Even if you are not retired, but searching for a place to volunteer, we can utilize your skills, experience and talents!
Volunteers at Challenger Space Center help staff the Galaxy Gift Shop and admissions desk and serve as tour guides. Training is provided and no specific expertise is needed, though a general interest in the topic of space exploration is a plus, as well as a desire to work with the public.
Bob Scriver, who has a background in the space industry, has volunteered at Challenger Space Center since attending an Open House last year. “I enjoy volunteering because it helps keep me connected to the space program and I like helping the kids,” he said. Scriver gives tours of the Center and explains more about the exhibits.
Along with an opportunity to meet new people and help a nonprofit organization, volunteers receive benefits such as a discount in the gift shop and an annual volunteer thank-you luncheon.
Specific volunteer shifts needing to be filled are:
Gift Shop / Admission
Admission entails greeting guests, accepting payment and answering general questions about museum events and activities.
Gift Shop volunteers assist guests in selecting and purchasing items to remember his / her visit.
Tuesday: 12:30pm - 4:00pm
Thursday: 12:30pm - 4:00pm
Friday: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm; or 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 9:30am - 1:00pm or 12:30pm - 4:00pm
Our tour groups vary based on the public traffic each hour of the day so we are looking for individuals that are flexible to the size and ages of the group.
We do not require any special background or knowledge as training is provided on site. We are looking for individuals that would like to share their love of science, space, learning or small group public speaking with guests that visit the center.
Monday: 9:45am - 12:00pm (10:15am and 11:15am tour)
Friday: 12:45pm - 4:00pm (1:15pm tour, 2:15pm tour and 3:15pm tour)
In addition to being a cross-curricular learning environment, the building also serves as an exhibit based museum open to the general public for the Challenger Space Shuttle and space history. We currently have on display, It Came From Outer Space, the Exhibition, featuring meteorites and memorabilia from the hit TV show, Meteorite Men.
To inquire further, please call 623 322 2001, or email us your interest in volunteering to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Volunteer Photo Gallery
John Meschberger is a Propulsion Engineer and a featured presenter at Challenger's M.A.R.S. (Meet A Real Scientist) Program
Gift Shop and Admissions Volunteers like Flo are Out Of This World!!
never know who you might meet when volunteering for Challenger Space
Center. Volunteer John Hanks (left) is pictured here with astronaut Bill
Gregory, Pilot STS-67 Space Shuttle Endeavour!
We can use a universe of talents, like this beautiful mural by volunteer Sharon Mankins, with husband Harry Mankins. They both volunteer in the Galaxy Gift Shop.
Challenger Space Center's own "Professor Joe" performs Understanding the Nature of Light each Friday afternoon. Yes, his hair is really standing on end--we can get a little silly here. After all, science is FUN! Seriously though, Joe McCord is also a member of the School Board for Peoria Unified School District.
Challenger Space Center Tour Guide Gerald Fleishman gives a general admission tour, showcasing the Atlantis Space Shuttle model.
Challenger Space Center volunteer Paul Maxon gives a tour of the spacecraft simulator. Individuals and groups can buy boarding passes to take a simulated mission to outer space (and be home in time for dinner! ) Paul also works in the gift shop.
Volunteer Holiday Party! Rock around that Christmas Tree!!!
Rock Steady- Volunteers "Since the Beginning" pictured with Exec. Dir. Kari Sliva