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Volunteer Job Descriptions

Astronomy Night Astronomer


Shifts Available: Friday, April 24, 7:00-10:30pm (Rain Date: Friday, May 1)


Description: Events occur at multiple sites throughout the Philadelphia area and professional and amateur astronomers are needed to help guide the public. Knowledge of astronomy and ability to engage the public as well as work a telescope is necessary.


Astronomy Night Event Support Volunteer


Shifts Available: Friday, April 24, 7:00-10:30pm (Rain Date: Friday, May 1)


Description: Events occur at multiple sites throughout the Philadelphia area and will feature star gazing with professional and amateur astronomers. Volunteers are needed to assist with set-up and clean-up, distribute and retrieve event evaluations, provide activity support, distribute PSF materials, and assist with crowd control (where necessary).

 

Evening Programs Event Support Volunteer


Shifts Available: Daily throughout Festival; times and locations vary by day


Description: These adult-focused Science Festival events occur in bars, restaurants, museums and theaters throughout the city. Typically, weekday events begin in the evening around 6 pm and weekend events run early to mid-afternoon. Volunteers are needed to assist with distributing and retrieving evaluations, occasional crowd control and to distribute PSF materials. Some programs may need additional support with way finding and distribution of materials for hands-on activities.

 

Educator Workshops Event Support Volunteer


Shifts Available: Saturday, April 25 – Friday, May 1, mid-day and after school


Description: Educator workshops are professional development opportunities for area educators that will be held at various locations throughout the region. Volunteers are needed to assist with set-up and clean-up, manage the check-in process, distribute and retrieve event evaluations, provide workshop support, and distribute PSF materials.

 

Neighborhood Science After School Event Support Volunteer


Shifts Available: Monday, April 27 – Thursday, April 30, 3:00 – 6:00pm


Description: Events occur after school in select locations of the Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) throughout the city and will feature between 4 and 7 organizations providing hands-on activities. Volunteers are needed to assist with set-up and break down, distribute, retrieve, and at times facilitate event evaluations, support activity providers and FLP staff with crowd control (where necessary), and  to distribute PSF materials.

 

Science Carnival Volunteer


Shifts Available: Saturday, May 2, from 7:30am through 6:00pm

 

Description: An outdoor public science extravaganza, the Science Carnival will provide opportunity for engagement and exchange between children, teens, families, and local scientists. Volunteers are needed before, during and after this exciting event.

 

 

Weekend Family Events Support Volunteer


Discovery Days


Shifts Available: Saturday, April 25, during the day-exact times TBD


Description: Events occur at five different sites throughout the Philadelphia area (Clark Park, Hunting Park, the Schuylkill Center, Chestnut Hill (John Story Jenks School) and Smith Playground) and will feature hands-on science activities and entertainment. Volunteers are needed to assist with set-up and clean-up, to distribute and retrieve event evaluations, provide activity support, distribute PSF materials, and to assist with crowd control (where necessary).

  
Explorer Programs


Shifts Available: Sunday, April 26, times vary from mid-morning through late afternoon


Description: Explorer programs provide audiences of all ages with behind-the-scenes access to local laboratories, wildlife refuges, nature centers, and other locations through interactive tours and unique experiences. Volunteers are needed to assist with way finding, distributing and retrieving evaluations, occasional crowd control, and to distribute PSF materials.