Volunteer Opportunities

Are you energized around young children? Do you want to fan the flames of discovery that help curious children develop into lifelong learners? Do you love creative, open-ended play? Portland Children’s Museum may have just what you’re looking for, as we offer an array of volunteer opportunities for adults and youth. 

Help children explore the world of clay! As a Clay Studio Volunteer, you can help our visitors find stories in our potter’s clay. On special occasions, volunteers can help out with glazing fired pieces or even using the potter’s wheel.

Can you find art and beauty in materials that others might throw away? As a Maker Studio Volunteer, you can share your love of art with adults and children as they create masterpieces out of recycled materials. Help our makers build anything and everything!

Are you a multi-tasker?  Do you want to experience all things PCM?  Well, working as a Floating Volunteer might be the place for you! The Museum is an active place and we always need high energy individuals to help lend a hand.

Additionally, the Museum hosts occasional Special Events for our guests! As a Special Events Volunteer, you will help Museum staff to make our events, like Access Play, Free First Friday, and our annual auction, a huge success. You will help set up special programs, decorate for weekend events, and engage with Museum guests.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at the Museum, please choose one of the application options below. For more information, please email volunteer@portlandcm.org.

Youth Volunteer Application (13-18 years old)

Adult Volunteer Application (18 years and older)

Frequently Asked Questions:

I’ve filled out an application, but what happens next?

Once your application is received into our volunteer database, you will receive an email inviting you to our next volunteer orientation. At orientation, you will learn all about our museum and our policies and submit a background check. Once your background check clears, you’re free to sign up for your first volunteer shift!

What if I am unable to attend the volunteer orientation?

Don’t worry! We offer volunteer orientations once per month. As long as you include a valid email address with your application, you will be included on all invitations to future orientations until you are able to attend one.

Do I have to apply for one specific volunteer position?

Once you are accepted as a volunteer, you are welcome to sign up for any available position that fits with your schedule.

For more information please email volunteer@portlandcm.org.