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It takes a village.

Our volunteers come from all over, bringing energy and talent to the museum. From greeting visitors to presenting amazing science demonstrations to helping behind the scenes, there’s a place for you here.

OMSI volunteer coloring with a child

We're Ready for You.

Share your passion for learning and science with your community by joining our volunteer team. As an OMSI Volunteer, you'll gain new skills and experience, meet interesting people, and enjoy a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. What does it take? Most volunteer positions require at least 8 hours per month for at least 9 months. 

Interested? Take a look at the openings and then fill out an application.

Apply Now

Questions about getting started? Contact volunteerservices@omsi.edu or 503.797.4596.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Perks Galore.

  • Volunteering is rewarding in itself, but you do get some special bonuses.
    • Admission to the museum and attractions
    • Family membership upon completion of 50 hours of service
    • Discounts at the Science Store, Theory eateryand the Empirical café
    • Discounts on OMSI Outdoors and Science Classes
    • Individual recognition for service
    • Ongoing training and support for an exciting and rewarding experience 

Teens, looking to get involved?

Look no further than the Teen Science Alliance. 

Current Openings

To see more options for high school students, check out the Teen Science Alliance.

Featured Exhibits Guest Services Volunteer

Featured Exhibits Guest Services Volunteers provide OMSI visitors with friendly and helpful service as they navigate OMSI's Featured Exhibit.  This opportunity is open to youth and adult volunteers.  If under 18, please fill out the youth application.   


Featured Exhibits Interpreter Volunteer

Featured Exhibits Interpreter Volunteers share science in the context of a regularly changing exhibit within the Featured Hall

Special Event Volunteer

Special Event Volunteers provide customer service and general support for a variety of special events at OMSI.

Curium Volunteer

Summary of Position: The Curium in the Center for Innovation is OMSI's newest exhibit, designed for children aged 4-8. The Curium features a number of rotating activities, which allow early explorations of science, art, engineering, and design process skills, including but not limited to Bernoulli blowers, a sound wall, and Imagination Playground blocks. Curium volunteers assist education staff in the maintenance of the Curium, support parents and children while they experience activities and exhibits, and help to ensure the safety of our youngest visitors and their families.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

·         Interact with a wide age range of visitors to help them explore rotating activities.

·         Share accurate science and museum information with guests.

·         Maintain ongoing safety and cleanliness procedures.

·         Communicate any issues or concerns to appropriate staff members.



·         Strong communication, customer service, and problem-solving skills.

·         Interest and/or experience in early childhood education, child development, and play.

·         Ability to teach and to model adult-child interactions for positive early learning experiences.

·         Must be able to bend and stoop as needed to maintain integrity, appearance, and safety of the area.

·         Self-directed and possesses ability to take initiative.


Knowledge and Skills

·         Eager to present science process and content in an engaging way to young children.

·         Interest in early childhood education and child development; ability to learn and communicate these topics to adult audiences.

·         Must be dependable, punctual, and willing to commit to a regular schedule.

·         Must present a professional personal appearance.


Education and Work Experience:

·         Experience working with the public and/or young children highly desirable.

·         Experience working with the public in formal or informal educational settings highly desired.


Volunteer Benefits:

  • Experience facilitating cognitive research-based demonstrations in an early childhood education center
  • Witness children’s joy in discovery first-hand.

·         Gain free admission to the museum, theater and planetarium shows, and submarine tours.

·         Upon completion of 50 hours of volunteer service, gain eligibility for an OMSI Family Membership.

·         Discounts in the OMSI Science Store and on-site restaurants.

·         The opportunity to meet many new people and learn more about OMSI.

Design Challenge Volunteer Position Description

Design Challenge volunteers help visitors to design, build, and test solutions to personal, local, and global challenges at the Design Bay in the Turbine Hall.  Challenges rotate throughout the year and apply to a variety of age ranges.

Looking for real-world experience?

Have we got an internship for you. 

Early Childhood Education Volunteer

Science Playground and Discovery Lab are OMSI's areas where young children are able to learn and explore in fun, educational settings. Volunteers assist parents and children in experiencing hands-on open-ended activities and exhibits, and assist staff in maintaining the space to ensure the safety of our youngest visitors and their families.

Guest Services Greeter

Greeters provide visitors with friendly and helpful service as they enter the museum’s exhibit halls.

Science Educator Volunteer

Science Educator Volunteers help visitors explore and learn in one of OMSI’s interactive exhibit halls or labs: Chemistry Lab, Early Childhood Education, Earth Science, Featured Exhibits, Food Science, Life Science, and Physics Lab.

Submarine Queuing Volunteer

Submarine Queuing Volunteers assist visitors and the Guest Services staff as they prepare for tours of the USS Blueback submarine.

Submarine Tour Guide Volunteer

Submarine Tour Guide Volunteers provide tours of the USS Blueback, a diesel-electric submarine of the Barbel class, launched in 1959.

Questions? We are here to help!

Contact us at VolunteerServices@omsi.edu or (503) 797-4596.

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