Exciting Summer Volunteer Opportunities for Teens!
Are you looking for a fun and rewarding way to spend your summer? Are you interested in adding experience to your resume and college applications? If so, you might be a good match for our “mostly” summer volunteer positions. We are looking for teens that are friendly, energetic and great with kids to help with our Children’s Programs, summer camps and weekend workshops, and our children’s exhibit, The Discovery Zone. The majority of the time commitment takes place during the summer, but we do ask for a very small and manageable time commitment during the school year as well. Read on to learn more!
Children’s Programs: Summer Camps & Weekend Workshops
Between June and August, we offer a variety of summer daylong camps for grades K & 1, 2 & 3, and 4–6 and half-day camps for ages 4 & 5. Each week, campers will take amazing journeys throughout the Museum and outside into City Park. Kids get to experiment, create, build, ask questions, and learn – but most of all have fun!
Children’s Programs Volunteers have busy days full of helping kids play games, make crafts, see IMAX® and Planetarium shows, and explore the Museum’s exhibits. They help classroom teachers supervise kids, prepare classroom activities, and chaperone field trips to the Denver Zoo, City Park, and other area attractions. Teen Volunteers are an essential part of a team that makes our fun and educational programs possible!
During the school year our Children’s Programs Team host’s Weekend’s Workshops. These are very similar to summer camps except they are mini-one day versions that take place on a Saturday or Sunday. These weekend volunteer shifts range from 4 to 6 hours long.
Discovery Zone Exhibit
The Discovery Zone is a hands-on exhibit area designed for kids ages 0-8 including both school groups and young children with families. If you are creative, enjoy science, and love working with kids, then this is the place for you! Discovery Zone volunteers help our little guests learn through play, by making nature inspired art, digging for dinosaur fossils, experiencing physics through balls and ramps, and much more!
HOW TO APPLY
Deadline: Completed applications must be submitted on or before Sunday, April 6, 2014.
Note: Apply early, space is limited.
Click Here: 2014 Summer Teen Application to complete and submit your online application.
ELIGIBILITY & REQUIREMENTS
- Applicants must be 14 or older by June 1, 2014.
- Qualified applicants will be selected and contacted for an interview.
- You don’t need extensive experience working with children to apply. You do need to enjoy the company of children and need to be friendly, flexible, patient and motivated to work with people of all ages.
- Teen Volunteers are expected to act as positive role models. The actions and words of teens are often imitated because program participants look up to you!
- Although our primary method of communication is email, aaccommodations will be made for those without email access.
COMMUNICATION AND NOTIFICATION
Email is the Museum’s primary method of communication.
IMPORTANT: If you miss an email deadline, you will not be considered for a volunteer position.
Throughout the interview and placement process email messages will include:
- Directions and a deadline to sign up for an interview
- Notification about whether you have been accepted in to the program
- If accepted, you will receive additional registration paperwork and instructions about how to create your summer schedule online
- Applicants must be available for a 45 minute interview at the Museum before acceptance into the program.
- Those selected for an interview will be sent instructions via email about how to sign up for an interview time before a set deadline.
- Those applicants not selected for an interview will receive an email.
- Wednesday, April 23, 2014 (4:30 – 5:15 p.m.) or (5:30 – 6:15 p.m.)
- Thursday, April 24, 2014 (4:30 – 5:15 p.m.) or (5:30 – 6:15 p.m.)
- Saturday, April 26, 2014 (4:30 – 5:15 p.m.) or (5:30 – 6:15 p.m.)
You will find out whether you have been accepted into the program via email notification by Thursday, May 1, 2014.
DETAILED PROGRAM INFORMATION
Children’s Programs Volunteer Role
- During summer, Children’s Programs Volunteers work under the direction of our Museum educators in our weekday summer camps.
- Volunteers work with the same children each day of the week for five days, in both a teaching and care giving role. (children are “dropped off” for the duration of the camp)
- Volunteers create a friendly and safe environment within various areas of the Museum for program participants. They help prepare and clean up classrooms and interact with program participants during experiments, activities and craft projects.
