(near Bidwell Mansion)
OPEN noon to 5pm
Wednesday - Sunday
Monday and Tuesday
The Gateway Science Museum‘s mission to inspire the exploration of science and natural history in our region and beyond is the goal for our visitors, our dedicated staff, and our amazing volunteers. Our 150+ generous and talented volunteers serve hundreds of hours each year to make the museum’s educational exhibits, research, and community outreach possible. We are grateful for all that our volunteers do.
Upcoming Volunteer Information
Join us at one of our New Volunteer Orientations where you will learn about the mission of the museum, get a tour of the building, exhibits and grounds, and learn about the wide range of volunteer opportunities. Space is limited. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register, call 530-898-4119 or email email@example.com. Orientations begin at the main entrance to the Gateway Science Museum.
There are no volunteer orientations scheduled. Please check back or call (530) 898-4121 to inquire about orientations.
The Gateway Science Museum‘s mission is to create a life-long learning environment that enables people to explore, interpret, and celebrate the magnificent natural history of our region. This is our goal for our visitors, our dedicated staff, and YOU, our amazing volunteers. Our 150+ generous and talented volunteers serve hundreds of hours each year to make the museum’s educational exhibits, research, and community outreach possible. We are grateful for all that our volunteers do.
When you volunteer at the Gateway Science Museum you give back to the North State community we call home! Community members of all ages and backgrounds serve in a variety of positions, depending on personal interests and the opportunities available at any time. We have a wide variety of enriching and exciting volunteer opportunities, and we welcome volunteers for time-limited projects such as special events or summer camps, as well as long-term commitments such as exhibit docents.
Collections / Exhibits
Docent / Educational Interpreter / Greeter
Educational Programs Assistant
Special Events Support
Scientific Lab Demonstrations
- Educational Enrichment
Individual Membership benefits for those who work 100+ hours in one-year period
Volunteer Workshops & Training
Volunteer Training Sessions offer time to meet staff, hear about volunteer opportunities, and complete our volunteer paperwork. Successful volunteer applicants must fill out the Gateway Science Museum Volunteer Information Form (click here), and must complete necessary trainings, orientations, and provisional period for each volunteer position.Basic Volunteer Training – One 1-hour orientation to the GSM facilities, resources, policies, and procedures.
Docent Training – Two 2-hour docent-focused courses with required supplemental training throughout the year.
Completed forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:Gateway Science Museum
c/o Volunteer Coordinator
400 West 1st Street
Chico, CA 95929-0545
Upon receiving and reviewing your application, we will contact you with information regarding the next training session.
Please Note: Placements are not guaranteed; it is contingent upon the screening approval process. It is the sole discretion of GSM to place or remove you from a program. First-time volunteers need to include at least one reference, a professional contact you've known for at least one year, on the application.