Pacific Science Center’s outdoor spaces were designed by Minoru Yamasaki to be a quiet sanctuary from the noise and crowds of the 1962 World’s Fair. Today, Pacific Science Center’s grounds are still a place of calm, and feature many beautiful garden spaces amongst the Gothic arches and fountains. Some of these spaces have been replanted to function as educational exhibits in their own right, such as a pollinator garden featuring native plants, and a cultivation garden showcasing plants with traits that humans have selected for them.
Pacific Science Center’s garden spaces benefit from the support and enthusiasm of a team of Outdoor Horticulture Volunteers. These volunteers care for plants, keep garden spaces looking beautiful, and talk to Pacific Science Center guests about the ecological and scientific value of the plant species they care for. They also help record citizen science data about pollinators that visit our grounds. The attention to detail volunteers provide our planted spaces helps ensure that Pacific Science Center’s one million annual guests continue to be inspired both by Minoru Yamasaki’s design and the science related to our garden spaces.
Reports To: Horticulturist
Position Start Date: Spring, March 2015
Schedule: Minimum 2 four-hour shifts per month. Shifts are Sunday, Tuesday, or Thursday from 8:30 am-12:00 pm. One shift weekly is preferred.
- Care for outdoor planted spaces at Pacific Science Center by watering, deadheading, pruning, weeding, and removing dead plant material
- Learn about the plant species in Pacific Science Center’s collection, and be willing to share this knowledge with guests
- Assist with citizen science monitoring projects
- Other duties as assigned
Abilities and Personal Characteristics
- Excited about horticulture, botany, pollination biology and related topics (a background in these subjects is not required, instruction will be provided)
- Comfortable working outdoors with plants and soil; comfortable being around animals found in these spaces, such as bees, ants, butterflies, spiders and birds
- Interested in sharing information about plants with Pacific Science Center guests (a background in public speaking or teaching is not required, training will be provided)
- Must be able to follow instructions from a supervisor and work independently once a task has been assigned
- Motivated to work quickly and efficiently to get tasks done within a set time-frame
- A smiling team player who works well with other volunteers and staff
- Is service-oriented and has a pleasant disposition towards diverse museum guests
- 18+ years old
- Pass a criminal background check
- Provide three references (one or more being a professional reference)
- Comfortable working in public areas
- Equally able to work in teams and independently
- Willing and able to do physical work, occasionally in inclement weather
- Interested in learning new things and sharing knowledge with others
- Willing to attend portions of the Science Interpretation training program to learn customer service and informal teaching techniques
- Experience with gardening techniques and equipment a plus, but not required
TO APPLY: Complete the volunteer application available here.
PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER
We are an independent, not-for-profit educational institution that inspires lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs in every county of Washington state and beyond.
Pacific Science Center is an equal-opportunity employer. We value diversity and it is expressed in all aspects, from the people and communities we serve to our organizational culture and our employees.