Volunteer

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 The Food Lab
  • 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

Adult Volunteers

We are currently seeking volunteers interested in assisting in the following areas:

  • Education programs
  • Greeting guests and special visitors
  • Sharing space program information with guests in the museum

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 $50, which helps us defer a portion of 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 accepting applications online until April 10, 2023. Click below to apply today!

Teen Volunteers

Summer Teen Volunteer Program

Volunteers in our summer teen volunteer program are focused on supporting our Operations and Education programs.  They may serve in one of three different areas:

  • Guest Experience Team – These volunteers engage guests in the museum with short presentations at exhibits and other guest service roles.
  • Explorer Camps – Teens serve as classroom assistants in camps for children 4-11 years old. They prepare materials, assist with classroom activities, and escort campers throughout the museum.
  • Space Center University – Teens serve as classroom assistants for our engineering-focused Space U camps. Volunteers for Space U must be at least 15 years old.

NEW!  Summer teen volunteers that meet their commitment will be able to volunteer throughout the fall semester at weekend and evening events.

Teen Volunteer Program Requirements

  • Teen volunteers must be no less than 13 years of age by May 30, 2023.
  • Teen volunteers may not be older than 17 years of age by May 30, 2023.
  • Must be available to volunteer for 3 full weeks (Monday – Friday, 8 am to 3:30 pm) between May 30 and August 11.  Weeks do not need to be consecutive.
  • Follow all volunteer program and Space Center Houston guidelines
  • Bring an enthusiastic and positive attitude to each volunteer shift
  • Attend an in-person volunteer interview on Saturday, April 1
  • Attend the appropriate Teen Volunteer Orientation:
    • Saturday, May 13 – Explorer Camp and Space U volunteers
    • Saturday, May 20 – Guest Experience Team volunteers
 

Program Benefits

  • Opportunity to accumulate over 100 volunteer hours during the summer
  • Receive training, instruction, and guidance to ensure your success
  • Access to learning and development opportunities
  • Free access to Space Center Houston when not volunteering
  • Two guest tickets to Space Center Houston upon completion of program
  • Volunteer hours certified for the President’s Volunteer Service Award
  • End-of-summer awards ceremony
 

Teen Volunteer Application

We are accepting applications for our summer teen volunteer program online until Sunday, March 12, 2023.  If you are new to our program, please click the “New Teen Volunteer ” button to apply.  If you have volunteered with us previously, please click the “Returning Teen Volunteer” button.  We look forward to seeing your application soon!

Fall Teen Volunteer Program

Volunteers in our fall teen volunteer program are focused on supporting various Space Center Houston events, public programs, and enhancing the guest experience. These volunteers readily engage guests with short presentations at exhibits and play vital roles in events like Galaxy Frights and Galaxy Lights.

Teen volunteer requirements

  • Must be 13 -17 years of age on, or by September 1, 2022
  • Must be available to volunteer on the following Saturdays (9 am – 3 pm):
    • September 24 (orientation)
    • October 22 or 29
    • November 12 or 19
    • December 10 or 17
  • Must also commit to one shift of Galaxy Lights (5:30 – 10 pm) on a Friday or Saturday between November 19 – December 10
  • Be enthusiastic, able to engage guests, and willing to adhere to our policies, procedures, and customer service standards
  • Attend an in-person interview in September
  • Pay a one-time fee of $25, which helps us defer the cost of your volunteer shirt and badge
  • Attend the fall teen volunteer orientation on Saturday, September 24

 

Teen Volunteer Application

We are no longer accepting applications for our 2022 fall teen program. We will begin accepting applications for the summer program in January 2023. We hope to see your application at that time!

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