Volunteer

It is the Leonardo’s Mission to fuse science, technology, and art in experiences that inspire creativity and innovation in people of all ages and backgrounds.

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Volunteering at the Leonardo is a rare opportunity to contribute to a unique destination for art, science and technology, and to foster curiosity and critical thinking while minimizing the artificial barriers between disciplines.
Current Volunteers

Volunteer Benefits

The Leonardo believes that hard work and exceptional work deserve recognition. Our Volunteers are able to further their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and art through exhibit trainings, access to see the behind-the-scenes process of the Leonardo, and experiences with our staff; they will receive the opportunity to contribute to a unique destination for art, science and technology, and to foster curiosity and critical thinking while minimizing the artificial barriers between disciplines; they will receive valuable work experience to help further their careers and ambitions.

A progressive Volunteer Rewards Program including, but not limited to:

  • Volunteer t-shirt
  • Unlimited soda and coffee in the SALT Bistro
  • 15% discount to The Leonardo Bistro and Gift Shop
  • Complimentary Membership to the Museum
  • Free complimentary tickets to The Leonardo

Volunteer Requirements

  • Minimum of 9 hours per month (this can be at least three 3 hour shifts or a combined equivalent)
  • 6 month commitment
  • 16 years or older
    • If you are under the age of 18, a parent’s signature will be required.
  • A criminal background check is required
  • Signed consent and liability form

Available Opportunities

To discover volunteer opportunities that The Leonardo currently has available, please check the descriptions below:

Volunteer Opportunities (March 2nd – May 11th):

Summary:

The Girls Who Code (GWC) Club volunteer will aide in the facilitation of the Girls Who Code program. It is a club for elementary girls to build sisterhood, gain confidence and learn about the world of coding and tech.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in facilitating the GWC Club on Saturday mornings (10:30 AM – 11:30 AM)
  • Checking girls in and out of the club each week
  • Prep specialized supplies needed for activities or guests
  • Other tasks assigned

Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

  • Must have worked with children
  • Must have a passion for or interest in coding
  • Must present a professional appearance and a friendly manner
  • Must be dependable and punctual
  • Be courteous and personable when dealing with the public
  • Be patient, understanding, and helpful with children
  • Be comfortable addressing crowds

Training and Experience Requirements:

  • All volunteers will be given specific training on facilitating the club.
  • No prior coding experience is necessary, but willingness to learn.
  • Able to works Saturdays

Shift:   

  • Dates are: March 2nd-May 11th
  • Shifts are 2 hours long on Saturday mornings (10am-12pm)

Volunteer Opportunities (June 10th – August 9th):

Summary:

The position of Summer Camp Volunteer serves as an extra helping hand for our Education staff in running The Leonardo’s summer camps. Doing this is in support of the Leonardo’s mission to create experiences that inspire creativity and innovation. The following pages show a list of available summer camps. Please let us know which times work with your schedule and/or which camps interest you most.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure excellent summer camp experience to the children participating in the summer camps
  • Prep camp supplies
  • Set classrooms for summer camps
  • Supervise campers
  • Other tasks as assigned

Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

  • Must present a professional appearance and a friendly manner
  • Must be dependable and punctual
  • Must be able to stand and walk around for long periods of time
  • Must be able to lift at least 25 lbs.
  • Be courteous and personable when dealing with the public
  • Be patient, understanding, and helpful with children
  • Be self-directed, willing to take initiative, and detail-oriented
  • Be able to complete repetitive prep work and stay on task

Training and Experience Requirements:

  • All volunteers are required to attend a new volunteer training on their first day of their volunteer position.
  • Additional training specific to the position will be done during your shift.

Shift:   

  • At least any 2 full weeks during June 10th-August 9th
  • Shifts are 4 hours long and you have the option for a morning shift (830am-1230pm) or an afternoon shift (1230pm-430pm)

Weeks of Summer:   

6/10–6/14

Series of Unfortunate Events (3rd-5th) AM: Problem-solve with Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire in order to escape Count Olaf’s clutches! Through constructing hot air balloons, encoding secret messages, engineering electrical maps, and much more, you will crack all of the unsolved mysteries of the Baudelaire orphans on their journey through a series of unfortunate events.

Cooking Around the World (6th-8th) AM: Travel around the world and visit countries like Morocco, Thailand, Scotland and more! Explore that country by playing games and making art. Our Chef will be there to cook authentic food with you while you explore the different countries!

