The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
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
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
Some shifts may require extended periods of standing
Schedule: SCHOOL YEAR (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.
Volunteers must commit to at least once a month (or more) for 6 months (or more), no matter the time of year. 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.
Please visit marylandsciencecenter.org for more information and an application form. 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.