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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

  • “Bluecoat” Museum Floor Staff: Enhance the guest experience by facilitating interactions with exhibits and helping to maintain a safe, clean museum environment for all. All volunteers begin as bluecoats and have the opportunity to grow within the organization
  • Special Events: Volunteers are generally needed Monday-Saturday during the day. Shifts are typically 2-4 hours in length. Events include, but are not limited to Spooky Science, NanoDays, and school breaks.
  • Museum Programming Internship: An internship with the Sciencenter Education team is a fun, interactive, and creative way of exploring science education with a variety of audiences.
  • 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 VOLUNTEER MANAGER

The Sciencenter, a hands-on science museum in Ithaca, NY, seeks an energetic, upbeat individual to serve as Volunteer Manager for the Sciencenter. This role will be responsible for enhancing the guest experience by ensuring a regular cadre of enthusiastic floor staff volunteers, through ongoing recruitment, training, and supervision. This individual will also engage museum guests through hands-on science activities and demonstrations; work collaboratively with others on special museum projects, and assist on grant-funded projects.

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 SUMMER CAMP COUNSELOR

Sciencenter, a hands-on science museum in Ithaca, NY, seeks dynamic, energetic individuals to lead a safe, fun, and educational summer day camp experience for children ages 5-11. Sciencenter Summer Camp combines fun and games with exciting, hands-on science activities, experiments, field trips, visits from special presenters, and museum exploration.

To apply, please fill out the online application, OR send an email to camp@sciencenter.org with a cover letter, resume, and contact info for two references.
Applications must be submitted by February 22, 2019.

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.

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NOW HIRING SUMMER CAMP ASSISTANT

Sciencenter, a hands-on science museum in Ithaca, NY, seeks dynamic, energetic individuals to support the logistics of a safe, fun, and educational summer day camp experience for children ages 5-15. Sciencenter Summer Camp engages children in age appropriate hands-on science activities and experiments.

To apply, please fill out the online application, OR send an email to ebelle@sciencenter.org with a cover letter, resume, and contact info for two references.
Applications must be submitted by Friday, February 22, 2019

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.

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NOW HIRING VICE PRESIDENT OF EDUCATION

The Sciencenter, a hands-on science museum in Ithaca, NY, seeks a passionate, creative and visionary team leader with a strong commitment to building dynamic, inclusive, and collaborative education experiences that positively impact the local and national constituencies that the Sciencenter serves. The Vice President of Education is a key member of the staff involved in developing, implementing and overseeing the museum’s facilitated experiences including onsite and offsite programs, program development, national endeavors, and volunteer programs. A proven ability to conceptualize innovative museum programs and exciting, interactive visitor experiences are viewed as essential components of the role.

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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  • 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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