Discovery Center Volunteer (All youth under the age of 17, must be accompanied by a chaperone)
The Volunteer in this area has an opportunity to work with people of all ages. Position involves interaction with the public, answering questions and engaging visitors in Discovery Center Activities. The Discovery Center has live animals, puzzles, games and special exhibits on a variety of topics.
Special Events Volunteers (All youth under the age of 17, must be accompanied by a chaperone)
Volunteers are needed to help with the Museum’s various special events throughout the year. Events include: Saturday Matinee of the Arts, Jazz & Blues Festival, Swamp Stomp, Halloween Howl and others.
Volunteers are needed to:
- Serve as hosts or hostesses during these events.
- Work at the children’s activities (Tables are set up on grounds at which visitors may participate in face painting, making of art & craft items, playing of games, etc. These volunteers should have a pleasant disposition and enjoy working with the general public.
- Serve at the information table (These volunteers must be familiar with Museum grounds. Maps will be provided with location of activities and times.)
- Serve at the membership table, checking-in members.
- Help set up and/or break down of events, which may include general cleaning, decorating, stringing of lights, etc.
On the job training by supervisor usually takes 3-5 minutes.
Teen Counselor in Training Program
The Teen Counselor in Training program is primarily a summer program. Applications for the program are accepted in early spring.
This opportunity is ideal for teens between the ages of 15-17 who are high-energy, motivated and enthusiastic about outdoor education and recreation. To be considered for the program, individuals must complete an application, including two letters of recommendation from a teacher or counselor by the deadline date, attend an orientation session, attend all training classes and successfully pass an exam before being assigned to a position.
Participants in this program will gain hands-on experience in working within a nationally accredited museum. In addition, the Teen Counselor in Training program provides an opportunity to make new friends, explore careers in cultural arts and sciences, accumulate community service hours required for graduation and scholarships, and earn a letter of recommendation for a job well done.
"I like being around the animals. You can see animals here that aren't easy to see in the wild." - Frey James, youth volunteer