Get Involved

The Museum continually seeks volunteers to help open and close the museum, lead groups and work on a variety of projects. You may request a certain role or project based on your work, educational background, or particular area of interest. Below are some descriptions of volunteer work:

Welcome Desk Receptionists

These volunteers will manage the front desk at the museum to greet visitors, distribute fliers, and help with way finding. Additionally, they will periodically check exhibit spaces for security of exhibits and visitors’ safety. Volunteers who work at the front desk should be punctual and have strong interpersonal skills.

Development and Fundraising Assistants

These volunteers will implement the fundraising goals for the museum by fostering donor relations and maintaining accurate and up-to-date donor records. Volunteers who work on development should have keen understanding of non-profit fundraising practices and excellent interpersonal skills.

Docents and Program Assistants

Volunteers who work as docents will lead visitors through exhibits during normal business hours. Program work may take place outside of normal hours and may be at the museum and off-site with collaborating organizations. Volunteers doing docent and outreach work should be highly flexible and spontaneous in rapidly changing and dynamic environments. They should have excellent interpersonal skills and be comfortable with children as well as diverse audiences of people.

Event Planning Assistants

Volunteers who work in event planning will reach out to and bring in speakers for the lecture series relating to exhibits and other special events and community-building programs. They handle all events logistics including setup and take down, information details for flyers, making travel arrangements for guests and artists etc. Volunteers interested in event planning should have previous experience in events, be highly organized and detail oriented and be proficient in Microsoft Office and email etiquette.

Communications and Marketing Assistants

Volunteers in communications and marketing will manage the social media content for the museum (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest) as well as the website, a monthly newsletter and blog as well as any public relations responses, press releases, etc. They will also ensure consistency in messaging for flyers and brochures. Volunteers in communications should be highly savvy with social media and web design, and have strong writing skills.

Admissions and Membership Assistants

Volunteers in Admission and Membership assist with museum membership drives and member development/relations. Additionally, these volunteers also set up collaborations with other museums and centers around shared or reciprocal benefits of membership for each museum. Those interested in volunteering with admissions should be highly organized and have experience maintaining clear records.

Exhibit and Graphic Design Assistants

Volunteers for exhibit and graphic design will utilize design skills to make mechanical drawings, artistic renderings, and floor plans of exhibits, in addition to promotional materials, brochures and flyers as needed. Volunteers should have experience with InDesign, Photoshop, AutoCAD, or related software.

Exhibit Fabrication Assistants

Volunteers for exhibit fabrication will construct elements of exhibits, including but not limited to, cases, pedestals, framing and mounting posters, labels, and pictures. Volunteers should have experience with carpentry, milling, using power tools and basic construction, mounting and framing.

Collections Management Assistants

Volunteers for collections management will inventory and manage museums’ collections through accession, record keeping, documenting collections and supporting materials. These volunteers may also assist with curating exhibits that include related artifacts and draft label text. Volunteers should have a background in collections management and best practices and also be familiar scientific artifacts and instruments.

To inquire further about volunteering, please write to Arianna Murphy, Executive Director (arianna@wisconsinsciencemuseum.org)