Spark!Lab Ambassadors

Spark!Lab Ambassadors work with museum visitors in Spark!Lab, a hand-on space for children and families. Spark!Lab Ambassadors place an active role in . . .

  • facilitating meaningful visitor experiences by welcoming a diverse group of visitors and engaging in inquiry-based discovery at a variety of hands-on activity stations, using creative methods to inspire and encourage children’s and family’s interest in the invention process.
  • assisting daily facility operations in Spark!Lab by getting the space and hands-on activities ready for visitor use and helping with some routine maintenance necessary to keep the innovation and imagination flowing.

If you enjoy . . .

  • tinkering, experimenting, asking questions, and constructing and deconstructing things to figure out how they work.
  • interacting with diverse audiences, age groups, and learning styles.
  • working in an often busy and changing environment.

If you have . . .

  • some experience working in a hands-on, informal education space.
  • strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • an interest in invention, history, and science.

If you can . . .

  • commit to at least two four-hour shifts a month, including weekends and holidays.
  • handle frequent walking, standing, bending and lifting.

To Apply:

Find the listing in the Smithsonian’s Long-term Volunteer Opportunities page or contact Monica Smith to request application information. Please note: Volunteers must be at least 17 years or older, and new volunteer trainings only take place twice a year, in spring and in fall.