Before applying please review the information below.

Camps for Curious Minds have operated for over 30 years, providing high school volunteers ages 14 and up with rich science and nature based learning opportunities. SET volunteers gain leadership experience, career exploration opportunities, service learning verification and more. SET volunteers, in turn, provide valuable help to campers and camp educators throughout the summer. We are seeking volunteers for all locations around the Puget Sound region: Seattle, Bellevue, Medina, Bothell, and more.

Group Interview:

Qualified candidates will be contacted to attend a group interview. Group interviews will be held on the following dates:

Tuesday, March 10: 6:15-7:45 p.m. at Pacific Science Center

Saturday, March 14: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at Pacific Science Center

Saturday, March 14: 1:30-3 p.m. at Pacific Science Center

Wednesday, March 18: 6:15-7:45 p.m. at Pacific Science Center

Thursday, March 19: 6:15-7:45 p.m. at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center

Saturday, March 21: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center

Tuesday, March 24: 6:15-7:45 p.m. at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center

Sunday, March 29: 1:30-3 p.m. at Pacific Science Center


All selected SET volunteers will be required to attend one mandatory training session in May. Applicants that fail to participate in the training will be disqualified from the program, including returning volunteers.

Training sessions are scheduled to take place on:

Saturday, May 16: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Pacific Science Center

Sunday, May 31: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center

Although not required, SETs who will be volunteering at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center are strongly encouraged to attend a half-day canoe training in June. This is an opportunity to learn steering techniques and safety procedures. Those who do not attend the training will not be able to canoe with camps during the summer.

Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Access:

We believe that curiosity and critical thinking are essential to equity and justice for all. We embrace science as a process of inquiry, discovery, and problem solving that helps us better understand our universe and each other. Science has the power to connect people and to develop solutions for the common good.

We, at Pacific Science Center, believe that science is for everyone. We strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for colleagues and guests, prioritizing inclusion, diversity, equity and access in order to strengthen our organization and our community. We encourage all members of our community to come together, to celebrate science and each other, and to be curious.

Please see our commitments to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (I.D.E.A.) posted at

Keep in mind:

This application should be completed by the applicant named below (including youth under 18 years of age).

Information on all our available volunteer opportunities is listed at

After submitting your information, your application will be reviewed. Should your background and interest match our needs, we will be in touch to schedule an interview. All Pacific Science Center volunteers must also successfully complete a background check and provide at least 2 references.

Thank you for your interest!

Dakota Spear

Youth and Family Programs Coordinator & Volunteer Supervisor

(206) 443-2902

Personal Information

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Reason for Applying

Why do you want to become a Science Educator in Training (SET) this summer? Please respond in 3 to 6 sentences.


Please describe one or two previous experiences working or volunteering with children, including their ages. Describe one challenge you encountered during your experience, and how you overcame that challenge. (If you are a returning SET, you are welcome to reference an issue from your time as a SET or share a different example.)

Goals and Challenges

List three goals you would pursue during the course of your SET experience (keeping in mind you may only end up volunteering for 2 to 4 weeks). How would you challenge yourself to accomplish each goal?

Areas of Interest

Name one area of science, technology, engineering, math, or education that interests you and why. Are you currently part of a team or organization that participates in STEM activities?

Allergies, dietary needs, or special requests?

If you have any allergies, dietary needs, medications, or special requests, please check the box below and list them in the text box. (This has no effect on your application's acceptance, but will be included in your Volunteer Profile to ensure a safe environment.)


Is there anything else you wish to share about yourself as an applicant for this program?

I certify that I am able to attend one of the mandatory training sessions listed above if selected. I understand that if I cannot, for any reason, attend training I will be asked to reapply next year.

I also certify that I am willing and able to volunteer for at least 60 hours (or two full weeks of camps) over the course of summer 2020.