Volunteer Opportunities With AAAS and Outside Programs

Getting involved in your local community is one of the most powerful ways that you can have a positive impact on the future of science. From volunteering in schools to hosting science cafes and everything in between, you can make a difference. And we want to help.

AAAS Volunteer Programs

AAAS-ASTC Volunteer Program

Science centers are constantly looking for new ways to embed current science into their programming, and to work with scientists to help facilitate direct public interaction. There are many wonderful opportunities available to help as a volunteer, working directly with the public, or behind the scenes. Find out more.

Project REFOCUS, a AAAS national STEM-volunteer program at the University of Georgia, is looking for retired or working STEM professionals to assist K-12 teachers in the Clarke County (GA) School District.
AAAS/Puget Sound STEM Volunteer Program
Part of the AAAS mission is to foster education in science and technology for everyone. Getting scientists at all stages of their career, including retirement, into K-12 classrooms is one way to achieve this. If you care about K-12 science education and have time to share your knowledge with students and teachers, please send a note to William Wurtz, with your home address, or call 425-999-1943.
Science Books & Film
Are you a trained scientist, engineer, science educator, or librarian who would like the opportunity to share your expertise in science, mathematics and technology? If so, please contact Maria Sosa msosa@aaas.org, to learn more about the benefits and rewards of becoming an SB&F reviewer.
AAAS/SSE STEM Volunteer Program

AAAS members and other volunteers lend their expertise in Elementary, Middle, and High schools in Montgomery County, MD Public Schools and in Fairfax County, VA Public Schools. Volunteers visit schools once a week and participate in a wide range of activities including: assisting teachers, tutoring and making classroom presentations. Become a volunteer!
AAAS On-Call Scientists
Launched in October 2008, On-call Scientists connects scientists interested in volunteering their skills and knowledge with human rights organizations that are in need of scientific expertise. Become an On-Call Scientist.

Do you have a science-related volunteer program? AAAS can help. As part of the AAAS mission of advancing science and serving society we are happy to offer various levels of support.  AAAS can:

  • Assist your efforts to recruit AAAS members and other interested people in your area for volunteer opportunities
  • Give you supporting materials, including copies of Science, educational resources, and giveaways
  • Connect you to experts and to members of the community who have experience in establishing volunteer organizations
  • Provide coverage of your outreach via MemberCentral

AAAS is also open to other ideas on how we can help you achieve your goals. To learn more, contact a AAAS MemberCentral associate via email at membership@aaas.org or call 1-202-326-6417.

Volunteer Outside AAAS

Anniston Museum of Natural History (Anniston, AL)
Educational tour guide: These volunteers are Museum teachers for school and public tour groups.  No prior teaching experience is required.
U.S. Space & Rocket Center (Huntsville, AL)
Volunteers are important participants at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. We have countless opportunities to develop a greater understanding of space exploration, science and aviation. Further details available online.
Alaska Science and Engineering Fair
The Alaska Science & Engineering Fair welcomes all students in grades K-12 who create a science, engineering, or mathematics project that conforms to the ISEF 2013 Rules. You do not have to enter or win at a local science fair in order to enter the Alaska Science & Engineering Fair. Everyone is welcome!
University of Alaska Museum of the North (Fairbanks, AK)
Each Museum department has unique needs for volunteers - from guiding school children through the Museum's galleries to helping prepare specimens for the permanent collection. In most cases, little or no experience is necessary - staff will give you all the training you need. More info online.
OASLC Ocean Alaska Science and Learning Center (AK)
The OASLC strives to involve the public actively in research and present methods and results to the widest audience possible through a variety of educational programs and media. More info on their website.
Arizona Science Center (Phoenix, AZ)
Arizona Science Center's Volunteer Program provides a variety of service projects that support the Center's mission of inspiring, education and entertaining people of all ages about science. Projects are available during normal business hours, in the evening and on weekends and can accommodate both individuals and teams looking for a single project or an ongoing experience. More information available online.
Zeum: San Francisco's Children's Museum (San Francisco, CA)
As a volunteer, you’ll go behind the scenes of San Francisco’s innovative arts & technology museum to assist the Zeum staff in various departments. Remember, you don't have to be an expert in art and technology; we use Volunteers with different backgrounds and skill levels! More info online
California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco, CA)
In the interest of building a sustainable future, the Academy is hoping to foster a stronger sense of community. Find others like you who share a passion for the natural world and a commitment to change. More information is available online
Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair (San Diego, CA)
The GSDSEF is an all-volunteer organization composed of people from throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties – some of whom have been with the Fair for its full 55 years, many of whom are former exhibitors.They especially need BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE & CONSUMER SCIENCE judges!
