Out-of-this-world opportunities to make a real difference await you at Space Center Houston! Whether it’s on the museum floor or behind the scenes, we have a position to fit your interests.

As a volunteer, you’ll have a positive impact not only on Space Center Houston, but also on the local and global communities we serve. Volunteer in our education programs inspiring the astronauts and engineers of tomorrow, help our staff welcoming guests from around the globe, or play a vital role in both daytime and evening special events.

Learn about the space program and share your knowledge with our guests as they explore our attractions. Volunteer in amazing areas such as Starship Gallery and Astronaut Gallery where hundreds of unique space and science artifacts are housed and Independence Plaza where the high-fidelity space shuttle replica is mounted on top of the historic shuttle carrier aircraft NASA 905.

Volunteer benefits

As a volunteer you will receive stellar benefits including:

  • Two complimentary tickets to Space Center Houston for every 60 hours of service
  • Discounts at the SpaceTrader Gift Shop and Zero-G Diner
  • Discounts on many events and unique experiences
  • Complimentary access to Space Center Houston when not volunteering
  • Training opportunities
  • Special volunteer events and recognition awards
  • Meet interesting people, develop skills and experience personal growth
  • Rewarding feeling from serving the community

Volunteer helps students involved in an education program at the center.

Volunteer leads tour through Independence Plaza.

Adult volunteers

Adult volunteer opportunities

We are currently seeking volunteers interested in assisting in the following areas:
  • Education programs
  • Greeting guests and special visitors
  • Daytime and evening special events
  • Science and technology activities & demonstrations
  • Sharing space program information with guests in the museum
  • Clerical and administrative opportunities

Adult volunteer requirements

Adult volunteers must:
  • Be 18 years of age
  • Be enthusiastic and willing to adhere to our policies, procedures, and customer service standards.
  • Commit to completing 60 volunteer hours per year
  • Attend an in-person interview
  • Pay a one-time fee of $25, which helps us defer the cost of your background check, volunteer shirt, and badge. International background checks may incur additional charges.
  • Submit to a criminal background check
  • Attend a volunteer orientation

Adult volunteer application

We are not currently accepting applications for our adult volunteer program. Please check back in the fall for more information.

Teen volunteers

Teen Explorer Crew

Our Teen Explorer Crew (TEC) volunteers are a vital part of our Explorer Camps, Space Center University, and the overall guest experience. During the summer, TEC volunteers may serve on one of three different teams:

Explorer Camps
Explorer Camp volunteers serve as classroom assistants and runners for our STEM-focused camps for ages 4 - 11. These volunteers help with many aspects of camp, prepare materials, escort students, and help students with space-related STEM activities.

Space Center University
Space Center University volunteers serve as classroom assistants for Space Center U, which is a challenging multi-day program that promotes engineering solutions to space-related situations. Volunteers help participants with activities, prepare materials, and escort groups.

Guest Experience Team
Guest Experience volunteers engage guests on the floor of the museum, sharing information about our exhibits and human space flight, using props and storytelling techniques. They may also assist with other duties that enhance the guest experience. Volunteers in this area must be friendly and comfortable speaking to guests of all ages.

This program runs from June 1 to Aug. 14 and gives teens the opportunity to contribute over 100 volunteer hours. Applications will be accepted Jan. 10 – March 9.

Teen volunteer requirements

  • Must be 13-17 years of age on, or by, June 1, 2020
  • Must be available to volunteer for three full weeks (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) between June 1 and Aug. 14
  • Be enthusiastic and willing to adhere to our policies, procedures, and customer service standards
  • Attend an in-person interview on March 28
  • Pay a one-time fee of $25, which helps us defer the cost of your volunteer shirts and badge
  • Attend a teen volunteer orientation

Teen volunteer application

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020 summer teen volunteer program. Please check this page in December for information on applying for the 2021 summer teen volunteer program!

For more information please email us at volunteer@spacecenter.org or call 281-283-4726.

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