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
GROW Exhibit Volunteer Opportunities
Agricultural Exhibit (Indoor and Outdoor)
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.
Teacher Focused Summer Volunteer Program
Stay cool this summer and volunteer for the Saint Louis Science Center. Join our teacher focused summer program where you can practice informal education with our visitors. Learn skills and techniques that also apply to your own classroom. As a Science Center volunteer, enjoy perks such as staff-only previews of exhibits and films, and access to behind-the-scenes resources.
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!
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.
EVie the Electric Truck
As an Electric Vehicle volunteer, you will engage people of all ages in concepts of energy, alternative sources of energy and how electric vehicles work. You will travel with “EVie,” the Science Center’s electric truck all over the Saint Louis region to schools, fairs, and community events. During your travels with EVie, you will guide a diverse group of students, parents, and the community in the components and exhibits that are associated with EVie.
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.
Temporary exhibitions come and go throughout the year. Volunteers assist in multiple ways to support them...taking tickets, giving information/good customer service and facilitating the experience with interpretation, hands-on activities and demonstrations.
Volunteers are an invaluable source because they help make sure Members' needs are met. Members make up the most - frequent visitors of the Saint Louis Science Center. Membership volunteers meet people from St. Louis and around the country, answering questions about Membership, the Science Center and completing sales of new and renewing Members. We prefer that Membership volunteers work at least once a week due to the demands of learning the variances in Membership and the POS system. Must have computer skills and sales experience is a plus.
Providing Member services on Saturday by answering phones. This volunteer will provide general SLSC film/Exhibition information; membership record checking; taking new or renewal membership information; taking messages as necessary for questions directed to other departments or staff.
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 Services Greeter
We need one or two people each day to welcome our visitors in each of our lobbies. Volunteers should be able to describe the Science Center’s galleries and paid venues and be able to learn about Membership benefits. They should be able to assist with wheelchair and stroller rentals, help out in emergency situations and give clear directions around the building and other nearby locations. Volunteers will be expected to stand for long periods of time.
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 (adult and family volunteers)
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.