Contact the Volunteer Department

Jeanne Gunning
Volunteer Director
812.337.1337 ext. 21

Diane David
Volunteer Coordinator
812.337.1337 ext. 20

Volunteers play an essential role in determining the quality of each visitor's experience. Depending on age, volunteers have the opportunity to learn new skills and/or mentor other volunteers. WonderLab’s Volunteer Team includes teens, college students, scientists, educators, business people, parents and retirees. Families and groups are welcome as volunteers.

2016 Training Sessions and Applications
Training sessions for new volunteers are held at WonderLab. Prior registration is required. 

May 18 (Wednesday): 5:30 - 7:00 pm
June 8 (Wednesday): 3:30 - 5:00 pm
September 14 (Wednesday): 3:30 - 5:00 pm
October 19 (Wednesday): 5:30 - 7:00 pm
November 10 (Thursday): 3:30 - 5:00 pm

New volunteers are required to submit the appropriate form below before attending a training session. Teens who wish to become museum volunteers must be at least entering grade 7 in the fall of 2015. Individuals who are are age 18 or older should use the Adult Application. Teens who are applying for a WonderCamp summer internship must be entering grade 9 in fall 2015. Special training sessions for these internships are listed on the application form. 

Apply Online to be a Teen VolunteerOnline Application for Adult Volunteers (age 18 or older)


Special Volunteer Opportunities
Most volunteers begin their experience in the exhibit galleries. They make visitors feel comfortable and encourage them to explore the hands-on exhibits and experiences. This job is ideal for individuals who enjoy working with the public, appreciate children, and can work independently. A science background is not needed. Other opportunities are available to selected individuals who have completed basic training and have special skills and/or have shown special aptitude working with the public in the exhibit galleries. 

  • Birthday Parties

    Volunteers help set up the party room, prepare gift bags, greet guests, help with the science activity and clean up after the party. Prior experience working with visitors in the museum and special training are required.

  • Visitor Services and Gift Store

    Volunteers assist admissions and gift store staff in welcoming visitors, providing information and stocking the gift store shelves. Minimum age: 18. Special training is required.

  • Outreach Events

    Volunteers provide hands-on activities and information to visitors off-site. This type of volunteering is especially rewarding because it helps bring science to those who do not have the means of getting to WonderLab. Prior experience working in the museum with visitors and personal responsibility for transportation are required.

  • Fund-Raising Events

    Volunteers help with fund-raising events. Tasks might include planning events, collecting auction items, mailings, set up and tear down, photography and more.

  • Program Presentation

    Share a love of learning and science with visitors by leading relatively advanced programs. Volunteers with science expertise help develop special programs for all ages.

  • WonderLab Garden

    Volunteers plant, weed, rake, and tend the WonderLab garden. No experience is needed. Master gardeners lead the activity. All ages are welcome. Groups are welcome. No prior training required. All work sessions are from 9:30 – 11:30 am. To sign up, email Jeanne Gunning.
    • Saturday, March 21
    • Friday, April 3
    • Saturday, April 18
    • Saturday, May 2
    • Saturday, May 16