Join Our Orbit
Join Our Orbit! Clark Planetarium volunteers are dedicated to connecting curious minds to the wonder of the universe. Our Volunteer Program is designed to give individuals the opportunity to learn about space science, astronomy, physical science, and the world around us, while making new friends, developing new skills, and helping strengthen our community through science education.
There are several opportunities available to our volunteers, including engaging guests, providing exhibit interpretation, demonstrating STEAM concepts (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) through activities and demonstrations, assisting with public star parties, administering surveys, and helping collect data.
If you have questions about volunteering, please contact us at: ClarkVolunteer@slco.org.
Volunteer Q & A
Why are volunteers so important?
Volunteers assist us every day as we strengthen our community through science education.
- They engage directly with our guests.
- Help educate our community.
- Provide critical support for our staff.
- Assist in special events.
- Support our fundraising efforts.
- And much more!
Our volunteers donate countless hours each year, allowing us to expand our reach of STEAM-related experiences.
We offer volunteer opportunities for a variety of needs, including general volunteer opportunities, event volunteering, court-ordered community service, and special projects. If you are interested in learning more about the specifics, please read the details of the current opportunities here.
Court-Ordered Community Service
To get started as a court-ordered community service volunteer, you will first need to contact our Volunteer Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will email you back with information on how to apply, set up your account, and schedule your orientation (please allow 3 business days for a response).
Interested community service volunteers must complete an application, interview, and orientation before starting their volunteer work.
The minimum age for volunteers is eighteen (18) years old.
The Volunteer Coordinator will require you to provide your court documents before or at your scheduled orientation. Background check information will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Yes, depending on the volunteer position. We believe it’s essential that all of our volunteers receive complete training to provide the best guest experience. This is why we have each of our volunteers complete a 2-hour orientation and specialized training related to each position. Due to the amount of staff time that we dedicate to training our volunteers, we ask that you commit to 4 hours per week for a year.
Can I just stop by and volunteer for a few hours if I have some free time?
To make sure that all of our volunteers have the knowledge to interact with our guests in a positive and beneficial way, we are not able to offer impromptu one-time volunteer opportunities.
Why is there a fee to volunteer with you?
It takes a lot of money to offer a volunteer program, including staff salaries, paying for the volunteer database, volunteer supplies, volunteer t-shirts, etc. The fee helps us to offset the cost of running the volunteer program allowing more money to go directly to our educational programs.
We are happy to offer a Court-Ordered Community Service Volunteer Program. Please go here for additional information and sign-up instructions for our Court-Ordered Community Service Program. Please note, there is no fee for this program.
My child is under 18 and wants to volunteer, what can they do?
Group volunteer opportunities, while impactful, require a lot of time for us to set up and usually require supply purchases. Planning for a group project, gathering supplies and ensuring staff support incurs direct costs to our programs. Due to these costs, our group volunteer opportunities are limited and may require an in-kind or monetary donation depending on the project. Please reach out to the Volunteer Coordinator to discuss options (email@example.com).
What if volunteering isn’t the right fit for me but I still want to help?
Don’t worry! Volunteering is just one of the many ways that you can get involved. You can become a member. You can make a one-time donation or sign up to make ongoing monthly donations to underwrite a field trip or outreach visit. Or you can organize a donation drive to support our educational programming. No matter how you chose to help, we appreciate your support!
Volunteers have the chance to stay up-to-date on space and science through specialized trainings. They will also have behind-the-scenes access to our exhibits and our knowledgeable staff. This is a great opportunity to broaden your social circle by making connections with fellow volunteers, staff, and guests. Volunteers also contribute to our community and the scientific community through our research. Our volunteers have a direct impact on the basic understanding of scientific concepts. This is a great role for anyone with the goal of a career in science, informal education, or nonprofit work. This role will allow for great career connections and mentoring!
In addition, the Planetarium offers the following benefits:
- Volunteer t-shirt
- Volunteer name tag
- Free admission to the IMAX/Dome shows
- Two free guest passes for every 12 hours of service
- 10% Discount in the Planet Fun Store
- Use of the staff lounge
- Invitations to specialized trainings
- Continuing education programs, panels, talks, and tours
- Professional development opportunities
- Invitation to social and recognition events