Volunteer Program

If you love people, animals and science, consider joining our volunteer program! Each year, we work with almost 700 volunteers who assist in classes, interact with visitors and answer questions at exhibits, and help during special events. Come join us!

Volunteering at the GSC requires a significant commitment. We invest a great deal of resources into each of our volunteers. In return, you'll have an opportunity to represent one of the few AZA and AAM accredited facilities in the country.

Most volunteer opportunities require a minimum commitment of six months, although some of our volunteers have been with us for decades! As one of our volunteers, you can gain valuable experience, develop and utilize your skills and spend time alongside some great people.

Current Openings

All programs we are currently recruiting for are listed in this section. Please be sure to review the FAQs for the program before you apply so you can get a good sense of what you would do in that program and if it is a good fit for your interests and your schedule.

Once you submit an application, you’ll hear from us again on the date listed beside “Candidates Emailed About Interview Status.” This gives us a chance to review all applications for each program before we schedule interviews. At that time, you’ll receive more information about the interview process and how to prepare for it.

Don’t see a program you’re interested in right now? Check out the Upcoming Openings section below to view all 2019 volunteer opportunities. Once we begin recruiting for any of those programs, they will move into the Current Openings section so you can access the actual application.

Aquarium Volunteer

January Aquarium Docent Class

Applications Posted: November 1
Application Deadline by 5pm: November 29
Candidates Emailed for Interviews: November 30
Interview Deadline: December 16
Candidates Notified by 5pm: December 19
Scavenger Hunt Deadline: January 13
Class: 6-8pm: January 15
E-Learning Deadline by Midnight: January 29
Mentor Shift Deadline: February 28
Solo Shift Deadline: March 31

• Must be 15 by January 15 to take this class.
• May not complete any hours in January due to starting so late.
• Expected to complete 6 hours per month starting in February.
• 6 month commitment: February-July*


Upcoming Openings

Below you’ll find information about all volunteer opportunities to the offered at the GSC in 2019. Each program will appear in the Current Openings section above once applications are available. In the meantime, we hope this information helps you plan how you may want to get involved at the GSC in 2019.

Please note that each program has a specific training class date. We cannot train volunteers individually, so you’ll need to be available for the class date of the program you are applying for in order to be considered. Each program also has specific age requirements. All Docent programs welcome applicants ages 15+. For teens younger than 15, our teen exclusive programs include the Museum and Robotics Ambassador programs as well as our summer only Teacher’s Assistant program.

Want to learn more about what volunteers in those programs do? Check out our Volunteer Opportunities Directory below to view descriptions and requirements for each program. More detailed information about each program is provided once it becomes available under Current Openings.

Museum Ambassador

February Museum Ambassador Class

Applications Posted: November 30
Application Deadline by 5pm: December 31
Candidates Emailed for Interviews: January 1
Interview Deadline: January 13
Candidates Notified by 5pm: January 16
Scavenger Hunt Deadline: February 3
Class: 6-8pm: February 7
E-Learning Deadline by Midnight: February 21
Mentor Shift Deadline: April 14
Solo Shift Deadline: May 31

• Must be 13 by February 7 to take this class (14 for RA program).
• May not complete any hours in February due to starting so late.
• Expected to complete 6 hours per month starting in March.
• 6 month commitment: March-August*

Robotics Ambassador

February Robotics Ambassador Class

Applications Posted: November 30
Application Deadline by 5pm: December 31
Candidates Emailed for Interviews: January 1
Interview Deadline: January 13
Candidates Notified by 5pm: January 16
Scavenger Hunt Deadline: February 3
Class: 6-8pm: February 7
E-Learning Deadline by Midnight: February 21
Mentor Shift Deadline: April 14
Solo Shift Deadline: May 31

• Must be 13 by February 7 to take this class (14 for RA program).
• May not complete any hours in February due to starting so late.
• Expected to complete 6 hours per month starting in March.
• 6 month commitment: March-August*

