Current Volunteer Opportunities
Science Celebrations Volunteer
DESCRIPTION: Celebrate science with us year round during our exciting Science Celebration events. These events give guests the opportunity to interact with regional businesses and STEAM professionals as they showcase their own real-world experiences. Volunteers will be paired with a Kentucky Science Center educator to help greet, guide, and facilitate various programming stations. Volunteers will be an integral part of making sure events run smoothly. Learn more about upcoming events on our Science Celebrations webpage.
UPCOMING SCIENCE CELEBRATIONS:
- ThunderBlast – April 20th-22nd
- Currently accepting applications for ThunderBlast volunteers. Spaces available April 20th and 21st for set-up and during the event on April 22nd. All volunteers who serve for at least 4-hours will receive a free ticket to ThunderBlast.
- Dog Days – May 12th
HOW TO APPLY: To volunteer at an upcoming Science Celebration, please submit an application no later than 10 days before the event’s date. See our full volunteer agreement and apply online here.
2023 Summer Volunteen Program
DESCRIPTION: An 8-week program designed to give teens hands-on opportunities to Do Science and engage with their community while creating friendships, learning about careers in STEAM, and enjoying experiences that provide personal and professional development.
HOW TO APPLY: Applications are currently closed for the 2023 Summer Volunteen Program
QUESTIONS: Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Opportunities for personal and professional development
- Creating lasting friendships with fellow volunteers and Kentucky Science Center staff
- Community service hours or class credit
- Parking in the Science Center’s lot (during a volunteer shift)
- Discounts in the Science Center Gift Shop and at Subway
- Discounts on family membership, science camps, and rentals
- Free films in our 4-story theater (before or after a volunteer shift)
How much science do I need to know?
As a volunteer, your role is to make visitors feel excited, inspired, and curious about science. An understanding of basic concepts is useful for certain positions. If you have a passion for learning we can provide resources to you.
How much time will I need to commit to volunteering at Kentucky Science Center?
Volunteers are required to attend a mandatory orientation and training session prior to beginning any recurring volunteer opportunity. While some opportunities only require day-of instruction, others need more in-depth training. You will be able to work with your assigned department to determine the duration of your service and the frequency of your shifts in order to maximize your training time investment.
When can I volunteer?
Kentucky Science Center offers opportunities to volunteer year round. A department’s need for volunteers can fluctuate throughout the year. Because of this, we have varying service commitment levels available. You have the option of volunteering for single events like our Science Celebrations or you can commit to volunteering for weeks or months at a time. Check this page frequently to receive the most up-to-date information on volunteer opportunities.
What’s the difference between a Volunteen and a volunteer?
The Summer Volunteen Program is an opportunity for teens ages 14-19 to become engaged with their local community while offering hands-on opportunities to Do Science and sharing the mission of Kentucky Science Center with guests. The program takes place at our flagship location on Louisville’s Museum Row and lasts 8 weeks. Teens must complete an application, an interview (if selected), and a mandatory orientation and training session. Individuals over the age of 19 are not eligible for the program. Teens interested in volunteering outside of this 8 week period may do so, but will be considered a volunteer, not a Volunteen.
I am volunteering for a school or extracurricular requirement. Can you verify that I volunteered?
Yes. On all applications you will have the option of letting us know that you are volunteering for school or extracurricular credit. Once you have completed the shifts agreed upon by you and your department lead and provided you have upheld the expectations of all Kentucky Science Center volunteers, we are more than happy to provide documentation of your service.
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