San Diego Natural History Museum (San Diego, CA)
Bring others closer to nature and help “combat nature deficit disorder.” Share your respect for the environment by joining the San Diego Natural History Museum’s volunteer program.
San Diego Air & Space Museum (San Diego, CA)
Share your talent with the community - while helping to preserve San Diego's precious Aerospace heritage. More info.
Cultural Volunteer Managers Council (San Diego, CA)
Our mission is to promote cultural volunteerism in the San Diego area as well as to cultivate best practices in management of volunteer programs. This site is also a good location for multiple volunteer opportunities around San Diego.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps (San Diego, CA)
You can make a meaningful contribution to the experience of visitors, and in your life, as a volunteer for Birch Aquarium at Scripps. As the public center for world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, more than 370,000 people visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps each year and engage in exhibits, public programs and special events. Find more information on their website.
California ScienCenter (Los Angeles, CA)
We aspire to stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning in everyone by creating fun, memorable experiences, because we value science as an indispensable tool for understanding our world, accessibility and inclusiveness, and enriching people's lives. More Info.
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (Los Angeles, CA)
By joining our team, you become part of a unique group of dedicated individuals who can be found in nearly every area of the Museum. From greeting guests to working alongside Museum curators, there are many important ways in which volunteers contribute, making them one of the Natural History Museum’s richest resources. Learn more online.
University of California Santa Barbara Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecology Restoration (Santa Barbara, CA)
Volunteer opportunities available in Herbarium, Vertebrate Collections, Invertebrate Collections, Nursery and Greenhouse, or Restoration Ecology Programs. Get involved.
Turtle Bay Exploration Park (Redding, CA)
Volunteering at Turtle Bay is a great way to give back to your community by supporting a growing cultural institution. You’ll meet new people, gain additional skills, and enjoy the beautiful campus, while helping support our education-based mission. Active community members serve in a variety of positions, both indoors and outdoors, with the public and behind-the-scenes, ranging from 3 hours per year to 3 hours per day. Learn more on their website.
San Bernardino County Museum (Redlands, CA)
As an element of this Science Initiative, the SRVUSD has initiated a program for scientist volunteers at three elementary and one middle school. The volunteers, supervised by classroom science teachers, will help develop and implement lesson plans, setup labs, support science nights and fairs, provide a conduit to the local science community, and generally inspire and mentor students to learn and become excited about the wonders of science.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science (Denver, CO)
Each year, over 1,400 volunteers contribute time to the Museum. Their commitment greatly enhances the Museum's mission of providing high-value experiences to the community. We truly value each of our volunteers, and there is a place for you too. Find your place online.
Connecticut Science Fair (Cromwell, CT)
The Connecticut Science Fair is a yearly, statewide science and engineering fair open to all 7th through 12th grade students residing, or enrolled, in Connecticut schools and several New York towns. More information available on their website.
VolunteerDelaware (DE)
VolunteerDelaware, formerly the State Office of Volunteerism, provides statewide leadership for the promotion and encouragement of volunteerism to persons of all ages, and coordinates a variety of volunteer events More info.
Delaware State Parks (DE)
Delaware's Division of Parks and Recreation employees' work hard to provide a wide range of recreational opportunities, but their efforts alone are not enough. Delaware State Parks needs your help to ensure that Diamond State Parks "sparkle" with activity from sunrise to sunset. More info on the website.
Delaware Museum of Natural History (Wilmington, DE)
The Delaware Museum of Natural History seeks dedicated volunteers to support various educational, administrative, and scientific efforts. The Museum’s mission is to excite and inform people about the natural world through exploration and discovery. Learn more online.
Connecting Generations (DE)
Connecting Generations is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide creative programs and services that help Delaware’s children and adults lead purposeful, fulfilling and self-directed lives.
District of Columbia
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC)
We need your help! Here's your chance to join some of the great scientific research projects and educational activities of the Museum. There is something for everyone! From helping produce exhibitions to piecing together ancient pottery to taking critical measurements of specimens; from interacting with the visiting public to editing text for publications the National Museum of Natural History is recruiting volunteers of all ages to join our science activities and public programs. Learn more.
