Summer 2014 Youth Volunteer Program (Closed)


The deadline was Friday, April 25th, and we are not taking any applications at this time.

Each summer, the Museum offers many exciting volunteer opportunities for youth ages 14-18. The Summer Youth Volunteer Program requires a commitment of two (or three for some departments) 3.5 hour shifts per week between July 7 & August 29. Summer Youth Volunteers engage visitors in activities, exhibits and programs in order to encourage curiosity, questioning and exploration of science and technology in the following participating programs:

Position Summary

  • Cahners ComputerPlace: Cahners ComputerPlace is a staff assisted discovery space where visitors can explore digital technology topics by engaging in hands-on activities and have direct conversations with staff and volunteers on a wide range of technology related topics. Volunteer and staff interpreters play a crucial role in facilitating visitor experiences by bringing their unique voice and perspective to an exciting area of the museum.
    **Volunteers in the ComputerPlace are expected to come in for 3 shifts.**
  • Discovery Center : Discovery Center exhibits allow children to explore a variety of real objects and age-appropriate tools, all set in immersive fantasy environments that encourage learning through play. Children and their caregivers are engaged in activities, experiments and conversations in order to experience the reward of discovering on their own, as they explore topics including: Biology, Geology, Physical Sciences, Engineering Design and the 'process of science' more generally. Volunteers must be comfortable working with infants, toddlers, and children under age 8.
    **Accepted Volunteers must be able to attend the Discovery Center Orientation on Tuesday, June 17th, from 5:30-8:00. Volunteers in the Discovery Center must commit to 3 shifts on 3 different days per week, including a weekend day (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday)**
  • Exhibit Hall Interpretation : The Exhibit Hall Interpretation Department stimulates interest, inquiry, and enthusiasm about science and technology through hands-on activities. Volunteers initiate informal science discussions with visitors by walking the exhibit halls with props to help visitors engage with exhibit components; they may also set up a hands-on activities cart in an exhibit to explore a particular concept with visitors.
  • Hall of Human Life: The Hall of Human Life volunteer will interpret through demonstrations at the Exploration Hub and around the exhibition topics that cover Hall of Human Life themes about how humans have changed and are changing in a fluctuating environment. Volunteers will learn a wide variety of different demonstrations of anatomy, physiology, animal models and genetics, to illustrate the human variability and all the ways that environments impact that variability. Volunteers who are eager to learn about human biology and health will acquire the necessary knowledge to be able to stimulate the curiosity of visitors of any age or background.
  • Computer Clubhouse : The Computer Clubhouse is an after-school learning environment where young people work with mentors and volunteers to explore their own ideas, develop skills, and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology. Volunteers will engage in programs that support the creative exploration of the music studio, video production suites, digital art and graphic design stations.
  • Live Animal Center : The Live Animal Center (LAC) cares for the Museum’s collection of live animals. The collection of over 100 animals is used for the Museum's educational activities such as exhibits, live presentations and school programs. Volunteers in the Live Animal Center are serious about animal care and will experience different aspects of animal care. Volunteers in the Live Animal Center assist in the handling, care, and feeding of wild animals used for educational programs in the Museum. Volunteers also help with the maintenance of the Live Animal Center, including much cage cleaning, floor sweeping, and other tasks as required. Volunteers must have a special interest in animals and commitment to the serious nature of dealing with live, wild animals.

Minimum Qualifications

• Applicants must be between 14 and 18 years of age as of June 27th, 2014.
• Interest in the sciences and motivated to learn more
• Demonstrated enthusiasm, initiative, and reliability
• Comfortable interacting with children, teens and adults.

Additional Details


  • We ask that volunteers commit to two 3.5 hour shifts per week on different days for the entire duration of the program, July 7th – August 29th. We understand that activities like vacations, camps and classes are important during the summer months. However, due to short run of the program, we will not be able to accept applicants who will be unavailable for more than two scheduled days (one week).
  • Accepted volunteers must attend a mandatory New Volunteer Orientation and department orientation in late June.

Special Notes

Submit a Youth Volunteer Application form, reference letter & parent form by 5pm, April 25th, 2014

Please specify your top 2 department choices on your application.

  • Youth applications are on our website
  • Scan & email completed materials to or mail completed materials to Office of Volunteer Services, Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114-1099

How To Apply

Become part of our volunteer team! To apply, please print the appropriate volunteer application below, complete it, and mail it to our Office of Volunteer Services:

Mail to:

Office of Volunteer Services Museum of Science Science Park Boston, MA 02114-1099

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The Museum of Science seeks to recruit, hire, develop, promote, and retain individuals from racially and culturally diverse backgrounds and persons with disabilities. We strive to create and sustain a more affirming environment for all staff, interns, volunteers, trustees and overseers. We value expertise gained at the Museum and encourage professional development and career growth.