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National Museum of American History14th Street & Constitution Ave NWWashington, DC 20560


The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is recruiting for group of volunteers (called Ambassadors) to work with museum visitors in Spark!Lab , its hands-on invention space for children and families.

Spark!Lab Ambassadors will play an active role in:

  • Facilitating Meaningful Visitor Experiences: welcoming a diverse group of visitors and engaging in inquiry-based discovery at a variety of hands-on activity stations; using creative methods to inspire and encourage children’s and family’s interest in the invention process.

  • Assisting daily facility operations in Spark!Lab: getting the space and hands on activities ready for visitor use; helping with some routine maintenance necessary to keep the innovation and imagination flowing!

If You are Good at and Enjoy...

  • tinkering, experimenting, asking questions, constructing and deconstructing things to figure out how they work...

  • interacting with diverse audiences, age groups and learning styles...

  • working in an often busy and changing environment

If You Have...

  • some experience working in a hands-on, informal education space...

  • strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • an interest in invention, history and science...

If You are Able to...

  • commit to at least two 4-hour shifts a month, including weekends and holidays...

  • attend in perons and complete online trainings as needed...

  • handle frequent walking, standing, bending and lifting....

...Then please email Sparklab@si.edu to request more information, and please visit www.invention.si.edu

The Smithsonian is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


  • Critical Thinking
  • Youth Services
  • People Skills
  • Electronics
  • STEM
  • Mechanical Engineering

Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 17
  • Orientation or Training
  • 8 hours per month (two 4-hour shifts)

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