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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 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.

Director of Development and Communications

Application deadline: November 6, 2022

Works with staff and the board of trustees to advance the mission of the Sciencenter. Provides leadership for membership, development, and grants, including fundraising associated with individual donors, corporations, and foundations. Key staff member engaged in the oversight of communications, public relations, and the marketing activities of the organization. All staff are expected to contribute to a culture that supports equity, inclusion, diversity and access through their work at the Sciencenter.

Fundraising (individual, corporate, foundations, planned giving)

  • Strategy: Provides vision, planning, and implementation for all of the Sciencenter’s giving programs. Coordinates stewardship and cultivation activities closely with the Executive Director.
  • Individual Giving: identifies prospective individual and major donors. Cultivates opportunities for the Sciencenter’s major donors and prospective donors. Works closely with the Executive Director to develop and implement plan for Sciencenter’s individual major donors.
  • Corporate Giving: Identifies, cultivates, stewards, and solicits support from foundations and corporate supporters, including providing support for the corporate membership program. Includes developing written materials such as sponsorship proposals and other materials as needed.
  • Planned giving: Identifies, cultivates, and works with the Executive Director to build the Sciencenter’s endowment through planned gifts.

Department Management
  • Work in coordination with Executive Director and CFO in preparation and monitoring of annual departmental budgets and work plans.
  • Provide strategic direction for all development and communications activities, in coordination with Executive Director, Director of Exhibits and Facilities, and Director of Programs and Partnerships, and other staff as appropriate.
  • Lead the Development and Communications team and provide oversight and management of annual giving, membership, corporate giving, grants, and media and public relations.
  • Grants: Supports Grant Manager and Project Manager in grant budgeting and accounting. Works closely with Director of Exhibits & Facilities, Director of Programs & Partnerships, and Chief Financial Officer in overseeing grant management.
  • Membership: Supports Development and Communications Coordinator in implementing membership program, including drafting and reviewing member communications.
  • Public Relations: Supports Public and Media Relations Manager by engaging in the planning, review and approval of donor communications, advertisements and promotional activities of the Sciencenter, including mailings, print, radio and online ads, and press releases.

Other duties as assigned
  • Performs other duties consistent with the position to advance the mission of the Sciencenter, as assigned.

Supervision of Others:
  • Grant Manager
  • Development and Communications Coordinator
  • PR and Media Relations Manager
  • Grant Project Manager

*Learn more and apply!

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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, 12 pm - 5 pm

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