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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 inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community.

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 weekday afternoons, Saturdays and evening events.

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:

  • Activity Support in Space Foundation Discovery Center - Volunteers are utilized here to support the many activities and programs we do with our visitors, or even at outreach events. A volunteer may be deployed at any of the various activities we may have going on in the Discovery Center from bonus activities set up for special events, to other additional activities we may add during weekdays/ or Saturdays. (Astronaut training, stomp rockets, classroom activities, etc). Volunteers in this area may be able to only support at various times throughout the year, or weekends or evenings may work best. They may support Tesla’s toolbox, Family Star party, homeschool days, as well as support the Discovery team at outreach events in the community. The value and impact is supporting our mission in helping us with our space awareness message and enlightening the public to the importance, and fun of STEM! (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). 

  • Docent in Space Foundation Discovery Center - This volunteer position entails greeting, and answering visitor's questions, as well as helping to ensure the visitors are enjoying their visit and getting as much out of their visit as they can.  Docents must be friendly and enjoy working with people of all age groups. Docents need to be able to learn, retain and relate information (the information will be provided) and you must be able to interact comfortably with visitors of all ages. We also have STEM labs and we encourage docents to learn and train in these areas to help enhance the visitors experience. 

  • Collections and Accessions of ArtifactsThis area supports the Director and Curator of the Discovery Center with the collections of the artifacts that are exhibited on the gallery floor. The Curator/Registrar oversees and works with volunteers supporting all the details of collections. Projects include collections care and management, object research, and more hands-on projects as well. Collections volunteers are detail oriented and willing to be trained and follow best practice collections procedures. This volunteer area is valuable in many ways, as the exhibits and artifacts are an important factor and resource in any museum or center. The proper care, handling and inventorying is crucial.

  • Community Outreach Volunteer, Space Foundation Discovery CenterThis volunteer opportunity supports our Discovery Center team with educating the community about the Space Foundation, Space Foundation Discovery Center, AND the importance of STEM! Volunteers that support this area participate in community/local neighborhood events; interact with an activity for the public at different community events; support the Community Outreach Coordinator at events and programs by helping to support at an outreach booth, which can entail helping to set up, run and tear down. Work with science and or STEM demo’s. Some of the various outreach events could include, What if Festival, Springs Spree, PBS Kids Fest, and more. The days and time vary for this volunteer opportunity on the event and program dates.

  • Team Support and Projects - Our team, especially our Education and Discovery Center team, have many small, to large, tasks and projects that they need support completing as they help them in their teaching of student field trips, as well as administrative projects that need attention for the office. It takes a lot to support our overall vision and carry out our mission.

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

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 (younger? see Junior Docent Program!)
  • 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.