Summer Camp Youth Volunteer

Our Summer Camp program welcomes Youth Volunteers, ages  14-17 to support the informal science education led by Camp Staff. Camp Volunteers prepare the classroom for the day, help the Educator and Assistant with classroom management and work directly with the kids on a wide variety of experiments, projects, and activities. Volunteers help provide a fun and safe environment while assisting campers in their exploration of science!

Camp Schedule for 2024:

Camps run June 3 - August 16 at the Museum in Durham. We also offer camp at the Montessori Community School of Chapel Hill from June 17 – August 2. Volunteers must work 8:00am – 3:30 pm each camp day. Volunteers attending school on a traditional calendar must be able to work two weeks of camp. The weeks do not need to be consecutive. Volunteers attending school on a year-round calendar must be able to work one week of camp. 


  • Be at least 14 years old by June 3, 2024
  • Have experience working with young children and in positions of responsibility
  • Have demonstrated the ability to work as part of a team
  • Have an interest in science
  • Must be vaccinated against Covid-19 and pass a Background Check
  • All application materials must be submitted online by April 8, 2024 by midnight.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in joining our Summer Camp Youth Volunteer Program, you must complete the Summer Camp Youth Volunteer Application. Once you complete the application, you will be given access to two forms:


1) Teacher/Mentor Recommendation Form: If this is your first time applying, you are required to submit two (2) Teacher/Mentor Recommendations using a form that will be given to you when the application is submitted. Returning volunteers do not need to submit Teacher/Mentor Recommendations.


2) Volunteer Availability Form: This is where you can elect which Camp you would like to volunteer with and what weeks you are available to volunteer. All volunteers who apply must complete their Volunteer Availability Form by the application deadline to be considered.

All application materials must be submitted online by April 8st, 2024 at midnight.


Selection Process:

After reviewing completed applications, new candidates will be scheduled to interview at the Museum of Life and Science. Volunteer interviews will occur at the Museum with the Volunteer Coordinator, the volunteer applicant, and the volunteer's caretaker. Decisions of acceptance will be made on a rolling basis and will be dependent on the volunteer applicant's interview and availability. Final volunteer schedule will be published mid-late April. All who are selected to join our program must attend 1 of 3 Summer Camp Youth Volunteer Orientation sessions taking place at the Museum of Life and Science:

  • Saturday, May 11 9:00am-12:00pm (Maximum of 50 participants)
  • Saturday, May 11 1:00pm-4:00pm (Maximum of 50 participants)
  • Wednesday, May 22 5:30pm-8:00pm (Maximum of 20 participants)


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