Volunteer at SCI

Engage visitors with your time and talents as a volunteer at SCI

Do you have a knack for knowledge? An appetite for adventure? A hand for helping? Whether you can donate a couple of hours or stick around for years, join SCI’s volunteer team to help inspire a-ha! moments. Tell us your skills, interests and availability and we’ll find ways for you to get involved.

Consider the possibilities:

  • Get your hands on science by presenting cart demonstrations and pocket science.
  • Pitch in during busy seasons to greet visitors and answer questions.
  • Be a resident expert and present at one of SCI’s events or forums.
  • If you’re handy, use your fix-it skills to keep exhibits fully functioning.
  • Gain pre-professional experience as a junior camp counselor. (All positions have been filled for Summer 2015.)

Volunteer Applications

There are three types of volunteer roles at SCI: Core Volunteers, Special Event Volunteers and Group Volunteers. Read below to see which description best fits your interests.

Please note, you must be at least 15 years of age to volunteer at SCI if unaccompanied by a parent/guardian.

Core Volunteer

Core volunteers support SCI's daily operations by volunteering on a regular basis, whether it's once per week or once per month or with ongoing programs, like Mixology Night, $4 Family Night or Star Parties. Core volunteers participate in orientation and training in order to help fulfill our mission — to engage and inspire Iowans along their journey of lifelong science learning.

Special Event Volunteer

Special event volunteers participate on an event-by-event basis, including event slike Spooky Science, FIRST LEGO League, Breakfast with Santa or the Des Moines Mini Maker Faire.

Group Volunteers

Do you represent a group/organization looking for opportunities to get involved in your community? Volunteer groups of 8 or more can work together on one large activity or assist with multiple projects at once. Complete an application, and we'll work together to find an opportunity that fits your group!

Already a Volunteer?

Current volunteers can click the link below to log in and sign up for shifts. Forgot your login information? Contact chris.juhl@sciowa.org.

Volunteer Login