STEAM Through Time (3rd-5th) PM: Explore ancient worlds throughout time! Campers will investigate the way that STEAM-subjects have changed through the ages: Engineer a pyramid like the Ancient Egyptians, make and decorate paper like the Ancient Chinese, construct a sundial like the Ancient Aztecs, and partake in a chariot race like the Ancient Greeks.

We all Live in a Utah Submarine (6th-8th) PM: Utah’s wild landscape was once covered by Lake Bonneville.  During submarine week, it still is! With your shipmates, you will discover what it’s like to see with sounds, explore steam power that keeps a submarine going, and even transform a mountain range creation into an underwater maze for your sub. On the final mission day, you’ll perform tasks that a real submarine crew must do to avoid ramming creatures or running into ground!

 

6/17–6/21  &  8/12–8/16

STEAM Utah (1st-8th) AM-PM: See the STEAM wonders of Salt Lake City! We will dive deep into each STEAM subject as we explore fellow museums around the city! *This is an all-day camp that is open to all grades 1st-8th*

 

6/24–6/28  &  7/15–7/19

Spooky Summer (1st-2nd) AM: Do you love Halloween? This is the week for you! Campers will make pumpkin slime, complete an engineering challenge using candy corn, and have a costume contest. Who can be the scariest, funniest and cutest camper?

Magician School (3rd-5th) AM: Take your breath away and learn the careful art of deception! The brain is always taking shortcuts, and magicians have learned how to take advantage of these to trick us every time. Campers will learn how to use the science of perception to trick their friends and families as they become master magicians.

Sew and Glow (6th-8th) AM: Did you know you can make just about anything light up? Let’s test that! A drawing, a masquerade mask, a t-shirt – all of your creations will have components that glow, twinkle, or shine. And whether it’s brand new or a review, you’ll leave with knowledge of sewing and circuitry concepts.

Sensory Overload (1st-2nd) PM: Equipped with your 5 senses, come explore this week’s camp! Each day will focus one of the five senses. Campers will explore boom whackers, glow in the dark putty, smell contests and so much more!

Ooey Gooey Art (3rd-5th) PM: Slime, batter, and paint galore! This camp is all about creating with ooey gooey, messy materials. We’ll play with the science of glue art, experiment with fluid painting techniques, and even make edible art!

Musical Mashup (6th-8th) PM: Rhythm of feet as you walk down the street; tone of your phone as you say your hellos; bass of the bus as you board so you must; realize that music is everywhere! Join us as we design and create our own “instruments” by creatively using the world around us. Campers will learn basic sound/video editing to turn these instruments, and the unique sounds they make, into a final composition masterpiece.

 

 7/8–7/12

Everybody Jump! (1st-2nd) AM: Run, skip, and jump your way through summer! Exercise is important, but have you ever thought about how your body is able to do all of the amazing things it does? Campers will learn about the body through games that encourage them to get up, get out, and move.

Spy School (3rd-5th) AM: Grab your super-secret identity and all of your spy skills to get ready to go undercover! You will build gadgets, encrypt top secret codes and conduct cool spy experiments in a week of spy adventures!

Ready Set Innovate (6th-8th) AM: Calling all creators and innovators! Experience a week of innovation by visiting Lassonde Institute, learning about the engineering design process, and solving a problem. We will give you the tools to get started but campers will need to use their brains to finish!

Music Mania (1st-2nd) PM: Explore and create sounds all around in this music-filled camp! We will learn how sound is made, make unusual instruments out of everyday items, and play a symphony of sounds all week long!

Da Vinci Devices (3rd-5th) PM: Do you know who Leonardo da Vinci was? Find out during this week how exciting his life was and learn more about this genius. We will delve into anatomy, engineering and art by recreating some of his unique masterpieces.

Level-UP (6th-8th) PM: Level-up in the virtual world! Learn the ins and outs of coding and programming, while getting to test out amazing technological innovations. You will have the chance to explore the similarities and differences between augmented reality versus virtual reality, design art using coding skills, and even program a robot to solve different tasks!

 

7/29–8/2

Everybody Jump! (1st-2nd) AM: Run, skip, and jump your way through summer! Exercise is important, but have you ever thought about how your body is able to do all of the amazing things it does? Campers will learn about the body through games that encourage them to get up, get out, and move.

Series of Unfortunate Events (3rd-5th) AM: Problem-solve with Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire in order to escape Count Olaf’s clutches! Through constructing hot air balloons, encoding secret messages, engineering electrical maps, and much more, you will crack all of the unsolved mysteries of the Baudelaire orphans on their journey through a series of unfortunate events.

