Volunteers & Interns
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1. What are the requirements for a MOST volunteer?
Volunteers 15 years of age or older will be supervised by MOST staff.
Volunteers ages 8-14 must be accompanied by an adult while on duty.
2. Are internships available at the MOST?
Yes, the MOST offers internships year-round, even during the summer and winter breaks. Special internships or other "field training" experiences for students at the high school, undergraduate and graduate levels can be arranged even for a short-term basis.
Fill out the application and submit it online today or print out the application and mail it in. Feel free to contact the Volunteer Coordinator if you have any questions.
Volunteers receive a two-hour introductory training before beginning their work at the MOST. In some cases, this is waived for positions such as a bulk mail assistant or server at our Gala, but volunteers in every department find it useful to know about the museum as a whole.
Additional training is available (after a probationary period) for those interested in volunteering in a more specialized capacity.
MOST volunteers can sign up to participate in an e-mail list if they check their e-mail at least twice a week. Those on the list receive e-mail messages from "MOSTvolunteers" -- a spamless service on which only the Volunteer Coordinator posts messages.
The MOST also has a group of volunteers who call people who prefer notification by phone when there's news to pass along.
And you can access an online notice board at "Volunteer Opportunities" on this Web site to see what's ahead.
It's always "first come, first served" for the volunteer slots with each event, so you will want to keep up on the latest.
MOST volunteers are eligible for the following benefits:
Volunteers may receive a parking pass to park in a small lot at the back of the museum if space is available. If that lot is full and you will be working for at least three hours, you may park in one of the nearby parking lots and the MOST will reimburse you.
Yes, the building is fully wheelchair accessible, with ramps or elevators to every area.
Several hundred people volunteer at the Science Fair each year.
Our year-round Science Fair Committee meets regularly to plan the fair and involve more students and school systems, recruit judges and secure awards.
On Science Fair Day, hundreds of Central New Yorkers turn out as judges, local amateur radio operators provide security, and volunteers register students and judges.
The MOST has over 100 people who volunteer specifically for special events -- and we can always use more! Whether you want to drive around picking up donations for auctions, serve food to visitors or dress up for Halloween, we look forward to adding your enthusiasm to the occasion.
You can work on mailings, make phone calls, serve on one of the Science Fair subcommittees, do data entry or research, or develop materials for the education department. You even earn your 100-hour free membership working primarily from home.
Some of our volunteers set their schedules week-to-week or only come in for special programs when their shift allows. If you have knowledge or skills to share at the MOST, we generally find a way to accommodate your schedule.
We invite corporate teams for events, such as the Science Fair or fundraisers. Businesses often provide professional services too.
We also encourage Human Resources staff people to include the MOST in their plans for "adopt-a-project" sponsorships.
Many school systems, colleges, communities of faith and organizations such as scouts are welcomed by the MOST. On a case-by-case basis, court-ordered community service will also be considered.
Does your science class want to "earn" a new piece of equipment for our exhibits or demonstrations? Would your art class or drama club like to create decorations for a MOST special event? The MOST offers opportunities for Central New York teachers and their students. Contact the MOST Volunteer Coordinator to brainstorm the best possible match between the museum's needs and your goals.
The purpose of the MOST volunteers shall be to:
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR HERE