Join our team!

Do you have a passion for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics? Are you driven to give back to your community? Volunteer at the Columbia Memorial Space Center! 



As the national memorial to the Space Shuttle Columbia, the Columbia Memorial Space Center is dedicated to preserving the history of Downey’s aerospace program through our interactive exhibits and programming.  Today, more than 40 active volunteers help to maintain daily operation of the Space Center by leading robotics classes, guiding school tours, supporting our various STEM programs, and planning special events like Rocket Fever, Family Nights, and the City of STEM Science Festival!

Each volunteer brings unique skills and talent to the Space Center. Volunteers learn while working alongside staff and other volunteers. As a volunteer, you have the opportunity to work with the community and form friendships with like-minded people.

Volunteers may:

  • Receive community service hours

  • Connect with mentors from diverse backgrounds

  • Build a stronger resume

  • Participate in special CMSC events

  • Contribute in teaching young people about careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

  • Interact with people of all ages and backgrounds


All potential volunteers must:

  • Be at least 16 years old or older

  • Pass a fingerprinting/background check (all ages)

  • Commit to volunteering for at least 6 months

  • Must have a valid e-mail address to receive schedule and important updates

  • Attend monthly meetings/trainings (1-2 hours per month)



Download a Volunteer Application and return it to us via email (VolunteerServices@downeyspacecenter.org), mail, or in-person.

We’ll get in touch with you to set up short interview and info session.

Applicants who are approved to enter the program will be invited to an orientation meeting, then will begin training in various areas throughout the Space Center.


contact the Volunteer Program:


(562) 231-1200

12400 Columbia Way Downey, CA 90242

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