Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are essential to the success of the Rochester Museum & Science Center. 

The involvement of hundreds of talented, committed individuals greatly extends the range, quality, and variety of our visitors' experiences. RMSC volunteers are guided by the principles of engagement, innovation, passion, and excellence. Volunteers place a focus on the visitor, create a welcoming environment, and help make the connection between exhibit content and the world around us. 

 

New! Volunteer Memberships:

As of September 1, 2019, volunteers who contribute 100 hours of volunteer service in a year will get a complimentary individual membership. Volunteers who contribute 200 hours of service in a year will get a complimentary family membership. This initiative is just one way we can show our appreciation for the valuable contributions our 450+ volunteers make to RMSC every day. 

Interested in volunteering? Explore the opportunities below or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Which volunteer opportunity is right for you?

Opportunities for Teens

Ask It

Ask It VolunteerAsk-It Youth Volunteers help create an environment for excellent visitor experiences throughout all of RMSC’s exhibits and galleries. Ask-It Youth Volunteers are welcoming, engaging and visitor-oriented; assist in the delivery of programming;, interact with visitors and groups; and help to maintain the museum galleries for a safe and clean visitor environment. 


If you enjoy connecting with people and are passionate about science, technology, cultural heritage, the environment and working in the hands-on exhibits, then being part of the Education Department Ask It Youth Volunteer team is the place for you!


Every Ask-It Youth Volunteer begins by learning about RMSC’s history, completing a safety training, and working with our educators on staff to learn the museum layout and helpful information.

Requirements:

  • Volunteers must be 14-17 years oldVolunteers must be 14-17 years old

  • Must attend necessary training sessions

  • Availability during regular museum hours within the following shifts:

    • Monday-Friday; 3-5pm (Please note: Youth volunteers will only be scheduled during after-school hours during the week. Youth volunteers will not be scheduled during regular school hours unless written permission has been given by aparent/guardian and school authority.)

    • Saturdays: 9am-5pm

    • Sundays: 10am-5pm

    • A commitment to complete a minimum of 40 hours within 5 months. Long-term volunteering is strongly encouraged.
  • Have regular and dependable access to an email account that you check regularly.  All communication and scheduling is done via email. Schedules are set monthly.

     

Qualifications:

  • No prior volunteer experience is necessary
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team and the ability to work independentlyand responsibly
  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn and to share information and to engage vibrantly with visitors of all ages—i.e. to talk to people!
  • Have an interest in the sciences, technology, history and/or the arts

 

To Apply

  • Complete application form. The application includes a parental consent form, which must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian.

Curiosity Camps

Curiosity Camp Volunteer

Curiosity Camp Youth Volunteers (ages 14-17) are essential to the educational mission of the RMSC’s Curiosity Camps. They are energetic, enthusiastic and hardworking and provide support by helping campers with a wide variety of projects, activities and science experiments. Curiosity Camp Volunteers help provide a fun and safe camp experience while sharing in the exploration of science!

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Opportunities for Adults

Ask It

Ask It Volunteer

All Education Department volunteers begin here! We need welcoming, informed, guest-oriented and engaging Ask-It Volunteers to make a difference in our visitors’ experience. This is an ideal opportunity for individuals seeking long-term, consistent weekly, biweekly or monthly opportunities.

Ask-It Volunteers are part of the Education Department team. They help create an environment for excellent visitor experiences throughout all of RMSC’s exhibits and galleries. Ask-It Volunteers are welcoming, engaging and visitor-oriented and assist in the delivery of programming, interact with visitors and groups, and help to maintain the museum galleries for a safe and clean visitor environment.

Every Ask-It Program Volunteer begins by learning about RMSC’s history, completing a safety training, and working with our educators on staff to learn informal engagement strategies. Ask-It Volunteers spend time across all our exhibits, from our Expedition Earth exhibition to our historical Native Peoples of North America gallery to helping our smallest guests in Adventure Zone. If you enjoy connecting with people and are passionate about science, technology, cultural heritage, the environment and working in the hands-on exhibit, then being part of the Education Department Ask It Volunteer team is the place for you!

Requirements:

  • Attend necessary training sessions
  • Availability during regular museum hours within the following shifts:
    • Monday-Fridays: 9am-12pm; 12-3pm or 2-5pm
    • Saturdays: 9am-12pm; 12-3pm or 2-5pm
    • Sundays: 10am-1pm; 1-4pm or 2-5pm
  • Have regular and dependable access to an email account that you check regularly. (All communication and scheduling is done via email)  Schedules are set monthly. 
  • Willing to complete a minimum of 40 hours within 5 months (~8 hours a month.) Long term volunteering is encouraged.  

Qualifications

  • No prior volunteer experience is necessary
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team and the ability to work independently and responsibly
  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn and to share information and engage vibrantly with visitors of all ages. Visitor interactions are based on a fundamental enthusiasm for promoting understanding of science and technology, the natural environment and our region's cultural heritage.
  • Have an interest or background in education/teaching, performance/public speaking, the sciences, technology, history and/or the arts

To Apply 

 

Internships

We offer several non-paid internship opportunities for students and individuals interested in gaining hands-on experience, preparing them for their next career step. We accept applications from student and recent grads. For all our for-credit internships, interns must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program related to the internship and be able to receive credit for the internship through their institution. Check out our full list of opportunities:

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Technical Advisory Group (TAG)

Technical Advisory Group VolunteerThe RMSC continuously explores ideas to create new hands-on, interactive science and technology exhibits. This requires science and engineering expertise beyond current staff capacity. The RMSC Technical Advisory Group (TAG) has been created to help fill the gap through volunteers with building, engineering and science expertise partnering with RMSC staff. TAG’s purpose is to conceive, design, review, recommend and construct new hands-on exhibits that captivate the imagination while educating. This process includes conceiving, prototyping, and testing exhibitions and work with RMSC to evaluate, build and install new exhibits.

