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!

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.