Employment Opportunities

We are currently not hiring for any positions but are always accepting applications for our Discovery Program.  See below for details.  We anticipate hiring for this position beginning in late summer/ early fall.

Discovery Guide Program

The new Discovery Guide Program is open to individuals age 16 and older who are seeking a unique and exciting ground-level experience in the museum/science center industry.  The opportunity will provide experience in guest services, visitor engagement, program delivery, tours, and much more.  There will be an initial training period followed by a commitment to start employment in late May or early June.  This program will require quarterly commitments with the opportunity to opt in or out at HODC for the next 3 month period.  Hours will range between 15 and 30 hours a week depending on candidate’s availability and performance.

Essential Functions:

  • Greeting and interacting with HODC visitors throughout the day
  • Facilitation of science-based interactive exhibit content
  • Front desk operations including taking payment, counting cash drawers, selling gift shop items, and answering phone calls
  • Giving paleontology tours of the Gray Fossil Site
  • Engage in direct instruction of workshops, summer camps, outreaches, etc
  • Represent HODC in the community at area events
  • Performing science and art programs including Tesla Shows
  • Ensuring each visitor to HODC and the Gray Fossil Site has an exemplary experience
  • Facilitating birthday parties and group tours including field trips
  • Help with special events including some after hours
  • Ensure HODC is adequately cleaned and presentable throughout the day

Ideal Candidates:

  • Outgoing, charismatic, positive attitude
  • Naturally curious about the world around them
  • Attentive to detail
  • Thoughtful of others
  • Creative mindset
  • Prompt, committed, and organized
  • Passion for science and informal education

Please email completed applications to: keith@visithandson.org. Background check and references required.  No phone calls, please.

Hands On! Discovery Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Volunteer Opportunities

Become a Volunteer

There are many volunteer opportunities are available at Hands On! Discovery Center!  From just a few hours to several times a week. Volunteers can be help in a variety of areas including:

  • Child and/or Adult Education
  • Art Studio Programs
  • Docent
  • Field Trip Guide
  • Discovery Garden
  • Cleaning
  • Outreach Assistant
  • Special Events
  • Fundraising Events
  • Clerical
  • Exhibit Maintenance

A background check may be required.  Adults 18+ may volunteer in any of the above areas. Limited volunteer opportunities available for ages 16-17.  Please fill out the volunteer application for review.

Completed applications may be returned to keith@visithandson.org

The Center for Excellence in Paleontology accepts summer volunteers to work during the dig season with a volunteer orientation help in April of each year.

As the 2021 field season begins, there is limited availability for volunteers to join outdoor wet-screening. For now, volunteering is open only for outdoor wet-screening and only for returning volunteers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As the year goes on, opportunities might open up for indoor lab work and excavation. Any interested volunteers should contact Shawn Haugrud, laboratory and field manager, at haugrud@mail.etsu.edu.

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