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Our Volunteers Make the Difference

The success of the Lancaster Science Factory depends largely on our volunteers. As a 501(c)3 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 100 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 have an educational, engineering, scientific, or otherwise related background. All a volunteer needs is dedication to our mission of working with children to develop curiosity, think creatively and build confidence as they explore STEM.

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteers must be age 16+ and may need to complete background clearances as applicable by law. Orientation and training will be provided.  An ideal volunteer should have the ability to volunteer at least 2 shifts per month,  be friendly, have a  positive attitude, and an interest in helping children develop skills in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Exhibit Floor Volunteer: Assist guests in exploring over 75 interactive exhibits. Ensures that safety guidelines are being followed. Light cleaning and resetting of exhibits as necessary. Volunteers are needed during regular operating hours.
  • Science Café Volunteer: Conduct hands-on science experiments at our walk-up demonstration counter. Materials and instructions are provided or work with our education staff to present your own experiments! Volunteers are needed during regular operating hours.
  • Cub Scout Programming Volunteer: Attend our Cub Scout 2nd Saturday events from 2-6pm and help Webelos 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!
  • Girls Code Club Volunteer –  Help at our monthly meetups – No Coding Experience Required!
  • Maker Space Volunteer – Do you love to tinker, make and create? We’re looking for volunteers like you to help our in our new Maker Space!
  • Summer Camp Counselor  – Assist our camp instructor during one or more weeks of half-day summer camps. Held June – August.

Volunteer Benefits

All of our 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 (which includes admission to all other ASTC science centers as part of the Passport Program)

Flexible scheduling

Volunteer hour verification letters and letters of recommendation available.

Apply Now to Volunteer!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Lancaster Science Factory. We have many opportunities available. Please fill out our application below to help us learn a little more about you. Paper applications are also available at the Front Desk of the Lancaster Science Factory.
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    Volunteers age 18 or over a required by Pennsylvania law to obtain the following clearances to volunteer at a children's facility:

    1. PA State Child Abuse Clearances (CWS) -

    2. PA State Police Criminal Background Check - done in-house

    3. FBI Criminal History Background Check - required ONLY if volunteer has lived outside of PA within the last 10 years. Use code: 1KG738.

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    Please choose one of the following upcoming volunteer orientations to attend.