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 recieve monthly emails with upcoming activities and programs.

  • When: Thursday, November 5, 2019, 1:00 - 3:00 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 the form to indicate your participation.
  • The following sessions have been planned for the Fall:
    • Thursday, November 21, 2019
    • Thursday, December 19, 2019
  • 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: Oakland Tech - November 19 and 20, Richmond and Pinole - January 2020

Where: Berkeley Lab

What: Students from Oakland Tech and the engineering academies at Pinole Valley and Richmond High will visit Berkeley Lab this November and January. We are looking for speakers to serve on career panels as well as participate in individual interviews (speed networking). Please consider signing up to participate in either trip. The January trip will focus on women in science and engineering.

Sign up via google form to receive more information.

Partner with WCCUSD Teachers to Bring Hands-on Learning to Students

When:

Training Session 1 (Brown Bag) - Friday, November 1, 12 - 1:30 pm

Training Session 2 (Brown Bag) - Wednesday, November 6, 1 - 2:30 pm

Teacher and Scientist Session - Saturday, November 16, Verde Elementary School, Richmond

What:

Berkeley Lab is partnering with Community Resources for Science to help design and deliver professional development for K-8 educators in topics in physical sciences with their Activating Wonder through Explorations in Science (AWES) program. Scientists will receive coaching in communicating science, designing and delivering educator professional development during training sessions. Later, they will meet with K-8 teachers from West Contra Costa to help design hands-on learning explorations for the classroom.

We are seeking at least one scientist/engineer for each of the following broad topic areas: forces & motion, energy (forms, transfer, conversion, storage, light & sound waves, properties & states of matter

Participants will receive an honorarium in the form of a gift card for their participation. Email Faith Dukes (fmdukes@lbl.gov) if you are interested in participating.

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. If you are interested in volunteering and/or serving in an advisory capacity please sign up via 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 google form.

BLISS KITS

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.