Join Our Mission
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:
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.
Event Support - Volunteers that sign up to assist with internal events will help support the Space Foundations mission to provide first class customer service. Various jobs an internal events volunteer would do are; assist with setting up the venue, customer support, problem solving, upkeep of the space during the event, tearing down the event when it is finished and making sure our event areas and gallery remain uncompromised. This is a fast-paced area of involvement with great customer service and networking opportunities.
- Collections and Accessions of Artifacts - This 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.
- Exhibit Build Crew for Space Foundation Discovery Center - Our Exhibit Build Crew volunteers help us to make the Discovery Center’s exhibits a reality. Working behind the scenes as a member of the exhibits team, you’ll help us to install new traveling exhibits, build object stands, and create out of this world displays. Exhibit crew shifts are during Discovery Center hours (Tues – Sat. 9:30am – 4:00pm) of operations with occasional special evenings for exhibition installation. You may volunteer in other areas as well and still support the exhibit build crew.
- Facilities Operations Volunteer – Headquarters - The Facilities Operations volunteers provide support to the Space Foundation Facilities & Safety department. This position provides support to facility matters and assists in maintaining the overall integrity and operational functionality of the facility. This area adds large impact to our mission by supporting administrative support, maintaining inventory reports, possible support in moving of workplace items, or offices, as well as a broad spectrum of facility maintenance from requests by team, and support in areas of safety related materials and objectives.
- Internal Events Support- Headquarters and Discovery Center - Volunteers that sign up to assist with internal events will help support the Space Foundations mission to provide first class customer service. Various jobs an internal events volunteer would do are; assist with setting up the venue, customer support, problem solving, upkeeping of the space during the event, tearing down the event when it is finished and making sure our event areas and gallery remain uncompromised. This is a fast-paced area of involvement with great customer service and networking opportunities.
- IT – Information Technology Support- Headquarters and Discovery Center - Volunteers here will be supporting our IT department with various information technology tasks, and projects. The IT Manager will assign tasks and work closely with volunteers to ensure they are on right track with supporting team IT issues and projects, as well as facility IT projects. Our IT team works mainly in the Monday- Friday, 8am -5pm timeframe, so the volunteer opportunities would fall into these hours as well. The Space Foundation mission is carried out with the large support of our IT capabilities.
- 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
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
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.
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
To 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.