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: Friday, February 28, 2020
    • 9:00 am and 1:00 pm (Sessions are 2 hours in length)
  • Where: 2-100B
  • What: Volunteers interested in learning how to facilitate BLISS KIT modules should attend this session. Sessions are two hours in length and will cover module content, science communication and classroom management.

Please complete this form to indicate your participation

  • When: March 7, 2020
    • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Where: Cal State East Bay, Hayward
  • What: MESA is a college and career prep engine that propels student diversity and achievement in science, technology, engineering, and math. On MESA day, teams of high schoolers compete in engineering design challenges. Berkeley Lab volunteers will be holding demonstrations between challenges.

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

  • When: Friday, April 17 2020
    • 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Where: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • What: On April 17, 2020 Berkeley Lab will celebrate the 26th annual Bring a Kid to Work Day (formerly known as DSTW)! We are looking for volunteers who are interested in leading workshops and demonstrations throughout the day. We'll be bringing back our favorite demonstrations and activities but are also looking to incorporate new ideas.

To volunteer and/or serve in an advisory capacity, sign up via our google form

  • When: January through May, 2020
  • Where: Local Middle Schools
  • What: Remember the science fairs of your youth? The board, the glue, fancy pictures, and dioramas. 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 The K-12 office will support the purchase of materials.

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 becoming a better science communicator? If so, consider signing up to be on our list of Berkeley Lab Speakers. Throughout the year, we will have students visit the Lab. 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.