Join Our Volunteer Team!

Volunteers at the Exploreum play an integral part in bringing the fun and excitement of science to the Gulf Coast Community. As Alabama’s number one family attraction for the last five years, the Exploreum depends on its volunteers for everything from daily operations to special events and exhibits.

The Exploreum welcomes teens and adults 16 and over as volunteers. We accept applicants from every background and walk of life; in fact, we believe that diverse backgrounds add to the hospitable atmosphere at the Exploreum.

For direct response on volunteer opportunities, please contact Josie Hilton at jhilton@exploreum.com or via phone at 1-251-208-6857.

Volunteer benefits:

  • Valuable experience for resumes and college applications
  • The ability to work toward a paid Exploreum position if you receive positive evaluations
  • Volunteer appreciation events
  • Scholarship and internship opportunities
  • Ability to network with Exploreum volunteers and staff
  • Opportunity to see a Digital Dome Theater movie free, on a space-available basis
  • Extra volunteer hour credited for each after-hours special event function’
  • The knowledge that you have contributed to the Gulf Coast community
  • Benefits after 20 hours
  • 10% discount on all items in the Exploreum Gift Shops
  • Two free exhibit only passes
  • Benefits after 50 Hours
    • 20% discount on the cost of Exploreum Membership packages
    • 20% discount on all items in the Exploreum Gift Shops
  • Benefits after 100 Hours
    • Free one-year Family Membership to the Exploreum ($100 value)

Volunteer Opportunities:

With numerous volunteer opportunities, it is easy to find a position that will suit your skills and interests.

Volunteers must provide their own transportation, but we are willing to work with your schedule. Most volunteer positions require a commitment to volunteer four hours a week for at least six months.

You can apply to volunteer in person at the Exploreum Box Office, by phone, or via email.


“It is a pleasure to be associated with the Exploreum Science Center in a volunteer capacity. The staff and administration, exhibits and facility are first rate, and the atmosphere is always upbeat and dynamic. There is a great deal of personal satisfaction in helping guests explore and learn as they go through the Exploreum’s exhibits. I certainly appreciate the opportunity to be involved in such a wonderful enterprise.”

Catherine King

 

“I have enjoyed my volunteer experience with the Exploreum since I began working with the Nicholas and Alexandra exhibit. At that time, I was still a full-time teacher and now that I’ve retired I find that helping students (as well as adults) keeps me “teaching” outside the classroom and I love it!”

Margaret Davis Martin

 

“I’ve enjoyed volunteering at the Exploreum because the work environment was enriching, the co-workers were very friendly and hours were adapted to fit my needs. It was an all-around an enjoyable experience.”

Candace Sams

 

 


 

OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT

Guest Services/Gallery Assistant

 Availability

Year-round; Weekends mandatory; 24-35 hours / week

Position Description

This is a dual position. As a Guest Services Associate you will be responsible for providing an exceptional, unique and memorable experience that will exceed Guest’s expectations. As a Gallery Assistant, you are responsible for enhancing visitor experience and interaction throughout the Exploreum’s Exhibit Galleries.

Position Responsibilities

  • Reports directly to the Senior MOD or Assistant MOD
  • Provides exceptional customer service at all times, greets visitors with a smile, answers the telephone in a professional manner and directs the caller to the appropriate individual or department.
  • Responsible for various duties associated with, but not limited to, the Gift Shop, Box Office and Café.
  • Manages Birthday Party Check-In Table
  • Organizes and moves school groups throughout the Exploreum according to their schedule
  • Presents Gallery overview and supervises school groups and the general public to ensure that all exhibits are used in the correct way
  • Continuously moves throughout galleries and encourages visitors to participate in programs and interact with exhibit kiosks
  • Keeps all exhibit equipment in neat and clean condition
  • Reports all broken or damaged equipment to the MOD
  • Is familiar with and promotes Exploreum programs, events and memberships, etc.
  • Works special events, programs, workshops, festivals, camp-ins, camps and other Exploreum functions
  • Attends mandatory staff meetings
  • Enforces Exploreum safety policies at all times

Qualifications

  • Possess excellent communication and public speaking skills
  • Must be enthusiastic, energetic and motivated, and able to work as a part of a team
  • Willingness and dedication to learn new things
  • Desire to take initiative and perform with little supervision
  • Flexible, adaptable and able to learn quickly
  • Experience with dramatic arts, public speaking or science education a plus
  • Possess excellent customer service and interpersonal skills

Please send resume and references to Toni Webb at twebb@exploreum.com.