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Are internships available at the MOST?

How do I apply?

What are the requirements for a MOST volunteer?

Is training required for MOST volunteers?

How do I hear about volunteer opportunities?

How does the MOST thank its volunteers?

Where do volunteers park when they come to the MOST?

Is the MOST wheelchair accessible?

What is the purpose of the volunteer program at the MOST?

I'd really love to help with special events, but I can't volunteer regularly. Can I still help?

I have to work from my home. Can I help the MOST?

I do shift work, so my schedule varies dramatically. Can you still use my help?

I love the Science Fair -- what can I do to help?

Can people from my business or group help the MOST?

TEACHERS: My class wants a special project. Can we help the MOST?

Can I perform community service at the MOST?

Who should I contact for more information on any of these questions?


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.

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3. How do I apply?

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.

4. Is training required for MOST volunteers?

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.

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5. How can I find out about volunteer opportunities?

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.

6. How does the MOST thank its volunteers?

MOST volunteers are eligible for the following benefits:

  • Free admission to the exhibit halls whenever the museum is open to the public
  • 20% discount at the Science Store on purchases over $5
  • Invitations to special programs including occasional IMAX® previews
  • Free newsletter
  • Free Family Plus or Grandparent membership to the MOST after serving only 100 hours within a 12-month period
  • Access to designated parking places at the museum or free bus tokens
  • Mileage and expenses are tax deductible for those who itemize
  • And of course, the satisfaction of helping the MOST bring science education and entertainment to our community!

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7. Where do volunteers park?

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.

8. Is the MOST wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the building is fully wheelchair accessible, with ramps or elevators to every area.

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9. I love the Science Fair -- What can I do to help?

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.

10. I'd really love to help with special events, but I cannot volunteer regularly. Can I still help?

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.

11. I have to volunteer from my home. What can I do to help the MOST?

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.

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12. I do shift work, so my schedule varies dramatically. Can you still use my help?

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.

13. Can people from my business or group help the MOST?

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.

For example,

  • Key Bank employees painted the windows of one area of the museum
  • JPMorgan Chase funded and installed the beautiful garden to the right of the museum entrance
  • Retirees from GE adopted a second garden and a team from Bond, Schoeneck and King removed the sod and mulched the entire plot.

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14. Can I perform community service at the MOST?

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.

15. TEACHERS: My class wants a special project. What can we do for the MOST?

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.

16. What is the purpose of the volunteer program at the MOST?

The purpose of the MOST volunteers shall be to:

  • Reflect the highest standards of the MOST when serving as its representatives, both inside and outside of the museum
  • Aid visitors in their understanding and enjoyment of the museum exhibits, facilities and place in the community
  • Be knowledgeable about museum activities in order to answer questions and encourage attendance by the public
  • Promote volunteerism for the betterment of the museum

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17. Who should I contact for more information on any of these questions?

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR HERE

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