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Volunteering

Become a Volunteer

Many volunteer opportunities are available, from just a few hours to several times a week. Volunteers can be trained to do a variety of tasks including:

  • Summer Camps and Workshops
  • Staffing the exhibit floor
  • Prepare program materials
  • Assist with fundraisers
  • Assist with bulk mailings
  • Maintenance of the building and exhibits

If you would like to volunteer, we have many different volunteer needs. Please fill out and return an application. You can download one or pick one up at the front desk. Please return it to the desk or by e-mail to david@visithandson.org.

Volunteers must be 18 years or older. A background check is required for all volunteers at Hands On! Discovery Center.

The Center for Excellence in Paleontology accepts summer volunteers to work during the dig season with a volunteer orientation held in April each year.  For more information, please contact Shawn Haugrud, laboratory and field manager, at haugrud@etsu.edu or 423-439-3661.

Employment Opportunities

 Seasonal Experience Team Member 

Hands On! Discovery Center is currently seeking part-time, seasonal experience team members. This position will be required to work 2-3 Saturdays per month, with additional days on an as-needed basis, reflective of the candidate’s availability. The ideal candidate will have a comfort interacting with visitors of all ages, capability of basic cleaning and janitorial duties, and an interest in inquiry-based learning. This position will pay $8/hour. Click here for an application.  Please email completed applications to: david@visithandson.org. Age 18+. Background check and references required.  No phone calls, please.

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to: 

  • Cleaning and resetting exhibits and experiences 
  • Greeting and interacting with guests 
  • Janitorial duties (as assigned) 
  • Delivering a variety of educational programs 
  • Assist with special programs and events as needed 
  • Staffing front desk and processing admission and other fees 
  • Additional duties may be assigned as needed 

Discovery Guide

Are you looking for somewhere fun and unique to work?  Hands On! Discovery Center is not currently hiring but always accepts applications for enthusiastic, and dependable part-time Discovery Guides to join our team when openings arise. This entry-level position functions as a tour guide groups; delivers science and art programming; interacts and plays with guests and guides them through exhibits; assists with special events; assists with light cleaning of the museum.  Positions involve a variety of time slots and are flexible with class schedules if applicable, however weekends are required. Click here for an application.  Please email completed applications to: david@visithandson.org. Age 18+. Background check and references required.  No phone calls, please.

Hands On! Discovery Center is an equal opportunity employer.

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