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Volunteers Wanted!


As a volunteer at the Wagner Free Institute of Science, you’ll help us reach thousands of people through free programs that teach science, the history of science, and the art of science. You’ll create a welcoming environment during lectures, field trips, and open museum hours. You’ll meet the interesting people who work, volunteer, and visit the Wagner. You’ll also get a behind the scenes look at how a small museum puts on big events that fulfill a mission that is over 165 years old and still relevant today. 

Just like The Wagner’s programs, this opportunity is open to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Shifts are generally 2-4 hours and scheduling is flexible, though we do ask for a minimum commitment of at least 4 months and at least 3-6 hours per month.



Visitor Services: Volunteers will greet, orient, and engage visitors in the museum during daytime hours (9:30AM - 4:30PM, Tuesday-Friday). This position involves learning about the collections and the history of the Wagner in order to answer questions and discuss the Institute with visitors. Evening and weekend shifts are also available for volunteers interested in greeting and orienting guests during evening talks, Saturday Open Houses, and other special events. 

Children’s Education: Working with the Museum Educator, this position involves teaching contemporary science and engaging children with our historic collections through scavenger hunts and other activities. Volunteers will help with programs in the museum including activities at Saturday Open Houses or field trips during the week. 

Library and Museum Collections: Library and museum collections-based projects are available on a case-by-case basis for those with more specialized skills in museums and archives. 

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