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Summer 2016 Youth Volunteer Program


The Summer Youth Volunteer Program is not accepting any more applications.

Each summer, the Museum offers many exciting volunteer opportunities for youth ages 14-18. The Summer Youth Volunteer Program requires a commitment of two (or three for some departments) 3.5 hour shifts per week between July 5th & August 30th. Summer Youth Volunteers engage visitors in activities, exhibits and programs in order to encourage curiosity, questioning and exploration of science and technology in the following participating programs:

Position Summary

  • Clubhouse : The Clubhouse is an after-school learning environment where young people work with mentors and volunteers to explore their own ideas, develop skills, and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology (including graphic design, 3D modeling, film, photography, and music production). Volunteers will support staff and Members in project development and documentation, planning events, and give feedback on some of the Clubhouse Network's latest program initiatives.
  • Discovery Center : Discovery Center exhibits allow children to explore a variety of real objects and age-appropriate tools, all set in immersive fantasy environments that encourage learning through play. Children and their caregivers are engaged in activities, experiments and conversations in order to experience the reward of discovering on their own, as they explore topics including: Biology, Geology, Physical Sciences, Engineering Design and the 'process of science' more generally. Volunteers must be comfortable working with infants, toddlers, and children under age 8. You must be able to commit to 3 shifts on three different days./week
  • Exhibit Hall Interpretation : The Exhibit Hall Interpretation Department stimulates interest, inquiry, and enthusiasm about science and technology through hands-on activities. Volunteers initiate informal science discussions with visitors by walking the exhibit halls with props to help visitors engage with exhibit components; they may also set up a hands-on activities cart in an exhibit to explore a particular concept with visitors.
  • Hall of Human Life: The Hall of Human Life volunteer will interpret through demonstrations at the Exploration Hub and around the exhibition topics that cover Hall of Human Life themes about how humans are changing through the lenses of evolution, various environments and the cellular level. Volunteers will learn a wide variety of different demonstrations of anatomy, physiology, animal models and genetics, to illustrate human variability. Volunteers who are eager to learn about human biology and health will acquire the necessary knowledge to be able to stimulate the curiosity of visitors of any age or background. You must be able to commit to 3 shifts/week
  • Live Animal Center : The Live Animal Center (LAC) cares for the museum’s collection of live animals. The collection of over 100 animals is used for the museums educational activities such as exhibits, live presentations and school programs. Volunteers help with the maintenance of the Live Animal Center, including much cage cleaning, floor sweeping, and other tasks as required. Volunteers also assist in the handling, care, and feeding of animals used for educational programs in the Museum.
  • Tech Studio : Tech Studio is a hands-on engineering and computer science space in the museum where we encourage visitors to engage in the engineering design process and computational thinking. Tech Studio volunteers, alongside staff and interns, will facilitate activities for visitors of all ages and backgrounds to design, build, test, and improve prototype solutions to daily design challenges. Our Engineering Design workshops and "Try Your Tech" interpretations cover topics including engineering, robotics, and programming.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Applicants must be between 14 and 18 years of age as of June 25th, 2016
  • Interest in the sciences and motivated to learn more
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm, initiative, and reliability
  • Comfortable interacting with children, teens and adults.

Additional Details


  • We ask that volunteers commit to two to three 3.5 hour shifts per week on different days for the entire duration of the program, July 5th – August 30th. We understand that activities like vacations, camps and classes are important during the summer months. However, due to short run of the program, we will not be able to accept applicants who will be unavailable for more than two scheduled days (one week).
  • Accepted volunteers must attend a mandatory New Volunteer Orientation in addition to any department orientations.

Special Notes

Submit a Youth Volunteer Application form, reference letter & parent form by 5pm, April 22th, 2016

Please specify your top 2 department choices on your application.

  • Youth applications can be found in the link below
  • Scan & email completed materials to or mail completed materials to Office of Volunteer Services, Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114-1099