Support Our Space and STEAM Awareness Mission as a Summer 2017 Junior Docent!
The Space Foundation Discovery Center is the region's first and only dedicated space, science and technology center and museum. It is an interactive, education-focused destination that advances science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) in the exciting context of space exploration, development and utilization.
As a Discovery Center Junior Docent, you will join our volunteer program of like-minded teens, adults and Space Foundation team members, who enjoy sharing knowledge about space and science. You will help support the Space Foundation mission: To advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity and will broaden your knowledge in the area of STEAM, gaining new perspectives and experiences that may help impact your future.
Ten Junior Docents will be selected for the 2017 summer season.
What is a Junior Docent and what is the age eligibility?
As a Junior Docent, you will volunteer your time to support the Space Foundation Discovery Center, sharing our space awareness message with visitors in our exhibits and labs and at associated events, mainly our Summer of Discovery program.
You will learn about our many Discovery Center program areas and events and how to support these areas to enhance our visitors’ experience.
A Junior Docent must be between the ages of 15 – 18, as of June 1, 2017.
What are the Responsibilities of a Junior Docent?
As a Junior Docent, you will be responsible to attend training and be willing to gain on-the-job training while volunteering. You will become knowledgeable about our space artifacts and exhibits in the gallery, learn to operate other featured labs in the Discovery Center and how to support our visitors' and customers' overall experience while visiting the Discovery Center.
Junior Docents will volunteer under the direction of Discovery Center Team Members and Mentor Volunteers. Junior Docents will have the opportunity to stay on and volunteer year-round with the approval of the Manager – Volunteer Program.
You must be dependable, on time for shifts and able to attend an orientation and a training session.
- Make a three-month commitment for the summer season, which includes June, July and August.
- Junior Docent volunteer uniform: Khaki pants and a white shirt (polo, dress shirt, blouse; no t-shirts).
- Volunteer Shifts are 3.5 - 4 hours in length. A minimum of four shifts per month in June and July and two shifts in the month of August are required. The Discovery Center is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Occasionally, there may be events outside of these hours in which to volunteer.
- Attend an orientation and a training session.
How Do I Apply to be a Junior Docent?
- Indicate your interest to become a Junior Docent. Fill out the online volunteer registration in its entirety. You will then be emailed a volunteer information form to complete and email back to Jennifer Picard, [email protected]. Forms will need to be returned to Jennifer by March 31.
- Submit recommendations from two adults by March 31. These can be teachers or any other adults in your life, other than your parent or guardian.
Email: [email protected] Mail: Space Foundation
Attn: Jennifer Picard
Manager – Volunteer Program
4425 Arrowswest Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
- Once the information form and recommendation letters are received, you will be contacted to schedule an in-person interview. The interview should take no more than 45 minutes and will be held at Space Foundation headquarters.
- Ten Junior Docents will be selected and notified by April 28. Once selected, you will be required to complete an online child abuse prevention training and complete a Release and Hold Harmless document, which includes review of document, signature from Junior Docent and their parent or guardian. The form and online training will need to be completed and returned by May 26, 2017.
- After attending Junior Docent orientation and a training session, Volunteer Program Manager Jennifer Picard will coordinate with you to schedule your first two shifts with a Team Member or a Mentor Volunteer.
Friday, March 31: Junior Docent information form and two recommendation letters turned into the Manager - Volunteer Program, Jennifer Picard
Friday, April 28: Junior Docents will be notified if they have been selected
Thursday, May 11, 4:00 p.m.: Orientation
Saturday, May 20, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.: Training
Friday, May 26: Release and Hold Harmless document signed and turned in, as well the online child abuse prevention training completed.
Contact Jennifer Picard
Email: [email protected]