Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Build leadership skills while working closely with Museum professionals

As part of our Apprentice Leadership Program, students gain real world knowledge about early childhood, science, education and the non-profit industry while taking on important responsibilities within our Museums. The program focuses on four key developmental areas for future leaders:

  • Embrace diversity while working with audiences from varying backgrounds.
  • Discover what it takes to work together and what can be accomplished when working as a team.
  • Experience the opportunity to speak in a public forum and lead presentations.
  • Enhance the ability to interact with others.

The Apprentice Leadership Program is for ages 13 - 17 and has limited availability. Applicants will be chosen based on a completed application, reference letters and an interview. Students must submit their application and provide two reference letters from their current school during the application window.

Both the summer and school year sessions of the Apprentice Leadership Program require a 70-hour commitment. Participants may take part in camps, work directly with the public in the Museum or play a part in other Museum-related activities to complete the 70-hour commitment. Upon completion of the summer or school year session, participants will receive a Family Membership to all Museums valued at $200.00.

Applications for our summer program will be accepted April 2 - 20, 2018.

  • Ages 13 - 17
  • Applications for the Summer Session will be accepted April 2 - 20, 2018.

Teen Volunteer Opportunities

  • Discovery Place Science: Live Exhibitions

    Interested in animal care or aquatic science? Learn about the aquarium and rainforest as you provide valuable assistance to the Live Exhibitions staff. Volunteers help with food preparation, basic cleaning and care of animals and basic aquarium upkeep. Applicants for this position must be prepared to get wet and dirty! Positions are limited.

  • Discovery Place Science: Shows and Floor Programs

    Increase your knowledge of science and education while working closely with Museum professionals. Volunteers work with guests of all ages to interpret exhibitions and engage them in high-quality hands-on experiences, as well as present programs and demonstrations to the public. Public speaking/theatre experience is extremely helpful.

  • Discovery Place Science: Explore More Life lab

    Volunteers interact with Museum visitors, do research, assist in the development of lab activities, help with animal husbandry for our live care collections, monitor the Touch Tank and provide support and assistance with programs in the lab.

  • Discovery Place Science: Explore More Stuff lab

    Volunteers interact with visitors, engage in guided inquiry discussions, help maintain lab activities, perform general housekeeping duties such as washing lab equipment and taking inventory, engage children in presentations and assist in the development of lab activities. Volunteers may also have the opportunity to assist in teaching class sessions. An ideal candidate would be a self-starter, enjoy sharing their knowledge with guests of all backgrounds, have some computer programming experience (Arduino preferred) and enjoy independent research on an array of topics. Critical thinking skills are required.

  • Discovery Place Science: Early Childhood

    Do you enjoy working with little ones? Early Childhood volunteers interact with families, engage in age-appropriate activities and help keep KidScience clean and safe for children from birth to 7 years old. Volunteers may also have the opportunity to present activities to children and families in KidScience. An ideal candidate would be a self-starter who enjoys working with small children and their caregivers.

  • Discovery Place Science: Collections

    The Collections Department seeks knowledgeable and detail-oriented volunteers interested in helping assist with the care and management of Discovery Place Collections. Duties and responsibilities may include assisting with the care, maintenance, conservation, research and documentation of collections objects as well as working on collections storage inventories and assisting with the preparation of collections objects for utilization in exhibits, Discovery Place programs and outreach.

  • Discovery Place Nature: Floor Volunteer

    Volunteers on the Museum floor are responsible for greeting guests and providing assistance with directions and general Museum information. Duties also include some display cleaning, wiping down play areas, maintaining and organizing play areas, cleaning and changing water for the water table, etc.

  • Discovery Place Nature: Office Assistant

    Office volunteers are responsible for assisting Museum staff with a variety of activities and duties such as preparing craft materials, cutting out templates for activities, cleaning and organizing craft areas and storage bins areas, and using Word, Excel and other software to prepare program materials, activity guides, letters, mail outs, etc.

  • Discovery Place Nature: Program Presenters

    Volunteers interact with children, families and school groups as they present activities, programs and crafts. Activities may include puppet shows, story time, astronomy, nature walks, bird walks and assisting in the Naturalist Lab.

  • Discovery Place Nature: Animal Presenter

    Learn about all of the native animal species that live in our Museum and work closely with Naturalists to conduct live animal encounters and presentations for Museum visitors and groups.

  • Discovery Place Nature: Classroom Assistant

    Work closely with classroom presenters to prepare and implement program activities, monitor the classroom and assist with clean up afterward.

  • Discovery Place Nature: Fort Wild Monitor

    Help monitor the safety of guests in Fort Wild, our outdoor play area. Volunteers provide assistance with directions, general Museum information and assistance with groups using the area. Includes walking and monitoring the Paw Paw Nature Trail.

  • Discovery Place Nature: Butterfly Pavilion Monitor

    Learn about butterfly life cycles, local butterfly species and more as you monitor Butterfly Pavilion for the safety of our guests and our butterflies. Volunteers are responsible for greeting guests and providing assistance with directions, general Museum information and groups moving through the Museum.

  • Discovery Place Nature: Animal Care

    Learn how to provide quality care for the native animals that live in our Museum. Volunteers assist with animal diet preparation, enclosure cleaning, water changes for aquatics and other duties as needed.

  • Discovery Place Nature: Butterfly Pavilion Gardening

    Put your green thumb to use by assisting with the care and maintenance of Butterfly Pavilion. Volunteers help with planting, clipping, irrigating, weeding, pruning, monitoring for disease and pest control.

  • Discovery Place Kids: Floor Volunteer

    Volunteers interact with children, families and school groups as they present demonstrations, assist with public programs and crafts, greet guests and monitor exhibitions and activities to ensure the safety of our guests.

  • Discovery Place Kids: Summer Camp Assistant

    Volunteers work closely with Summer Camp teachers to prepare and implement themed Camp activities, monitor campers and assist with clean up afterward. Most Camps run 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.