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Teen Volunteers

The application period for the Teen Volunteer Program for 2018 is now open!

The Lawrence Hall of Science has a fun and dynamic program for teens. All teens who wish to participate are required to apply to the program in February, and then to volunteer in various roles at the Hall during the summer. Teens get to assist in our Ingenuity Lab or to facilitate experiences both on the floor and at special events.

Volunteering at the Hall not only is a great way to fulfill community service requirements, but it also provides teens with the opportunity to develop job skills. Such skills include public speaking and customer service, self-confidence and leadership, adaptability and flexibility to manage multiple assignments under changing conditions, learning ways to communicate science to the public, building interpersonal relationships, and the ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work. At the Hall, volunteers find a safe way and place to socialize with other youth, while they enjoy the benefits of experiencing a work-related environment with Hall staff, UC Berkeley college students, and other teens from all around the Bay Area.

Teen applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Able to attend the Mandatory Teen Orientation on Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Entering 9th grade or above
  • Able to commit to work an average of 40 hours during the summer (June–August)
  • Able to attend a training in a designated area that will be scheduled for late May or the first week of June
  • Able to show interest in topics related to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM subjects)
  • Committing to work with our visitors, some of whom are families with children
  • Completing all forms required in a timely manner, and complying with volunteer processes described on the Teen Volunteer Handbook (handbook and forms will be handed out during orientation)

Apply today

Students entering 9th grade or above, who are not current teen intern volunteers at the Hall, may apply by submitting this application

  • We only have 100 spaces available! Recruitment will close March 24, 2018.
  • Check your email inbox. Accepted candidates will be notified before April 1 by email, using the address indicated on your application.
  • Additional forms will be provided during the orientation. You must complete and submit them by April 21, 2018. No documents will be accepted after that deadline.
  • Sign up for a training after your volunteer coordinator has assigned you to a specific area.

New Camp Counselor Opportunities, limited positions

If you are not a current teen Intern Volunteer at the Hall and you wish to be considered for one of the 10 available positions as a CIT, you will need to complete a separate application Thursday, March 1st. You will receive an email with an update about your application status by Friday, March 30th.

To be accepted for the Summer Camp CIT position, you need to be able to work six full-day weeks from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 9th through August 17th, and you must commit to all days of the camp and the week.

Summer Camp CIT applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Able to attend the Mandatory Teen Orientation on Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Entering 9th grade or above
  • Able to commit to work six full-day weeks from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 9th through August 17th
  • Able to attend a training in a designated area that will be scheduled for late May or the first week of June
  • Able to show interest in topics related to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM subjects)
  • Committing to work with our visitors, some of whom are families with children
  • Completing all forms required in a timely manner, and complying with volunteer processes described on the Teen Volunteer Handbook (handbook and forms will be handed out during orientation)

Next Steps

  • If you wish to be considered for our CIT program, are entering 9th grade or above, and are not a current teen intern volunteer at the Hall, apply by submitting the application by Thursday, March 1st.
  • We only have 10 spaces available! Earlier applications have a better chance of being accepted.
  • Attend the mandatory CIT training on June 2nd once scheduled. Additional forms will be provided at that time, which must be turned in prior to the summer season start date of July 9th.

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Adult Volunteers

Share your enthusiasm for science and spark the imagination of visiting families and schoolchildren.

Apply Today

Adults (18+) can apply by submitting this application.

Our next adult volunteer orientation is Saturday, February 24, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Register today to attend this coming orientation!

The Volunteer Orientation is a two-hour event for new volunteers to learn about the Hall’s mission, programs, and different volunteer opportunities. It provides new volunteers with a chance to learn about the benefits and/or challenges of volunteering for the Hall. Volunteers will take a tour of the Hall, talk to current volunteers, and see them in action facilitating in some of the areas where they will be working.

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Receive a 20% discount at the Discovery Corner Toy and Book Store
  • Earn an Family museum membership after 100 hours of service
  • Visit the Lawrence Hall of Science without paying general admission or show fees
  • Know that you helped excite a child’s desire to learn math and science

What is the Commitment?

  • Available 3–6 hours per month for a minimum of 60 hours (*core opportunities require 2 shifts and 6 hours per month)
  • Access to email communication
  • Regular and active participation in volunteer shifts and activities
  • Complete all forms required and comply with volunteer processes described in the Adult Volunteer Handbook and Teen Volunteer Handbook

Interested? Submit this application and save the date for the next volunteer orientation. Email Veronica Urdaneta or call her at (510) 643-3849.