Zoo Docent

March Zoo Docent Class

Applications Posted: January 2
Application Deadline by 5pm: January 31
Candidates Emailed for Interviews: February 1
Interview Deadline: February 17
Candidates Notified by 5pm: February 20
Scavenger Hunt Deadline: March 17
Class: 6-8pm: March 21
E-Learning Deadline by Midnight: April 4
Mentor Shift Deadline*: May 12
Solo Shift Deadline*: June 30

• Must be 15 by March 21 to take this class.
• Expected to complete 6 hours per month starting in April.
• 6 month commitment: April-September*

Aquarium Docent

April Aquarium Docent Class

Applications Posted: February 1
Application Deadline by 5pm: February 28
Candidates Emailed for Interviews: March 1
Interview Deadline: March 14
Candidates Notified by 5pm: March 15
Scavenger Hunt Deadline: March 31
Class: 6-8pm: April 4
E-Learning Deadline by Midnight: April 18
Mentor Shift Deadline: May 31
Solo Shift Deadline: June 30

• Must be 15 by April 4 to take this class.
• May not complete any hours in April due to starting so late and Easter/Spring Break.
• Expected to complete 6 hours per month starting in May.
• 6 month commitment: April-September*

Zoo Docent

May Zoo Docent Class

Applications Posted: March 1
Application Deadline by 5pm: March 28
Candidates Emailed for Interviews: March 29
Interview Deadline: April 20
Candidates Notified by 5pm: April 24
Scavenger Hunt Deadline: May 5
Class: 6-8pm: May 7
E-Learning Deadline by Midnight: May 21
Mentor Shift Deadline: June 16
Solo Shift Deadline: July 31

• Must be 15 by May 7 to take this class.
• May not complete any hours in May due to starting so late.
• Expected to complete 6 hours per month starting in June.
• 6 month commitment: June-November*

Aquarium Docent

June Aquarium Docent Class

Applications Posted: April 1
Application Deadline by 5pm: May 1
Candidates Emailed for Interviews: May 3
Interview Deadline: June 2
Candidates Notified by 5pm: June 5
Scavenger Hunt Deadline: June 23
Class: 6-8pm: June 25
E-Learning Deadline by Midnight: July 9
Mentor Shift Deadline: August 18
Solo Shift Deadline: September 22

• Must be 15 by June 25 to take this class.
• Must complete at least 1 shift in July.
• Expected to complete 6 hours per month starting in August.
• 6 month commitment: July-December*

Summer Teacher's Assistant Program

Summer Teacher's Assistant Program

Applications Posted: March 1
Application Deadline by 5pm: April 8
Candidates Emailed About Interview Status: April 11
Summer Interviews (based on number of applicants for 2019): TBD
Candidates Notified: May 3
Acceptance Deadline: May 10
Training Class Option 1: 2-4pm: May 19
Schedule Emailed to TAs by 5pm: May 20
Training Class Option 2: 6-8pm: May 23
First Day of Camps: June 10
Last Day of Camps: August 9

• Must be 13 by May 23 to apply for this program.

Zoo Docent

July Zoo Docent Class

Applications Posted: May 1
Application Deadline by 5pm: May 30
Candidates Emailed for Interviews: May 31
Interview Deadline: June 16
Candidates Notified by 5pm: June 19
Scavenger Hunt Deadline: July 7
Class: 6-8pm: July 11
E-Learning Deadline by Midnight: July 25
Mentor Shift Deadline: September 15
Solo Shift Deadline: October 31

• Must be 15 by July 11 to take this class.
• May not complete any hours in July due to starting so late.
• Expected to complete 6 hours per month starting in August.
• 6 month commitment: August-January*

