Catawba Science Center On The SALT Block • 243 3rd Avenue NE • PO Box 2431 • Hickory, NC 28603 • Phone: (828) 322-8169 • Fax: (828) 322-1585
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Learn something new…. Share your time and talents with others…Give back to the community…. Make new friends….

The reasons for volunteering are many. Catawba Science Center relies on volunteers to help promote its mission of science education.

Adult Volunteer opportunities (ages 18 and above)

Science Interpreters and Demonstrators:

Interact with visitors, explain exhibits, present brief science demonstrations, and answer questions about CSC. Volunteers must be able to commit to a regular schedule, i.e. every other Sunday, every Friday morning. Training is provided.

Contact Director of Visitor Services at

Science Shop Assistants:

Help gift shop staff with visitor check-in, sales and inventory. Volunteers need to commit to a regular schedule such as every other Friday afternoon, or the first Thursday of every month, etc. Training to operate CSC’s point-of-sale system is provided, computer skills are a plus.

Contact Director of Visitor Services at

Exhibit Volunteers:

Help set up and take down traveling exhibits, build and repair exhibits, and maintain exhibit workshop. Must have some experience with simple tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches and power drills, and must be able to bend, and lift objects.

Contact Director of Exhibits at

Animal Care/Aquarium Assistants:

Assist in feeding and habitat maintenance of live animals. Tasks such as food preparation, habitat cleaning, water quality testing, and record-keeping are included. Prior animal care experience and a regular availability schedule are required.

Contact Director of Exhibits at

Program Volunteers:

Assist with educational programs delivering hands-on science. Possibilities include homeschool classes, outreach festivals, preschool, planetarium shows, and Science After Dark.

Contact Director of Programs at

Want to get involved?

If you are interested in assisting in one of these areas, or if your skills could benefit the Catawba Science Center in other ways, download CSC’s volunteer application form, and send to the appropriate Contact at CSC by e-mail, fax, or mail.

Teen Volunteer Opportunities (Ages 13 to 17)

Students ages 13 to 17 can volunteer at CSC for personal/educational enrichment, or to fulfill school or community service project hours. Interested applicants should contact CSC well in advance of their project deadline.

For more information about teen volunteer opportunities at CSC, contact teen programs coordinator, at (828) 322-8169, or via email at .

[ Download a teen volunteer application ]

[ Download an adult volunteer application ]

[ Download a college volunteer application ]


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