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The Science of Volunteering

Join Our Volunteer Team

Have a green thumb? Become a Horticulture Volunteer!

The California Science Center is seeking volunteers to assist our horticulture staff with the daily maintenance of plant life in and around our museum. Our garden mostly consists of California native & drought tolerant plants. Volunteers must be able to work independently with duties that include plant restoration, replanting, weeding, pruning and trimming. Applicants should be in good physical condition to work outside, including being on their feet and/or knees for prolonged periods of time. Prior landscaping, gardening and horticulture experience are required. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and commit to serving 4 hours/week (typically Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 8am to 12noon) for a 1-year period.

Guest Services Air and Space Volunteer Program


The California Science Center is seeking enthusiastic individuals to join our Guest Services Air and Space Volunteer Team. Volunteers will serve in the Sketch Air and Space Gallery, in the Endeavour: The California Story exhibit and in the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion, which will house Space Shuttle Endeavour. Guest Services volunteers serve as frontline resources for our guests and are instrumental in providing a quality guest experience. Volunteers will engage and assist guests as they explore our unique collection of air and space artifacts and partake in related hands-on activities to discover how humans design aircraft and space probes by using our knowledge of the principles of air, space and flight.

The Guest Services Air and Space Volunteer Program offers two rewarding volunteer positions: Guest Services Air and Space Host Volunteer and Guest Services Volunteer Lead. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and commit to volunteering one (1) four hour shift per week for a six-month period. Volunteer positions are available Monday-Sunday and typical shifts are 9:45am to 1:45pm and 1:15pm to 5:15pm. Volunteers should be comfortable interacting with guests of all ages, including large school groups.

Adult Volunteer Application (18 and over)


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are an integral part of the California Science Center family. As a non-profit organization, we depend on our volunteer force to assist with the day-to-day operations of the Science Center. In addition to the tangible benefits our volunteers receive, they also enjoy the personal satisfaction of sharing in the fulfillment of the California Science Center mission. Varying in age volunteers come from all walks of life - yet on a volunteer level, they share the same mission: to touch the lives of children and families in a positive way by giving of their personal time.

We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to serve in an array of exciting positions. Volunteer shifts are available every day of the week (including Saturday & Sunday) between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. Volunteers are usually scheduled for a four hour shift, typical shifts are 10:00 am to 2:00pm or 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Please see our Ongoing Opportunities for a list of positions currently accepting applicants.

If you think you might like to volunteer, please check out our ongoing opportunities and volunteer benefits, and then submit an application. Please click on the links below to download the application that suits your needs.

Volunteer Program Requirements:

  • Be at least 16 years of age (some positions have an 18 year of age minimum)
  • Commit to volunteering a minimum of 4 hours/week
  • Commit to serving between 6 months and 1 year (requirement determined by volunteer position)
  • Submit a volunteer application
  • Attend an informational Volunteer Orientation
  • Attend training courses (required training courses determined by volunteer position)

To apply to become a volunteer, please complete the following application and forms, and return via one of the following ways:

Adult Volunteer Application (18 and over)
Youth Volunteer Application (ages 16 to 17)

Adult Volunteer Application (online)
Youth Volunteer Application (online)

To download and print the application forms, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download the reader for free here.

Volunteer Sign In