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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 Judy Ammack, Volunteer Manager, at jammack@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 Judy Ammack, Volunteer Manager, at jammack@sciencenter.org.


Group Volunteer Opportunities

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

NOW HIRING EDUCATION FACILITATOR

The Sciencenter, a hands-on science museum in Ithaca, NY, seeks a passionate, organized individual to serve as Facilitator for the Sciencenter Engagement and Learning Department. The Facilitator role will have responsibility for the delivery of field trip programs and hands-on experiences on the museum floor as well as educational programs for young children (0 – 5 years old) and their families. This individual will engage museum guests through hands-on science activities and demonstrations; work collaboratively with others on special museum projects and assist on grant-funded projects. Click here for complete position details and application instructions

NOW HIRING EDUCATOR

The Sciencenter, a hands-on science museum in Ithaca, NY, seeks a passionate, organized individual to serve as Educator for the Engagement and Learning Department. The Educator role will be responsible for delivery of engaging programs for the Sciencenter’s guests. The role involves developing and delivering educational programs on a variety of science topics, and engaging museum guests through field trip programming. It also involves secondary responsibility for the Sciencenter’s adult programs and offsite outreach. Click here for complete position details and application instructions

NOW HIRING SENIOR DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS

The Sciencenter, a hands-on science museum in Ithaca, NY, seeks a high energy, organized individual to serve as Senior Director of Development and External Relations. The Senior Director of Development and External Relations is a visionary team leader with a strong commitment to building dynamic, inclusive, and collaborative environments that positively impact the Sciencenter, local community, and national constituencies that the Sciencenter serves. 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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  • Sunday, 12 pm - 5 pm
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