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Teen Volunteers

The application period for the Teen Volunteer Program is temporarily closed, due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please check back on this page regularly for upcoming teen applications and opportunities.

Opportunities

The Lawrence Hall of Science offers a fun, dynamic program for teens only. All teens enter the program in May, volunteering in various capacities for the summer or throughout the year. This is a great way for them to fulfill community service requirements, gain job skills, and learn about communicating science to the public. Volunteering here will give teens great experiences in public speaking, educational programs, customer service, and general job skills. Volunteers will work with staff at The Lawrence, with UC Berkeley college interns, and with other teens from all around the Bay Area.

Volunteer work will include:

  • Facilitating hands-on activities in our exhibit areas and supporting our featured experiences; engaging the public in the Ingenuity Challenges, an engineering design space; or assisting our staff in supporting summer camp-related activities
  • Assisting staff in delivery of Summer Science Fun Days, our themed summer activities
  • Providing enthusiastic, quality customer service

Requirements

  • Submit a teen volunteer application
  • Be able to attend a Teen Orientation
  • Be about to enter the 9th grade or above
  • Be able to work an average of one four-hour shift per week (June–August)
  • Show interest in topics related to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics
  • Be committed to working with our visitors, many of whom are families with children

Adult Volunteers

Our next adult volunteer orientation is Saturday, January 29th, from 11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Sign up today to attend the upcoming orientation.

Opportunities

  • Help kids and families with hands-on science activities at our science center special events and during regular museum hours
  • Deliver demonstrations on our state-of-the-art Science On a Sphere (SOS)®*
  • Assist our instructors in school and community outreach*
  • Be an ambassador of our center and programs out in the community or here at The Lawrence
  • Weekday or weekend shifts are available

Benefits

  • Receive a 20% discount at the Discovery Corner Toy and Book Store
  • Earn an 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

Requirements

  • 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
  • Attend an orientation session. The Volunteer Orientation is a two-hour event for new volunteers to learn about The Lawrence’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 Lawrence. Volunteers will take a tour of The Lawrence, talk to current volunteers, and see them in action facilitating in some of the areas where they will be working.