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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 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

If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, please email us at

Group Volunteer Opportunities

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

Available positions will be posted below.

Traveling Exhibitions Rentals Manager


SUPERVISOR: Director of Exhibits & Facilities

If you are a sales-whiz with a love for museums, apply for this job!

The Sciencenter has a dozen Traveling Exhibitions that tour throughout North America and are rented by other museums. These exhibitions are 1200-2000 square feet and each travel 3 times a year (January, May, and September). The Traveling Exhibitions Rentals Manager supports the Sciencenter’s mission by furthering our reach of interactive and educational science experiences. This program is also a critical, revenue-producing resource.

Over two decades, we have built a reputation for touring highly interactive and educational exhibitions. The Traveling Exhibitions Rentals Manager is in charge of the marketing and sales for our portfolio of exhibitions.

Learn more and apply!

Finance Associate


SUPERVISOR: Chief Financial Officer

The Finance Associate is a key member of the Finance Department and collaborates with the CFO to ensure timely and accurate financial reporting, invoicing, and reconciliation. The Finance Associate supports all departments within the museum through developing and maintaining spreadsheets, invoicing, and providing other financial support. All staff are expected to contribute to a culture that supports equity, inclusion, diversity and access through their work at the Sciencenter.

Learn more and apply!

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.

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  • Wednesday, 10 am - 5 pm
  • Thursday, 10 am - 5 pm
  • Friday, 10 am - 5 pm
  • Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm

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