Frequently Asked Questions

Our team is eager to assist you in identifying the volunteer experience you seek. To help you get started we have answered some frequently asked questions.

What volunteer opportunities are available?
Volunteer opportunities vary based on your location, expertise, preferred grade level and if you would like to volunteer in-person or virtually. If you are a STEM professional or college students, you could join our STEMCorps volunteer program and participate in the following activities:

    • Family Science/STEM Nights
    • Career Fairs
    • Guest speakers
    • Professional Development (such as project-based learning)

Anyone over 18, with a valid government-issued ID, is welcome to work in our Science Resource Center, which is located at the Santa Ana Unified School District. We can accommodate groups of ten or less. You can schedule a three-hour shift refurbishing our science kits between with hours of Monday-Friday 9am-5pm with the volunteer coordinator.

What will I be expected to do?
STEMCorps assignments vary in duration, timing and scope depending upon the teacher. Teachers might be seeking short term commitments such as serving on a career panel or as a science fair judge. Or longer term commitments during or afterschool such as mentoring a robotics team or co-teaching.

Science Center volunteers will clean, stock, and take inventory of our science kits in the warehouse. Volunteers must be able to count large quantities and stand for long periods of time.

What do I need to prepare?
Preparation varies depending upon the volunteer activity and should be discussed during your initial contact. If you are serving on a career panel, you might be asked to discuss what you do during a typical day or answer questions about your career. As a science fair judge you may be asked to review the judging criteria prior to judging the projects. Make sure that the expectations are clearly identified and you have the necessary information for a successful experience. District and school guidelines vary for volunteers.

In most cases, you will be volunteering in a supervised setting where the teacher is present at all times. Typically, all you will need to do is sign in at the front office and the teacher will either meet you or send a student to greet you. In some districts (or schools) you may be asked to complete and sign a volunteer application before volunteering. Additional paperwork, as well as fingerprinting and TB test results will be required for volunteers working in unsupervised settings.

How do I volunteer?

      1. Complete the online Volunteer Application

      2. E-mail the volunteer coordinator listing what volunteer opportunities you are interested in (STEMCorps, Science Resource Center, events).

      3. If interested in joining the STEMCorps, attend the STEMCorps orientation/training. E-mail our volunteer coordinator for any upcoming dates.

      4. Regularly check your e-mails for new volunteer opportunities.

Click here to see a list of current volunteer opportunities.

What do I need to prepare?
Preparation varies depending upon the volunteer activity and should be discussed during your initial contact. If you are serving on a career panel, you might be asked to discuss what you do during a typical day or answer questions about your career. As a science fair judge you may be asked to review the judging criteria prior to judging the projects. Make sure that the expectations are clearly identified and you have the necessary information for a successful experience.District and school guidelines vary for volunteers.

In most cases, you will be volunteering in a supervised setting where the teacher is present at all times. Typically, all you will need to do is sign in at the front office and the teacher will either meet you or send a student to greet you. In some districts (or schools) you may be asked to complete and sign a volunteer application before volunteering.

Additional paperwork, as well as fingerprinting and TB test results will be required for volunteers working in unsupervised settings.

Contact Information

Laurie Smith
Program Manager
Email: Laurie.Smith@ScienceOC.org
Phone: 714.541.5300