National Institute of Health, Office of Science Education (Metro area, DC)
The NIH Science Fair volunteers are NIH researchers, clinicians, and other professionals who are available to judge science fairs at local schools within the Washington DC metropolitan area. The NIH Office of Science Education is proud to sponsor this service, uniting scientists, teachers, and students in support of quality science education. More info online.
VolunteerFlorida (FL)
VOLUNTEER FLORIDA  believes that "strengthening Florida's communities through volunteerism and service" is not just a mission statement; it's a way of life.
21st Century Community Learning Centers (FL)
21st CCLC programs provide at-risk students with opportunities for academic enrichment, personal enrichment, and other activities designed to complement the students’ regular academic program. Learn how you can get involved.
Miami Science Museum (Miami, FL)
Volunteers form an essential part of our staff.  Whether working out in the Wildlife Center, on the floor with our guests, or behind the scenes, our volunteers make an inimitable contribution to the Museum of Science.  Volunteering is a great way to meet interesting people and learn new skills... and you don’t have to be a science guru! Learn more online.
University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History (Gainesville, FL)
From greeting guests to guiding school groups, volunteers can be found in just about every area of the museum. Whether they're with a curator behind-the-scenes or with youngsters in the Butterfly Rainforest, volunteers are a vital part of the mission of the Florida Museum of Natural History.
The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum (Sanibel, FL)
Positions for volunteers include exhibit hall docents, school and adult group tour docents, slide show lecturers, Collections Department assistants, and Museum Store salespeople. Learn more about the different positions available.
South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium (Bradenton, FL)
At the South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium, Inc. volunteers play an integral role in helping the staff and board achieve our mission:  “To preserve, interpret, and communicate – through collections, exhibitions, and educational programs – scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world, and our universe.”
Pinellas County Department of Environmental Management, Environmental Lands Division (Clearwater, FL)
The Division is responsible for the management of Brooker Creek, Weedon Island, Shell Key, and Mobbly Bayou Preserves as well as a 15 other environmental lands. These lands comprise over 15,000 acres of wild lands and waterways that provide refuge for a wide diversity of wildlife. Education Centers at both Brooker Creek and Weedon Island Preserves provide a variety of educational opportunities. Trails for hiking, canoeing, and horseback riding offer the public unique opportunities to explore and experience natural Florida. Learn more
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (St. Petersburg, FL)
Volunteers make a positive impact by assisting with activities such as biological sampling and monitoring, habitat restoration, laboratory work, education and outreach and many others. There is a wide array of volunteer opportunities available with the FWC.
Keep Georgia Beautiful (GA)
At Keep Georgia Beautiful we know that clean land, water and air are important to Georgians. For 30 years, we have been working with volunteers from our statewide network of affiliates to protect and improve Georgia's environment.
Georgia Mentoring Partnership (GA)
The Georgia Mentoring Partnership (GMP) is a coalition of public, private, non-profit and faith-based communities. Its aim is to serve as an advocate for the expansion of mentoring programs and a resource for mentors and mentoring initiatives statewide.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA)
A volunteer is someone who contributes time and talent to a state park, historic site or golf course without compensation, but with a whole lot of heart. We need people like you to help us continue to prove our mission of teaching visitors from all lands and walks of life the importance of our natural and cultural resources Learn more on our website.
Tellus: Northwest Georgia Science Museum (Cartersville, GA)
The museum’s exhibits will open minds and ignite a passion for science. Tellus will feature four main galleries: The Weinman Mineral Gallery, The Fossil Gallery, Science in Motion and The Collins Family My Big Backyard. A 120-seat digital planetarium and an observatory with a state-of-the-art 20-inch telescope will also be located at Tellus. Learn more online.
Volunteers and Partners Program (HI)
Help by giving and sharing your time and talents. Through the Hawaii Department of Education, learn more on their website.
Volunteer Hawaii (HI)
Thinking about volunteering your time or resources? Volunteer Hawaii is a virtual volunteer center to link your interests with available opportunities and organizations throughout Hawaii.
Hawaii State Parks (HI)
The State Parks Division oversees a curator program, where interested groups help to maintain a specific park or site (often a cultural or archaeological site) with State Parks guidance. Learn more.
