Finding a non-profit organization that clicks with you is the first step to enjoying your role in making a difference. When looking closely at what defines volunteering, we begin to realize a common thread. A volunteer is a person who carries out a service in return for the hope and desire of making a difference.
So, the question remains: why bother volunteering?
- Volunteering allows you to experience different environments that can help you develop new skills and insights. You open up the doors to other possibilities by bringing out new interests and ideas.
- Volunteers create better environments for others. Through volunteering, you create healthier communities and brighten lives by giving back.
- Creating connections and building relationships with people is crucial. Volunteering allows you to meet a wide variety of people from all walks of life.
- Networking is an amazing benefit of volunteering. It gives you access to a breadth of knowledge from mentors who can help you gain valuable insights, skills, and experiences.
So, get out there, get involved and sign up to volunteer with The Saint Louis Science Center today.
We have volunteer positions available in the following areas:
- James S. McDonnell Planetarium
- Life Science Lab
- Public Programs
- Special Events
- Special Exhibitions
- Visitor Experience
- Visitor Studies
A variety of opportunities are available for our volunteers
Special Exhibition Volunteer Opportunity
The Discovery of King Tut Special Exhibition
The Discovery of King Tut will be open from May 27 2017 – January 7 2018
Help our guests experience the thrill of discovery in our new special exhibit, “The Discovery of King Tut.” Join us as a volunteer where you can help our guests as they learn about the history of Ancient Egypt, as well as the incredible work by Howard Carter, who found the famous tomb and the treasures within. Featuring audio tours, informative videos, and faithful recreations of the exquisite finds within the tomb, the large exhibit requires your help to ensure guests can easily navigate the space, as well as ensure the quality of their visit. Volunteers may need to be able to stand for long periods, and an interest in history or Egyptology is a plus!
Volunteer Responsibilities: The Discovery of King Tut will be open from May 27 2017 – January 7 2018, and will have various volunteer opportunities including a gallery attendant, theater usher, and more. If you choose to volunteer with Special Exhibitions, you will be interacting with the public throughout this ticketed exhibition and we encourage you to continue your learning through this and future installations as you enhance the visitor experience.
Information Desk Greeter
Be the first person to greet our guest and help coordinate a great day at the Science Center! The Information Desk Greeter will play an important role in the guest experience. Greeters are the first impression our guests receive at the Saint Louis Science Center. Information Desk Greeters will be prepared to talk about our new and exciting films, exhibits and special events around the center. Greeters will be responsible for maintaining high standards of friendly, inviting and professional customer service at all times. Individuals will also assist with group check in and way finding.
GROW Exhibit Volunteer Opportunities
Where else can you dig in the dirt and teach visitors about where their food comes from? Volunteer in the NEW! GROW Exhibit and engage visitors with fun, interactive, hands-on-activities and demonstrations. Join us and teach plant and animal biology to school age students, get your hands dirty and plant vegetables and flowers each growing season. Volunteers can also lead DIY programs and activity cart demonstrations! These and more opportunities are available.
This volunteering commitment is flexible, with an average of 4-20 hours per week in June and July. Ask your administration if this experience can apply toward professional development credit!
GROW Tractor Run
Description of Program/Session: Paid activity area where visitors can ride pedal or electric tractors in a farm setting.
Description of what the Volunteers will be doing:
- Helping exhibition cashier monitor the entrance and exit on busy days and informing visitors of ride cost and requirements
- Instructing riders on tractor operation and starting the rides
- Monitoring the Tractor Run track and assisting riders as necessary
- Volunteers should be comfortable in an outdoor setting, standing for extended periods and walking the track area
A paid staff person will always be present in the Tractor Run area. The volunteer will not be handling money.
As a Makerspace Facilitator you will engage with our guests as they explore engineering and creativity. This volunteer will help visitors interpret the different exhibits in the Makerspace, as well as assist in teaching the workshops we will offer in our Makerspace classroom. These workshops will include the topic areas of: engineering, technology, crafting, and other arts.
