These volunteers are comfortable interacting with the public, reliable and able to work independently.

Time Commitment/Hours:

  • Must be able to commit to a consistent, regular schedule (once a week or once every other week) for a minimum of six months.
  • Shift times: 10 am-3:30pm, 5 days/week


Dome Console Operator

Console Operators assist in the Dome with operation of equipment, showing Giant Screen Movies and Cosmic Expeditions. They enjoy working with a variety of computer technologies and must be very reliable, punctual and patient, as well as comfortable with public speaking.

Time Commitment/Hours: 

  • Must be able to commit to a consistent, regular schedule (once a week or once every other week) for a minimum of six months.
  • Shift times: 10 am-3:30pm, 5 days/week


Gift Shop Assistant

Shop4Science extends the Museum’s mission to inspire our guests to enrich their lives through science by providing carefully selected science merchandise and generating funds to support the Museum. Volunteers work side by side with Museum store staff to assist Museum guests as they make selections, keep the Museum store well stocked, ensure that merchandise is attractively displayed and operate a user-friendly cash register system. 

Time Commitment/Hours:

  • Must be willing to commit to a minimum of two shifts of two hours (or more) per month, for at least six months. This will be a consistent schedule based on the volunteer’s choice and store needs.

The Forge Maker Challenge Assistant

The Forge Maker Challenge Assistant will help facilitate a variety of open-ended, design/engineering challenges during pre-scheduled Maker Challenge times (currently, 10am-12 pm daily).  Maker Challenges are open to all museum guests, regardless of age, and allow for larger groups to participate in the Forge during this drop-in programming. 

Time Commitment/Hours:

  • Must be able to commit to a consistent, regular schedule (once a week or once every other week) for a minimum of six months
  • Shift times: 10:00am-12:00pm, (occasionally) 5 days/week


The Forge Workshop/Open Making Assistants

Forge Workshop/Open Making Assistants will help guests take a deeper dive into a variety of subject matter, ranging from 45-minute pre-scheduled workshops up to 2-hour Open Making blocks.  Workshop/Open Making Assistants will be responsible for co-facilitating deeper engagements in electronics, woodworking, design, and textiles (and other general making problems/projects guests may have). This position will require in-depth interactions with guests and the necessity (and willingness) to solve a plethora of problems/questions as they arise. 

Time Commitment/Hours: 

  • Must be able to commit to a consistent, regular schedule (once a week or once every other week) for a minimum of six months
  • 10:30-2:30pm and 2:00-5:00pm, 5 days/week 


Live Animal/Insect Volunteer

Live Animal/Insect volunteers are a vital part of our team, assisting staff in the day-to-day care of our live animal collection (cage cleaning, food preparation, etc.). They help with the maintenance of the exhibit and gain skills and experience in animal husbandry while learning aspects of how to run an animal exhibit. The animals in the exhibit range from invertebrates such as hissing cockroaches, beetles, scorpions, millipedes and tarantulas, fish and amphibians, snakes, turtles and lizards.  We also have rats trained to perform rat basketball. Live Animal/Insect Volunteers should also enjoy engaging with Museum guests about what they are doing as well as explaining information about the animals in the exhibit.  

Minimum Age: 16

Time Commitment/Hours:

  • At least two, 4-hour shifts per month are required.

Ready to Apply?

If you have any questions about the program or how to apply we would love to hear from you!

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Internship Opportunities

We have Intern opportunities for you as well.

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Are You an Adult?

We have adult volunteer opportunities just for you!

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