Volunteer Opportunities

We could not do the work we do without the generous and tireless support of volunteers. If you are interested in space, this is the place to be. We provide meaningful work for our volunteers who contribute directly to supporting our mission: to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.

Meet our Volunteers

Click here to meet some of the many outstanding volunteers who help support our mission.


Interested in Volunteering? Apply Now!

If you have a background in the space industry or if you have museum experience, that's great, but it is not required. We provide all necessary training and support.

For more detailed information and to apply, please click one of the following:

Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Picard is happy to answer your questions anytime. You may also contact her by email at [email protected] or by telephone at +1.719.576.8000.

Types of Volunteer Opportunities

We offer both long-term and short-term volunteer opportunities assisting our education, operations, development, communications and marketing teams either at Space Foundation world headquarters, our Washington, D.C. office or at the annual Space Symposium.

Space Foundation Discovery Center Opportunities

Currently recruiting for Friday, Saturday and evening volunteer coverage.

The Space Foundation Discovery Center comprises the Northrop Grumman Science Center, which includes Science On a Sphere®, and the El Pomar Space Gallery, which features space artifacts and exhibits.

There are different types of volunteer positions available:

  • Docent -  answer questions and assist visitors with Science On a Sphere
  • Light Security - perform light security services, assistance with managing admission and tours, and other operational tasks
  • Support for Discovery Center Events - supports various event activities throughout the year

Discovery Center volunteers may work as little as two four-hour shifts per month or a much as four full days a week. Onsite and online training is provided.

Short-Term Opportunities

We frequently need help with short-duration projects such as:

  • Creating space awareness marketing tools
  • Assisting with research projects
  • Performing administrative tasks
  • Assisting onsite at special events
  • Moving furniture/equipment
  • Helping to renovate our educational labs

Skill requirements and time commitments vary by project.

Year-Round Opportunities

We have a number of projects that require ongoing support with varying levels of time commitment ranging from just a few hours a month to weekly assignments. Projects include:

  • Facilites and Operations Support; Volunteers provide support to facilities matters and assists in maintaining the overall integrity and operational functionality of the Space Foundation facility
  • Support our mission during internal events, at offsite festivals, conferences and educational enterprises by representing, networking and doing outreach with other organizations investing in space

  • Supporting student groups, as well as public visitors of all ages in the many areas of the Discovery Center during both the normal day time hours, as well as evening and weekend events  

Skill requirements and time commitments vary by project.

Space Symposium Opportunities 

The four-day Space Symposium, held each spring at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo., requires more than 300 volunteers, who may work from as little as four hours to as much as several months gearing up for this event.

Volunteers who work a minimum of four hours at the Space Symposium receive:

  • Pass to a panel or featured speaker session
  • Exhibit Center entry
  • Use of the volunteer lounge for breaks and meals 
  • Volunteer gift
  • Opportunity to participate in the premier gathering of the global space community

Benefits of Volunteering

By volunteering, you can:

  • Have a positive impact on the exploration of space and the global benefits space provides
  • Enhance your knowledge of space sectors, programs and organizations
  • Integrate volunteering with your education, professional training or career advancement
  • Meet and work with influential space leaders
  • Earn recognition throughout the year with various incentives

Requirements to Volunteer

To volunteer with the Space Foundation, you must:

  • Dress appropriately, in accordance with your particular job or activity
  • Communicate clearly with the Space Foundation about your expectations - we are happy to be flexible with your schedule if you communicate with us
  • Provide two or more references if you have not volunteered with us before 
  • Understand that the volunteer manager will evaluate your skills and preferences in order to place you in the best role
  • Background check completed (we supply the link and information; volunteer does pay for the background check, estimated cost $25-$30)
  • Abuse Prevention Systems Online Training completed (we supply the online training)

There may be additional requirements based on a particular job or activity.

Need More Information? Contact us!

Jennifer Walters
Volunteer Program Manager
[email protected]

Meet some of the many outstanding volunteers who help support our mission.