Assistant, in SciLab

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Maryland Science Center

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We will need SciLab Assistants on weekdays starting in late October, when our school field trips begin again in earnest!

Work in a laboratory-like environment. SciLab experiments are self-guided, so the SciLab Assistant will act primarily as a support person for guests, as they complete up to 5 different lab activities. (Activities change from time to time, but might include DNA extraction, chemical reactions, cell membranes.)


  • Introduce guests to SciLab and set them up at experiment stations

  • Answer questions and provide assistance as guests complete self-guided lab activities

  • Reset materials and equipment between groups, including (but not limited to) washing dishes and folding lab coats

  • Enforce SciLab rules and general lab safety practices

Required Skills:

  • Ability to be friendly but firm to ensure guest safety; at ease with people of all ages

  • Basic knowledge in biology and/or chemistry is helpful

Physical Requirements:

  • Some shifts may require extended periods of standing

Training: Training will be provided by SciLab staff, but the majority will happen on your first day of work, with additional training provided as various scenarios arise.

(October-June): 4-hour shifts available Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 AM-2 PM.
SUMMER (June-August): 4-hour shifts available Saturdays and Sundays, as well as some weekdays.

Minimum Commitment: Two 4-hour shifts per month, no matter the time of year.

Visit for more information and to get a volunteer application. All volunteers must submit an application, and volunteer appointments are by interview only. All applicants (over the age of 18) must complete a background check and orientation session, prior to volunteering.

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About Maryland Science Center


601 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230, US

Mission Statement

We are the Maryland Science Center. We inspire. We empower. We engage. Let's science.


The Maryland Academy of Sciences is Maryland's oldest scientific institution and one of the oldest such institutions in the entire nation. At its inception in 1797, the Academy was an amateur scientific society - members met to discuss papers on astronomy, botany, zoology, and other subjects then known as the "natural sciences."

As the Academy continued its work through the 1800s and 1900s, the group searched for a permanent location to establish a space dedicated to interactive, hands-on learning. The vision became a reality with the opening of the Academy's Maryland Science Center in 1976.

Today, and for more than 40 years, the Maryland Academy of Sciences, through its programs and exhibits at the Maryland Science Center, has demonstrated a commitment to emphasize the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). No other institution in the state reaches more teachers and students through onsite and outreach programming.

The Maryland Science Center invites you to join our Volunteer Program and celebrate science!


We'll work with your schedule.


601 Light StreetBaltimore, MD 21230



  • Math / Science Instruction
  • STEM
  • People Skills
  • Customer Service


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • One 4-hour shift once a month or more, for 6 mos.

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