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Discovery Center Program Volunteer

Description

The Discovery Center is the Museum’s exhibition designed for children, birth to 8 years, and their caregivers. Discovery Center interpreters support young children and their caregivers by engaging in activities, experiments and conversations. Our volunteers assist visitors as they explore real objects (like bones or fossils) from the Museum’s collection, use science tools (like pipettes or magnifying lenses), and learn through pretend play in our thematic exhibits. Volunteer interpreters are provided training in wide range of content areas (including biology, chemistry, physics, and geology), as well as in techniques for engaging visitors in age-appropriate STEM learning. Our goal is to help children develop their emerging science and engineering skills, and help adult caregivers better understand the scientific study of child development.

Responsibilities

  • Complete on-shift training outlined in the Discovery Center Volunteer Manual to become familiar with procedures, materials, and activities in the Discovery Center and the larger Museum.
  • Attend weekly briefings at the beginning of each volunteer shift, and participate in ongoing training and interpretation skill development.
  • Welcome visitors to the Discovery Center and provide customer service by sharing knowledge of the Museum's offerings, answering questions, and striving to ensure that each visitor's experience is enjoyable.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Background or strong interest in science, engineering and/or education.
  • Ability to communicate with people of all backgrounds, abilities and ages, with a special interest in volunteering with young children (including infants, toddlers, and preschoolers)
  • Demonstrate maturity, self-confidence,  reliability.
  • Minimum age 14 years

Additional Details

Commitment

  • Four to six month commitment of one, 3.5 hour shift per week - shifts choices include: morning (9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.), afternoon (12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.)

Training

  • Attendance at a New Volunteer Orientation session.
  • Continuous participation in on-shift training and daily briefing sessions.
  • Completion of E-Learning Module as assigned by Human Resources within the first two weeks of start date.