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Volunteer Positions

Please view the opportunities below.  To apply for a volunteer position, download and return via fax or email the Volunteer Application Form.

Bus Greeter
Exhibit Fabricator and Finisher
Exhibit Prototyper and Fabricator
Exhibit Artist / Painter
Clerical Assistant
IMAX Theater Usher

Bus Greeter

Position involves meeting and greeting visiting school buses during the mornings (school year only, October-June).

Duties:

  • Board buses and inform students and chaperones of the Science Center visitor guidelines
  • Provide a brief overview of the featured exhibits
  • Direct groups promptly to exhibit floors or IMAX Theater
  • Assist the teacher/chaperone with the check-in process

Skills:

  • Excellent communication and customer service skills
  • Patience working with school-aged children
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time

Training:

Provided by Volunteer Coordinator

Exhibit Fabricator and Finisher

Do you enjoy making things out of wood, metal, and plastic?  Would you like to apply your skills to help us make the next exhibit at the Maryland Science Center? Please note that this position requires that you are skilled in safe and effective woodworking tool use.  Only candidates who can demonstrate proficiency will be accepted.

Duties:

  • Work from construction drawings to create finished exhibit components
  • Fabricate components that assist with exhibit shop operation (for example: jigs and fixtures, organizational structures) and other Science Center operations

Skills

  • Extensive experience safely using all common woodworking tools (including panel saw, table saw, jointer, miter saw, band saw, drill press, power sanders) to create finished projects
  • Experience finishing with paint and stain
  • Ability to work from dimensioned construction drawings

Training

  • Shop orientation provided by Exhibit Fabrication.  There will be no shop tool safety training.  Volunteers must be well versed in shop tool safety and care

Schedule

  • Must be able to volunteer at least 5 hours per week
  • Must be willing to work on an as-needed basis.  We will do our best to keep you busy, but there will be slow times when no fabrication projects are in progress

Portfolio

In addition to the Volunteer Application Form, please include a portfolio of your work, or be prepared to show a portfolio when you interview with us.

Exhibit Prototyper and Fabricator

Would you like to use wood, metal, and plastic to prototype exhibits that visitors love to use?  This position is similar to the “Exhibit Fabricator and Finisher” except we would be asking you to prototype and design exhibit components, in addition to fabricating the final products.  This position requires more independence and more of a time commitment.

Duties

  • Help with exhibit fabrication and finishing (see “Exhibit Fabricator and Finisher” position for more detail)
  • Create simple machines and mechanisms that meet an extensive set of design criteria
  • Design and fabricate components that assist with exhibit shop operation (for example: jigs and fixtures) and other Science Center operations
  • Use feedback from Science Center staff to refine designs

Skills

In addition to skills required for “Exhibit Fabricator and Finisher” this position requires:

  • Ability to design and communicate ideas via 2D drawings or 3D models to museum staff
  • Experience with 3-axis mill and metal lathe helpful but not necessary

Training

  • Shop orientation provided by Exhibit Fabrications.  There will be no shop tool safety training.  Volunteers must be well versed in shop tool safety and care

Schedule

  • Must be able to volunteer at least 8 hours a week on an on-going basis

Portfolio

In addition to the Volunteer Application Form, please include a portfolio of your work, or be prepared to show a portfolio when you interview with us.

Exhibit Artist / Painter

Do you have experience with theatre set painting or design?  One of our upcoming exhibits will require a lot of decorative painting and having extra help would allow us to add all sorts of fun details.

Duties

  • Create paint samples before final painting and get feedback from museum staff
  • Paint final exhibit facades according to construction drawings
  • Optional: design and produce painted props for an “I-spy” scavenger hunt activity

Skills

  • Extensive experience painting with acrylic and latex paint, theatre set painting experience preferred
  • Ability to simulate materials and paint according to stylistic guidelines

Schedule

  • Must be able to volunteer at least 5 hours per week

Portfolio

In addition to the Volunteer Application Form, please include a portfolio of your work, or be prepared to show a portfolio when you interview with us.

Clerical Assistant

Position involves providing clerical support to various departments.

Duties:

  • Answer telephones and take messages when needed
  • Operate photocopying machine
  • Assist with mailings
  • File and other tasks assigned by supervisor

Skills:

  • Excellent communication and telephone etiquette
  • Knowledge of office practices and machines
  • Some clerical/computer experience helpful

Training:

Provided by specific department

IMAX Theater Usher

Position involves providing basic guidance to the public during the IMAX feature presentation.

Duties:

  • Assist visitors into the IMAX Theater
  • Collect tickets
  • Seat groups
  • Observe audiences during shows
  • Clean and maintain theater area between shows

Skills:

Good communication; excellent customer service; dependability; ability to stand for long periods of time and frequently climb steps.

Training:

Provided by Guest Services