Summer Teen Volunteer Program

If you love talking to people, have a passion for science, and are looking for a meaningful way to spend your summer, consider applying for one of our summer teen volunteer programs. The Greensboro Science Center has a variety of volunteer opportunities designed to fit every schedule and interest.


“Summer is a time I look forward to simply because I love being able to volunteer as a Teacher’s Assistant. Watching ten to fifteen anxious faces at the beginning of the week transform into faces of sheer excitement beings me great joy.”

-Lexi J., Teacher’s Assistant 2013 - 2017


Program Guide
Teacher's Assistant


Applications for the Summer 2018 Teacher's Assistant program closed at 5pm on Monday, April 9.
We are unable to accept late applications.

FAQs

Our program is designed for teens ages 13-17. Applicants must be at least 13 years of age by May 26, 2018 to be considered for the program. No exceptions will be made. Our teen volunteers need to be mature and dependable. They need to be self-starters who are comfortable with and capable of volunteering with minimal supervision from our staff. For that reason, we sometimes have more mature 13 year olds who are accepted over 17 year old candidates.
No. The Center places a high degree of trust in our teen volunteers. We enjoy seeing our teens branch out on their own to interact with visitors. In our program, many teens complete their first ever interview, learn what it’s like to have to maintain a schedule and let a supervisor know if they cannot come in, develop public speaking skills, etc. They do that best when given the chance to learn by doing on their own!
In 2017, we consolidated two of our teen programs in order to create additional opportunities for teens to enter the program during the year – as opposed to just once each summer. You can read more about that change here.
No. We typically receive more applications for the program than we have spots. We also reserve slots for returning teens each year. Please keep this in mind when you complete your application. It is your introduction to us before we ever have a chance to meet you. We expect to see thoughtful answers crafted in complete sentences! It is expected that the candidate - not their parent or guardian - completes the application.
Yes. We will be conducting interviews with selected applicants from 3:00-5:00 pm on April 25, 4:00-6:00 pm on April 26, and 2:00-4:00pm on April 29. All interviews will take place at the Science Center. You must pass the interview to make it into the program. We will email all applicants by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 13 about setting up interviews. You won’t need to be at the Center for the full time. We’ll let you know your exact interview time, for example 5:15. You’ll need to arrive at least 10 minutes early in case we’re running ahead. Each interview lasts about 10 minutes. Once your interview is done, you are free to leave. Please keep in mind that we do not always interview every candidate. Late or incomplete applications are not considered.
We will email everyone by 5:00 pm on Friday, May 4. You will have until 5:00 pm on Sunday, May 13 to let us know if you’ve chosen to participate in the program. If you decline, we will notify one of the alternates.
We wish we could accept everyone for our volunteer program. We typically say no to someone volunteering at our facility for one of the following reasons:
  • They have limited availability and thus would not meet the schedule requirement of the program they applied for.
  • They seem uncomfortable talking to people. We realize many teens are nervous during their interviews. However, we look for teens who make eye contact, seem excited about the possibility of volunteering, and want to learn.
  • We get the impression that the parent wants their child to volunteer but the child doesn’t seem interested. We are looking for volunteers who are genuinely interested in helping out.
Yes. The fee for the programs is $25. This includes the cost of your name tag and your t-shirt which you will wear as part of your uniform. Scholarships are available upon request. The fee is due at training, NOT as an application fee.

Yes. Using our scheduling system, you’ll be able to keep track of all of your volunteer hours. You will be responsible for logging your hours in your x2Vol account. The Volunteer Office will then approve your hours.

Teacher’s Assistants are responsible for helping the teachers with classroom activities and ensuring the safety and well-being of each child. Be a kid again as you make bottle rockets, study animal behavior, or practice kitchen chemistry!

  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to class time to help with camper drop off
  • Help instructor supervise children on museum grounds, nature trails, etc.
  • Assist instructor and help students with crafts and snacks
  • Take children to the restroom when necessary
  • At end of class, help children gather belongings and wait for their parents
  • Assist instructor with cleanup of classroom after crafts and at the end of class
  • Assist teacher in ensuring all children wash hands after touching animals and before snack time
  • Other duties as requested by instructor

Our summer camps run from June 14 to August 11. Teacher’s Assistants are required to sign up for at least three one-week sessions of camp. During each one-week session, our Teacher’s Assistants are scheduled for the same shift each weekday. This provides stability for the children in the classes because they’ll meet the teacher and all of the assistants on Monday when they arrive in class. It also ensures that our Teacher’s Assistants are aware of how the activity done in camp on Wednesday relates to the one done on Monday.

Teacher’s Assistants can be scheduled morning-only or afternoon-only. There are limited opportunities to stay through lunch to assist with our Lunch Bunch program. Volunteers should be picked up promptly at the end of their shift. The Greensboro Science Center’s policy is that children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. We cannot provide supervision outside of their scheduled volunteer time.

The schedule for summer will be completed and sent to all selected Teacher’s Assistants by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, May 31. We make the schedule based on the availability that you provide us in the Teacher’s Assistant Survey, to be completed after May 12.

Morning Class: 9:00-12:00
Arrive by 8:30 and stay until 12:15

Lunch Bunch: 12:00 to 1:00
This is an option for camp students who are taking morning and afternoon classes. Campers are supervised as they eat their lunches. Campers watch movies, play games, and visit the park when they’re done eating. There are only six Lunch Bunch volunteer slots per week. If you are interested in staying for Lunch Bunch, please indicate that on your application. Lunch Bunch volunteers will be scheduled until 1:15. We will try to give everyone interested in helping with Lunch Bunch the chance to do so at least one week during the summer.

Afternoon Class: 1:00-3:00 — some LEGO classes end at 4:00
Arrive by 12:30 and stay until 3:15 or 4:15, depending on the class

Extended Day: 3:00-4:30
This is an add-on for camp students whose parents cannot pick them up until later in the day. The students do craft activities, play games, watch movies, etc. Space for volunteers is limited to one opening per week. The Extended Day volunteer for the week will be scheduled until 4:45. If you are interested in staying for Extended Day, please indicate that on your application.

No. In your Teacher’s Assistant Survey, you will be able to pick your top three choices for class topics such as animals, geology, marine life, chemistry, engineering (LEGO robotics), physics, and nature. You will also be able to indicate the three age groups you’re most interested in helping. For instance, you may be more comfortable working with the younger children. We will make every effort to place Teacher’s Assistants in classes that match their interests as well as their comfort level with different age groups. The schedule will be completed and sent to all selected Teacher’s Assistants by 5:00pm on Wednesday, May 31.
The Teacher’s Assistant program officially ends on August 11. It is a summer-only program. Teacher’s Assistants can apply to transition into the Robotics Young Adult Mentor (YAM) Program to assist with our robotics leagues and classes during the school year.

Contact Us

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