Most positions require a minimum 4-hour per week time commitment. However, our Museum Event Volunteer Position (adult only) allows for more flexible scheduling. All positions focus on creating an extraordinary visitor experience.
New Traveling Exhibition: Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World
This new, blockbuster touring exhibition opens May 21, and features more than 70 acoustic, electric, and antique guitars, plus engaging STEM interactives. GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World is a fully immersive exhibition that explores the instrument’s evolution and history, the science of creating sound with wood and steel, and its cultural impact. Guitars Traveling Exhibition Volunteers will interact with visitors, help them experience the exhibit, and have fun learning while on the exhibit floor during the run of the exhibit, May 21-Oct 30, 2022.
Animals & Habitats
Learn about and present information on aquarium fish, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates to our visitors. Assist in behind the scenes maintenance of the aquarium and habitat areas while learning what it takes to become an animal keeper.
Help us to explore the human body in our Body Stage. Assist staff to prepare for shows, interact with visitors by running small demo cart interactions with hands-on science activities, and interact with visitors by assisting with our 25-minute health and nutrition theme shows. Volunteers can take part in presenting live demos and programs for individuals and family groups up to 80 visitors. Anatomy, body chemistry, and food science are just a few of the topics we cover.
Be a part of the Buhl legacy as you present in this one-of-a-kind Planetarium. This high-definition full-dome experience will take you to the far reaches of the galaxy. Whether you assist with our Planetarium shows, dazzle with light and sound in our laser programs, greet our visitors, or help our education team build exciting new activities and demonstrations, there are many ways to bring the mysteries of space to life.
BNY Mellon Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center
Fab Lab is a digital fabrication laboratory for innovation and invention. It’s a workshop for learning and dreaming: a place to play, create, discover, mentor, invent. Work with our staff to demonstrate the capabilities of our 3D printers, laser cutters and ShopBot CNC milling machines. Help students troubleshoot projects and aid staff in setup and maintenance of equipment. Volunteers work on-site or with our BNY Mellon Mobile Fab Lab unit.
Gallery Experiences Presenter
Interact with visitors, help them experience our exhibits and have fun learning science while working on the exhibit floors, including roboworld™, Highmark SportsWorks®, Exploration Station, and BodyWorks. There are over 100 hands-on activities for kids and adults. Help pique imaginations at the water table, play robot hockey, introduce visitors to our animal ambassadors, and much more.
Miniature Railroad & Village®
Become a part of the tradition. Climb aboard and guide visitors through our Miniature Railroad & Village® filled with rich, historical Western Pennsylvania culture.
Rangos Giant Cinema
Rangos Giant Cinema volunteers greet guests, take tickets, assist in the concession stand, and create a great experience for our guests by helping maintain the theater. Rangos volunteers can also create demonstrations based on the content of featured films and assist guests in choosing which movie to see.
Visitor Service Representative
Make a good first impression and help visitors navigate the Science Center. Greet visitors and provide answers to myriad questions that visitors have about the Science Center as well as the Greater Pittsburgh region.
Our industrial themed Works Theater is for the scientist at heart. Volunteers will assist staff behind the scenes to prepare for shows, interact with visitors by running small demo interactions with hands-on science activities, and interact with visitors by assisting with our “electrifying” 25-minute live programming. Volunteers can present demos and shows around the Tesla Coil, Liquid Nitrogen, and Physics, and welcome guests to “the coolest” shows on earth!
Demonstrate gift shop merchandise to visitors in the store, lobby and outdoors. Assist visitors in selecting a CSC souvenir to take home or help other XPLOR Store team members with general retail functions.
Adult Only Volunteer Opportunities
Mentors in the Making
Help empower the next generation of students in STEM as a mentor with Mentors in the Making! Learn about 3D printing, laser cutting, electronics, and other CNC machines while collaborating with a high school student on digital fabrication projects, including a capstone project that can ultimately have an impact in the community beyond the BNY Mellon Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center. Mentors in the Making sessions start in November and go through April.
Contribute to the day-to-day operations of our STEM programs by working behind the scenes. Volunteers assist with data entry and other clerical work, aid in event preparation and breakdown, and support staff at events.
STEM Storyteller Mentor
Help promote STEM literacy by offering high school students guidance as a mentor with our STEM Storytellers program! Mentors will collaborate with students on the creation, research, and publishing of a STEM themed children’s book and will empower and inspire the mentee to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills as well as exploring a career in STEM, art, writing, or publishing. Mentors will volunteer twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8pm, from September-December 2022.
USS Requin (SS 481) Submarine
Learn how our cold war submarine operates and share what life onboard was like for the USS Requin (SS 481) submarine crew.
Museum Event Volunteer
Interested in sharing your love of science and technology with the public, but are not able to make a regular weekly commitment? Interested in volunteering at our Adult Programs, like Science After Hours? Apply to join our Museum Events Volunteer Team. Team members will be notified when a Carnegie Science Center event requires volunteer support and can choose to assist with the opportunities that fit into their schedules. Day, evening, and weekend events are available. Click here to visit our Museum Event Volunteer page for more information.