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Volunteer Opportunities

Over the course of a year, these are the types of opportunities that are available in various parts of the museum.

Exploratorium Environments
Develops permanent and upcoming special exhibits at the museum.

  • Provide administrative support
  • Highly qualified craftspeople and advanced art school students help develop prototypes in the machine shop
  • Polish your teaching skills by participating in public programs
  • Research assistants gather information for upcoming installations
  • Explorables volunteers help with hands-on workshops Saturday afternoons.

Education Programs
The Educational Outreach Programs, the High School Explainer Program, the Field Trip Program, the Institute for Inquiry, and the Exploratorium Teacher Institute—by invitation only.

Museum Administration and Support
The museum could not function without the vital behind-the-scenes work of the administrative volunteers. Accounting, Development, Membership, Organizational Development, and Volunteer Services are among the many departments that welcome weekday business-hours support.

  • Apply your graphic design skills for unique handmade thank-you cards
  • Help plan recognition events and other social opportunities for fellow volunteers
  • Help coordinate the Done-in-a-Day volunteer programs
  • Enter data and provide clerical support
  • Provide professional expertise

Internships are available to currently enrolled college students only. After completing the individual application form, send an e-mail inquiry with details about your school requirements to learn about available opportunities in all areas of the museum. Internships are project-based and generally require a commitment of 15 to 20 hours per week for a preset period of time (often a school semester). These often include positions in Accounting, Development, Marketing, Life Sciences, the Store Buyer’s Office, Public Information, Exhibit Support, and Visitor Research & Evaluation (for museum-studies students only).

  • Government and Community Relations: Responsible for the daily coordination of the community outreach project; acts as a liaison between the museum and community organizations that request Exploratorium participation at community festivals, fairs, and/or fundraising events and Exploratorium Activity Volunteers
  • Organizational Development Assistant: Updates and compiles recruitment databases, including calling contacts for current addresses and other information; handles all aspects of job postings, including word processing, copying, collating, preparing/stuffing envelopes, and bulletin board and other listings; assembles employee orientation packets and other employment-related materials (confidentiality essential)
  • Volunteer Field Trip Explainer: Serves as guide/facilitator for field trips from late September through mid June between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; should have knowledge of informal science learning theory and pedegogy
  • Museum Rentals: Hospitality or Event Management students learn event venue management in a museum environment
  • Public Information: Assists director of public information with all aspects of museum and event publicity, including mailing, press releases, press requests, press conferences, events, organizing and compiling clipping archives, and phone follow-ups and research inquiries


Special Events
Lend your support to one or more of the Exploratorium’s Special Events. Special Events are great volunteer opportunities for Groups. Extroverted individuals are encouraged to assist with check-in and as ushers and/or activity leaders.

  • Corporate Family Fling, first week in October
  • Member Holiday Party, first week in December
  • Museum Ambassador Program: Represent museum and provide simple hands-on activities and membership materials for special community events throughout the Bay Area
  • Public performances
  • Lectures
  • Receptions

At these special events, bilingual volunteers with translation skills are always appreciated.

Positions for special events are offered on a first-responding/first-assigned basis.

Corporate volunteering is a growing trend in the business community. Many corporations like to offer volunteer opportunities to their staff as a way of giving back to the community that supports them. Others use it as a team-building resource, or as in the case of salesforce.com, part of their orientation program for new hires!

If your group is interested in a Done-in-a-Day project here at the Exploratorium, please complete the Corporate Group Volunteer Application or the School Group Volunteer Application and the Manager of Volunteer Services will contact you directly.

If you have any questions, please contact us at volunteer@exploratorium.edu or call (415) 528-4364 and leave a detailed message.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Exploratorium’s volunteer needs change depending on current exhibitions, programs, and projects. Use this application as a way to help us get to know you. Describe your interest and skills in your application, and we will look for a volunteer position that is a good match.

We can only offer positions that are currently open.

Volunteers sometimes choose to move from one area of volunteer support to another upon completion of the first assignment.

All positions are unpaid. 

All volunteers must be at least 15 years old.