National Tropical Botanical Garden (HI)
The National Tropical Botanical Garden is committed to building and nurturing its valuable volunteer team. We believe having a passionate, responsive and dynamic volunteer community at the Garden is one of the best strategic tools to achieving our mission. By becoming a volunteer you will be making a substantial contribution to preservation and knowledge of tropical plants and ecosystems. There are also opportunities in Florida, learn more online.
Bishop Museum (Honolulu, HI)
Bishop Museum is the largest museum in the state and the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific, recognized throughout the world for its cultural collections, research projects, consulting services and public educational programs. The volunteers currently serve in most areas of the Museum’s three facilities ( Bishop Museum , Hawaii Maritime Center, & Amy Greenwell Garden – Captain Cook). Learn more on their website.
The Field Museum (Chicago, IL)
Volunteers provide the vital link that helps bring the Museum alive for over 1.75 million annual visitors. You can bring a smile to a child, earn a nod of appreciation from a visitor, or help our scientists maintain the Museum's collection of nearly 24 million artifacts and specimens. With over 500 volunteers in more than 25 different Museum departments, we have a diverse range of volunteer opportunities. Learn more on their website.
Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago, IL)
Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, one of the largest science museums in the world, is home to more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly 14 acres of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity. More information available online.
Alder Planetarium (Chicago, IL)
Help inspire understanding and exploration of our universe in the most direct way: volunteer in public programming. Volunteers teach science and astronomy to visitors of all ages. Volunteers are needed every day of the week. Learn more.
Alder Planetarium (Chicago, IL)
Help inspire understanding and exploration of our universe in the most direct way: volunteer in public programming. Volunteers teach science and astronomy to visitors of all ages. Volunteers are needed every day of the week. Learn more.
Chicago Botanic Garden (Chicago, IL)
More than 1,000 volunteers at the Chicago Botanic Garden monitor butterflies, plant annuals, and help in classrooms, the Café, and a hundred other areas. Volunteers greet visitors, serve as tour guides, work in the library, enter plant data, or track rare plants.
Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)
At The Morton Arboretum, not only do we cherish our volunteers, we couldn't do what we do without them. We rely on generous, dedicated people to help us achieve our mission—encouraging the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. More information on our website.
Illinois State Museum (Springfield, Lewistown, Lockport, Rend Lake, Chicago, IL)
The Illinois State Museum promotes discovery, learning, and an appreciation of Illinois’ natural, cultural, and artistic heritage. Learn more.
WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology (Bloomington, IN)
WonderLab is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for people of all ages, especially children, to experience the wonder and excitement of science through hands-on exhibits and programs that stimulate curiosity, encourage exploration, and foster lifelong learning. Learn more online.
The Ames Laboratory (Ames, IA)
Science Bowl is a rapid-fire, daylong competition in which high school students answer questions from a wide range of science and math disciplines. The winning team receives an all-expenses-paid trip to the DOE’s National Science Bowl in Washington D.C. Learn how you can help.
Sternberg Museum of Natural History (Hays, KS)
Volunteering provides hand-on experience in the museum field, educational opportunities, and a chance to help your community - all in a pleasant and interesting atmosphere! Learn more!
LSU Museum of Natural Science (Baton Rouge, LA)
The Museum of Natural Science appreciates the interest of all volunteers. If your interests don’t match with the opportunities described below, this doesn’t mean we are not interested in what you have to offer. Discuss your interests with the Museum Education staff and every effort will be made to match you with a suitable opportunity. Learn more.
Maine School Science Volunteers (Bath, Brunswick, Yarmouth, ME)
Maine School Science Volunteers (MSSV) is a non-profit organization that brings together volunteer engineers and other physical scientists to assist teachers in middle school science and math classrooms.  The program has been active in selected regions in southern Maine for about 10 years. The program has received financial support from several business organization and professional societies. Learn more about how you can get involved.
Museum of Science (Boston, MA)
The Museum of Science is an independent, nonprofit institution funded by individuals like you, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Opportunities vary from interpreting exhibit spaces to guiding and providing information. Learn more on their website.
RE-SEED Retirees Enhancing Science through Experiments and Demonstrations (Boston, MA)
Since 1991 the RE-SEED program at Northeastern University has trained over 700 retired scientists and engineers in fourteen states to assist K-12 science teachers in the classroom. Today there are over eighty volunteers assisting science teachers in the greater Boston area. After taking part in a comprehensive training program, participants are asked to assist in science classrooms one day a week for one school year. There is no obligation to continue and volunteers may select their assignment. Learn more.
Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
The Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard University is a center for research and education focused on the comparative relationships of animal life. 
MIT-STEM (Cambridge, MA)
We believe that it does take a village to raise a child, so we recruit undergraduate and graduate students at MIT to partner with families, teachers, STEM Program staff and the community to support local students' personal and educational development. Get involved today!
Berkshire Museum (Pittsfield, MA)
Volunteers are an integral part of the Museum, providing much needed assistance, dedication and support. Learn how you can get involved.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Woods Hole, MA)
Learning about ocean sciences and meeting interesting people from all over the world are, perhaps, the best reasons to participate. Most WHOI volunteers work a three- or four-hour shift once a week, but flexible arrangements can be made. Learn more on their website.
Ann Arbor Hand-On Museum (Ann Arbor, MI)
Volunteer groups can help the Museum with various education programs such as our weekend Sciencepalooza science festivals, Members’ Nights and other special events. Learn more! 
Michigan State University Museum (Lansing, MI)
Volunteer opportunities in Special Events, Education, Collections Assistance, Facilities Maintenance, and Visitor Studies.
Midland Center for the Arts (Midland, MI)
At Midland Center for the Arts, volunteers support theatre both onstage and behind the scenes, sing in our choirs and play in our community orchestra, take science programs offsite, introduce school children to the fascinating side of history and the delights of visual art, host art fairs, and more. Volunteers are involved in visual arts, music, drama, science, history, lectures; many of our volunteers choose to be involved in multiple areas. Learn more about how you can get involved.
The Works (Edina, MN)
The Works is a "hands-on, minds-on" museum that makes learning about engineering, science and technology interesting, understandable and fun. Learn more.
University of Minnesota, Bell Museum of Natural History (Minneapolis, MN)
Volunteers support a wide variety of educational programs, special events, and services within the museum. As a team, the Bell Museum can accomplish its mission of exploring life's diversity, deepening individual understanding and appreciation of the natural world through education, collections, and research.
The Bakken Museum (Minneapolis, MN)
The Bakken offers volunteer opportunities for people of all ages, with or without a science background. The museum provides flexible scheduling (days, evenings, weekends), a friendly staff and an excellent working environment. Learn more about the volunteer opportunities available.
Science Museum of Minnesota (St. Paul, MN)
Volunteers staff the information booth, work behind the scenes, organize special events, greet school groups and provide interpretive services in exhibit halls. Learn more.
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (Jackson, MS)
Volunteering at the Museum is an opportunity to share, learn, serve, meet people, teach, and experience the stimulating environment of Mississippi's natural resources. Volunteer commitment in time and talents has been a notable contribution to the Museum's mission of preserving natural Mississippi. More info available online. 
Missouri Botanical Garden (St. Louis, MO)
We are always seeking qualified individuals for many of the opportunities listed below to meet ongoing needs. Please click on a link in your area of interest for current opportunities: Education, Horticulture, Institutional Advancement, Science and Conservation, Special Events, Retail, Butterfly House, and Shaw Nature Reserve.
Academy of Science- St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
To promote the advancement of science and encourage public interest in and understanding of the sciences. Inspire the young scientist in your life with a gift membership in the Junior Science Academy. Learn more about other volunteer opportunities at the Academy of Science.
The Twin Cities Regional Science Fair (Minneapolis, MN)
The Twin Cities Regional Science Fair (TCRSF) exists solely for the betterment of youth in the Twin Cities area. Our mission is to provide opportunities for interaction with professionals, discussion of project goals, presentation of ideas, and project analysis for all youth in the Twin Cities area.
MN State Science & Engineering Fair (Minneapolis, MN)
The State Science & Engineering Fair is an annual event that showcases Minnesota's best and brightest students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math. It is the culmination of Regional MN Fairs occurring throughout the state. Learn more about how you can get involved!
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New Mexico
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (Albuquerque, NM)
The mission of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is to foster an understanding and appreciation of the diverse natural history and physical sciences of New Mexico and the Southwest for the benefit of residents of, and visitors to, New Mexico. The Museum provides educational experiences and promotes scientific inquiry through focused collections, research, public programs and exhibitions. Get involved.
