Volunteer - Kentucky Science Center

Volunteer

Volunteer

Do you believe that Science Matters? Are you a lifelong learner? Share the joys of learning with others, meet new people, and bring positive change to your community by volunteering at Kentucky Science Center!

Kentucky Science Center offers volunteer opportunities for teens (aged 13-17) and adults (18+). Children aged 5-12 are welcome to volunteer with their caregiver’s guidance. To learn about group volunteer opportunities, check the status of your application, or ask additional questions contact Jenna Dixon, Manager of Volunteer Services at 502-561-6146 or at Jenna.Dixon@louisvilleky.gov.

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Ways to Volunteer

Teens

Summer VolunTeens

Applications are closed for the 2018 Summer VolunTeen Program. Applications for the 2019 VolunTeen Program will open in January 2019.

Requirements:

  • Must be a high school student (or entering 9th grade in the fall of 2018) AND at least 13 years of age by June 1, 2018.
  • Have your own email address. We communicate directly with our VolunTeens via email. You must commit to checking your email regularly.
  • Support the mission of the Science Center.
  • Submit an application packet by Thursday, March 1st.
  • Complete the interview process. See below for a list of interview dates and times. Interviews will last approximately 1.5 hours.
  • Attend the mandatory orientation and training on either May 31st or June 1st.
  • Commit to the 9 week program (June 4th – August 4th) during the summer AND volunteer at least 20 hours during the school year to be considered for the following summer program. Teens may miss no more than two weeks in the summer due to family vacations, camps, etc.
  • Complete the program and all shift requirements.
  • Home School VolunTeens

    Home School teens ages 13-18 are able to volunteer year-round. Our VolunTeens enrich exhibit experiences, perform demos, assist with classes or labs, and more.

    Requirements: Available shift hours: Variable. Shifts are typically four hours; VolunTeens choose to work at least one shift per week. All VolunTeens are required to attend a new volunteer orientation.
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    Youth Infusion Board

    Applications to serve on the Youth Infusion Board are accepted in October.
    The Youth Infusion Board is open to any student age 13-18 interested in sharing the message “Science Matters.”

    Requirements: Service on the Board carries a number of requirements, as well as formal and informal expectations.

    The Curious Kids Board

    The Curious Kids Board is open to any student between the ages of 4-8 at the time of the application.

    Requirements: Service on the Board carries a number of requirements, including being an Ambassador for the Science Center, and most importantly, a love of PLAY!

    Apply Now: Applications to serve on the Curious Kids Board are accepted between September and October.

    Adults: Museum

    Theater Host

    Act as a host and usher for the Kentucky Science Center Theater. Duties may include taking tickets, seating guests, sweeping, collecting 3D glasses, etc.

    Requirements: Age and experience requirements apply. Available shift hours: Monday – Friday from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Minimum service commitment of at least eight hours per month for six months, in addition to a new volunteer orientation.

    Apply Now

    Lobby Host

    Act as a host and concierge for Kentucky Science Center. Duties may include answering questions about the Science Center and the city.

    Requirements: Age and experience requirements apply. Available shift hours: Monday – Thursday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Friday – Saturday from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Minimum service commitment of at least eight hours per month for six months, in addition to a new volunteer orientation.
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    Lunchroom Host

    Act as a host for the Kentucky Science Center Lunchroom. Duties may include managing groups in and out of the lunchroom on a schedule, light cleaning, answering questions about Kentucky Science Center, etc.

    Requirements: Age and experience requirements apply. Available shift hours: Monday – Friday from 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM. Minimum service commitment of at least eight hours per month for six months, in addition to a new volunteer orientation.
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    Adults: Education

    Facilitator: Exhibit Halls

    Enrich the museum experience for visitors through dialogue, exhibit instruction, and small demonstrations. Duties may include: interacting with guests, answering basic exhibit questions, working with KSC staff to ensure exhibits are working properly and that consumable materials are stocked, etc.

