Become a Volunteer!

If you like having fun and meeting new people, become a volunteer at Great Lakes Science Center. You don't have to be a scientist to be part of our team!

Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and have completed eighth grade. Some opportunities require additional experience and education. All applicants are interviewed and background checked to ensure a comfortable fit for both the volunteer and the Science Center.

Please note some volunteer opportunities may not be available at the time you apply. If you are interested in learning more about our program(s) or to find current volunteer positions please email volunteer@glsc.org.

Volunteers receive the following benefits:

  • Free parking in our attached parking garage
  • 10% discount at the Museum Store and the Elements Café
  • Great Lakes Science Center volunteer t-shirt

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Science Camp

Be a part of the fun this winter at Science Day Camp! With a new theme each day, from Space: To Infinity and Beyond to LEGO: Arctic Exploration, Science Camp volunteers spend the day exploring with campers while acting as role models and educators. This opportunity is perfect for anyone who enjoys working with kids, excels at teamwork or wants to get involved in Education or Science.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and have completed eighth grade. Volunteer applications for winter school break sessions are due no later than November 4, 2016. Volunteers are required to attend a group interview on either November 8th, 2016 or November 10th, 2016 and a mandatory training on December 15, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. Selected volunteers will be required to work a minimum of two 8 hour days. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (the dates for Winter Camp are December 19-23, 2016 and December 27-30, 2016). If interested, please fill out the volunteer application below.


Guest Engagement

Do you have passion for science and teaching? On this team, you’ll spend the day interacting with guests and helping all ages gain an understanding and appreciation for all things STEM. Guest Engagement volunteers are found in all of the Science Center’s galleries including the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, the Science Phenomena Gallery and the Cleveland Creates Zone. Volunteers engage guests through hand-on-activities, informal demonstrations with our mobile cart activities or formal demonstrations on stage. Volunteers are asked to make a minimum commitment of one 4-hour shift per week for 3 months. Some college preferred.


Guest Services

Great customer service is crucial for our guests' experience. Guest Service volunteers work at the information desk and provide excellent customer service by proactively solving problems and answering questions about the Science Center, its programs and events. They are knowledgeable about the Science Center and surrounding areas. Guest Service volunteers answer phones, check tickets and wristbands, give directions and act as greeters. Great Lakes Science Center asks volunteers to make a minimum commitment of one four-hour shift per week for three months. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.


Administrative and Clerical Support

Projects include data entry, packet assembly, mailings and shredding. These projects are only available on a limited basis and are done Monday – Friday during business hours.


Facilities and Maintenance

Help with painting, electrical, plumbing and other small repairs, plus help with moving materials and furniture as needed. Volunteers must be 18 years of age and capable of lifting 50 pounds.


Great Science Academy

Making STEM truly “come alive” through hands-on, mind-challenging activities and projects is the mission of the Great Science Academy. This program runs on Saturday mornings, October – August, for grade levels 6-9.  Volunteer time is approximately 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each grade meets two Saturdays during the month. Minimum volunteer age is 18.  We’re especially looking for engineers, scientists (various fields), health care professionals and science teachers who want to share their expertise and see the next generation soar. You’ll be directing, coaching, encouraging, and seeing some fantastic creations – but letting the Scholars make mistakes and sometimes even fail during the learning process. Relationship building is also important; so volunteering at least one Saturday per month is preferred.


Student Internship Opportunities 

Student Internships are accepted on an individual basis. If you are interested, please email volunteer@glsc.org


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