Ignite guests’ passion for science by volunteering with the Saint Louis Science Center!

Volunteers work throughout the museum to bring our mission to life and provide unforgettable experiences for guests. Perks include free parking, a free Science Center t-shirt, and a complimentary membership after 50 hours of volunteer hours (from June through June annually).


Volunteer Application Process

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. After you apply, a member of our staff will be in contact within 1-2 business weeks.

Step 2.

Attend a volunteer interview.

  • 2019 dates to be announced in January 2019
  • *Times and dates above subject to change.
Step 3.

Attend volunteer orientation.

  • 2019 dates to be announced in January 2019
  • *Times and dates above subject to change.
Step 4.

Attend volunteer training.

  • 2019 dates to be announced in January 2019
  • *Times and dates above subject to change.

Questions? You can contact us by phone at 314-289-4412 or by email at volunteer@slsc.org.

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AVAILABLE POSITIONS
We have many areas in need of support.

Let’s help you find a position that fits with your talent and availability.

Discovery Room

This is an enclosed space for our youngest visitors and their families. Volunteers facilitate science learning through play.

Ecology & Environment Gallery

Volunteer in the Earth Science Gallery and engage visitors with fun, interactive, hands-on-activities and demonstrations. Volunteers can also apprentice to become a fossil preparator and work with real dinosaur fossils in the Dana Brown Fossil Prep Lab.

Experience Energy Gallery

Show guests with how to use exhibits and assist young children with tabletop/pocket science activities. We ask that volunteers have a willingness to learn energy basics, how energy is generated, and electric vehicle technology.

First Fridays

First Friday volunteers interact with visitors and help facilitate hands-on activities. Availability for every First Friday is not required. We are also looking for volunteers who can assist with setup for the event and assist partners as they arrive. This opportunity would be from 2:00-6:00 PM during First Friday events. The volunteer must be able to lift up to 20 lbs, as well as bend/kneel as required. Those who are able to join us will be given a complimentary voucher for a slice of pizza from our EZ Pizza station. Afterwards, join us in the festivities.

First Fridays College Liaison

First Fridays College Liaisons will contribute to planning First Friday programs by 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.

GameXPloration

The Saint Louis Science Center is connecting to a universe of games with GameXPloration. Combining technology and neuroscience, GameXPloration explores how the gamer mindset is part of the human experience. Games are everywhere. They affect our lives, our brains and our bodies, and connect us to immersive experiences and creative play.

The exhibition features a multitude of experiences from board games to video games to virtual reality games. Visitors will learn about game design and development and gaming technologies, while having the opportunity to play arcade games, retro video games and board games.

Volunteer opportunities include facilitating the many areas designed to focus on several aspects of gaming, as well as monitoring visitors’ behavior throughout the exhibit. In addition, volunteers will be interpreting the educational content provided by the Saint Louis Science Center.

Requirements:

  • 1 shift per week; 4 shifts per month.
  • Must be able to stand and walk for extended periods.
  • Must be able to lift up to 20 lbs.
  • Bending/kneeling as required.
  • Be capable of listening and communicating clearly in a busy atmosphere.
  • Must have an interest in or an ability to absorb information related to the current exhibition.
  • Expected to attend required training sessions.
  • Expected to comply with all Saint Louis Science Center policies.
GROW

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. This volunteering commitment is flexible, with an average of 4-20 hours per week in June and July.

GROW Tractor Run

Volunteers will monitor the Tractor Run track and assist riders as necessary. You’ll help the exhibition cashier monitor the entrance and exit on busy days while informing visitors of ride cost, requirements, and operation. 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 handle money.

Guitar: Special Exhibition

The Saint Louis Science Center is proud to host our latest Special Exhibition, Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World!

Open to the public from January 19th until April 14th, this exhibition focuses on the history and science behind the guitar, the instrument of ancient origins that has become the centerpiece of American music. Housing interactive experiences, iconic and antique real instruments, and the world’s largest playable guitar, this exhibition has something for everyone!

This exhibition also has the opportunity for LIVE PERFORMANCES!

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Demonstrating and teaching the guitar to our guests! If you play, feel free to share your method with our guests of all ages. Show them scales, tuning, give them practice tips, and play some of your favorite songs! (Not available during live performances)
  • The Science of Sound! Using an instrument tuner and tuning forks, demonstrate how notes and pitches work to our guests! See if the visitors can sing or hum in tune! (Possible upgrades include an oscilloscope app to demonstrate frequency and amplitude. Not available during live performances)

A walkthrough and brief meeting with the Special Exhibitions team are required before you are cleared to begin. Training materials available for those interested. Must be able to work 4 hours a day during peak hours, and be able to stand/walk through the majority of the shift.

Information Desk Greeter

Be the first person to greet our guest and help coordinate a great day at the 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 wayfinding.

McDonnell Planetarium

Volunteers play a wide variety of roles in support of activities and programs throughout the Planetarium. Educators will be needed to provide supplementary live education programs and provide interpretation of exhibits.

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.

Makerspace

As a Makerspace volunteer you will engage with our guests as they explore engineering and creativity. Volunteers 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.

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.

Public Programs, School Programs, Day Camps

Volunteers will actively engage with children and adults, demonstrating science techniques in the various disciplines of physics, biology, chemistry, astronomy. Volunteers must be able to comfortably converse with the public, walk short distances, stand for 3-5 hours and lift 5 lbs. Volunteers for Camps 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.

Special Exhibitions

Volunteers for Special Exhibitions must be able to work 1 shift per week, 4 times per month. The volunteer must be able to lift up to 20 lbs, stand/walk for extended periods, and bend/kneel as required. The ideal volunteer will have an interest in or an ability to absorb information related to the current exhibition, and will be required to attend training sessions. Must be capable of listening and communicating clearly in a busy atmosphere.

Visitor Studies

Join the team that helps figure things out! The Science Center’s Data Squad interacts with visitors to collect data needed to support the institution’s mission. This volunteer position is great for anyone who is comfortable interacting with people and wants to support the Science Center. Background in the social sciences is a plus, but not necessary.