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

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
  • 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 will accept adult applications again in January 2022. Please check here for additional information at that time.

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 early June to mid-August and gives teens the opportunity to contribute over 100 volunteer hours. Applications will be accepted in January 2022.

Teen volunteer requirements

  • Must be 13-17 years of age on, or by, May 31, 2022
  • Must be available to volunteer for three full weeks (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) between May 31 and Aug. 12, 2022
  • Be enthusiastic and willing to adhere to our policies, procedures, and customer service standards
  • Attend an in-person interview in March
  • Pay a one-time fee of $25, which helps us defer the cost of your volunteer shirts and badge
  • Attend a teen volunteer orientation in May

Teen volunteer application

We will begin accepting applications for summer 2022 in January.

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

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