- Who volunteers at the Science Museum?
- What qualities does a good volunteer possess?
- What kinds of opportunities are there at the museum?
- Do I need training?
- How much of a commitment does the museum expect out of me?
- Are there any benefits for volunteering at the Science Museum?
- Are there any age restrictions for volunteering?
- Where do I park while working at the Science Museum? Will I have to pay for parking?
- How can I sign up to be a Science Museum volunteer?
Who volunteers at the Science Museum?
The Science Museum has volunteers of varied ages helping in nearly every aspect of the museum. The one common thread that ties every volunteer together is that each is a lifelong learner, wishing to share his or her love of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with every visitor.
What qualities does a good volunteer possess?
First and foremost, as a good volunteer, you must be passionate about the area in which you will be assisting. Each volunteer must love learning and educating others on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Good Science Museum volunteers do their best to ensure that each visitor’s experience exceeds all expectations.
Science Museum volunteers work with people of all ages and personalities, so good candidates must be patient with visitors, as well as energetic and passionate about the topics they will be discussing with young children and families.
Overall, good volunteers will care about the community in which they’ll be investing their resources. They’ll be creating a positive work environment and a valuable learning atmosphere for every visitor.
- Exhibit Gallery Interpreters
- School Group Greeters
- Special Event Helpers
- Clerical Assistants
- Office Assistant
- Trail Guide
Other volunteer opportunities arise as new programs and projects arrive at the museum.
Do I need training?
Training is an essential and mandatory part of being a volunteer at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Volunteers working in the exhibit galleries and as school group greeters must attend an information session and up to 15 hours of training in their specific area of work. Volunteers typically take Introduction to the Science Museum of Minnesota and Volunteer Orientation. In addition, most positions have on-the-job training.
In return for the extensive training they receive, we expect volunteers to commit for a minimum of one year or to stay for the duration of the exhibit, depending on whether the exhibit is permanent or temporary.
- Tickets to the Omnitheater and exhibit galleries
- 20% discount at the museum store
- Free parking during volunteer shifts
- Free or reduced rates to enrichment workshops and lectures
- Discounts to hundreds of entertainment and business venues nationwide
- Environment of fun, curiosity, and lifelong-learning
- Supporting one of the finest science museums in the nation
Volunteers may park in the main parking ramp off of Kellogg Boulevard, which is attached to the museum. Visitors to the museum park in this ramp, as well.