    Requirements: Age and experience requirements apply. Available shift hours: Monday – Thursday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Friday – Saturday from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Minimum service commitment of at least eight hours per month for six months, in addition to a new volunteer orientation.
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    Facilitator: Early Childhood

    Enrich the museum experience for our youngest visitors and their families through dialogue, positive behavior modeling, and small demonstrations. Duties may include: engaging with guests, answering visitor questions, light cleaning, and restocking small loose parts and consumable materials, etc.

    Requirements: Age and experience requirements apply. Available shift hours: Monday – Thursday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Friday – Saturday from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Minimum service commitment of at least eight hours per month for six months, in addition to a new volunteer orientation.
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    Facilitator: Classes and Labs

    Present, or assist in presenting, hands-on learning experiences for up to 30 students at one time. Duties may include: setting up or taking down activity and demo stations, assisting students with activities, answering student questions, etc.

    Requirements: Age and experience requirements apply. Available shift hours: Monday – Friday from 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM. Minimum service commitment of at least eight hours per month for six months, in addition to a new volunteer orientation.
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    Facilitator: Offsite Programs

    Present, or assist in presenting, hands-on learning experiences for students and families in and around Jefferson County. Duties may include: setting up or taking down activity and demo stations, assisting with activities, answering questions, etc.

    Requirements: Age and experience requirements apply. Available shift hours: Variable. We will be able to provide at least 2 weeks notice for Offsite programs. Minimum service commitment of at least eight hours per month for six months and new volunteer orientation.
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    Facilitator: Workshop Programs

    Present, or assist in presenting, hands-on learning experiences in the form of School’s Out Science Camps or Science Center Birthday Parties. Duties may include: setting up or taking down activity and demo stations, assisting with activities, answering questions, etc.

    Requirements: Age and experience requirements apply. Available shift hours: Birthday Parties take place on weekends between the hours of 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM. School’s Out Science Camps take place weekdays during JCPS school breaks, including ten weeks of summer camps. Minimum service commitment of at least eight hours per month for six months and new volunteer orientation.
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    Adults: Behind-the-Scenes

    Department Assistant

    Department Assistants provide invaluable support to Science Center administration based on interest and experience. Duties may include data entry, data research, organization, etc. Positions are available in the following departments: Development; Marketing; Membership; Visitor Experience; Visitor Services; Business Operations.

    Requirements: Age and experience requirements apply. Available shift hours: Monday – Friday, from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Minimum service commitment of at least eight hours per month for six months, in addition to a new volunteer orientation.
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    Community Marketing Intern

    Support the Science Center’s Marketing Department through community outreach. Duties may include handing out fliers, working with local businesses, and being an ambassador at public events, and coordinating Street Team activities.

    Requirements: Age and experience requirements apply. Available shift hours: Variable. Minimum service commitment of at least six months, 2 or more service hours per event, in addition to a new volunteer orientation.
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    Street Team

    Support the Science Center’s Marketing Department through community outreach. Duties may include handing out fliers, working with local businesses, and being an ambassador at public events, etc.

    Requirements: Age and experience requirements apply. Available shift hours: Variable, weekends preferred. Minimum service commitment of at least six months, 2 or more service hours per event, in addition to a new volunteer orientation.
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    Volunteer Benefits

    • Parking in the Science Center’s lot (during a volunteer shift)
    • Discounts in the Science Center Gift Shop and Subway
    • Discounts on family membership, science camps, and rentals
    • Free films in our 4-story theater (before or after a volunteer shift)
    • Community service hours or credit
    • Recognition events
    • Networking and experience in a potential career field
    • Free admission to the Kentucky Science Center’s permanent exhibits (20 hours of service)
    • Free Family Membership (active from the Fall Recognition Event, after 100 hours of service)

    FAQs

    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?

    Our minimum requirement to be an ongoing volunteer is 2 days per month. Each shift is usually between 4 and 8 hours.

    When can I volunteer?

    Most of our volunteer opportunities occur during Kentucky Science Center’s normal operating hours. Each volunteer opportunity varies in its scheduling needs. Our program is very flexible and we can work with you to find a fit for your availability.

    I need a certain number of volunteer hours. How does that work?

    Whenever possible, we will provide documentation of your volunteered hours. The minimum service commitment we suggest to maximize your investment of training time is 100 hours.