Museum Ambassador

August Museum Ambassador Class

Applications Posted: May 31
Application Deadline by 5pm: June 27
Candidates Emailed for Interviews: June 28
Interview Deadline: July 21
Candidates Notified by 5pm: July 24
Scavenger Hunt Deadline: August 18
Class: 6-8pm: August 20
E-Learning Deadline by Midnight: September 3
Mentor Shift Deadline: October 20
Solo Shift Deadline: November 30

• Must be 13 by Aug. 20 to take this class (14 for RA program).
• May not complete any hours in August due to starting so late.
• Expected to complete 6 hours per month starting in September.
• 6 month commitment: September-February*

Robotics Ambassador

August Robotics Ambassador Class

Applications Posted: May 31
Application Deadline by 5pm: June 27
Candidates Emailed for Interviews: June 28
Interview Deadline: July 21
Candidates Notified by 5pm: July 24
Scavenger Hunt Deadline: August 18
Class: 6-8pm: August 20
E-Learning Deadline by Midnight: September 3
Mentor Shift Deadline: October 20
Solo Shift Deadline: November 30

• Must be 13 by Aug. 20 to take this class (14 for RA program).
• May not complete any hours in August due to starting so late.
• Expected to complete 6 hours per month starting in September.
• 6 month commitment: September-February*

Aquarium Docent

September Aquarium Docent Class

Applications Posted: July 1
Application Deadline by 5pm: August 1
Candidates Emailed for Interviews: August 2
Interview Deadline: August 18
Candidates Notified by 5pm: August 21
Scavenger Hunt Deadline: September 22
Class: 6-8pm: September 26
E-Learning Deadline by Midnight: October 10
Mentor Shift Deadline: November 17
Solo Shift Deadline: December 22

• Must be 15 by September 26 to take this class.
• Must complete at least 2 hours in October.
• Expected to complete 6 hours per month starting in November.
• 6 month commitment: October-March*

Zoo Docent

October Zoo Docent Class

Applications Posted: August 1
Application Deadline by 5pm: August 29
Candidates Emailed for Interviews: August 30
Interview Deadline: September 15
Candidates Notified by 5pm: September 18
Scavenger Hunt Deadline: October 13
Class: 6-8pm: October 15
E-Learning Deadline by Midnight: October 29
Mentor Shift Deadline: December 15
Solo Shift Deadline: January 31

• Must be 15 by October 15 to take this class. • Expected to complete 6 hours per month starting in November. • 6 month commitment: November-April*

Museum Ambassador

November Museum Ambassador Class

Applications Posted: September 3
Application Deadline by 5pm: September 30
Candidates Emailed for Interviews: October 1
Interview Deadline: October 13
Candidates Notified by 5pm: October 16
Scavenger Hunt Deadline: November 3
Class: 6-8pm: November 7
E-Learning Deadline by Midnight: November 21
Mentor Shift Deadline: January 12
Solo Shift Deadline: February 29

• Must be 13 by November 7 to take this class (14 for RA program).
• May not complete any hours in November due to starting so late.
• Expected to complete 6 hours per month starting in December.
• 6 month commitment: December-May*

Robotics Ambassador

November Robotics Ambassador Class

Applications Posted: September 3
Application Deadline by 5pm: September 30
Candidates Emailed for Interviews: October 1
Interview Deadline: October 13
Candidates Notified by 5pm: October 16
Scavenger Hunt Deadline: November 3
Class: 6-8pm: November 7
E-Learning Deadline by Midnight: November 21
Mentor Shift Deadline: January 12
Solo Shift Deadline: February 29

• Must be 13 by November 7 to take this class (14 for RA program).
• May not complete any hours in November due to starting so late.
• Expected to complete 6 hours per month starting in December.
• 6 month commitment: December-May*


No classes in December.

*You will not need to reapply after the 6 month commitment ends. We just want to make sure those who are accepted into the program can commit to it for at least 6 months due to the training involved.


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Questions or comments? Email volunteers@greensboroscience.org or call 336-288-3769 x1330.