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Teen Volunteers

The application period for the Teen Volunteer Program is closed for 2018. We had over 200 applicants for 150 spaces! Please check back in February 2019 for next year’s opportunities.

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 April 6, 2019
  • 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)

Summer 2018 Recruitment

The application period for the Teen Volunteer Program is closed for 2018. Please check back in February 2019 for next year’s opportunities.

Summer Camp Counselor Opportunities

Wow! We are overwhelmed by your enthusiasm and commitment to science learning. We are over subscribed with volunteers interested in the CIT position for summer 2018 and are no longer taking applications. Thank you for your interest and understanding. Please make sure to apply early next year.


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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, December 1, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Complete the application and 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.