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1500 E. Main St
Ashland, Oregon 97520
Phone: 5414826767
Email: info@scienceworksm. . .
Hours: Every Day, 10 am - 6 pm, Memorial Day - Labor Day

Volunteer Jobs & Descriptions

ScienceWorks offers a variety of volunteer opportunities.  Click on the titles below, or scroll down the page, to learn more.

Basic Expectations of All Volunteers:
  • Conduct yourself in an open, friendly, professional manner at all times.
  • Attend all trainings as required by your assignment area.
  • Maintain accurate, up-to-date time sheets for your volunteer service at ScienceWorks.
  • Maintain your schedule to the best of your ability. Call ahead if you cannot make a shift.
  • Arrive on time in appropriate dress.
  • Follow the policies and procedures of ScienceWorks.
  • Understand Inquiry-Based Science.
  • A basic knowledge of the physical sciences would be helpful, but is not required.
  • Serve at least one 2-3 hour shift per month.
  • Wear your name badge and vest/lab coat when you are working at with the public.
  • Know and Practice Effective Visitor Service.
  • Provide prompt, informed and friendly attention to all visitors.
  • Greet every visitor with a smile.
Interactive Exhibit Guide
Interactive Exhibit Interpreters are the Faces and Voices of ScienceWorks at the Museum. Their interaction aids our visitors in having an educational and enjoyable experience at the museum.

Specific Volunteer Duties
  • Familiarize yourself with the exhibits on a regular basis so you can help visitors understand and enjoy the exhibits.
  • Practice Inquiry-Based Science.
  • Enjoy working with children.
  • Report exhibit malfunctions to a staff member immediately. 
  • Review the checklist for your assignment at the beginning and end of your shifts.
  • Assist with other tasks as assigned.
  • Have fun with the visitors.
Shift Hours:
Wednesday-Sunday, 10:30am-1:30pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm
Exhibit Construction Volunteer
Exhibit Construction Volunteers assist in the construction of new exhibits and the refurbishment of existing exhibits. Because these tasks are performed infrequently, and on tight schedules, volunteers must be available to work many hours over a short time span.

Qualifications:  You must be at least 18 years old due to the use of power tools.

Specific Volunteer Duties – Exhibit Construction
  • Under supervision, assist in planning exhibits as needed.
  • Assist in constructing new exhibits.
  • Participate in painting, moving and positioning new exhibits.
  • Shifts are project specific and scheduled on an on-call basis.
  • Assist with other tasks as assigned.
  • Requires the ability to lift 50 lbs. and move heavy objects.
NOTE: Volunteers may only use the tools and equipment that they have been trained on and approved to use.
Exhibit Maintenance Volunteer
Exhibit Maintenance Volunteers assist in the regular upkeep and repair of exhibits. 

Qualifications: Must be at least 18 years of age 

Specific Volunteer Duties – Exhibit Maintenance
  • Familiarize yourself with the exhibits on the floor.
  • Assume responsibility for one or more exhibits and make sure they are in top condition.
  • Assist with maintaining and/or repairing exhibits.
  • Make recommendations on additional service exhibits may require.
  • Assist with other tasks as assigned.
NOTE: Volunteers may only use the tools and equipment that they have been trained on and approved to use.
Garden Docent

  • A general knowledge and enthusiasm for gardening.
  • Master Gardener or a basic understanding of horticulture and/or botany and a willingness to increase knowledge.
  • Ability to comfortably engage visitors in their surroundings.
  • A pleasant and outgoing personality.
  • Ability to spend up to two hours standing and walking in the gardens.
Specific Volunteer Duties
  • Answer visitor questions about garden.
  • Assist visitors in identifying plants and plant material.
  • Promote respect for the gardens so as to minimize visitor damage to plants and garden structures.
  • Provide guided tours as docent interest and knowledge increase.
  • Help train future docents as volunteer gains experience.
  • Join garden crews and help maintain the garden beds (optional).

Scheduling is flexible; availability for at least two 60-90 minute sessions per month; presence encouraged during specific events at ScienceWorks.
Garden Volunteer
Gardening Assistants will help maintain the gardens on ScienceWorks property.

Specific Volunteer Duties
  • Assist in regular activities of landscape gardening such as deadheading, weeding, planting, mulching, fertilizing and composting in ScienceWorks’ Bear Garden.
  • Assist in the development of a new garden space.
Choose either ADOPT-A-GARDEN (a weekly commitment for the current season), join a drop-in group of gardeners every Friday at 9:00 or 10:00 AM or create your own schedule based on shifts available.
Office Assistant
Office Assistants aid the office staff, other employees by performing basic office tasks.

Specific Volunteer Duties
  • Assist with filing, data entry, copying, mailing, folding papers, and mail.
  • Assist with other tasks as assigned.
Onsite School Visit Program Volunteer
School Visit Volunteers are extensions of the School Program Teacher. They assist the teacher on the floor, in the lab and in the Science Theatre, as requested. They also assist our public visitors when possible.

Specific Volunteer Duties
  • Work with the School Program Teacher to assist student learning. 
  • Assist the ScienceWorks educators in the Discovery Lab.
  • Assist students in understanding the exhibits on the floor.
  • Practice Inquiry-Based Science.
  • Enjoy working with children.
  • Prepare clip boards with Team Investigations.
  • Check the floor in exhibits area and tidy as needed.
  • Report any exhibit problems to the school staff.
  • Assist with other tasks as assigned.
Program Hours:
Tuesday – Friday Morning 9:15 Am – 12:15 PM
Tuesday – Thursday Afternoon 12:15 PM – 3:15 PM
Special Events Volunteer
Special Events include Fund Raisers onsite or away from ScienceWorks, and Special Programs, frequently in the evening or on the weekend. 

Specific Volunteer Duties
  • Assist Special Event Coordinator in assigned tasks.
  • May be asked to serve as part of the planning committee.
  • Assist with setup the day of the event.
  • Assist with clean up.
  • Welcome guests attending the event.
  • Be knowledgeable about the exhibits.
  • Must be over 21 to assist when alcohol is being served.
  • Assist with other tasks as assigned.
Adult or Teen Summer Camp Helpers
Summer Camp helpers assist the teacher with preparation and cleanup. They also assist campers with projects.
Specific Volunteer Duties
  • Serve for one week, about 4 hour shift (20 hours per week).
  • Assist the teacher in preparation and setting up the camp area.  
  • Must enjoy working with children.
  • Must be able to interact with campers.
  • Assist campers with projects on a daily basis.
  • Assist the teacher with cleanup at regular intervals and at the end of the day. 
  • Other duties as assigned.  
  • Assist with other tasks as assigned.
Summer Teen Internship
Summer Interns serve 40 hours at the Museum and provide service in the areas of summer camp, exhibit interpreter, and office assistant. 

Specific Volunteer Duties
  • Serve as a Camp Assistant during one or two of our weeklong summer camps—4 hours a day for one week (20 hours each week), Monday through Friday.  
  • Serve as an Exhibit Interpreter by engaging the public in fun and innovative science learning.  
  • Participate in a “behind the scenes” specialization for 4 hours - working in such areas as office help, working on special projects, or exhibit repair and maintenance. 
  • Practice Inquiry-Based Science.
  • Enjoy working with children.
  • Assist with other tasks as assigned.

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