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Volunteer Application

Volunteers are the lifeblood of The Montana Science Center. Our small staff and diverse community benefit immensely from partnering with the people who live, work, recreate, and retire here. From those who love science to those who are just learning, the MSC can use your help. Our Volunteers have allowed visitors of all ages to gain an understanding of science concepts by facilitating hands-on activities and demonstrations. Volunteers support the MSC to turn consumers of science, technology, and art into creators; by awakening curiosity and encouraging exploratory learning to fuel a life of critical, creative innovation. Volunteers have provided expertise in the garden, with special events and activities, for exhibit installations, professional STEM content, community outreach, exhibit maintenance and more.

Please describe any special skills, interesting experiences or areas of expertise that you would share with museum visitors (for example: fluency in a foreign language, science knowledge or teaching experience)
Please indicate which of the following volunteer opportunities interest you:

Volunteer FAQs

What do Montana Science Center volunteers do?

All of our volunteers are an important part of the Montana Science Center team and contribute to our mission. Volunteering is a fun way to share your passion for inspirational science learning. Each volunteer position is unique, whether behind the scenes, hands-on or interacting with guests and exhibits.

Who can volunteer at Montana Science Center?

We welcome all age ranges to participate in our volunteer program. Contact Brittany at bmehrens@montanasciencecenter.org if you have specific questions.

What are your internship program requirements?

Internships are offered on a rolling basis throughout the year. Internships have been offered in Education, Programming, Marketing & Special Events, Science Education and more. Internships are project-based and offered to current college and graduate students. Interning at Montana Science Center is an exciting way to expand your professional skills, network with professionals, receive school credit and of course attain real-world experience. Contact Brittany at bmehrens@montanasciencecenter.org for application details and internship position descriptions.

What is the application process for volunteers?

Once we receive your application, we will determine if your skills and availability match our current volunteer position needs. Qualified applicants will be invited to either an individual or group volunteer interview. Individuals invited to join the volunteer team will also complete a background check. Once complete, volunteers are then invited to orientation and position training.

How much time does volunteering take?

The length and time commitment of each volunteer position varies. In general, we ask that volunteers commit to at least 2-monthly regularly scheduled volunteer shifts for 6 months. Some exceptions include positions which are seasonal, temporary or offered on particular dates and times.

What experience or education do I need to volunteer?

Qualifications for each volunteer position vary. Orientation and training are provided to help volunteers learn the necessary volunteer position skills.

Do you offer one time or short term volunteer positions?

Most of our adult and teen volunteer positions are short term. Special event volunteer opportunities may be offered and will be posted on our website.

Do you offer group volunteer opportunities?

If given enough notice, we can typically accommodate volunteer groups of 10 individuals or less. Group volunteer opportunities have included gardening, cleaning exhibit spaces, inventorying our educational materials, painting, helping with Family Science Days and more!

Are there opportunities for skill-based/pro-bono volunteers?

We welcome individuals or groups who would enjoy lending their professional expertise to Montana Science Center. Past skill-based volunteers have offered technology troubleshooting, 3d printing, exhibit development, exhibit maintenance, professional photography and more!

What are the benefits of volunteering at Montana Science Center?

Volunteers not only receive the benefit of science learning and inspiration. Montana Science Center volunteers have access to current and new exhibits, events, and more. Not to mention lots of fun!

Who can I contact if I have any questions?

If you have any questions about your application or to get in touch with our Volunteer Program, call (406)522-9087 or email Brittany at bmehrens@montanasciencecenter.org.