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There are many ways you can support the Sciencenter’s mission to inspire excitement for science through interactive exhibits and programs that engage, educate, and empower.


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Volunteer Information

Sciencenter volunteers enjoy working flexible hours in an energetic, family-friendly environment. Volunteers receive full orientation and training and have opportunities to grow with the organization. The Sciencenter welcomes volunteers regardless of whether they’re science aficionados or not. If you have an upbeat and positive attitude, strong oral communication skills, and a passion for learning and teaching, then consider applying to become a Sciencenter volunteer today!


Before you are eligible for a training session, you must:

  • Fill Out An Application
  • Complete an explore session (a 20 – 30 minute self-guided exploration of the museum)
  • Have a successful interview

Training and orientations are held monthly. Contact us at volunteer@sciencenter.org.


Volunteer Opportunities

  • Museum Programming Volunteer: Enhance the guest experience by facilitating hands-on activities, supporting memorable interactions with exhibits and helping to maintain a safe, clean museum environment for all.
  • Animal Room/Tidepool Touch Tank Volunteer: Introduce our guests to teaching reptiles and Tidepool Touch Tank inhabitants. Training in these areas is available to experienced volunteers.
  • Special Events: Individual and group volunteers are needed for 2-4 hour shifts at special events, which generally take place on weekends and evenings. * Events include (but are not limited to) Spooky Science, Earth & Space Science Showtime!, and outreach events.
  • Work Study: Complete all necessary paperwork with your college/university.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, please email us at volunteer@sciencenter.org.


Group Volunteer Opportunities

The Sciencenter has select opportunities throughout the year. For more information, please email us at volunteer@sciencenter.org. Please note that requests to volunteer within the same week may not be possible.

NOW HIRING MUSEUM GREETER, PT

The Sciencenter, a hands-on science museum in Ithaca, NY, seeks an upbeat and enthusiastic team member to serve as a part-time Museum Greeter. This role is responsible for welcoming guests to the museum, processing admissions, selling museum memberships, answering phones, completing store sales, answering guest questions and/or directing inquiries to appropriate staff, and other projects as assigned.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Click here for complete position details and application instructions

NOW HIRING VICE PRESIDENT OF MUSEUM EXPERIENCES

The Sciencenter, a hands-on science museum in Ithaca, NY, seeks a creative and visionary team leader to serve as Vice President of Museum Experiences for the Sciencenter. This role will be responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing the museum’s products/environments including exhibitions, ‘virtual’ online experiences, live collections, building and grounds.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Click here for complete position details and application instructions

More About Ithaca, NY

Ithaca is located in the heart of New York’s treasured Finger Lakes region. Known widely for its natural beauty, its cultural attractions and as a hub for higher education and high-tech business, Ithaca is a small city that thrives in its diversity and its commitment to the community. Ranked the “Smartest City in America” (Luminosity, 2013); named as the “Best Healthy City in the Northeast” (Organic Style Magazine); and ranked sixth in Outside Magazine’s list of “20 Best Towns in America” (2008), Ithaca is a great place to call home.

For more information about Ithaca, NY, visit: www.visitithaca.com

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Museum & Store Hours

  • Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm*
  • Sunday, 12 pm - 5 pm
  • *Open holiday Mondays and Mondays in July and August, 10 am - 5 pm

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