Volunteer

Due to COVID-19, we are unable to accept new volunteers at this time.

If you are financially able, please consider making a donation to support the museum in lieu of hands-on help.

Adventures in volunteering!

Volunteers are an integral part of the Adventure Science Center team! They are a dedicated group of individuals who serve a vital role in helping us achieve our mission to open every mind to the wonders of science and technology, fostering an understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Volunteers have the opportunity to get involved with Adventure Science Center through a variety of volunteer shifts and assignments. From ushering planetarium shows to facilitating activities at events, there is a place for everyone!

Please note: Adventure Science Center does not offer court-ordered community service as a volunteer opportunity.

GENERAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Volunteers work alongside Adventure Science Center staff and educators while assisting with daily operations, programs, and special events. Volunteer involvement is divided into several areas and assignments, which can be found by viewing our volunteer position descriptions below!

Requirements:

Must commit to volunteering for 6 months
Must complete a minimum of 25 hours of service during 6-month participation
Complete a background check (for ages 18+)
Be at least 14 years of age
Attend a volunteer orientation and additional training courses for your position, as needed
Submit a volunteer application

Benefits:
10% discount in ASC gift shop
Free individual or family membership after 100 hours
Participation in the volunteer recognition program
Exclusive invitations to volunteer events and exhibit previews

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Explainers are trained by ASC learning specialist to add value to our guests’ experiences by presenting Discovery Cart programs or by facilitating educational activities within exhibits throughout the science center. These programs are fun and add information and excitement to our guests’ visit and take their experience to the next level. 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 training required.

On select Mondays, Early Explorers serves an opportunity to introduce preschoolers to the wonders of science before the Science Center opens to the general public! Exhibit exploration, planetarium show, story time, and more! Early Explorers Assistants will assist ASC Educators by leading activities and demonstrations as well as accompanying the group as they embark on their morning activities!

Do you like working with your hands, fixing things and talking to people? Volunteers will assist educators in the Innovation Incubator, ASC’s Maker Space, by engaging guests through various hands-on activities and programs relating to innovation and technology!

Parking
We have accessible parking spots in the upper parking lot with a ramp leading to the entry doors. Accessible parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wheelchair Rental
We have a limited number of wheelchairs available for guests to borrow at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis. All you need is a photo ID! Visit our friendly Guest Services staff in the lobby to exchange your ID for a set of wheels.

Exhibitions
In designing and fabricating our permanent exhibitions, we worked closely with the Nashville ADA office to make each experience as accessible as possible. Our building is fully accessible, but some exhibitions (Moonwalk & EVA Experience in Space Chase) and add-on experiences (Blue Max) require full leg range of motion to experience. Two of the six Adventure Tower levels are accessible by ramp.

Sudekum Planetarium
We have six wheelchair-accessible seating spaces available in the Sudekum Planetarium located at the top and bottom of the theater. Please alert a staff member prior to your showtime if you would like to access the spaces at the top of the theater.

Temporary Exhibit Facilitators assist guests in our temporary exhibit gallery by greeting visitors, providing information as guest’s transition through the exhibit, and facilitating an educational experience for all! Our temporary exhibits change every 3-5 months and volunteers must complete a scavenger hunt for each exhibition before they may volunteer in the exhibit.

Designed for children ages six and under and their accompanying grownups, Destination Exploration offers an assortment of fun, hands-on activities designed to encourage discovery through play. As a Destination Exploration Host, volunteers will assist in facilitating play and hands on activities for young children and their families.

Space Chase Exhibit Facilitators will assist guests as they undergo a hands on exploration of our Universe! Volunteer facilitator’s role will include assisting with exhibit facilitation, education, and supervision. Interested in something hands on? Exhibit facilitators can facilitate cart activities relating to the exhibit and planetarium to guests! Must be able to clearly articulate information.

BodyQuest Exhibit Facilitators will assist guests as they undergo a hands-on exploration of the human body! Volunteer facilitator’s role will include assisting with exhibit facilitation, education, and supervision. Interested in something hands on? Exhibit facilitators can facilitate cart activities related to the exhibit to guests! Note: Must be able to articulate thoughts and ideas in a clear fashion.

Interested in helping out with our Way Late Play Dates? Maybe you want to help out at our Halloween Spooktacular Special events shifts 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, and much more! Special events volunteers are also trained by ASC science educators to add value to our guests’ experiences by presenting carts and activities unique to our special events themes. Note: Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older to volunteer for Way Late Play Dates.

Demonstrate exciting gift shop merchandise to guests in the store or lobby! Volunteers may also assist visitors in selecting an ASC remembrance to take home or help gift shop team members with general retail functions.

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.

Every day, ASC educators work hard to create material for our monthly themes! As a Super Science Saturday Activity Demonstrator, you help our educators bring their vision to life by assisting with education carts and activities related to our monthly event themes. Super Science Saturdays occur on the first Saturday of every month. On-site training will be provided.

Every day, ASC educators work hard to create material for our monthly themes! As a Super Science Saturday Activity Demonstrator, you help our educators bring their vision to life by assisting with education carts and activities related to our monthly event themes. Super Science Saturdays occur on the first Saturday of every month. On-site training will be provided.

Every day, ASC educators work hard to create material for our monthly themes! As a Super Science Saturday Activity Demonstrator, you help our educators bring their vision to life by assisting with education carts and activities related to our monthly event themes. Super Science Saturdays occur on the first Saturday of every month. On-site training will be provided.

Every day, ASC educators work hard to create material for our monthly themes! As a Super Science Saturday Activity Demonstrator, you help our educators bring their vision to life by assisting with education carts and activities related to our monthly event themes. Super Science Saturdays occur on the first Saturday of every month. On-site training will be provided.

Every day, ASC educators work hard to create material for our monthly themes! As a Super Science Saturday Activity Demonstrator, you help our educators bring their vision to life by assisting with education carts and activities related to our monthly event themes. Super Science Saturdays occur on the first Saturday of every month. On-site training will be provided.

Community collaborators

Is your corporation, college group, or organization interested in volunteering? Then consider partnering with us! Our Community Collaborators program matches working professionals/community volunteers with engaging opportunities for public service. Serving your local community with peers creates new opportunities for learning, cooperation, and leadership. We encourage our Community Collaborators to share their experience, talent, and passion with ASC staff, visiting schools groups and guests from around the world.

YOUTH CR3W (high school volunteers)

More than just another extracurricular, Youth CR3W is a program that prepares Nashville teens for college and the working world. Students are encouraged to apply as high school freshmen, committing to the program for four years. However, any high school student is welcome to apply for this exciting program! Pronounced “crew,” the “3” in CR3W represents three E’s: engage, explore, and explain.

SPECIAL EVENTS VOLUNTEERS (21+)

Let’s face it… Adventure Science Center couldn’t host its amazing special events without the support of many volunteers! They ensure registration and check-in runs smoothly, support educators with live science programming, and so much more. Our special events volunteer program focuses on our big events of the year, including Way Late Play Dates, Science of Beer, Red, White & BOOM, and more!

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