Adult Volunteer Opportunities

The Children’s Science Center has opportunities for volunteers to work in the following areas. All volunteer opportunities are for adults unless otherwise noted. Youth of all ages, please visit our Youth Volunteers section to see how you can get involved.

Lab Volunteer
Engage guests and provide support to education staff during daily operations at the Children’s Science Center Lab at Fair Oaks Mall. Advance instructions and/or training will be provided.

Education Team for Community Events
Interact directly with children to teach them about basic scientific concepts and assist with a hands-on activity. Advance instructions and/or training will be provided. Open to those 16 years and older. Please review our Volunteer and Event FAQs. Youth, ages 13-16, please see our Youth Volunteers section for volunteer opportunities our community events.

Community Ambassador
Connect others to the Children’s Science Center initiative by inviting them to events; training is provided.

Presenting Ambassador
Share information and encourage people to sign up for our newsletter by staffing an information table at our events; speak to local groups (PTAs, HOAs) about the Children’s Science Center. Training is provided.

Education
Assist in developing hands-on activities, exhibits, programs, and demonstrations to educate and excite children about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Marketing and Communications
Help raise awareness of the Children’s Science Center and our programs; write newsletter articles, support social media, design collateral, help with public relations, take photographs, and more.

Youth Leadership Council Leader
The YLC (Youth Leadership Council) Team is looking for one more adult volunteer to serve as a lead for the combined 2nd and 3rd year classes during the upcoming YLC event year. The YLC’s year runs from September 2017 – April 2018. A leadership team meeting will be held in mid-August to plan out the year.
Adult leads serve as mentors to both the YLC members and YLC Education Interns. They run meetings (held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at the “Garage” at the Lab from 6:30-8p), and attend Family Science Night events with YLC members to assist as guides for these students as they learn to facilitate activities and interact with audiences.
Adult leads should be comfortable with working with children ages 10-16, and be able to commitment the time for monthly meetings and 1-2 Family Science Night events (5:30-8:30p) each month. Yes, it’s a lot, but well worth the effort! Our current adult leads love their positions and working with these wonderful children.  If you’d like to learn more, please send email to programs@childsci.org.

Special Events
Help with advance preparation and/or assist during special events.

Internship Opportunities
Assist the Children’s Science Center’s Education Team with weekly Summer STEM Camp.  Apply here.

Lab Summer Internship Opportunities 
Join the team at the Children’s Science Center Lab as a Lab Summer Intern facilitating activities and designing a new Lab activity.

Writing and Fund Development
Identify funding sources for specific projects; help research, write, and/or review grant applications and proposals.

Administrative
Help the Children’s Science Center administratively by maintaining database, tracking event attendance, etc.

Your first step to becoming a volunteer is to complete the Volunteer Application. If you have specific questions, please contact us.