Volunteer Opportunities

Education and outreach programs at Berkeley Lab depend upon volunteers. Review the upcoming programs below and show your support by volunteering. This page will be updated to reflect upcoming programs. For those who would like to volunteer in the future, please complete the General Interest Survey. Volunteers receive monthly emails with upcoming activities and programs.

  • When: Flexible
  • What: Are you a scientist who can share your work with middle and high school students during a ten minute recorded video? This series, presented by the DOE Office of Public Affairs STEM Rising initiative, will share the voices of scientists across the country, giving students information about who our scientists are, what inspires you about your work, what’s next for DOE, why study STEM, and what you do in your free time. Just a cell phone and a quiet room is required. Videos will be posted on the DOE YouTube channel and promoted on DOE’s social media accounts and other educational platforms.

Questions? Reach out to AnneMarie.Horowitz@hq.doe.gov, Director of STEM Rising

Sign up via our google form

  • When: August 2-8, 2020
  • Where: Berkeley Lab
  • What: SAGE-S (Science Accelerating Girls' Engagement in STEM) is a one week long on-campus summer camp for public high school students. This program aims to foster innovation, grow the STEM community, and engage intelligent, creative, and passionate young women in the everyday life of scientists and engineers at the National Laboratories. Berkeley Lab will be hosting for the first time this year and we are looking for volunteers to help plan events or volunteer at camp.

To volunteer or help with planning, sign up via our google form

  • When: July 13-17, 2020
  • Where: Sites will be based on assignment; camp sites are primarily at schools and parks throughout Oakland
  • What: This summer, Berkeley Lab will once again be partnering with the City of Oakland to support Town Camp. At camp, Oakland youth learn leadership skills and develop self-confidence in a safe and inclusive environment. Each week of camp has an exciting theme including activities such as swimming, field trips, crafts, games, and cooking projects. Berkeley lab will guide the Science Week and host STEM activities.

To volunteer, sign up via our google form

  • When: March 24, 2020
  • Where: Willard Middle School
  • Training sessions:
    • March 6 (9-10am in 2 100B)
    • March 18 (1-2pm in Pers Hall)
  • What: Remember the science fairs of your youth? Would you like another chance at moving up from honorable mention to first prize? This spring, Berkeley Lab will be testing out our own traveling science fair. We are looking for LBNL employees willing to share their science and/or ways they support science in an accessible platform for middle and high school students. Workshops will take place to help the development of boards and small demonstrations. We will support the purchase of materials.

To volunteer, sign up via our google form

  • When: Spring and Summer
  • What: Berkeley Lab will host several high school students from various programs in the East Bay Area this summer. Internships will focus on project based learning and mentors will work with the K-12 team to provide projects.
  • Who: Partner Programs

To volunteer, sign up via our google form

Are you interested in speaking to students about your research and/or career? Would you like to practice your science communication skills? If so, consider signing up to be on our list of Berkeley Lab Speakers. Throughout the year, we have students visit Lab to learn about our work. In addition, many classrooms are in need of your science expertise. The K-12 Program staff will work with local schools to identify needs and craft questions that will lead to a meaningful engagement. We will pair speakers and organizations/school groups with the researcher that best fits. Speakers will mostly present here at Berkeley or via video.

To volunteer, sign up via our google form


BLISS KITS are age-appropriate, hands-on, standards-based science and mathematics activities developed by Workforce Development & Education (WD&E), in partnership with the Lawrence Hall of Science. Lab employees who have attended workshops on how to lead the activities may check out and use the kits in local schools or other appropriate youth events. All materials are aligned with the California Science Standards in use by schools across the state. Learn more about the topics here.

Use the BLISS KIT request form to check one out.

Please note that the kits will soon be undergoing updates and modifications. Additional training sessions will be held once they are completed.