Volunteer

Be a part of our dedicated community corps.
(Astronomy degree not required!)

Yerkes Observatory would not exist as the independent organization it is today without the commitment of our community members. We cordially invite you to join their effort and become a volunteer. Opportunities are available for tour guides, docents, program leaders and instructors, and building and grounds keepers. Complimentary Yerkes membership is included. Email us with your interests and discover how you can contribute and be enriched at the same time!

Get involved!

If you are 18 or over please use the application form below. The minimum age to volunteer is 15. If you are between 15 and 18, please contact us for information on how to apply.

Volunteer opportunities at Yerkes Observatory may include: Visitor Experience Volunteers, Grounds Assistants, Event Assistants, Library Assistants, Administrative Assistants and the Docent Program. We encourage volunteers to become involved in more than one area or department to experience more of the observatory. Please indicate your areas of interest below.

Please indicate your areas of interest below.
When are you able to volunteer? *(Required)
Days available*(Required)

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Yerkes Observatory. Please note that we receives many inquiries about volunteering. Unfortunately, we are not able to respond to all of them. If your skills and qualifications match our needs, we will contact you. If not, we will keep your information on file and contact you if an appropriate position becomes available.

Authorization and Acknowledgement

I look forward to sharing my time and talents with Yerkes Observatory. In serving as a volunteer, I recognize that my actions may reflect on the organization and, therefore, I promise to act in a professional, respectful fashion at all times. I understand that filling out an application does not guarantee acceptance into Yerkes Observatory’s Volunteer Program.

I understand that, if accepted into the Yerkes Observatory’s Volunteer Program, I am not an employee of Yerkes Observatory. Rather, I am a volunteer, and Yerkes Observatory can terminate my volunteer status at any time, with or without cause.

I also understand that, while volunteering at Yerkes Observatory, I may come into contact with sensitive information. I acknowledge that museum/client information is confidential and cannot be disclosed, shared or repeated.

By signing this agreement, I give Yerkes Observatory permission to contact my former employers, schools, military service and references, and to conduct a criminal background check. The information provided on this form is true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I certify that the statements on this form are true and agree that any falsifications or omissions by me in connection with this application or attachments may result in my dismissal from Yerkes Observatory’s Volunteer Program.

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