James S. McDonnell Planetarium
Volunteers play a wide variety of roles in support of activities and programs in the Skyport, on the Star Shuttle, Star Bay and Star Bridge.
Mission Mars: Mission Control will allow visitors to experience the design process involved in creating a Mars rover. Visitors will learn to program a rover from Earth and watch the rover execute the commands in the planetarium gallery. Mission Mars:Base will allow visitors to learn about living and working on Mars in the future. Visitors will learn about science being done on Mars as well as have control of a rover from Mars base. Educators will be needed to provide supplementary live education programs in both locations and provide interpretation of exhibits.
Master Pilot, Experience Flight
This Master Pilot volunteer position will be responsible for operations in the Science Center's "Mission Control" room, overseeing up to eight flight simulators and helping our visitors experience the joy of "flying" their own airplane. This position requires 16 hours of training on Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 and Flight Simulator X.
Earth Sciences Gallery
Where else can you dig in the dirt and touch real fossils? Volunteer in the Earth Science Gallery and engage visitors with fun, interactive, hands-on-activities and demonstrations. Join us and teach animal anatomy with our construct-a-saur, get dirty at the Fossil Dig Site or Augmented Reality Sandbox, and amaze visitors with a real fossilized T. rex tooth. Volunteers can also apprentice to become a fossil preparator and work with real dinosaur fossils in the Dana Brown Fossil Prep Lab. These and more opportunities are available.
Life Science Lab
As a volunteer in the Life Science Lab, you will have the opportunity to engage visitors around the Exploration Stations in our Atrium and present various topics on "Science on Wheels" activity carts. You'll get to help provide visitors with a fun and unique experience as they engage in authentic science at our Activity Benches. You'll also be able to help facilitate hands-on life science themed activities for private programs, events and the general public in our Lab Classroom.
This is an enclosed science gallery for our youngest visitors. Volunteers facilitate conceptual learning through constructive play using model dinosaurs, musical instruments, marble tracks, a race car track, live animals and more.
Visitor Studies Volunteer
Attention! Interested in the social sciences?! The Science Center’s Research and Evaluation Team is looking for motivated individuals to serve as Visitor Studies Volunteers. This position is great for those interested in museum studies, research and evaluation, anthropology, psychology, sociology, marketing, education and/or the learning sciences. Primarily, our volunteers help the Science Center understand how we are meeting the expectations of visitors through the distribution of comment cards. Interested individuals may also assist department staff with a variety data collection/data entry projects or have a shared volunteer position with other Science Center departments.
Public Programs, School Programs, Day Camps
Essential Skills: Ability to actively engage with children and adults. Demonstrate science techniques in the various disciplines of Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Astronomy. Ability to comfortably converse with the public, walk short distances, stand for 3-5 hours & lift 5lb.
Fair Events: These events often take place on weekend days.
Program Assistant/ Leader- Public Program instructors often travel to schools and businesses
Camp-ins and Day Camps- Volunteers are needed to assist staff with registration, food service and programming for overnight camp-ins. In addition, our day camp program is in need of instructors to lead programs and/or assist other camp counselors with programming.
First Fridays College Liaison
First Fridays are a monthly opportunity for adults of all ages to spend an evening at the Science Center, enjoying programs just for them. The First Fridays College Liaison will contribute to planning First Friday programs, providing expertise on what will work well for college students. The liaison will also help to promote First Fridays on campus and attend the program with their friends.
First Fridays Volunteers
Our Frist Friday events take place on the 1st Friday of each month, requiring volunteers from 5:30pm - 9:30pm. First Friday volunteers interact with visitors and help facilitiate hands-on activities. The activities change from month to month. Availability for every First Friday is not required.
Experience Energy Gallery
Assisting guests with how to use exhibits and explaining or engaging visitors in activities and assisting young children to be successful or doing table top/pocket science activities. This activity is good for adult volunteers and family volunteers. We ask that the volunteer will have a smile and is courteous and friendly, has a willingness to learn energy basics, how energy is generated, electric vehicle technology and how all of this pertains to them.