Become a Volunteer - Bay Area Discovery Museum

Become a Volunteer

Consider yourself young at heart with a child-like sense of wonder? Are you looking to give back? If so, we’ve got the perfect opportunity for you! Volunteers at the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) provide essential services that enhance the experience of our guests while at the same time having fun themselves. Join our volunteer staff and you’ll be enriching the lives of our visitors by inspiring the next generations of creative thinkers and innovators.

Why Volunteer?

Becoming a BADM volunteer is a great way to contribute to the museum’s mission to transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving. Other benefits include:

  • Immersion in child-directed teaching approach
  • Complete service learning hours
  • Rewarding opportunity to share your skills and talents
  • Create networking opportunities
  • A 10% off coupon at the Discovery Store
  • Have fun while enriching the lives of children and families

Requirements for Volunteers

All volunteers must adhere to the following requirements:

  • Complete a volunteer application and interview
  • Consent to a background check
  • Be at least 15-years-old
  • Commit to a 6 month period
  • Be able to be on your feet and move from place to place for up to four hours at a time in all types of weather
  • Be fun, flexible, and reliable

Museum Experience Volunteer

Purpose: This position plays a key role in ensuring our guests have meaningful one on one interactions and an exceptional museum experience.

Job Title: Museum Experience Volunteer

Location: Various Museum exhibit spaces including Tot Spot, Look Out Cove, The Fab Lab, Bay Hall, Discovery Hall, Festival Plaza, and the Art Studios. Volunteers will also assist in facilitating drop-in programming for visitors to the Museum.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide educational experiences through play and create an environment that encourages curiosity, creative thinking, exploration and experimentation by using developmentally appropriate techniques.
  • Assist in facilitating activities for visitors in our exhibitions, drop-in programs, and special events.
  • Help maintain a safe and friendly environment for museum visitors.
  • Understand the Museum’s mission and ensure that guests to the Bay Area Discovery Museum have a great visitor experience.

Reports To: Chas Thomsen, Museum Experience Manager

Time Commitment: Two days a month; Four hour shift; Six month minimum requirement

Suggested Qualifications:

  • Friendly, outgoing, enthusiastic personality.
  • Passion for creative thinking, education, museums, informal learning, child development, art, and/or science.
  • Previous experience or an interest in working with young children ages 0-8.
  • Comfort speaking in front of groups.
  • Bilingual skills are a plus.

Support Provided:

  • Museum tour and overview of BADM’s mission and vision.
  • Volunteer handbook orientation and alternating monthly volunteer meetings.
  • Specialized volunteer training, customized by department and exhibit space.
  • Invitations to BADM events, speakers, and trainings.
  • Discounts at the museum store.

Sign up to volunteer here!

Fab Lab Volunteer

Purpose:  Fab Labs are maker spaces with digital fabrication technology such as 3-D printers, laser cutters, and vinyl cutters. Our Fab Lab is the world’s first for early childhood, enabling children to intentionally build science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills through hands-on learning. We are looking for volunteers to assist our staff with programs and activities to enhance visitor experience in the Fab Lab. Volunteers should possess experience in the design thinking process as well as a basic knowledge in the software and equipment used in our exhibit space.

Job Title: Fab Lab Volunteer

Location:  The Fab Lab

Key responsibilities:

  • Inventory materials.
  • Prep for programs, setup and cleanup after programs.
  • Support staff through model play and assist facilitation of activities.
  • Collect and record evaluations from program participants.
  • Interact with and explain processes to visitors while working on projects.
  • Provides excellent customer service while maintaining a safe, friendly, and orderly environment.

Reports to: Tristan Schoening, Fab Lab Specialist

Length of Appointment: Six Month Minimum

Time Commitment: two, four hour shifts per month

Suggested Qualifications:

  • A friendly, outgoing, and enthusiastic personality.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Volunteers must pass our Fab Lab training and knowledge examination.
  • Experience working with design software including but not limited to Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and some 3d CAD preferred.
  • Working knowledge of fabrication equipment such as a laser cutter, vinyl cutter, 3d printer, and CNC machine preferred.
  • Enthusiasms for digital fabrication techniques and digital fabrication tools required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication skills and excellent customer service skills required.
  • Ability to take initiative, work, and troubleshoot in a fast paced work environment.
  • Passion for creative thinking, education, child development, art, or science.
  • Experience or an interest in working with children ages 0-10 is preferred.
  • Bilingual skills are a plus.