The TAG member base is diverse, drawing from the considerable technical skill base of the community. We have attracted men and women from local industrial R&D laboratories, universities, and school systems.  The TAHG currently has a core group of 10-12 regular contributors and a larger group of occasional advisors and contributors. Membership includes scientists, engineers, high school science teachers, university faculty, students, graduate students.

Requirements:

  • Applicants must be over the age of 18
  • Availability on Tuesdays from 9am to noon (except holidays).
  • Availability to attend a training and safety session

 To Apply:

  • Complete application form. A resume should be included. A cover letter describing relevant experience is optional.
  • After application is reviewed, selected applicants will undergo an in-person interview and an opportunity to visit the fabrication shop were TAG members carry out their projects. 

RMSC Council

Women's Council volunteer with childrenFounded in 1941, the RMSC Council is a volunteer service organization that supports the RMSC by organizing special events and fundraising activities. The council provides its members the opportunities for educational growth and social interaction.

Some of the activities that the RMSC Council organizes are the Geranium Sale, Fantastic Findings Garage Sale and the Annual Holiday Bazaar Arts and Crafts Sale.

Requirements: 

  • Applicants must be over the age of 18
  • Attend monthly programs on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May include a business meeting, guest speaker and luncheon.
  • Active members are expected to volunteer 30 hours per year. 

To Apply:

Docents

Docent in the museumDocents share their knowledge and passion of the RMSC's collections and exhibits with our visitors. As volunteers who are trained to further the public's understanding of science, technology, the natural environment, and our region's cultural heritage docents lead visitors of all ages on tours throughout the museum. Docents are outgoing, enthusiastic communicators and are willing to learn about the museum exhibits and collections. Comprehensive training is provided and includes support from an experienced docent mentor. Association meetings, lectures and workshops are held on Mondays and are a time of sharing and learning.

Requirements:

  • Applicants must be over the age of 18
  • Availability during selected weekday mornings to train, shadow or lead tours.
  • Availability to attend the docent association general meeting on the first Monday of every month (depending on holidays)
  • Availability to attend a training and safety session

To Apply:

  • Complete application form. A resume should be included. A cover letter describing relevant experience is optional.
  • After application is reviewed, selected applicants will undergo an in-person interview and will have the opportunity to shadow one of the tours offered. 

Exhibit Design Volunteers

People working on an exhibitVolunteers in the exhibits department contribute their time and artistic expertise in the design and production of exhibits within the museum. Our in-house exhibit personnel look for volunteers with fine arts, woodworking, sculpting, painting, digital media or animation backgrounds to help create engaging exhibits for the museum.

Some of the tasks that you may be involved in as a volunteer include:

  • Creating and building of exhibit furniture, kiosks and exhibit environments.
  • Maintaining and improving exhibits.
  • Developing exhibit graphics
  • Creating scale models for use in exhibit development and within exhibits.
  • Creating animations and digital media for use in exhibits.

Requirements:

  • Applicants must be over the age of 18
  • Available during some hours from Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM, no weekends, no holidays.
  • Backgrounds in fine arts, woodworking, sculpting, painting, digital media or animation are preferred.

To Apply:

  • A completed application form AND a resume submitted to Lois Shaffer, Deputy Director of Exhibits at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • An interview with a portfolio may be requested

 

Special Event volunteers

Behind the Scenes

Behind-the-Scenes volunteers who wish to contribute their time and expertise to specific areas within the museum by aiding RMSC staff in a variety of ways. Volunteers in the program work with staff members on both short-term and long-term projects. Opportunities are generally available in administrative offices, library, education department, conservation lab, curatorial areas, gardening, building maintenance, marketing, etc. Placements are determined by matching volunteer qualifications, interests, knowledge, and availability with staff needs. Upon completion of a written application and personal interview, qualified applicants are referred to staff members for consideration. The project supervisor provides training, if required. 

Requirements:

  • A time commitment during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, is requested for most projects. Others can be considered on a case by case basis.

To Apply:

  • Complete application form. A resume should be included. A cover letter describing relevant experience is optional.
  • After application is reviewed, selected applicants will undergo an in-person interview and an opportunity to visit the fabrication shop were TAG members carry out their projects. 

 

Opportunities for Groups

Service Days / Corporate Volunteering

Corporate Volunteers If you are an institution, university, college, high school, organization or company looking to volunteer short-terms a group please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In the email please let us know details about your group, dates interested to volunteer and number of volunteers. We have many grounds assignments that could be completed by groups of volunteers.

Requirements:

  • Inquiries should be received at least two weeks in advance before the desired date of volunteering
  • Inquiries should include information on the organization/group and number of volunteers.
  • We limit the number of volunteers to 20 persons per volunteering day. 

 

Contact Us

657 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
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