Become a Volunteer
Without the help of individual volunteers, it would be impossible to pull
off a nine-day Festival with over 90 events. From helping with event evaluations to
running hands-on activities to assisting with set-up and clean-up, volunteers
play a crucial role in Festival operations. We need people who
are willing to donate their time, energy, enthusiasm and expertise to our
What is Required of Volunteers?
• Volunteers are considered representatives of the festival, and as such will hand out festival brochures and event evaluations, as well as provide event support.
• All volunteers should be comfortable interacting with event attendees of all ages.
• Anyone volunteering for PSF events (with the exception of the Science Carnival at Penn's Landing) must be willing to pick up their volunteer bag prior to their
scheduled volunteer shift.
What does PSF Provide?
• Volunteer t-shirt
• PSF bag with stickers, buttons, and other giveaways
• Detailed instructions for volunteers based on each event
Where can I get involved?
Adult Programs Event Support Volunteer Shifts Available: Friday, April 21 – Thursday, April 27; times and locations vary by day
These adult-focused Science Festival events occur in bars, restaurants, museums and theaters throughout the city. Typically, weekday events begin in the evening around 6 pm and weekend events run early to mid-afternoon. Volunteers are needed to assist with distributing and retrieving evaluations, general event support, occasional crowd control, and distributing PSF materials. Some programs may need additional support with way finding and distribution of materials for hands-on activities.
Family Programs Weekend Event Support Volunteer Shifts Available: Saturday, April 22, times vary from mid-morning through late afternoon Sunday, April 23, times vary from mid-morning through late afternoon
The Festival features an exciting lineup of weekend programs for families. From Science in the Park, to Tinker Lab, to a host of Be a Scientist Programs, almost everyone is sure to find something that inspires them to Get Nerdy. Volunteers are needed to assist with event set-up and break down, to distribute, retrieve, and facilitate event evaluations, to support activity providers and event staff with crowd control (where necessary), and to distribute PSF materials.
Weekday Event Support Volunteer Shifts Available: Monday, April 24 – Thursday, April 27 from 3:00–6:00 pm Wednesday, April 26 – 9:30 am to 1:00 pm Thursday, April 27 – all day
Taking place at area libraries, historic playgrounds and in Independence National Historical Park, the Festival features an exciting lineup of engaging, hands-on, events for school groups, homeschool families and afterschool programs. Volunteers are needed to assist at these events with set-up and break down, to distribute, retrieve, and facilitate event evaluations, to support activity providers and event staff with crowd control (where necessary), and to distribute PSF materials.
Citywide Star Party Astronomer Shifts Available: Friday, April 28, evening
Events occur at multiple sites throughout the Philadelphia area and professional and amateur astronomers are needed (with equipment) to facilitate astronomical observation. Knowledge of astronomy and the ability to engage the public as well as work a telescope (or binoculars) is necessary.
Citywide Star Party Event Support Volunteer Shifts Available: Friday, April 28, evening
Events occur at multiple sites throughout the Philadelphia area and will feature star gazing with professional and amateur astronomers. Volunteers are needed to assist with set-up and clean-up, distribute and retrieve event evaluations, provide activity support, distribute PSF materials, and assist with crowd control (where necessary).
Science Carnival Volunteer Shifts Available: Saturday, April 29, all day event
An outdoor public science extravaganza, the Science Carnival will provide opportunity for engagement and exchange between children, teens, families, and local scientists. Volunteers are needed before, during and after this exciting event, which will once again take place at Penn’s Landing.