- Volunteers enhance participants’ experiences beyond our classrooms by helping chaperone during IMAX® and planetarium shows and field trips to the Denver Zoo, City Park, and other area attractions.
Discovery Zone Play Associate Role
- Discovery Zone Volunteers help children or small family or school groups explore our exhibit components and activities. (each child is accompanied by family or teacher/school group)
- Interactions with children can range from 1 – 20 minutes.
- We have multiple stations where un-scheduled, and often open-ended, activities are set up concurrently. Visitors can pick and choose what they would like to do.
- Once trained, volunteers invite children to participate in the fun! They play with kids in our mini-exhibits and our changing themes in the Science Kitchen. We ask our volunteers to start by specializing in what interests them the most with lots of choices!
Children’s Programs Time Commitment:
- Summer Children’s Camps run June 13–August 31, 2014.
- Teen volunteers are required to sign-up for at least three, one week sessions. In total, there are nine, one week sessions of Summer Camp.
- During a one week session, teens are scheduled for the same shift each weekday Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (one week session = 40 hours/week)
- During the school year, volunteers are required to sign up for a minimum of one workshop each semester. This is just two, six hour volunteer shifts between September 2014 and May 2015.
Discovery Zone Time Commitment
- We have morning and afternoon shifts every day of the week
- You cannot be scheduled for the morning and afternoon shift on the same day
- Morning Shift (from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
- Afternoon Shift (from 11:00 p.m. to 3:30 pm)
- There is no full day option in the Discovery Zone
- Volunteers are required to sign up for a minimum of 9 shifts (one shift = 4.5 hours long) between June 1 and August 31.
- During the school year, volunteers are required to sign up for a minimum of four, 4.5 hour shifts each semester. This can also be accomplished on weekends or breaks from school.
SCHEDULING (BOTH PROGRAMS)
- There are a predetermined number of volunteer shifts for each program.
- If accepted into either or both programs, you will sign up for open shifts through our web-based self-scheduling program.
- Once scheduled, you are responsible for following our schedule changes policy (which might include helping to find a substitute from the program roster if you cannot make it in for a shift).
TRAINING FOR YOUR VOLUNTEER JOB (BOTH PROGRAMS)
- All teen volunteers are required to attend a Volunteer Registration session.
- All teen volunteers are required to attend the training session(s) for their program(s).
- Throughout summer, volunteers will continue to learn job-skills and activities through on-the-job training.
Volunteer Registration (Required for all teen volunteers)
Saturday, May 10 (8:00 – 10:00 a.m.)
At registration you will return required paperwork, receive a badge and uniform, review important guidelines and logistics about volunteering at the museum, and learn about volunteer benefits!
Children’s Programs Training and Team Building (Required for all Children’s Programs Volunteers)
Saturday, May 31, 2014 (10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
This training will cover many topics such as knowing your roles and responsibilities, where to find supplies and other resources, and team building with staff and volunteers. Lunch will be provided.
Discovery Zone Training & Team Building (Required for all Discovery Zone Volunteers)
Thursday, June 12 (4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
This training will cover an orientation to the exhibit & the Museum, the big idea behind the Discovery Zone, working with kids, and an opportunity to get to know your staff and volunteer co-workers. Dinner will be provided.
IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
- Application Deadline: We will stop accepting applications when all the positions have been filled or on Sunday, April 6, 2014, whichever comes first. We encourage you to apply today!
- Deadline to Schedule Your Interview: Watch for an individualized email message!
- Interview Dates: Wednesday, April 23, Thrusday, April 24 or Saturday, April 26 (time slots: 4:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.)
- Applicant Notification: Saturday, May 1, 2014
- Deadline to Schedule Your Summer Shifts: Monday, May 5, 2014
- Required Registration Session (all teens must attend): Saturday, May 10, 2014 (8:00 - 10:00 a.m.)
Required Training Sessions:
- Children’s Programs Volunteers Only: Saturday, May 31, 2014 (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
- Discovery Zone Volunteers Only: Thursday, June 12 (4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
CONTACT US WITH QUESTIONS
General Application Questions
Children’s Programs Volunteer Program
Discovery Zone Volunteer Program