At Discovery World, volunteers are valued partners helping guests explore through experience! They can be found in many areas of the museum from being a Touch Tank Ambassador to facilitating experiences in our Kohl’s Design It! Lab or as a Cubelet Demonstrator. Behind the scenes opportunities include preparing food and feeding our animals and helping out in the maintenance department.

Discovery World strives to be a welcoming environment to people of color, LGBTQ+ community, Veterans and active-duty military, parents, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from all cultural, abilities and backgrounds are encouraged to apply!


Questions? Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator:

Samantha Gallagher

Active Volunteers

  • Free parking and admission same day
  • Member pricing for labs, classes, tours and programs (for personal use)
  • 10% discount in Café same day (when open)
  • 10% discount in the Gift Shop
  • 10% discount on Membership (Individual, Family, Grandparent, or Plus options)
  • Invitation to Special Events and Previews (excludes Special Events volunteers)
  • Meet a diverse group of staff, volunteers and guests
  • Expanding your personal skills like public speaking and time management
  • Learning new things
  • Opportunities to expand upon your experience by moving between volunteer roles
  • Seeing the enjoyment guests get from learning from their experience
  • Years of service pins

50+ Hours in a Calendar Year
All of the above and…

  • Exhibit Sneak Peaks
  • Two free Discovery World passes

100+ Hours in a Calendar Year
All of the above and…

  • Free Individual Membership
  • Four free Discovery World passes
  • Branded merchandise gift

150+ Hours in a Calendar Year
All of the above and…

  • Free Family Membership
  • $10 in Gift Vouchers for use in the Downtown Kitchen Express café
  • Branded merchandise

Your first step in becoming a volunteer is to review the position descriptions below. After you identify which roles you might be interested in, fill out the online application linked in the volunteer job description. It will be sent to our Volunteer Coordinator, and you will be contacted for the next steps, which vary by role.

You may be asked to do a brief interview, and everyone will have some paperwork to complete. Once paperwork is cleared, you will schedule your first day. Behind the scenes aquarium volunteers will schedule their first shift directly with aquarium staff. All other volunteers will have an orientation and training shift with the Volunteer Coordinator.

At your training session you will be given information on how to sign up for future volunteer shifts!

Join the Team!

If you are interested in joining the Discovery World Volunteer Team we invite you to complete a Volunteer Application. You will be contacted by our Volunteer Coordinator to schedule a virtual or in-person interview, following a review of your application.

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