Volunteer Opportunities

Click here for a summary of current volunteer programs, sign up forms, and time commitments

Education and outreach programs depend upon Berkeley Lab volunteers. Review the upcoming programs below and show your support by volunteering. For those who would like to volunteer in the future, please sign up for our monthly newsletter outlining upcoming activities and programs.

Volunteer Opportunities with Berkeley Lab

  • When: Summer 2021

  • Where: Virtual

  • What: Berkeley Lab will host several high school students from various programs in the East Bay Area next summer through partner programs and apprenticeship/internship programs hosted at the lab. Internships will focus on project based learning and mentors will work with the K-12 team to provide projects. As a volunteer, you will be mentoring a small group of students on a project over the course of six weeks.

Project planner form (Due Jan 29, 2020)

  • When: Summer 2021

  • Where: Virtual

  • What: Science Accelerating Girls' Engagement in STEM (SAGE-S) is a one week long 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. We are looking for committee members to help with program planning as well as volunteers for the week of camp.

To volunteer, sign up here

  • When: Summer 2021

  • Where: Virtual

  • What: Berkeley Lab Director’s Apprenticeship Program (BLDAP) seeks to remove systemic barriers in STEM by connecting students to our scientific community. BLDAP provides an opportunity for underrepresented students to develop skills, learn about Berkeley Lab’s research, receive college and career guidance, and develop a STEM network. The different volunteer roles are listed on the sign up form.

To volunteer, sign up here

  • When: Ongoing

  • Where: Virtual

  • What: We hope to continue connecting scientists, educators, and students through online mediums in spite of barriers to physical outreach and education events. This program connects staff with local middle and high school classrooms to talk about subject explorations, introduce careers in STEM, and conduct virtual tours of research workspaces. Sessions will be 1 hour long and allow students to gain an inside look of working at Berkeley Lab.

To volunteer, sign up here

  • When: Ongoing

  • Where: Virtual

  • What: Interested in continuing STEM outreach from your home? Live Science is a virtual series in which researchers at Berkeley Lab share their work and lead a home activity with the public. Viewers are able to ask questions about science topics and learn how innovative research can translate to hobbies at home. We are looking for Berkeley Lab staff to participate in future events. We have some topics planned, but we're very open to new ideas!

To volunteer, sign up here

  • When: Ongoing

  • Where: Virtual

  • What: 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. We are putting together a group of staff able to share their expertise and career experiences through online platforms.

  • Upcoming topics: Everyday Materials, Entrepreneurship, and Ethical Research.

To volunteer, sign up here

The GCR K-12 team is working remotely during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order. BLISS Kit distribution has been discontinued during this time as we develop virtual options.

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.