Science Playground and Discovery Lab are OMSI's areas where young children are able to learn and explore in fun, educational settings. Volunteers assist parents and children in experiencing hands-on open-ended activities and exhibits, and assist staff in maintaining the space to ensure the safety of our youngest visitors and their families.
It takes a village.
Our volunteers come from all over, bringing energy and talent to the museum. From greeting visitors to presenting amazing science demonstrations to helping behind the scenes, there’s a place for you here.
We're Ready for You.
Share your passion for learning and science with your community by joining our volunteer team. As an OMSI Volunteer, you'll gain new skills and experience, meet interesting people, and enjoy a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. What does it take? Most volunteer positions require at least 8 hours per month for at least 9 months.
Interested? Take a look at the openings and then fill out an application.
- Volunteering is rewarding in itself, but you do get some special bonuses.
- Admission to the museum and attractions
- Family membership upon completion of 50 hours of service
- Discounts at the Science Store, Theory eatery, and the Empirical café
- Discounts on OMSI Outdoors and Science Classes
- Individual recognition for service
- Ongoing training and support for an exciting and rewarding experience
Teens, looking to get involved?
Look no further than the Teen Science Alliance.
To see more options for high school students, check out the Teen Science Alliance.
Early Childhood Education Volunteer
Guest Services Greeter
Greeters provide visitors with friendly and helpful service as they enter the museum’s exhibit halls.
Middle School Maker Volunteer
Middle School Maker (MSM) volunteers will help OMSI Museum Education staff offer fun, hands on science learning experiences to Portland Public Schools 7th graders. The program, Crazy Contraptions-Complex Machines, is a student driven designing and building of Rube Goldberg machines. Successful volunteers will encourage students to create their own solutions through questions rather than through lecture-style instruction, maintain a flexible outlook and be ready to take on any challenge.
Science Educator Volunteer
Science Educator Volunteers help visitors explore and learn in one of OMSI’s interactive exhibit halls or labs: Chemistry, Early Childhood Education, Earth Science, Featured Exhibits, Life Science, Physical Science, and Design.
Special Event Volunteer
Special Event Volunteers provide customer service and general support for a variety of special events at OMSI.
Looking for real-world experience?
Have we got an internship for you.
Submarine Queuing Volunteer
Submarine Queuing Volunteers assist visitors and the Guest Services staff as they prepare for tours of the USS Blueback submarine.
Submarine Tour Guide Volunteer
Submarine Tour Guide Volunteers provide tours of the USS Blueback, a diesel-electric submarine of the Barbel class, launched in 1959.