Museum of Southwestern Biology (Albuquerque, NM)
Numerous opportunities exist for volunteers to donate their time and expertise working for the MSB. Duties involved include: specimen processing and labeling, cataloging specimens, special projects within a division, specimen identification, assisting in developing exhibits and giving tours.
New York
Wings of Eagles Discovery Center (Horseheads, NY)
The need for volunteers has not stopped. As in years past, we must rely even more on our dedicated volunteer staff to perform the vital day-to-day operations. The following is a list of areas and projects where we could use your help: Admissions/Gift Shop, Docents/Tour Guides, Aircraft and Engine Restoration, Advertising/Marketing, Buildings and Grounds - (Includes Landscape, Yard Work, Snow Removal, General Office and Computer Work, Library/Collections Management - (Curator Assistance), Maintain Exhibits and Aircraft in a Clean and Orderly State, Special Events. Help us out.
The Wild Center/Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks (Tupper Lake, NY)
Volunteers who give their time and experience make an irreplaceable contribution to The Wild Center. They are a critical link that connects the whole Wild Center community together. Learn how you can get involved.
The Paleontological Research Institution (Ithaca, NY)
Volunteers play an integral role in the daily operations of the Paleontological Research Institution and the Museum of the Earth. Volunteers work in all areas of the organization including staffing the Museum floor, building exhibits in the Exhibits shop, assisting in curating the 7th largest fossil collection in the country,  working behind the scenes in the Development department, science writing and editing for our Publications department, and creating new programming with the Education department.
New York State Museum (Albany, NY)
Volunteer opportunities available in individual departments including: Anthropology, Biology, Geology, History.
New York Botanical Garden (Bronx, NY)
No matter what your age or interests, your skills or schedule, you can help the Garden in its valuable work. Volunteering at the Garden is a great way to expand your knowledge of plants, give back to your community, meet new people, and share your love of the Garden with others.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Brooklyn, NY)
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Volunteers contribute many hours in almost every department throughout the Garden.
American Museum of Natural History (New York, NY)
The Education Department is looking for individuals who are flexible, motivated, and enthusiastic about teaching students and working with school groups. Being an Education Teaching Volunteer is a positive way to engage students through hands-on learning, immersive experiences, and making connections to the real world.
New York City Science and Engineering Fair (New York, NY)
We need your help in making the New York City Science and Engineering Fair memorable for some of the brightest high school investigators in the five boroughs. Each year, we receive hundreds of applications from public and private high school students throughout the five boroughs. From this submission pool, 550 students will display and demonstrate their science and technology projects in a preliminary round of competition, and about 150 at the final round.
North Carolina
Sarah P. Duke Gardens (Durham, NC)
A number of interesting opportunities for volunteer service are available. A volunteer may wish to work on the same project every week or various projects from week to week. Learn more.
North Carolina Museum of Natural Science (Raleigh, NC)
A variety of volunteer opportunities are available at the Museum, from working behind the scenes on fossil preparation to presenting natural science programs to visiting school groups. Learn more.
North Carolina Botanical Garden (Chapel Hill, NC)
Are you interested in plants and people? The Botanical Garden offers a variety of volunteer opportunities in the areas of education/programming, conservation, propagation, and garden maintenance.
North Dakota  
Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum (Canton, OH)
Share your time, skills and knowledge while helping other learn. Our volunteers are a vital part of the ongoing work at the Museum. Volunteers contribute many hours of service and provide extra hands for our educational programs, demonstrations, special events and exhibits for thousands of people every year. Learn how you can get involved.
The Works (Newark, OH)
A place where visitors of all ages can explore the connections between art, technology and history. A place for lectures, gallery showings, concerts and science exhibits. Learn more.
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History (Cleveland, OH)
Whatever your interests are, there’s a volunteer position for you at the Museum. Positions are available in collections, research, special events, public relations, staff support, education and retail.
Great Lakes Science Center (Cleveland, OH)
Some opportunities require additional experience and education. All applicants are interviewed to ensure a comfortable fit for both the volunteer and the Science Center. Please note some volunteer opportunities may not be available at the time you apply. Apply now. 
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (Norman, OK)
Volunteers serve the museum as docents, education assistants, greeters for visiting school groups, information desk helpers and other capacities. Learn more.
University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History (Eugene, OR)
There are lots of ways to get involved at the museum! If you like working with people, have a desire to learn and have energy and time to invest, choose one or more positions to begin volunteering at the museum.  Benefits include access to the museum's volunteer library, monthly educational programs, and opportunities to interact with some of the most progressive scholars in archaeology, geology, and more! More information available online.
