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Volunteers Keep MDM Strong

Do you like laughing? Playing? Creating? Are you friendly? Outgoing? Energetic? Excited about our museum? Do you enjoy creating a festive atmosphere for children and families? Or perhaps you have a special interest in woodworking, art, sound studios, education, or child development. We want everyone involved to help children become excited about their world!

Our purpose is to encourage creativity, nurture a sense of wonder, and to challenge all to learn in new and innovative ways. We can’t do this without volunteers! A typical time commitment would be a minimum of four hours per month. Depending on your availability, however, alternatives can be arranged.

In addition to making a difference in lives of children…

  • After volunteering for 20 hours earn 2 single admission passes (SAPs).
  • After 50 hours earn an additional 4 SAPs.
  • After 100 hours earn an additional 10 SAPs or one family MDM membership per year.

What can I do to help?

Glad you asked! Here are some of the ways people help make the museum run:

Discovery Guides: Run MDM’s exhibits. These volunteers are trained to run Museum exhibits such as the Sound Studio and Tinker Space. You can also be trained to run activities in our Library and Dino Dig as well as our science kits.

Virtual Reality Headset Guides: Help us run not one, but two virtual reality headsets with our visitors! Show children the exciting world of aquaculture in our “Sea What Grows” exhibit. Guide them on a virtual dive into a salmon pen to catch schooling fish as they swim by. Introduce our visitors to Tilt Brush- our no-mess virtual art studio. With your help, children can design new clothes, build a snowman in July or paint in outer space!

3D Printer Guides: We are thrilled to offer 3D printing opportunities to the public. Inspire young engineers to learn the science behind smart construction and design. Build anything from rocket ships to personalized friendship charms with our printers.

Special Program Facilitators: Do you have free time to volunteer on the weekends? If so we would love your help running our afternoon science and art activities! These volunteers get to lead programs with support from MDM staff. Most of the volunteer opportunities in this position are on the weekends, with occasional opportunities to assist with after-hours programs such as My Day to Play, overnights, Parents Night Out, and more.

Program Teachers: Volunteers with a skill or special interest that could be offered as a program. Examples that have been done before include: after-school Spanish club, woodworking workshop, Japanese traditions activity, yoga for kids, Norwegian traditions activity, and medieval times presentations.

Birthday Party Helpers: We can get pretty busy on the weekends with our birthday parties! Birthday helpers work directly with the weekend manager to help parties run smoothly. Duties include greeting birthday party guests, carrying presents to the party room, helping clean up and set up in between parties, and assisting when birthday parties have add-on art activities. Birthday party volunteers get to party all day long!

Hey junior volunteers! We are now accepting applicants younger than 18 years of age who are responsible, reliable and passionate about giving back. If you are a special teen who has great ideas and works hard, we would love to hear from you!

If you can help, please let us know! You can be trained for as many positions as you are interested in. If you want to help with parties and run exhibits we will customize your volunteer experience to meet your needs!

Get the ball rolling now! Download and complete an application below and bring it to the front desk or mail to:
Volunteer Coordinator
Maine Discovery Museum
74 Main Street
Bangor, Maine 04401

If you have questions email us at [email protected]

Volunteer Application


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