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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

Volunteers are an integral part of the Sciencenter team!
If you have an upbeat and positive attitude, strong oral communication skills, and a passion for teaching and learning, we want you to become a Sciencenter volunteer! You will receive ongoing opportunities to grow and gain skills within the organization. Science content expertise is not required.


Before you are eligible to volunteer, you must:

1. Fill out an application. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
2. Complete an “Explore Session” (a 30 minute self-guided exploration of the museum). Regular admission fees are waived for Explore Sessions.
3. Have a successful 20 – 30 minute interview. If your application is accepted, the Volunteer Programs Manager will contact you to schedule.
4. Attend a New Volunteer Orientation/Training, held monthly.

Contact volunteer@sciencenter.org with any questions!


Volunteer Opportunities

  • Education Programming Assistant: 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 Facilitator: 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 weekday evenings. Events include Spooky Science in October, featured Saturday Showtimes!, and various outreach appearances throughout the year.
  • Community Work-Study: Complete all necessary paperwork with your college/university. Listings available through Cornell’s Public Service Center and Ithaca College’s Community Service Federal Work Study program.
  • Internships: Hoping to complete an internship requirement? Send a cover letter, resume, and description of your skills and interest areas to volunteer@sciencenter.org

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


Group Volunteer Opportunities

The Sciencenter has limited one-time group volunteer opportunities throughout the year. For more information, please email us at volunteer@sciencenter.org.

Available Positions:

Volunteer Program Manager

Description
This position enhances the experience of Sciencenter guests by maintaining a regular cohort 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 including work-study placements, and assist on grant-funded projects.

Responsibilities

  • Coordinates Sciencenter volunteer recruitment across the organization, including long-term, short-term, and event volunteers
  • Interviews potential candidates and provides regular orientation and training
  • Oversees daily scheduling and evaluation of volunteers for Interactive Floor Programs; ensures coverage of special content areas, including Discovery Space, Touch Tank, and Animal Room, and oversees daily cleaning by volunteers
  • Assists with special programs and events both on- and off-site including volunteer recruitment and training
  • Collaborates with Education team and other departments to develop ongoing specific content training
  • Coordinates with Development department to recognize volunteer contributions
  • Mentors and provides ongoing opportunities for professional growth for volunteers
  • Develops and maintains productive relationships with community partners to recruit, place, and mentor youth employees, job training placements, and work-study participants
  • Manages work-study, youth, and community service participants in their role with the Sciencenter including appropriate follow-up with supervisors and support staff
  • Develops work-study budget and schedule, and tracks hours and submits timecards
  • Facilitates Interactive Floor Programs and covers volunteer stations as needed
  • Delivers weekend birthday parties, along with Guest Relations staff
  • Supports other departments on special projects and initiatives, as appropriate
  • Other duties appropriate to the position, as assigned

Learn more and apply!

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  • Tuesday, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Wednesday, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Thursday, 10 am - 8 pm
  • Friday, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Sunday, 12 pm - 4 pm
  • *Open holiday Mondays, 10 am-4 pm

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