Volunteering at Discovery Space
Volunteers are crucial in helping Discovery Space deliver great science experiences. We welcome dedicated, dynamic volunteers (youth to adult) to help in a number of ways, and all volunteers are equipped for success through orientation, training, and coaching. If you enjoy working flexible hours in an energetic environment, and have a passion for learning and teaching, consider applying to become a Discovery Space volunteer!
- Exhibit Floor Volunteer: Enhance the guest experience by facilitating interactions with exhibits and helping maintain a safe, clean environment.
- Education Volunteer: Assist the science educators in leading regular (often weekly) programs.
- Special Events/Outreach: Facilitate hands-on activities at events in and around State College, often on weekends and evenings.
- Behind the Scenes: Opportunities include office help, committee membership, photography/videography, exhibit tech squad, gardening crew and more.
Time commitments vary depending on the position, with exhibit floor and education volunteers ideally committing to regular shifts of at least 2-4 hours per week. Some positions require background checks.
Benefits of Volunteering at Discovery Space:
- Be part of the Discovery Space team and see creativity, curiosity, and imagination at work!
- Sharpen your skills, or develop new ones
- Build relationships and your resume
- Free parking during volunteer hours
- Opportunity to receive a free one-year Family Membership after 50 hours of volunteering during 12 consecutive months
If you are interested, complete this short Volunteer Interest Form and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you. For questions or information about group volunteer opportunities, contact the Coordinator at .
Thank you for your interest!
Hamer Camp Counselor Program
We are seeking responsible, hard-working and creative volunteers in grades 9-12 to become Counselors-in-Training (CITs) and eventually Camp Counselors to help with Discovery Space’s many summer camps. CITs will work with Discovery Space’s summer camp staff and gain unique experience working with children ages 3 through grade 12 in an informal science setting. Volunteering at Discovery Space is an excellent way to learn about science, education and add valuable community service to one’s high school experience. The Hamer Camp Counselor Program is a 1-4 year program consisting of 3 phases.
*We had a record number of applicants for the Hamer Camp Counselor Program this year and at this time the program is full. Thank you to all of the outstanding young people in our community who are committed to giving back to their community! If you have any questions or concerns please email .
Phase 1: Year 1-2 CIT
In year 1-2, CITs will learn the roles and responsibilities of working at Discovery Space and during summer camp. 10-25 hours per week
Phase 2: Year 2-3 Junior Counselor
In years 2-3, Junior Counselors will be given more responsibility to lead lessons and help with camp. 15-30 hours per week
Phase 3: Year 3-4 Camp Counselor
In year 3-4, volunteers who have gone through the first two phases of the program will be eligible to apply for a paid camp counselor position. 15-40 hours per week
Note: To be eligible for this program, applicants are not required to be available for every week of camp. Applicants with three weeks of availability or more will be considered first for positions.
- Participate and assist campers in all activity areas
- Report any behavior problems to the senior counselor in the group
- Act as a role model to all campers
- Make their best effort to learn new skills or improve upon old skills while in their chosen activity area
- Cooperate with all camp personnel to ensure safety for all campers
- Complete tasks and/or assignments given to them by the Camp Director, whether individually or in a team setting (i.e. keeping a daily camp journal, participating in team building activities, etc.)
- Help campers share in the responsibility by setting a good example
- Be prompt, neat, and willing to do more than the minimum requirements
- See that campers keep their belongings in order and out of the ‘lost and found’
- Be sure that campers are properly hydrated and protected from the sun
- Be alert of and report to the office any elements of danger such as broken equipment, loose nails, poison ivy, etc.
- Carry out any additional tasks set forth by the Discovery Space staff