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  Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Exploratorium. We're happy that you want to work with us! Unfortunately, we are currently at capacity for teen volunteers for summer 2010. Any additional applications received will be put on a waiting list, but we can't guarantee placement. Again, thank you for your interest. We hope we can work with you sometime in the future.

A volunteer project at the Exploratorium is a marvelous opportunity to participate behind the scenes in this hands-on museum of science, art, and human perception. In exchange for contributing your time and sharing your talents, you can engage your curiosity by learning new things, interact with visitors and volunteers from around the world, and most of all, have fun!

The dynamic community of Exploratorium volunteers brings curiosity, enthusiasm, and dedication to its volunteer work, providing the museum with fresh perspectives and invaluable assistance. Recent volunteers have included welders, stockbrokers, architects, technical writers, research scientists, artists, teachers, and students. Everyone* is welcome to submit an application, including international volunteers.

We've resolved the problems with the ONLINE VOLUNTEER APPLICATION forms not being received. If you haven't heard back from us after submitting an application, please contact the Volunteer Office at 415 528-4364.

If you have any questions, please contact the Volunteer Department:

Telephone: (415) 528-4364
Fax: (415) 528-4370
E-mail: volunteer@exploratorium.edu
Address: 3601 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

The Volunteer Department is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and alternating Mondays and Saturdays.

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Volunteer projects vary throughout the year. There’s always a need for all types of skills and experiences, so you don’t need to be a scientist or an expert to apply. The program is flexible, matching available opportunities to your talent and availability. Volunteers often move on to another project or area of the museum after completing their initial assignments.

Volunteers help with a wide range of projects, from exhibit maintenance to administrative tasks, from educational programs to special events. Most volunteer projects begin with one-on-one training with a staff supervisor and then develop into independent work.

Whether you’re an individual interested in ongoing projects or a group wishing to participate in a Done-in-a-Day program, you can help provide vital services and support to many departments within the Exploratorium. The Exploratorium could not operate without the contributions of more than two hundred active volunteers who contribute their time, ideas, and energy. Their unique talents enable the museum to offer its current level of services to the community.

*Please Note: You must be at least 15 years old to volunteer at the Exploratorium. Follow the links for more information about requirements, the application procedure, and the process involved in shaping the volunteer experience.

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