Our Volunteers Make the Difference

The success of the Lancaster Science Factory depends largely on our volunteers.  As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a small staff, we depend on our corps of over 100 volunteers to “keep the gears turning” around the museum.
While a science background is appreciated, it is not required. All a volunteer needs is a dedication to our mission of inspiring students to develop curiosity, think creatively, and build confidence as they explore STEM with hands-on learning experiences.

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteers must be age 16+ and may need to complete background clearances as applicable by law. Orientation and training will be provided.  An ideal volunteer should have the ability to volunteer at least 2 shifts per month,  be friendly, have a  positive attitude, and an interest in helping children develop skills in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Exhibit Floor Volunteer – Interact with guests in the museum and demonstrate activities at the Science Café.
  • Programs Volunteer – Assist with scheduled classroom programs and educational activities offered in our classrooms and/or Maker Space.
  • Girls Code Club – Help at our monthly meetups (4 hours minimum). No engineering or coding experience needed!
  • Outreach Volunteer – Visit local venues to promote the Science Factory and demonstrate science activities with the public.
  • Exhibit Maintenance Volunteer –  Inspect exhibits to ensure they are in good working order and presentable, and make repairs and improvements. Click here to read more about this opportunity!
  • Garden Volunteer in Outdoor Courtyard – Help us maintain our beautiful rain gardens and outdoor space with a theme of environmental sustainability.  

Volunteer Benefits

In addition to having fun sharing skills, learning new ones, and meeting new people, our volunteer benefits include:

  • Free admission to the Lancaster Science Factory
  • Free membership upon completion of 100 volunteer hours (which includes admission to all other ASTC science centers as part of the Passport Program)
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Volunteer hour verification letters and letters of recommendation available.

Apply Now to Volunteer!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Lancaster Science Factory. We have many opportunities available. Please fill out our application below to help us learn a little more about you. Paper applications are also available at the Front Desk of the Lancaster Science Factory.

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      Volunteers age 18 or over a required by Pennsylvania law to obtain the following clearances to volunteer at a children's facility:

      1. PA State Child Abuse Clearances (CWS) - https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home

      2. PA State Police Criminal Background Check - done in-house

      3. FBI Criminal History Background Check - required ONLY if volunteer has lived outside of PA within the last 10 years. https://www.identogo.com. Use code: 1KG738.

      Please upload any clearances you have already obtained here.

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