Volunteer

Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the California Science Center. We are not accepting applications for volunteering at this time. Please check back with us again soon.

Volunteer Office

Phone: 213-744-2124
Fax: 213-744-2673
VolunteerDept@californiasciencecenter.org

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 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Volunteers are usually scheduled for a four hour shift, typical shifts are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please see our Volunteer Opportunities for a list of positions currently accepting applicants.

Volunteer Benefits

You're a Vital Element - Join Our Team!

You don't have to be a scientist to volunteer at the California Science Center. Anyone 16 years or older who can offer an overall commitment of six months is encouraged to share their skills and talents. Check out the list of volunteer benefits below, and for more information, please call the Volunteer Department at 213-744-2124.

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Measure the Benefits

In an exciting environment, you'll stimulate science exploration among guests of all ages and learn how science relates to everyday life working alongside California Science Center staff, you'll develop new skills and receive special benefits such as:

  • Fun and easy group and individual training
  • Free previews of new exhibits and IMAX films
  • Invitations to special events and activities
  • Invitations to special lectures and workshops
  • Discounts at on-site eateries
  • Discounts at the ExploraStore
  • Free parking
  • Special awards and recognition

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)

If you think you might like to volunteer, please check out our Volunteer Opportunities and then submit an application. Please click on the links at the bottom of the page to submit the application that suits your needs.

Volunteer FAQs

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Who are our volunteers? Why do they donate their valuable time with us? What are the benefits volunteers receive for their commitment? Do you have a question about joining our diverse volunteer family? If you do not find your answer below, we welcome you to reach out to us so that we can help you.

Who are California Science Center Volunteers? View Details

Our volunteers are a reflection of a diverse community of people that embrace all cultures, ages, extended needs, and varying philosophies of life. Science Center volunteers (16+) all have a single uniting thread in common, they reflect the California Science Center’s mission to stimulate passion and curiosity towards science. They range from having extensive scientific backgrounds to very little. The Science Center welcomes a diverse volunteer team  forming a wide range of skills, passions, backgrounds and talents; we’d love to learn more about yours.

Why volunteer with us? View Details

Everyone has the power to learn, build new skills and gain experience. By volunteering you will not only be giving back to your Los Angeles community, but you will be a part of our volunteering family that provides the gift of learning and inspiration to local out- of-state, and international visitors. If you are both curious and enthusiastic about science, this could be the right fit for you; explore volunteering with us today!

What is the advantage to being a volunteering? View Details

Boost your skill set and discover new things that may peak your interest, all while enabling the California Science Center to accomplish far more than that which the staff would be able to do alone. Step into a friendly environment and safe space.  Volunteering keeps you physically active, socially engaged, and supports an overall balanced well-being and sense of purpose. You are bound to meet interesting people and form a deeper connection with the world of science.

Should I be nervous if I don't have a background in science? View Details

You do not necessarily need to come from a scientific academic discipline, not all volunteer positions at the Science Center require a background in science. If you have enthusiasm, the willingness to help and are curious about the world we live in, if you enjoy nature and living animals, or are fascinated by space, you won’t need to have a background in science.

Are all volunteer applicants accepted? View Details

Our Volunteer Department is very diligent about making sure every applicant is reviewed and matched with the appropriate position that is open. However, it isn’t always possible to find an assignment that fits with the applicant.

What are the average days and hourly commitments required from volunteers? View Details

While some volunteer positions vary in commitment, many ask for a commitment of a minimum of four hours per week for six months to a year (requirement determined by volunteer position).  Volunteer shifts are available every day of the week (including Saturday & Sunday) between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Volunteers are usually scheduled for a four hour shift, typical shifts are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please see our Volunteer Opportunities for a list of positions currently accepting applicants.

How do I get started? View Details

If you are interested in volunteering please complete the appropriate application listed below. We will be reviewing your application alongside the skills, qualifications and requirements for the volunteer position. If you are selected to be interviewed, we will contact you directly. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive we may not be able to reach everyone directly. Please note that response timelines vary due to many factors. We appreciate your patience during this process and thank you for your interest in contributing to the California Science Center!

Current Volunteers

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Volunteer Information Center

View upcoming events and opportunities, schedule shifts, review your service hours, and update your volunteer profile here.