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

Join our team of dedicated volunteers and share your interest in science and technology. Whether you have just a few hours to spare, or are looking for a long term volunteer commitment, the Saint Louis Science Center is the place for you to volunteer your time and talent. Certified volunteer perks include FREE parking, FREE Science Center shirt and a complimentary membership.

Membership available after 50 hours of volunteer hours (from June through June annually).

There are 4 steps to becoming a volunteer:

  • Step 1: Complete the online adult volunteer application form.
    Completing a volunteer application does not guarantee a volunteer placement.
  • Step 2: Complete the interview process. If selected, you will be invited to a Volunteer Orientation.
  • Step 3: Attend Volunteer Orientation
  • Step 4: Attend required volunteer training

AVAILABLE POSITIONS
We have many areas in need of support.

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

Exhibitions

da Vinci The Exhibition

Opening January 11th, 2020, this exhibition includes incredible recreations of some of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous work. From beautiful artwork to machines based upon his sketches, this exhibition has something for everyone!

As a volunteer for Special Exhibitions, you will have the opportunity to connect our guests with these materials based upon your areas of interests! Demonstrating how the machines work, describing the importance of his artistic innovations, or place Leonardo da Vinci’s life within the context of history are just some of the ways you can help enrich the guest experience.

Volunteer roles may include:

  • Guest wayfinding – assisting our guests as they navigate both the da Vinci exhibition and the general Saint Louis Science Center
  • Object and theme interpretation – helping our visitors understand the objects on display, and their context within the exhibition
  • Exhibit facilitation – help the guests by demonstrating how the mechanical recreations work, and practical uses for those machines
  • Educational carts – developed in tandem with our Education team, these optional carts will further support many of da Vinci’s important contributions

Requirements:

  • Must be able to volunteer for 4-hour shifts
  • Must be able to volunteer at least twice per month (special considerations for group volunteer days)
  • Must complete exhibition training with Management team
GameXPloration

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.

Galleries

Discovery Room

Volunteers facilitate science learning through playful discovery for our youngest budding scientists.

Experience Energy Gallery

Discover and share energy basics, how energy is generated and electric vehicle technology. Show guests how to use exhibits and assist young children with tabletop science activities.

GROW Tractor Run

Help staff monitor the Tractor Run entrance and exit. Instruct riders on tractor operation and starting the rides. Volunteers should be comfortable in an outdoor setting and standing for extended periods.

James S. McDonnell Planetarium

Volunteers play a wide variety of roles in support of activities and programs throughout the Planetarium. Volunteers also provide supplementary live education programs and interpretation of exhibits.

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Ecology & Environment Gallery

Engage visitors in learning more about earth sciences with fun, interactive, hands-on activities and demonstrations.

GROW

Dig in the dirt and teach visitors about where their food comes from in the GROW gallery. Engage visitors with fun, interactive, hands-on- activities.

Life Science Lab

Engage visitors across many areas of life science through hands-on activities including Exploration Stations, “Science on Wheels” carts and Activity Benches. You’ll also be able to help facilitate programs and events in our Lab Classroom.

Makerspace

Engage guests in this interactive space dedicated to science, engineering, technology and creativity. Volunteers can also assist in teaching themed workshops offered in the Makerspace classroom.

Public Programs

Ability to actively engage with children and adults during school programs or day camps. Demonstrate science techniques in the various disciplines of Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Astronomy. Ability to comfortably converse with the public, walk short distances, lift 5lbs and stand for 3-5 hours.

Operational

Information Desk Greeter

Greeters will be responsible for providing friendly, inviting and professional customer service for our visitors. Greeters will also assist with group check in and wayfinding. Volunteers will need to be able to stand for long periods of time.

Visitor Studies

This position is great for those interested in museum studies, research and evaluation. Ability to comfortably converse with the public required. Volunteers will also need to be able to walk and stand for 2-3 hours at a time.

Events

First Fridays

Share the real science behind science fiction with visitors and help facilitate hands-on activities at our monthly themed events. Volunteers needed for set-up and assistance with partner arrivals from 2pm to 6pm during First Friday events. Availability for every First Friday is not required. Volunteers must be able to lift up to 20 lbs and bend/kneel as required. Volunteers will receive a complimentary voucher for a slice of pizza from our EZ Pizza station. Afterwards, join us in the festivities.

SciFests

Volunteers are needed for themed weekend expos where visitors meet real scientists, innovators and other experts in science and technology. Support needed for morning set-up and throughout the day. Availability for every SciFest is not required.

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