Ready Set Innovate (6th-8th) AM: Calling all creators and innovators! Experience a week of innovation by visiting Lassonde Institute, learning about the engineering design process, and solving a problem. We will give you the tools to get started but campers will need to use their brains to finish!

Music Mania (1st-2nd) PM: Explore and create sounds all around in this music-filled camp! We will learn how sound is made, make unusual instruments out of everyday items, and play a symphony of sounds all week long!

STEAM Through Time (3rd-5th) PM: Explore ancient worlds throughout time! Campers will investigate the way that STEAM-subjects have changed through the ages: Engineer a pyramid like the Ancient Egyptians, make and decorate paper like the Ancient Chinese, construct a sundial like the Ancient Aztecs, and partake in a chariot race like the Ancient Greeks.

Level-UP (6th-8th) PM: Level-up in the virtual world! Learn the ins and outs of coding and programming, while getting to test out amazing technological innovations. You will have the chance to explore the similarities and differences between augmented reality versus virtual reality, design art using coding skills, and even program a robot to solve different tasks!

 

8/5–8/9

Spy School (3rd-5th) AM: Grab your super-secret identity and all of your spy skills to get ready to go undercover! You will build gadgets, encrypt top secret codes and conduct cool spy experiments in a week of spy adventures!

Cooking Around the World (6th-8th) AM: Travel around the world and visit countries like Morocco, Thailand, Scotland and more! Explore that country by playing games and making art. Our Chef will be there to cook authentic food with you while you explore the different countries!

Da Vinci Devices (3rd-5th) PM: Do you know who Leonardo da Vinci was? Find out during this week how exciting his life was and learn more about this genius. We will delve into anatomy, engineering and art by recreating some of his unique masterpieces.

We all Live in a Utah Submarine (6th-8th) PM: Utah’s wild landscape was once covered by Lake Bonneville.  During submarine week, it still is! With your shipmates, you will discover what it’s like to see with sounds, explore steam power that keeps a submarine going, and even transform a mountain range creation into an underwater maze for your sub. On the final mission day, you’ll perform tasks that a real submarine crew must do to avoid ramming creatures or running into ground!

Entry Level Volunteer Opportunities (ongoing):

Summary:

The Education Aide Volunteer serves as an extra helping hand to the School Programs Manager and Education staff in preparing our school group workshops, supporting the Leonardo’s mission to create experiences that inspire creativity and innovation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Help chaperone children during field trips on the floor and in classroom settings
  • Prep specialized Education supplies for workshops, activities and field trips
  • Assist with Education workshops
  • Assist Education staff members in maintaining a clean and creative space
  • Other tasks assigned

Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

  • Must present a professional appearance and a friendly manner
  • Must be dependable and punctual
  • Be courteous and personable when dealing with the public
  • Be patient, understanding, and helpful with children
  • Be self-directed, willing to take initiative, and detail-oriented
  • Be able to complete repetitive prep work and stay on task

Training and Experience Requirements:

  • All volunteers will be given specific training that will be done during your shift.

Shift:   

  • Shifts are anywhere from 2-4 hours long anytime during Monday-Friday.
  • Shifts vary each day and can be scheduled with the Education Team in advance.

Summary:

The Floor Activity Facilitator Volunteer serves as a facilitator for our numerous scheduled activities and experiments, supporting Leonardo’s mission to create experiences that inspire creativity and innovation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prep supplies for activities and experiments
  • Encourage Visitors to create and build projects in an exciting and fun teaching style
  • Assist staff members in maintaining a clean and creative space
  • Alert staff when exhibit components are out of order
  • Run scheduled floor activities independently at pre-scheduled times
  • Other tasks assigned

Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

  • Must present a professional appearance and a friendly manner
  • Must be dependable and punctual
  • Be courteous and personable when dealing with the public
  • Be patient, understanding, and helpful with children
  • Be willing to learn and teach STEAM activities to the public
  • Be comfortable addressing crowds

Training and Experience Requirements:

  • All volunteers will be given specific training that will be done during your shift.
  • Our floor activities change regularly, therefore additional training for each new activity will be provided.
  • Floor Activity Facilitators will also be invited to attend any and all new exhibit trainings.

Shift:                     

  • Shifts are a minimum of 3 hours long.
  • Start and end times are: 10:00am-1:00pm (weekdays & weekends) or 1:00pm-4:00pm (weekdays & weekends).
Once your application is received, you will be contacted by The Leonardo to determine next steps.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!