Volunteer at the RMSC!
Volunteers are an essential resource of the RMSC. The involvement of hundreds of talented, committed individuals greatly extends the range, quality and variety of RMSC experiences.
Volunteers are needed in a variety of areas throughout the museum. See the descriptions below to find the best fit for your skills and talents, and then complete the application.
Volunteer Application Online Form
Or contact Terrie McKelvey, Volunteer Coordinator, at 585.697.1948
Education Department "Ask It" Volunteers
"Ask It" Volunteers are members of our daily operations team who help create an environment for excellent visitor experiences!
As part of the Education Department, "Ask It" Volunteers assist in the delivery of programming, help maintain exhibits and interact with visitors and groups. Visitor interactions are based on a fundamental enthusiasm for promoting understanding of science and technology, the natural environment and our region's cultural heritage.
"Ask It" Volunteers share information with visitors in exhibit galleries. Shifts are scheduled during regular museum hours: 9am - 5pm Monday through Saturday, and 10am - 5pm on Sundays. Schedules will be set on a monthly basis, but we will work with your availability! We ask for a minimum commitment of 40 hours over five months and encourage long term volunteering.
If you enjoy connecting with people and are passionate about science, technology, cultural heritage, the environment and working in the hands-on exhibit halls, then being part of the Education Department "Ask It" Volunteer team is the place for you!
"Ask It" Volunteers receive training in RMSC exhibit galleries as well as techniques for engaging visitors in an interactive experience.
"Ask It" Volunteers
Without our many dedicated "Ask It" Volunteers, the Rochester Museum & Science Center would not be the cultural epicenter it is today.
Docents share their knowledge and passion of the RMSC's collections and exhibits with our visitors. As volunteers who are trained to further the public's understanding of science, technology, the natural environment, and our region's cultural heritage docents lead visitors of all ages on tours throughout the museum. Comprehensive training is provided and includes support from an experienced docent mentor. Association meetings, lectures and workshops are held on Mondays and are a time of sharing and learning.
Behind-the-Scenes volunteers who wish to contribute their time and expertise to specific areas within the museum provide assistance to RMSC staff in a variety of ways. Volunteers in the program work with staff members on both short-term and long-term projects.
Members of RMSC's Technical Advisory Group (TAG) volunteer their time and expertise to design and construct interactive exhibits.
Opportunities are generally available in the: administrative offices, library, education department, conservation lab, curatorial areas, gardening, building maintenance, marketing, etc. Placements are determined by matching volunteer qualifications, interests, knowledge, and availability with staff needs.
Upon completion of a written application and personal interview, qualified applicants are referred to staff members for consideration. The project supervisor provides training, if required. A time commitment during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, is requested for most projects.
The Behind-the-Scenes Volunteer Program accepts applications and places individuals throughout the year.
Strasenburgh Planetarium Telescope Volunteers
Climb 60 steps to the top of the observing tower at the back of the Planetarium on clear Saturday nights and help guide visitors as they view astronomical objects of interest. First, join our friendly, diverse local astronomy club -- they coordinate all Planetarium telescope operations. Go to www.rochesterastronomy.org for information. Telescope operators work in teams of two. You don't have to be an astronomer; you only have to like the subject and enjoy talking to people.