Volunteers are an important component of the Adventure Science Center team! They are a dedicated group of individuals who serve a vital role in helping us achieve our mission. Volunteers have the opportunity to get involved with Adventure Science Center through a variety of volunteer shifts and assignments. From guest services and planetarium shows, to assisting with programs and events, there is a place for everyone!
Please note: Adventure Science Center does not offer court-ordered community service as a volunteer opportunity.
Volunteers work alongside Adventure Science Center staff and educators while assisting with daily operations, programs, and special events.
- Minimum 14 years of age
- Submit a Volunteer Application
- Complete a Background Check (18+)
- Commit to 8 hours/month for a minimum of 6 months
- Attend a Volunteer Orientation
- Attend training courses for your position
If you have any additional questions or would like more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-401-5099.
Docent - Docents are trained by ASC science educators to add value to our guests’ experiences by presenting Discovery Cart programs or by facilitating the use of exhibits throughout the science center. These programs add information and excitement to our guests’ visit and take their experience to the next level of education and fun. Docents may also assist ASC science educators with programs and presentations during area outreach programs, discovery labs, and events. Pre-requisite: 20 hours of service as a general volunteer. Additional Docent training is required.
ScienceQuest Camp Assistant - Camps at Adventure Science Center consist of a wide range of enrichment programs for youth in grades K-9 that combine science, technology, engineering, and math in ways that encourage kids to actively discover science for themselves. Camp programs are conducted on weekdays during the summer and school breaks. As a camp assistant, volunteers are responsible for helping camp counselors as well as the camp coordinator. This includes helping set up and clean up camp activities and supervising campers.
SUDEKUM PLANETARIUM OPPORTUNITIES:
Planetarium Assistant - Adventure Science Center offers a wide variety of full dome programming in the Sudekum Planetarium.Planetarium Assistants will assist with collecting visitor tickets, seating guests, parking strollers, providing basic guidance to the public during the planetarium show, and helping check for debris/lost items among seats between shows. Planetarium Assistants will be stationed inside the theater during shows, and see a variety of shows throughout the day. Note: This position involves extended time in a low-light, irregularly shaped theater with curving staircases.
SPECIAL EVENTS & PROGRAMMING:
Special Events Volunteer - Adventure Science Center hosts a number of special events and programming open to the public including Education Events, Way Late Play Dates (21+), Nashville Mini Maker Faire, etc. Special events consist of hands-on science activities and live science presentations and are typically on Saturdays or after hours during the week. Special events volunteers can help with anything from guest check-in, wayfinding, managing giveaways, facilitating activities, and much more!
GUEST SERVICES OPPORTUNITIES:
Guest Services Host - Are you a friendly, outgoing, and energetic person who enjoys interacting with the public?Guest Services Hosts serve as the face of Adventure Science Center to guests. Volunteers will provide assistance with welcoming guests and answering questions, distributing brochures, helping with lost & found items, and assisting with ASC visitor rule enforcement. This is an excellent opportunity to enhance the guest experience while acting as an ASC ambassador.
Phone Operator - Adventure Science Center Phone Operators assist Guest Services with informational questions, answering the telephones, and providing general assistance to Adventure Science Center visitors! These volunteers should enjoy interacting with the public, speaking on the phone, and be knowledgeable about Adventure Science Center and its many programs, events, and exhibitions.
FACILITIES & EXHIBITS OPPORTUNITIES:
Exhibits Tech Assistant - Adventure Science Center has over 175 interactive elements throughout the building. Exhibits Tech Assistants will assist with checking each element to see whether or not the exhibit is operational. If exhibits are not operational, they will relay this information on for repair. Exhibits Tech Assistants will also help with maintaining and re-setting exhibits during their shift. This opportunity is a great way to interact with ASC exhibits and become familiar with what it takes to run a science center!
Administration Volunteer - Do you enjoy working on projects behind the scenes? Administration volunteers will work with Adventure Science Center staff in the offices on various small projects. These tasks can include preparing mail-outs, prepping educational program supplies, filing, scanning, data entry, taking phone calls, etc. These shifts are available as needed by administrative staff.
- Customer Service
- Community Outreach
Good Match For
Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 14
- Orientation or Training
- 8 hours/month for a minimum of 6 months