Whitaker Center
Serving our Community through
Education + Entertainment + Art

Volunteer Opportunities

Become a Whitaker Center Volunteer

Discoveries are made every day at Whitaker Center. We rely on the enthusiasm, talent, intellect and creativity of volunteers to maintain and expand our exceptional programs. If you are interested in discovering what you can do, we invite you to join us as a volunteer. Whether answering questions about an exhibit, greeting school groups, helping guests to their seats in one of our theaters, or answering phones in the administrative office, volunteers are involved!

The Volunteer Program at Whitaker Center includes diverse people of all ages, abilities, educational levels and employment backgrounds. The Volunteer and Membership Manager will help you to select a role that matches your interests and abilities to organizational needs. A contribution of your time and talent is one of the most generous gifts you can make.

We are currently accepting applications from volunteers (age 16 and up) to fill a variety of roles. If you are interested, please contact the Volunteer and Membership Manager by calling 717-724-3857 or emailing volunteers@whitakercenter.org.

Volunteers share skills, learn new ones, meet new people, and have the power to make a difference and inspire others. Join us today!

Volunteer Benefits 

  • Ability to see shows for free and comp tickets available when not volunteering
  • Free Science Center membership
  • Free garage parking downtown while volunteering
  • Free film screenings in Digital Cinema (based on hours contributed)
  • Flexible hours
  • Recognition awards

Volunteer Application & Required Clearances 

It’s easy to get involved at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts. Applying is easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Click here to download a .pdf of the Volunteer Application and Disclosure Statement and Authorization and Release Form for the Pennsylvania State Police Clearance.

  2. Click here to download a .pdf of the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and Consent/Release of Information Authorization Form.

  3. Click here to download a .pdf of the Volunteer Declaration which states that you been a resident of Pennsylvania for the past ten (10) years. If you have not been a resident for the past ten (10) years, please note this on your application. The volunteer program will provide you instructions on how to register and submit a full set of fingerprints to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

* Recently signed into law was Act 153 of 2014, which requires comprehensive criminal and child abuse background checks of volunteers working with children. This law defines “direct contact with children” as “The care, supervision, guidance or control of children or routine interaction with children.” This law now requires Whitaker Center to obtain the following background checks on current and prospective volunteers:

  1. A Pennsylvania State Police Clearance.
  2. A Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance obtained through the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.
  3. A Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal History Record Information obtained by submitting a full set of fingerprints to the Pennsylvania State Police or its authorized agent for submission to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

* Certain volunteers (those living in Pennsylvania consistently for ten years) can be exempted from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal History Record Information check.

Please complete the volunteer application and required clearances and mail to:

Volunteer and Membership Manager
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
225 Market Street, 2nd Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone: 717-724-3857

The Volunteer & Membership Manager will be contact with you to review your materials and schedule an orientation.

Volunteer Opportunities 

Information Desk Volunteer

Information desk volunteers provide exceptional customer service by greeting patrons and answering questions about Whitaker Center and the surrounding community. Volunteers staffed at the Information Desk also monitor the Science Center entrance to include taking tickets and stamping hands.

Schedule: Tuesday through Saturday: 9:30am – 1:30pm; or 1pm – 5pm

Sunday: 11:30am – 2:30pm; or 2pm – 5pm

Floating Host

If you are a jack of all trades, then this position is for you! The Floating Host is cross-trained to be of assistance at the Information Desk, in Wonders at Whitaker Center, our Digital Cinema, or Performance Theater. See descriptions of these specific positions for further details!

Schedule: Flexible

Guest Service Support

Work with the young and those young at heart by interacting with visitors in the Science Center. Help guests get the most out of 200+ interactive exhibits, and/or be a greeter for school groups and orient them to the Science Center. Volunteers in this position may also get the chance to assist in classrooms for our workshops and presentations. Excellent customer service skills a must! No science experience required – training provided!

Schedule: Tuesday through Saturday – 9am – 1:30pm; or 1pm – 5pm, flexible schedule.

Sunday: 11:30 – 2:30pm; or 2pm – 5pm, flexible schedue

KidsPlace Guest Service Support 

By helping our little guests navigate the exhibit, you will enable them to have an excellent educational experience! No science experience required – training provided! Must enjoy working with young children.

Schedule: Tuesday through Saturday: 9:30am – 1:30pm; or 1pm – 5pm, flexible schedule

Sunday: 11:30am – 2:30pm or 2pm – 5pm, flexible schedule


Provide excellent guest service and assistance to Wonders at Whitaker Center staff by “bagging” patron purchases at the registers, re-stocking shelves, and assisting guests. This position can also be a great learning experience for those with the desire to learn the general workings and procedures of a store including managing inventory, checking in shipments and buying for the store.

Schedule: Flexible during operation hours


Provide excellent customer service by assisting visitors into our Digital Cinema, and collecting tickets while acquiring the opportunity to view the many large format movies shown while on your shift as an usher.

Schedule: Subject to movie schedule


This position is for individuals interested in delivering exceptional guest service by helping patrons locate their seats and other amenities prior to and during performing arts events in the Performance Theater. Great for those interested in helping out while also getting the opportunity of viewing the multitude of events and shows that come to our Performance Theater!

Schedule: Subject to show schedule

Administrative Offices

If you have specific administrative skills, are looking for a volunteer position apart from guest services (membership office, education office and finance office) or would like a more flexible schedule one of our many administrative volunteer positions is for you!

Reception Desk 

This position provides excellent customer service through the Center’s main switchboard and greets guests arriving at the Business Office for Whitaker Center. The office is located at 225 Market Street.

Schedule: Tuesday through Friday: 9am – 1pm; or 1pm – 5pm

Membership Office

Volunteers working in the Membership Office assist with record keeping, mailing and filing.

Schedule: Monday through Friday, flexible daytime hours

Education Office 

Volunteers working in the Education Office assist with database entry and mailing projects.

Schedule: Tuesday through Friday, flexible daytime hours

School Reservations Office

Support the School Reservations office by delivering exceptional service to “telephone customers” in regards to Whitaker center questions and potential field trip requests.

Schedule: Tuesday through Friday, flexible daytime hours

Finance Office

Support the finance office by doing general clerical tasks such as data entry and filing. Training is provided. This position is great for those who cannot commit a great amount of time, as they would only need to come in about once a month!

Schedule: Flexible during operation hours


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