Before applying please review the information below.

Camps for Curious Minds have operated for over 30 years, providing high school volunteers ages 16 and up with rich science and nature based learning opportunities. LSET volunteers gain leadership experience, career exploration opportunities, service learning verification and more. LSET 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:

Saturday, March 21: 1:30-3 p.m. at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center

Sunday, March 29: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at Pacific Science Center

Wednesday, April 1: 6:15-7:45 p.m. at Pacific Science Center

If you are not selected for the LSET program you may still be offered a position in our Science Educator in Training (SET) program.


All selected LSET 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 will take place on:

Saturday, May 30, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Pacific Science Center.

Although not required, LSETs 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 Inclusion, Diversity, 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 3 references.

Dakota Spear

Youth and Family Programs Coordinator and Volunteer Supervisor

(206) 443-2902

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Why are you interested in becoming a Lead SET (LSET)? Please respond in 3 to 6 sentences.

Experience Question 1

Briefly describe your experience as a Science Educator in Training (SET). Please include the following details:

How many years have you been in the SET program?

What are the most rewarding aspects of being a SET?

What are the most challenging aspects of being a SET?

How has your SET experience prepared you for the LSET role?

Experience Question 2

Describe two ways you have used your previous experience as a SET or LSET in other groups or organizations you may be a part of.


List three goals you have for the summer while volunteering. How will you make sure to accomplish those goals?


Describe three activities or games you use to keep campers engaged. Describe two situations in which you might jump in to engage campers with a game or activity.

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 agree to attend the mandatory training session listed above if selected. I understand that if I cannot, for any reason, attend training I will be awarded the position of Science Educator in Training (SET) and asked to reapply next year.

I also certify that I am willing and able to volunteer for at least 75 hours (or three full weeks of camps) over the course of summer 2020.