Support/Benefits Provided:

  • Museum tour and overview mission and vision.
  • Specialized volunteer training, department and exhibit specific.
  • Alternating monthly volunteer meetings.
  • Invitations to BADM events, speakers, and trainings.
  • Discount at Museum gift store

Summer Camp Volunteers

Purpose: The Bay Area Discovery Museum’s creative summer camp programs emphasize participatory, interactive learning for children 4-10 years of age and Junior Counselors 9-15 years of age. We are currently looking for volunteers to assist and implement camp curricula and facilitate camp programs.

Job Title: Summer Camp Volunteer

Location: All throughout the Museum

Key responsibilities:

  • Assist in pick-up and drop-off campers.
  • Setup and cleanup of morning camp programs and classrooms.
  • Support and assist with camp logistics and responsibilities.
  • Care for, supervise, and ensure the safety of campers during the camp day.
  • Serve as an appropriate and positive role model for all campers, caregivers and the public.

Reports to: Terrance Sawdy, Program Manager of Camps and Enrichment Classes

Length of Appointment: May 25th – August 25th

Available schedule: Monday – Friday

Time Commitment: 2-3 days per week

Suggested Qualifications:

  • A friendly, outgoing, and enthusiastic personality.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Passion for creative thinking, education, child development, art, or science.
  • Experience or an interest in working with children and/or field trip groups.
  • Bilingual skills are a plus.

Support/Benefits Provided:

  • Museum tour and overview mission and vision.
  • Generalized volunteer handbook orientation.
  • Specialized volunteer training, department and exhibit specific.
  • Invitations to BADM events, speakers, and trainings.
  • Discount at Museum gift store

Museum Store Volunteer

Purpose: Gift Store Volunteers provide axillary support to the museum store and Retail Operations department of the Bay Area Discovery Museum. This person plays an integral role in educating children and parents through visitor engagement with selected products.

Job Title: Museum Store Volunteer

Location: Museum Store

Key responsibilities:

  • Pricing Merchandise.
  • Educate parents about toys and their benefits to a child’s development.
  • Answer any questions related to toy merchandise (age requirements, safety concerns, etc.)
  • Assist store staff with stocking and other various retail operations.

Reports to: Mark Giberson, Senior Manager of Retail Operations

Length of Appointment: Six month minimum

Available schedule: Weekends, First Wednesday of the month, 7 days a week during the summer

Time Commitment: Two days a month, Four hour shift

Suggested Qualifications:

  • A friendly, outgoing, and enthusiastic personality.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Passion for creative thinking, education, child development, art, or science.
  • Experience or an interest in working with children.
  • Previous retail experience preferred but not required.
  • Ability and willingness to learn about toys and their developmental value to young children.
  • Bilingual skills are a plus.

Support/Benefits Provided:

  • Museum tour and overview mission and vision.
  • Generalized volunteer handbook orientation.
  • Specialized volunteer training, department and exhibit specific.
  • Alternating monthly volunteer meetings.
  • Invitations to BADM events, speakers, and trainings.
  • Discount at Museum gift store

Sign up to volunteer here!

Volunteer Greeter

Purpose: The volunteer greeter supports BADM’s values through excellent customer service. This position acts as the museum visitors’ guide for questions related to maps, locations, and the daily program schedule.

Job Title: Volunteer Greeter

Location: Front Desk, Museum Entrance

Key Responsibilities:

  • Greets incoming museum visitors.
  • Passes out maps, daily schedules, and any other important information for the day.
  • Answers questions relating to daily programming, locations of exhibits, and other services.
  • Answer visitor and member inquiries via telephone.
  • Conducts visitor surveys.

Reports To: Sarah Groh, Assistant Manager of Membership and Admissions

Length of Appointment: Six month minimum

Schedule: Weekends, Free Wednesdays (first Wednesday of the month), every day in the summer

Time Commitment: Two days a month, Four hour shifts (8:30am- 12:30pm)

Suggested Qualifications:

  • A friendly, outgoing, and enthusiastic personality.
  • Comfort speaking in front of groups.
  • Ability to troubleshoot questions as need.
  • Excellent opportunity to gain customer service skills.
  • Ability to stand for the majority of the shift.
  • Bilingual skills are a plus

Support Provided:

  • Museum tour and overview mission and vision.
  • Generalized volunteer handbook orientation.
  • Specialized volunteer training, department and exhibit specific.
  • Alternating monthly volunteer meetings.
  • Invitations to BADM events, speakers, and trainings.
  • Discounts at the Museum store.

Sign up to volunteer here!

Apply to be a Volunteer

If you’re interested in volunteering at BADM, please fill out our volunteer application. Questions? Please contact us at volunteer@badm.org or 415-339-3931.