A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village (Salem, OR)
The A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village volunteers come from a variety of sources, including senior citizens, retired professionals, service organizations, business partnerships, and youth community service organizations through the schools, to mention a few. Volunteer opportunities can include clerical work, gardening, assisting in classes or workshops, daily museum maintenance, and preparing outreach class supplies.
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts (Harrisburg, PA)
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts is a place where discoveries are made every day. We rely on the enthusiasm, talent, intellect and creativity of volunteers to maintain and expand our exceptional programs.
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)
Volunteers have been integral to the success of the Academy for more than 195 years. Almost 300 volunteers, from ages 14 to 80, contribute their time each year toward our mission. This special group of dedicated individuals can be found in the museum, research departments, and offices of the Academy. Responsibilities range from engaging visitors to working with scientists. Learn more on their website. 
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
Join the ranks at a vibrant, always evolving, cultural hotspot. We always need friendly and hard-working volunteers, and we couldn’t do all that we do across four very distinct museums without the talented, committed group of individuals who so generously donate their time and skills at our Oakland and North Shore destinations for art, science, and fun. Don't wait another day. Get involved.
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Pittsburgh, PA)
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is in need of volunteers to staff this week-long event that brings 1600 high school students from around the world together to compete for over $4 million in awards and prizes. We hope you will join us!
Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair (Pittsburgh, PA)
This competition is open to all students in grades 6-12 from the 23 counties within Western Pennsylvania and one county in Maryland. The Science Fair has been a Pittsburgh tradition since 1940. It is also the third oldest science fair in the United States under the affiliation of Society for Science and the Public, which facilitates the International Science and Engineering Fair. Become a judge!
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Tennessee Science Bowl (Oak Ridge, TN)
The Science Bowl is a fast-paced academic competition that offers a chance for teams of high school students from across the state of Tennessee to match their wits in math and science. Regional/state winners advance to the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., all expenses paid! Volunteer here.
Aerican Museum of Science and Energy (Oak Ridge, TN)
Volunteers play a key role in providing AMSE visitors with a great experience. AMSE offers a diverse selection of volunteer opportunities and works with your schedule to match your time with out needs. Learn more online.
Adventure Science Center (Nashville, TN)
We have many opportunities to get involved with ASC as a volunteer. Our volunteers serve an important role in helping us achieve our mission to be an interactive science-learning center where families can laugh and learn together. If you choose to volunteer at ASC, we can promise you will have fun, learn and make a difference in the lives of countless children.
Witte Museum (McKinney, TX)
The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, in Mckinney Texas, where volunteers are needed seven days a week, but especially Thursday – Sunday, to guide visitors and youth through the exhibit and answer questions.  Knowledge of geology would be a welcomed asset in potential docents, but is not required. Learn how you can help out.
Space Center Houston (Houston, TX)
Out-of-this-world opportunities await you at Space Center Houston. Whether it's on stage or behind the scenes, we have a position to fit your interests.
Museum of Nature and Science (Dallas, TX)
The Museum of Nature & Science strives to recruit, develop and retain individuals and group liaisons from racially and culturally diverse backgrounds and persons with disabilities. We create an environment for all staff, interns, volunteers and trustees that is conducive to creativity, growth, ingenuity, resourcefulness, imagination and inspiration. We believe in lifelong learning and a passion for discovery and innovation. Learn more
BEST (Dallas, TX)
BEST is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization whose mission is to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, and technology through participation in a sports-like, science and engineering-based robotics competition. Learn how you can get involved.
Botanical Research Institute of Texas (Fort Worth, TX)
The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) is a global institute for the conservation and preservation of botanical heritage through education, research, scientific publications, and collections.
Austin Energy Regional Science Festival (Austin, TX)
The Austin Energy Regional Science Festival is one of Texas’ largest regional science fairs with over 3,500 students from 1st through 12th grade. It encourages and rewards innovative student research and provides scientists, engineers and other professionals a chance to volunteer in the community. Volunteer here.
Austin Children's Museum (Austin, TX)
Work alongside a team of teachers to help lead 4-6 year olds in hands-on activities, including science experiments, art projects, and creative play. Watch over children as they play in the Museum exhibits and listen to Storytime. Learn more on their website.
