Friday, July 19, 2013

Volunteer Program Internship (Unpaid)

Pacific Science Center’s 300+ volunteers are integrated into all seven Science Center Divisions.  Volunteer roles vary greatly from behind-the-scenes office support to more visitor focused roles to virtual volunteering and more.  All volunteers support the shared mission of inspiring a lifelong interest in science, math, and technology.  In order to effectively manage volunteers, the Volunteer Program strives to ensure each volunteer has an accurate volunteer position description.  At this time, some volunteers do not have written position descriptions and several need updating.  Creating clear and accurate volunteer position descriptions is a volunteer management cornerstone.   

The Volunteer Program intern will evaluate current position descriptions, as well as develop new ones.  The Intern will research volunteer position description trends.  In addition, the Intern will have the opportunity to work closely with various Volunteer Supervisors when editing and creating new volunteer position descriptions.  The intern will also have the opportunity to provide general database support throughout the internship.  These are valuable skills for anyone interested in working with volunteers or working within museums.  At the internship’s conclusion, the intern will have gained valuable volunteer administration, communication, and database skills, as well as strengthened their resume.

Reports To: Volunteer Talent Manager
Position Start Date: June, 2014 (summer quarter)
Position End Date: Ideal candidate will commit at least 10 weeks
Time Commitment: Flexible, ideally 9 hours a week

Job Duties
• Research existing volunteer position description trends
• Evaluate Science Center volunteer position descriptions and improve upon existing ones
• Collaborate with Volunteer Supervisors on creating written volunteer positions
• Update volunteer database records (Volgistics database)
• Other duties as assigned

Learning Opportunities
• Strengthen written communication, interpersonal, and customer service skills through diverse interactions with Volunteer Supervisors
• Develop high-level administrative skills associated with managing large volumes of volunteer data using Volgistics software
• Demonstrate volunteer management and leadership skills
• Gain insight into the inner-workings of Pacific Science Center

Position Requirements
• Current college or graduate student, ideally pursuing a degree in Museology, Non-Profit Administration, Arts Administration, Education, Project Management, or related field
• Strong skills in word processing, desktop publishing and document production
• Must have very strong attention to detail
• Excellent customer service skills
• Track record of working well in a team environment
• Enthusiasm for working with volunteers
• Courteous professional manner
• Smiling team player, with a pleasant disposition and service orientation
• Must be able to provide 3 references and pass a background check 

TO APPLY:  Email a cover letter and resume to with the title “Volunteer Program Intern.”
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.  Pacific Science Center does not discriminate on the basis of any trait as protected by law such as age, race, gender, veteran status, or disability in admission or access to, or employment in, its programs or other activities. 


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