The success of the Lancaster Science Factory depends largely on our volunteers. As a 501C3 Non-Profit organization with a small staff, we depend on our volunteers to "keep the gears turning" around the museum. The Science Factory is proud to have over 50 volunteers who donate their time week after week to help us meet our goals of offering a fun and educational experience for kids and their families. While a science background is appreciated, our volunteers are not required to be a retired science teacher or engineer (although we have plenty of volunteers from those fields). All a volunteer needs is dedication to our mission of working with children to develop curiosity, think creatively and build confidence as they learn the principles of science.

Volunteer Requirements

Age 16+, Completion of a Child Abuse Clearance & a Criminal Background Check, Completion of Volunteer Orientation, Ability to volunteer at least 2 shifts per month, Friendly & Positive Attitude, Interest in helping children develop skills in the field of Science & Technology.

Volunteer Opportunities

Exhibit Floor Volunteer: Assist guests in exploring over 50 interactive exhibits. Volunteers are needed Weekdays and Weekends.

Science Café Volunteer: Conduct hands-on science experiments at our walk-up science café counter. Materials and instructions are provided. Volunteers are needed Weekdays and Weekends.

Community Outreach Volunteer: Help us take our show on the road! Attend community events and promote the Science Factory by handing out flyers and program information as well as conducting small, hands-on science activities. Outreach events are primarily on Saturdays.

Cub Scout Programming Volunteer: Attend our Cub Scout 2nd Saturday events (second Saturday of the month) from 3pm-7:30pm and help Webelo Scouts (5th and 6th grade) learn about engineering. No engineering experience required!

Education Volunteer: Help our education coordinator prepare and implement educational programming at the Science Factory. We offer Homeschool Classes, Winter & Summer Camps plus other special educational events!

Office/Clerical Volunteer: We are looking for office help Monday-Friday between the hours of 9am-5pm. This could include: filing, copying, faxing, emailing, bulk mailing, working in excel, taking inventory.

Volunteer Benefits

All volunteers have fun sharing skills, learning new ones, meeting new people and much more, including:

*Free admission to the Lancaster Science Factory
*Free membership upon completion of 100 volunteer hours
*Admission to all ASTC science centers in accordance with the Passport Program
*Flexible Scheduling
*Volunteer Hour Verification and Letters of Reccomendation

Our volunteers use 'When to Help', a user-friendly and convenient online scheduling system to track their monthly volunteer schedules.

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