Utah Museum of Natural History (Salt Lake City, UT)
Volunteers support the programs of UMNH through hundreds of thousands of hours every year. Learn how you can get involved.
Thanksgiving Point Institute (Lehi, UT)
The Thanksgiving Point Institute is a non-profit organization offering education, recreation and entertainment experiences to members of our community. Our volunteers contribute their Time, Energy, Experience and Knowledge to help fulfill this mission. Many exciting opportunities await you throughout Thanksgiving Point, whether it's giving tours to education groups, being a Guide at the Gardens, or helping with one of our amazing events!
Bean Life Science Museum (Provo, UT)
The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum is located at Brigham Young University. The museum was opened to the public in 1978, is accredited by the American Association of Museums and maintains membership in the Natural Science Collections Alliance. Research collections of vascular and non vascular plants, invertebrate and vertebrate animals are maintained and made available to research scientists and educators. Public exhibits and educational programs are offered. Learn how you can help.
Science Museum of Virginia (Richmond, VA)
The Virginia Museum of Natural History offers a multitude of volunteer opportunities for everyone interested in helping the Museum remain a success.  From giving your time as an Interpreter to working with the exhibits, to helping run the Museum Store, the Museum has plenty of opportunities for you.  Whether you can spend an hour a week to a full work week, the Museum can always use assistance.
Virginia Living Museum (Newport News, VA)
At the Virginia Living Museum, our volunteers are an integral part of our staff. As a matter of fact, volunteers outnumber paid staff four to one. Without the help of our volunteer force we could not serve our visitors as well as we do. We are always pleased to welcome new volunteers to our program.
Virginia Institute of Marine Science (Gloucester Point, VA)
Positions are regularly available in the Library, Visitor's Center, Gift Shop, in laboratories, and in the field.
Virginia Discovery Museum (Charlottesville, VA)
The Museum needs caring and enthusiastic volunteers, ages 15 to 90, to help enrich the lives of children. We depend on over 125 volunteers each year who generously donate their time to help the Museum run smoothly. Weekly volunteers work at the front desk or in the gallery, usually for just two or three hours per week. Other volunteers build exhibits or help with special events.
Virginia Air and Space Center (Hampton, VA)
With the Virginia Air & Space Center’s increasing programs, activities and attendance, volunteers are needed more than ever. Inspire future engineers, scientists and astronauts, meet great people, learn about new technologies and serve the community by joining the Virginia Air & Space Center’s Volunteer Program.
Water Resources Education Center (Vancouver, WA)
Volunteers help the Water Center fulfill its mission of teaching and showing how to use water wisely by assisting at special events, leading and/or helping with school and group visits, or contributing with special projects.
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (Seattle, WA)
Volunteers help make the Burke Museum and its programs a success! Volunteer positions at the museum vary from working in research collections to leading school tours to helping with craft activities during public programs.
Science Museum of Virginia (Richmond, VA)
The Virginia Museum of Natural History offers a multitude of volunteer opportunities for everyone interested in helping the Museum remain a success.  From giving your time as an Interpreter to working with the exhibits, to helping run the Museum Store, the Museum has plenty of opportunities for you.  Whether you can spend an hour a week to a full work week, the Museum can always use assistance.
West Virginia  
The Wisconsin Idea in Letters & Science
The College of Letters & Science is dedicated to supporting the university's commitment to the Wisconsin Idea, the principle that the university should improve people's lives beyond the classroom. Learn more.
MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership
For more than a decade, MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership has been working to expand the world of quality mentoring. MENTOR believes that, with the help and guidance of an adult mentor, each child can discover how to unlock and achieve his or her potential. Learn how you can get involved.
ACM- Special Interest Group Computers and Society (SIGCAS)
SIGCAS is the ACM Special Interest Group that addresses the social and ethical consequences of widespread computer usage. SIGCAS' main goals are to raise awareness about the impact that technology has on society, and to support and advance the efforts of those who are involved in this important work. Learn more about how you can help.
ACM- Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques
ACM SIGGRAPH needs you! We're a volunteer organization serving the computer graphics community and supporting the excellence, passion, integrity, and cross-disciplinary interaction that has made SIGGRAPH such a dynamic place. Many of our programs are defined by the volunteers that make them happen -- here are a few of the positions we're hoping to find someone to work on now! We encourage all volunteers to join the organization.
UN Volunteers
The UNVolunteering service features online volunteering opportunties. A variety of online volunteer positions are available.