Types of Volunteer Opportunities
Program Volunteers – ISAAC and V-Lab
- Mentor: The Program Mentor acts as a coach for the purpose of inspiring, motivating, and educating the students. They answer student questions about the professional work environment. Staying with the same group of students throughout the day, and throughout each of the three visits during the school year, the Mentor is an ambassador for our sponsor corporations. They make themselves available to answer questions about the career application of the laboratory techniques being used and ensure safety of the students. Hours – 8:15am to 2:30pm on days when students are present.
- Lab Assistant: The Lab Assistant helps students in following procedures, performing calculations, using instrumentation, and offers recommendations to instructor (after students have completed the program) for modifying experimental procedures. Lab Assistants ensure safety of the students by monitoring student activities. Hours are 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on days when students are present.
- Instructor: The Instructor is a subject matter expert who instructs students as they conduct each experiment. Staying at the same experimental station throughout the day, the Program Instructor provides information in a clear and concise manner, helping to reduce the intimidation often associated with laboratory work. They generate confidence and enthusiasm for the scientific technique being used and ensure safety by instructing students. Hours are 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on days when students are present.
- V-Lab Volunteers: V-Lab volunteers act as classroom mentors (1-2 volunteers per classroom) and assist with live experiments in the classrooms as Students 2 Science simultaneously broadcasts the lesson from our Technology Center. Training is provided and “How-to Videos” are available for each session. Each mentor helps the classroom teacher set up the experiments, assists students as needed, and helps clean up after experiments are completed. Mentors have the opportunity to share their experiences about their organization as well as describing their college and career paths. Hours – Sessions are typically run during a normal school day between 8:15am to 3:00pm. Each session requires a commitment of 1-2 hours.
- Special Events Coordinator: The Special Events Coordinator assists in scheduling, advertising, and coordinating board meetings, open houses/information sessions, fundraising events, and conferences.
- Social Media Guru: The Social Media Guru promotes our mission, markets our programs and projects, and creates and maintains links with other organizations. Our preference is for someone who is web-savvy and has excellent writing and communication skills. Must have experience with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media channels.
- Volunteer Hospitality Coordinator: The Hospitality Coordinator provides a welcoming and nurturing place for students, teachers and volunteers. Responsibilities include making the morning coffee, greeting students and teachers as they arrive at the laboratory, coordinating lunch, taking pictures as students preform science experiments, and generally making sure the day goes smoothly. Some light paperwork necessary and computer skills needed. Hours are 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., two to three days a week, from September until June.
- Content Specialist: The Content Specialist crafts correspondence and marketing materials for Students 2 Science. This includes letters, newsletters, web content, corporate recognition and other documents needed to support fundraising and External Engagement. Previous Development and Fundraising experience is necessary. Excellent writing skills and ability to make deadlines in a timely fashion are part of the commitment. Ideally, the candidate has two days a week to devote to these tasks and is available to come to the East Hanover location.