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Volunteer Opportunities

Our visitors learn more about the world around us through touch, observation, interaction, and play. Their experiences are made substantially more meaningful through the dedication of our enthusiastic core of volunteers, who are an integral part of the Museum's community. Volunteers support the Museum in activities that range from interacting with visitors to providing administrative support for the staff. In all that they do, their commitment enables the Museum to provide a lively, fun, and educational experience for everyone.

The Museum of Science seeks to recruit, develop, and retain individuals from racially and culturally diverse backgrounds and persons with disabilities. We strive to create and sustain a more affirming environment for all staff, interns, volunteers, trustees, and overseers. We value expertise gained at the Museum and encourage professional development and career growth.

Volunteer Position Descriptions:

How to Apply

Please visit our volunteer application site to view our open opportunities and to complete the application process.

The Museum will provide reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation to fully participate in the application process. If you would like to request an accommodation, please contact the Volunteer Services department via email volunteers@mos.org.

Volunteer FAQ

  • -   What can I do?

    Opportunities vary from interpreting exhibit spaces to guiding and providing information. You can help welcome guests and provide them with information about coming attractions, visiting exhibits, and new films. In the Exhibit Halls, help visitors use computers as tools for creativity, or experiment with hands-on materials. Share in the enthusiasm of our Museum guests while encouraging them to explore objects and ideas throughout the Museum.

    Behind the scenes, you can help the Museum run smoothly. Assist with the handling, care, and feeding of the wild animals used in educational programs, or work with our curators to inventory our collections with over 30,000 objects. You can also volunteer after hours with special events, openings, and previews.

    Our volunteers also play a role in providing an enjoyable experience for the thousands of school children who visit the Museum each year. You might give a tour to a group of second graders from Boston Public Schools, or even facilitate a laboratory program.

  • -   Is there a career pathway at the Museum of Science?

    Yes! The career pathway varies depending on whether you are a youth in high school or a post-high-school applicant.

    High school youth age 14 – 18 are required to volunteer at the Museum for at least 50 hours before becoming eligible to apply for a paid internship. Once they have completed this requirement, most high school students apply for the Summer Youth Internship Program which is only open to high school volunteers. However, some high school volunteers apply for academic year internships.

    We require the 50 hours of volunteer service in order to familiarize students with the institution, help them develop valuable professional skill sets, and give them an appreciation for the culture and community of the Museum. For more information on this career pathway, please contact the internship program coordinator.

    Applicants who are in college, graduate school, or are adult career changers can apply for any available internship.

    At the conclusion of an internship, interns are welcome to apply for any available jobs.

  • -   What are the requirements?
    We are looking for people who enjoy volunteering and are eager to learn new things. Our volunteers should also be enthusiastic to work with people of diverse abilities and backgrounds. A background in science is welcome, but not necessary. We ask for a four to six month commitment, and you must be at least 14 years of age.
  • -   What benefits will I receive?

    In addition to rewarding opportunities and ongoing training and support, volunteers receive free admission to the Exhibit Halls, IMAX® films, and Planetarium shows, as well as free parking, discounts in the Museum store, and café, and library privileges.

  • -   How can I get started?

    To apply, please visit our volunteer application site.

    If you have questions, email the volunteer office or call 617-589-0380.

The Museum of Science is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

The Museum of Science is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability or protected group status. Federal and State law prohibit employment discrimination.

It is the Museum of Science’s policy when recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, and terminating employees to comply with those laws which prohibit discrimination as to race, color, religion, creed, gender, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, citizenship status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, disability, military status, status as a disabled, recently separated veteran, Armed Forces service medal veteran, or other covered veteran or any other protected status under applicable law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees, interns and volunteer are treated with respect and dignity.

Employee benefits include free parking in the Museum garage, T accessibility, free admission, discounts in the Museum store and café, a retirement and savings plan, and much more!

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