Join Our Mission

Volunteer helps visitors experiment with a mysterious scientific goo.
Space Foundation volunteer helps visitors experiment with a mysterious scientific goo.

We could not do the work we do without the generous and tireless support of volunteers. If you are interested in space, this is the place to be. We provide meaningful work for our volunteers that contribute directly to supporting our mission: to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.

Click here to meet some of the many outstanding volunteers who help support our mission.

We offer both long-term and short-term volunteer opportunities assisting our education, operations, development, communications and marketing teams either at Space Foundation world headquarters, our Washington, D.C., office or at the annual Space Symposium.


Space Foundation Discovery Center Opportunities

Currently recruiting for Friday, Saturday and evening volunteer coverage.

The Space Foundation Discovery Center is comprised of the Northrop Grumman Science Center, which includes Science On a Sphere®; the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center, which includes the AGI Space Missions Simulation Laboratory and the Mars Robotics Laboratory; and the El Pomar Space Gallery, which features space artifacts and exhibits.

There are different types of volunteer positions available:

  • Docent -  Answer questions, present on the Science On a Sphere and support the Mars Robotics Laboratory.
  • Groups Support with Student Tours and Events -  Support the educators with the student groups, field trips that come through as well as with group events held in the Discovery Center.
  • Light Safety and Security -  Perform light security services of the Discovery Center artifacts and exhibits, assist with managing admissions, tours and other operational tasks.
  • Collections and Accessions of Artifacts -  Support the Curator with the work that goes into our collections, artifacts and exhibits.
  • SpaceMakers - This opportunity gives you a chance to come create, tinker, and build with a group of creative space enthusiasts. See the SpaceMaker schedule here.

Discovery Center volunteers may work as little as 2 four-hour shifts per month or a much as five days a week. Shifts are flexible and we'll work with your schedule. Onsite and online training is provided.


Space Symposium Opportunities 

Space Symposium volunteer giving directions
Over 350 volunteers donate their time at all capacities to make the annual gathering of the global space community possible every year at Space Symposium.

The four-day Space Symposium, held each spring at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo., requires more than 300 volunteers, who may work from as little as four hours to as much as several months gearing up for this event.

Please visit SpaceSymposium.org for details about the upcoming Space Symposium.

Volunteers who work a minimum of four hours at the Space Symposium receive:

  • Pass to a panel or featured speaker session
  • Exhibit Center entry
  • Use of the volunteer lounge for breaks and meals 
  • Volunteer gift
  • Opportunity to participate in the premier gathering of the global space community

Short-Term Opportunities

We frequently need help with short-duration projects such as:

  • Creating space awareness marketing tools
  • Assisting with research projects
  • Performing administrative tasks
  • Assisting onsite at special events
  • Moving furniture/equipment
  • Helping to renovate our educational labs

Skill requirements and time commitments vary by project.


Year-Round Opportunities

We have a number of projects that require ongoing support with varying levels of time commitment ranging from just a few hours a month to weekly assignments. Projects include:

  • Support our mission at offsite festivals, conferences and educational enterprises by representing, networking and doing outreach with other organizations investing in space.

  • Supporting student groups, as well as public visitors of all ages in the many areas of the Discovery Center during both the normal day time hours, as well as evening and weekend events  

Skill requirements and time commitments vary by project.


Volunteer service awards being presented at a Space Foundation volunteer appriciation event
Volunteer service awards being presented at a Space Foundation volunteer appreciation event.

 

Benefits of Volunteering

By volunteering, you can:

  • Have a positive impact on the exploration of space and the global benefits space provides
  • Enhance your knowledge of space sectors, programs and organizations
  • Integrate volunteering with your education, professional training or career advancement
  • Meet and work with influential space leaders
  • Earn recognition throughout the year with various incentives

Requirements to Volunteer

Space Foundation Discovery Center volunteer assisting in the Mars YardTo volunteer with the Space Foundation, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Dress appropriately, in accordance with your particular job or activity
  • Communicate clearly with the Space Foundation about your expectations - we are happy to be flexible with your schedule if you communicate with us
  • Provide two or more references if you have not volunteered with us before 
  • Understand that the Volunteer Manager will evaluate your skills and preferences in order to place you in the best role
  • Background check completed (we supply the link and information)
  • Abuse Prevention Systems Online Training completed (we supply training)

There may be additional requirements based on a particular job or activity.