Volunteer

Volunteering at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum is a great way to get involved and give back to your community. By contributing your time and expertise you can learn something new, help others, and most of all have fun!  We are able to create a special place where children, families, and communities can gather to discover our world through science, art, and world cultures through the direct the efforts of our volunteers.

Who can be a volunteer?

  • Volunteers must be 15 years of age or older.
  • Volunteers should be friendly, outgoing, and enjoy working with people.
  • Volunteers should have a desire to serve the community.

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers work in almost every area of the museum. Some volunteers help build our exhibits and assist in public workshops, while others assist with general operations or serve as an information ambassador.

What qualifications must I possess?

  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Flexibility in a variety of settings.
  • Understanding and desire to support the SDCDM mission and vision.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment with people of all ages, backgrounds and opinions.
  • Well-prepared, dependable, and punctual.

When can I help?

Volunteer opportunities are available daily. Times and shifts vary.

 

Volunteer Opportunities: 

Marketing

Marketing Intern

  • 10-30 hours per week
  • 4 - 12 weeks
  • 3 positions available at given time

Education

Education Assistant:

  • 10-30 hours per week
  • 4 - 12 weeks
  • Multiple positions available; including intern and volunteer
  • Job Description:
    • Curriculum research and development
    • Arts and crafts preparation
    • Assisting with programs such as daily programs, field trips, workshops, and special events.

Operations and Exhibits

Administrative Assistance

  • 3-5 hours per week 
  • 1 week -  1 year
  • 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Multiple positions available; including intern and volunteer
  • Job Description: 
    • General administrative
    • Filing, office organization
    • Maintaining store and office inventory

Exhibits Assistance

  • 5-10 hours a week
  • 1 week – 1 year
  • 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Multiple positions available; including intern and volunteer
  • Job Description:
    • Assisting in fabrication and maintenance of hands on exhibits; including paining, using power tools, constructing exhibits fixing and maintaining exhibits.
    • Assisting in up keep of Museum grounds and facilities; including general building maintenance, gardening and landscaping.

 

Event Volunteer Opportunities

Sensory Friendly Mornings

  • Every Sunday
  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • 4 positions available
  • Job Description: 
    • Set up and staff sensory friendly bins. 
    • Conduct post event survey. 

Fun Animal Fridays

  • Last Friday of every month
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • 4 positions available
  • Job Description: 
    • Set up for Fun Animal presentation and petting zoo opportunity. 
    • Monitor in and out guests into petting zoo area. 
    • Provide hand sanitizer. 
    • Must be comfortable handling farm animals. 

KPBS Kids Workshops

  • Second Saturday of select months
  • 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • 2 positions available
  • Job Description: 
    • Assist with workshop set up. 
    • Assist with costume character photo opportunity management
    • Conduct post event survey

Roots Events

  • Select Saturdays every other month
  • 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • 4 positions available
  • Job Description: 
    • Assist with event set up and breakdown
    • Parking assistance
    • Trash management
    • Conduct post event survey

How do I apply?

Please submit a completed Volunteer Application.

 

Individual Volunteer Application
Education
Volunteer Commitment
Interest / Experience