Title: Education Program Volunteer
Department: Education

Do you want to inspire a passion for science and nature in a fun and creative work environment? Join the education team at the EcoTarium as a program volunteer!

Through conversations and hands-on activities, program volunteers help visitors make meaningful connections to our exhibits, encourage curiosity and scientific inquiry, and challenge visitors to dive deeper into the concepts explored at our museum.


  • Engage visitors through drop-in activities on the museum floor, in the Curator’s Workshop, and in the Nature Explore® Outdoor Exhibit
  • Assist with the daily operations of museum program spaces
  • Circulate amongst exhibits and interact with visitors
  • During regular volunteer rounds, maintain and clean exhibit spaces as needed with support from our facilities and exhibits teams
  • Help visitors navigate the museum and grounds, and answer visitor questions
  • Train with museum educators to build facilitation skills and learn new programs
  • As interested, work with museum educators to develop new programs for the exhibit interpretation catalog
  • Longer-term volunteers may have the opportunity to explore additional areas of our education programs including animal handling and supporting group programs

Schedule & Training:

  • Program volunteers are asked to commit to one or more 3.5-hour shifts weekly for at least three months. Continuation of volunteer shifts beyond three months is encouraged!
  • Shifts are available Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm and 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Comprehensive training will be provided during regular volunteer shifts


  • At least 16 years of age
  • Interest in STEM fields and/or education and a desire to learn more
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm and reliability
  • Willingness to work with visitors of all ages and backgrounds
  • Ability to navigate the building and grounds under any weather conditions, lift and transport up to 15 lbs., and work in a highly sensory and stimulating work environment due to constant interaction with guests. Adjustments to the role may be made to support any individuals who require reasonable accommodations
  • Must pass a CORI/SORI background check
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (requests for exemptions or reasonable accommodations may be emailed to phuzar@ecotarium.org)

Disclaimer: Please note this position description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the volunteer for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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