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

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.

Fab Lab Programs Intern

POSITION SUMMARY
The Bay Area Discovery Museum has opened the world’s first Fab Lab specifically designed for early childhood, a model to be scaled and replicated internationally. A Fab Lab is a modern workshop or makerspace which includes computer-based innovation, design, and fabrication that intentionally builds STEM skills through hands-on learning. Originally designed by MIT as an outreach project to promote local entrepreneurship, Fab Labs now comprise a rapidly expanding, global network. The model has increasingly been adopted by middle and high schools for hands-on STEM education, but has yet to be adapted for early childhood.

The Fab Lab Programs Intern reports to the Fab Lab Specialist and is primarily responsible for supporting the Fab Lab Team with all aspects of programming including prep, administration, facilitation, documentation, evaluation, and other duties as assigned. This will include work with on-site programming, performances, festivals and special events.

The Fab Lab Programs Intern is a part-time, unpaid internship position with a flexible work schedule from 15 to 24 hours/weekly. The intern must receive college credit for their time at the Museum.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Facilitates Fab Lab programming for visitors, members, school groups, camps, and donors.
  • Assists in creating, documenting and recording a curriculum suitable for the age ranges of each program.
  • Serves as administrative lead for the Fab Lab and Fab Lab Assistant Manager
  • Assists in collecting and recording evaluation from program participants.
  • Works directly with the Fab Lab Assistant Manager to create projects and curriculum.
  • Assists in all aspects of the daily operation and use of the Fab Lab.
  • Design program material pieces for fabrication in the Fab Lab
  • Creates projects using various design software including Illustrator, Photoshop, and 3d CAD software, and supports children’s use of these programs.
  • Operates machines during events and programming as needed.
  • Assists with completing large production/manufacturing projects.
  • Interacts with and explains process to visitors while working on projects.
  • Assists in the setup and clean-up of class sessions and maintains general cleanliness and organization of the space.
  • Orders and organizes supplies for programming and production. Maintains inventory of supplies.
  • Assists in organizing Fab Lab events and collaborative projects with other departments.
  • Provides excellent customer service while maintaining a safe, friendly, and orderly environment.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned, including general programmatic support for the Museum.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • In the process of obtaining a B.A, B.S, or BFA in a related field of study.
  • Must be eligible to receive college credit.
  • Curriculum design experience strongly preferred.
  • High quality administrative experience strongly preferred.
  • Detail oriented, punctual, and dependable.
  • 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.
  • Ability to solder and understand basic circuit design preferred.
  • Knowledge in coding, wiring, and programming microcontrollers preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication skills and excellent customer service skills required.
  • Ability to take initiative, work, and troubleshoot in a fast paced work environment.
  • Ability to learn new technology quickly required.
  • Bilingual in Spanish or Cantonese preferred.

NOTE TO CANDIDATE
Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of a background/criminal check, if extended an offer for an internship position. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position.

 ABOUT US
Our mission: To transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving.

In our one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres of National Park land, the Bay Area Discovery Museum facilitates child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning through hands-on exhibitions, rich activities and risk- friendly challenges designed to ignite creativity, as well as STEM skills and critical thinking.

Additionally, the Museum’s research and advisory division, the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC), is working at a national scale to advance the research that informs our understanding of childhood creativity, advocate for its critical importance and inspire the next generation of innovators, thought leaders and problem-solvers.

WHAT WE OFFER
The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a high-energy, results-oriented, creative and fun environment where all staff members and volunteers contribute to creating an innovative environment that helps us achieve our mission. We offer the knowledge that your skills impact over 300,000 Museum visitors each year onsite and many more in the community through the Museum’s Center for Childhood Creativity.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

STEM Programs Intern

POSITION SUMMARY

The STEM Programs Intern reports to the Public Specialist and is primarily responsible for supporting the Education Team with all aspects of programming including prep, administration, facilitation, documentation, evaluation, and other duties as assigned. This will include work with on-site programming, performances, festivals and special events. The STEM Programs Intern is a part-time, unpaid internship position with a flexible work schedule from 15 to 24 hours/weekly. The intern must receive college credit for their time at the Museum.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Administrative Duties

  • Document programs and exhibit spaces and file information onto servers.
  • Create written materials and edit Museum signage.
  • Research other museums and their program offerings and compile data.
  • Prepare and maintain supplies for fall educational programs.
  • Create and help distribute surveys on programs and visitor experience.
  • Compile and analyze surveys for Art Studios, drop-in programs, and other events.
  • Other administrative tasks as assigned.

Facilitation

  • Facilitate on the floor in exhibit halls providing hands-on learning experiences to families.
  • Co-facilitate daily drop-in programs in conjunction with public programs staff.
  • Provide excellent customer service while maintaining a safe, friendly, and orderly environment.
  • Other duties and programmatic support as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • In the process of obtaining a B.A. or B.S. in early childhood education, Museum studies or relevant field required.
  • Must be eligible to receive college credit.
  • Interest and experience with children ages 0-8 years required.
  • Understanding of and interest in early childhood development, pedagogy, and developmentally appropriate practice required.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and troubleshoot in a face paced work environment.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office programs: Word, Excel, and Power Point is required.
  • Excellent customer service skills.

TO APPLY

Qualified candidates should apply online here.

Applicants should be prepared to provide both a resume and cover letter. Please attach your cover letter in step 2 of the online application process when prompted to attach other documents.

NOTE TO CANDIDATE

Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position.

ABOUT US

Our mission: To transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving.

In our one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres of National Park land, the Bay Area Discovery Museum facilitates child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning through hands-on exhibitions, rich activities and risk- friendly challenges designed to ignite creativity, as well as STEM skills and critical thinking.

Additionally, the Museum’s research and advisory division, the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC), is working at a national scale to advance the research that informs our understanding of childhood creativity, advocate for its critical importance and inspire the next generation of innovators, thought leaders and problem-solvers.

WHAT WE OFFER

The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a high-energy, results-oriented, creative and fun environment where all staff members contribute to creating an innovative environment that helps us achieve our mission. In addition to competitive salaries and benefits, we offer the knowledge that your skills impact over 300,000 Museum visitors each year onsite and many more in the community through the Museum’s Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC).

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.