Volunteer at WonderLab

Volunteer Login

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.

Middle and High School Volunteers

Volunteering is a natural next step for those who have previously experienced WonderLab or any hands-on museum as visitors. Teens are eligible to become volunteers as they complete grade 6. As middle and high school volunteers share their enthusiasm with museum visitors, they benefit by fine-tuning their work ethics and improving their communication skills. They also interact with college students and other adult volunteers, who can serve as positive role models.

College Volunteers

WonderLab provides college students with an opportunity to apply classroom skills and become involved in the Bloomington community. College student make up nearly half of WonderLab’s volunteer team. They are involved on the museum floor, with special projects, and behind the scenes activities. WonderLab offers flexible volunteer hours around class and work schedules. College students receive mentoring from WonderLab staff, and serve as role models to teen volunteers and younger children. WonderLab also offers internships for college students.

Adult Volunteers

WonderLab benefits from the support of adult volunteers from the local community. These volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and are at different stages of their lives. They serve as mentors not only to young visitors, but also to the hundreds of teen and college student volunteers who serve beside them.

Opportunities are available on the museum floor, in the garden, behind the scenes, and during evening hours when the museum facility is rented for private events. WonderLab offers flexible volunteer hours to accommodate work and family schedules.

Applications

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

Teen Volunteer Application
Adult Volunteer Application

Upcoming Volunteer Training Sessions

Training sessions for new volunteers are held at WonderLab. Prior registration is required.

Thursday, January 23 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 12 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 3 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 13 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Volunteer Handbook

Special Volunteer Opportunities

Most WonderLab volunteers begin their experience on the museum floor, helping visitors feel comfortable and encouraging 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 museum.

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.
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.