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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.

OMSI volunteer coloring with a child

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 4 hours per month for 3 months.

Interested? Fill out an application and we’ll contact you about getting started.

Apply Now

Questions about getting started? Contact volunteer@omsi.edu or 503.239.7814. We look forward to hearing from you!

All Are Welcome at OMSI

OMSI is committed to recruiting, hiring, developing, and retaining individuals from a diverse candidate pool regardless of race, age, ethnicity, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, citizenship status, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, or any other legally protected status. 

Equity, diversity, and inclusion guide our process as we build a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills so that we can better reflect and serve our community. We strongly invite applications from candidates who share our commitment to diversity.

Benefits of Volunteering

  • 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 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. 

Current Openings

To see more options for high school students, check out the Teen Science Alliance.

Guest Services Greeter

Greeters welcome visitors to OMSI as they enter the museum’s exhibit halls and attractions, and provide them with friendly and helpful service to explore OMSI in a safe and welcoming environment. In this particular period, answering questions and stating OMSI protocols as related to COVID-19 will be an important additional aspect of the volunteer opportunity. Detailed training related to these protocols will be provided to volunteers.

Early Childhood Education Play Champion

Young children (ages birth-8) are able to learn and explore in fun, educational settings in places like OMSI’s Science Playground, the Curium and sometimes special exhibits! Volunteers in all of these spaces assist caregivers and children in experiencing the activities and exhibits, and assist staff in maintaining the space to ensure the safety of our youngest visitors and their families.

Featured Exhibit Docent - Nelson Mandela

Volunteers in the Featured Hall share science and history in the context of a regularly
changing exhibit. Volunteers facilitate educational demonstrations and activities as well
as assist on the exhibit floor with visitor needs and inquiries. Due to the changing nature
of the hall, duties may vary considerably between exhibits. Below is a description of
volunteer responsibilities for our current exhibit, Nelson Mandela: The Official Exhibition,
on view at OMSI October 9, 2021 - February 13, 2022.

Planetarium Usher

The Planetarium Usher guides guests as they experience OMSI’s Kendall Planetarium shows, featuring a domed display of space and live commentary. Volunteers who have some experience with public speaking and customer service, as well as a passion for supporting space science, will enjoy this position.

Submarine Queuer

Submarine Queuers coordinate with the USS Blueback and Guest Services teams to assist visitors as they begin their tour experience of the USS Blueback submarine. In this particular period, answering questions and stating OMSI protocols as related to COVID-19 will be an important additional aspect of the volunteer opportunity. Detailed training related to these protocols will be provided to volunteers.

Submarine Tour Guide

Submarine Tour Guides provide tours of the USS Blueback, a diesel-electric submarine of the Barbel class, launched in 1959. It was one of the first subs to have a “teardrop-shaped” hull, and it was the last non-nuclear submarine in the U.S. Navy, decommissioned in 1990. It was brought to OMSI in 1994 and is open for organized tours during daylight hours when OMSI is open. Detailed training related to these tours and safety protocols will be provided to volunteers.

Weeds Warrior

The Weeds Warrior team supports OMSI’s sustainability goals by creating a welcoming and healthy environment for humans, animals and plants around the museum campus. Volunteers who are comfortable working with their hands in the dirt and who find satisfaction in a well-maintained garden will enjoy this position. 

Looking for real-world experience?

Have we got an internship for you. 

Questions? We are here to help!

Contact us at volunteer@omsi.edu or (503)239-7814.

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