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Volunteering: It’s in Your DNA!

Volunteer at the Fleet and help connect people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science. The Fleet offers many ways to get involved. You can choose to volunteer with our exhibitions, in Studio X, in our North Star Science Store or in a variety of other programs and departments. Every volunteer is an invaluable part of the Fleet family, helping us engage the entire San Diego community in the wonder of science.   

Benefits of Volunteering at the Fleet:

Present Science Demos to Museum Guests as a Gallery FacilitatorBesides feeling good about giving back, helping others, and supporting a science center you love, you will also enjoy  

  • Free admission to the galleries and theater shows on the days of your shifts 
  • Free passes to the Fleet each month 
  • 30% discount at the North Star Science Store and Craveology Cafe 
  • Free or discounted admission to selected events, lectures, and workshops  
  • New skills and experience 
  • Meeting interesting people from all around the world 

Requirements

  • 15 years or older 
  • Background check for volunteers over 18 
  • Orientation before first volunteer shift 
  • Minimum of two shifts per month 

For more information:

Contact us by email.


Current Volunteer Positions

Volunteer Winter Camp Counselor

Camp Counselors are an integral part of the Education team, working collaboratively and taking turns leading various daily activities. Through these activities, Counselors gain valuable experience with children of all ages. 

  • Share science knowledge through verbal engagement and hands-on activities with campers
  • Assist science educators in the classrooms, and help campers engage in exciting experiences and intriguing investigations

Volunteer Museum Ambassador

Museum Ambassadors are an integral part of the Fleet Center's operations, providing excellent visitor service.

  • Welcome and greet visitors
  • Collect tickets, and monitor theater shows and galleries
  • Staff the information podium at the entrance
  • Answer visitor questions
  • Help facilitate school groups 

Volunteer Studio Xpert

Studio Xperts create innovative spaces for curiosity sparked by using STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).

  • Facilitate playful and inventive activities   
  • Help visitors use the right tools safely  
  • Create a space for visitors to engage in prototyping and inventing while honing innovation skills

Volunteer Retail Assistant

Gain behind-the-scenes retail experience and provide support to the North Star Science Store.  

  • Stock, restock and price merchandise
  • Manage store floor
  • Assist warehouse receiving, ticketing, and stocking 

How to Apply

Step 1: Application 

Click on the position that interests you and fill out our online application.

  • If you are under 18, you will be asked to submit two letters of reference at orientation via email
  • If you are 18 or older, you will be asked to submit a background check, all expenses covered by the Fleet 

Step 2: Orientation 

Check out the Fleet, learn about different volunteer roles, and meet Fleet staff!  

  • Learn how to get started in your new volunteer role

Step 3: Background Check 

We complete a thorough background check on all employees, volunteers, and interns who are 18 years or older. 

  • This check includes county, state and federal criminal records and databases, as well as sexual offender registries
  • You must have a satisfactory record with no history of violent or sexual crimes or theft

Step 4: Training  

Each position has specific requirements for completing training.  

  • Your first shift will be with a staff or volunteer mentor
  • We ask that volunteers complete this first shift within 30 days (one month)

Step 5: Volunteer! 

Have you completed all the above steps?  Now you are ready to start volunteering! Let your supervisor know what days and shifts work for you to have a weekly set schedule, or set your own schedule as you go.