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Teen Volunteers

The application period for the Teen Volunteer Program for 2020 is now open!

The Lawrence Hall of Science has a fun, dynamic volunteer 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 Challenges space or facilitate experiences both on the floor and at special events. If you are also interested in summer camp, please see the information under the “Summer Camp Counselor in Training (CIT) Position” section on this page.

Skills and Experiences Youth Gain from Our Teen Program

Volunteering at the Hall is not only a great way to fulfill community service requirements, but it also provides teens with the opportunity to develop job skills. These 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 professional staff, UC Berkeley college students, and teens from all around the Bay Area.

Teen applicants must meet the following criteria:

*See below for additional CIT Camp criteria

  • Entering 9th grade or above
  • Able to attend the Mandatory Teen Orientation
  • Able to commit to work an average of 30 hours during the summer (June–August)
  • Able to attend a training in a designated area
  • Willing to show interest in topics related to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM subjects)
  • Committing to work with our visitors, most of whom are families with children
  • Completing all forms required in a timely manner, and complying with volunteer processes described in the Teen Volunteer Handbook (handbook and forms will be handed out during orientation)

Next Steps

  • Teens entering 9th grade or above, who are not current teen intern volunteers at the Hall, may apply now.
  • Apply before the deadline. We only have 100 spaces available!
  • Check your email inbox. Accepted candidates will be notified by email, using the address indicated on your application.
  • Save the date for the Mandatory Teen Orientation
  • You will be required to complete and submit all forms provided to you during the orientation. No documents will be accepted after the deadline.
  • Sign up for training after your volunteer coordinator has assigned you to a specific area.

Apply today

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

Summer Camp Counselor Opportunities

Teen CIT applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Entering 10th grade or above
  • Available to work at least a full 4 weeks of summer camp between June 8 and August 14, 2020, except Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays
  • Commitment to work 40 hours a week, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Attend three of the Mandatory Teen Orientation on Saturday, April 4, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., OR Saturday, April 11th, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., OR Saturday, April 18th, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Attend three of the following mandatory trainings:
    • CIT Overview: Wednesday, May 6th, OR Thursday, May 7th, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
    • CIT Training: Wednesday, May 20th, OR Thursday, May 21st, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
    • CIT & Educators Team Meeting: Thursday, June 4th, 5:00–8:00 p.m.
  • Have a curiosity about and passion for science, technology, engineering, and/or math (STEM subjects)
  • Have prior experience working with children, ages 4–14, both individually and in groups
  • Complete all forms required in a timely manner, and comply with volunteer processes described in the Teen Volunteer Handbook (handbook and forms will be handed out during orientation)
  • Fulfill your commitment, to receive a stipend of $150 per week (maximum of 10 weeks, for a total of $1,500)

Next Steps

If you wish to be considered for our CIT program, you are entering 10th grade or above, and if you are not a current teen intern volunteer at the Hall, please apply by submitting an additional Summer Camp CIT application by Sunday, March 1st. You will receive an email with an update about your application status before April 1st.

Timeline for New Teen Volunteers

General Teen Recruitment Opens February 1st This application is also required for CIT candidates.
Apply online via Teen Volunteer Application 2020.
*Recruitment closes for CIT Applicants ONLY March 1st Applications are no longer accepted after March 1st.
Apply online via Summer Camp CIT application.
General Teen Recruitment Closes March 6th Applications are no longer accepted after March 8th.
Notification of Acceptance April 1st Accepted candidates will be notified by email
Mantadory Teen Orientation
(Accepted Candidates Only)
Saturday, April 4th
Saturday, April 11th
Saturday, April 18th
11:00am–2:30 pm
Deadline for Submitting Documents
(Accepted Candidates Only)
April 25th Mail complete packet or submit in person
Area Trainings for Accepted Candidates
(Accepted Candidates Only)
May or the first week of June Specific dates will be provided during Mandatory Teen Orientation
Summer Program and Shifts Begin
(Accepted Candidates Only)
June 8–August 14 Dates are approximate and depend on program requirements

Teacher and students with turtle in the Animal Discovery Room

Adult Volunteers

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

Apply Today

If you're interested in the adult volunteer program, complete the application. You will be contacted for upcoming orientation sessions.

Our next adult volunteer orientation is Saturday, February 15th, 11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Sign up today to attend the upcoming 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.