OMSI Physics Lab Volunteer (age 18+)

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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

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OMSI's Turbine Hall features exhibits on engineering, technology, physics and space science, and is home to the Physics Lab and Laser/Holography Lab. Volunteers in the Physics Lab provide visitors with the opportunity learn about the fundamentals of physics as they participate in a variety of hands-on activities. Volunteers can also work in the Laser/Holography Lab, explaining the basics of holograms, lasers and coherent light to visitors.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Interact with visitors to help them explore and learn from Turbine Hall exhibits and activities in the Physics Lab and Laser/Holography Lab
  • Present Physics and/or Laser/Holography demonstrations to visitors, such as optical effects, vacuum chamber, electrostatics, and musical glasses.
  • Assist in the maintenance and appearance of the hall and lab by organizing supplies for exhibits and keeping the space clean.


  • Strong physical science, engineering, or teaching background.
  • Strong communication and customer service skills; some presentation experience preferred.
  • Committed to sharing accurate science information.
  • Able to listen and communicate with people of diverse backgrounds and age levels.
  • Able to present science process and content in an engaging way to a broad age range.
  • Able to maintain a calm, pleasant, and cheerful demeanor in a noisy and crowded environment.
  • Must present a professional appearance.
  • Dependable and punctual.
  • Self-directed and willing to take initiative.
  • Willing to follow OMSI rules and procedures.

Volunteer benefits:

  • Training and a lifelong learning experience.
  • Admission for the volunteer to the museum, theater and planetarium shows, and submarine tours.
  • An OMSI Family Membership upon completion of 50 hours of volunteer service.
  • Discounts in the OMSI Science Store and on-site restaurants.
  • The opportunity to meet many new people and learn more about OMSI.

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1945 SE Water AvenuePortland, OR 97214



  • Math / Science Instruction
  • STEM
  • People Skills


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Two 4 hours shifts per month, minimum of 9 months

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