Are you looking for a unique volunteer opportunity that will allow you to spread creativity and empower children?

At The Children's Museum of the Upstate, there is a volunteer opportunity for everyone! Your time, talent and energy can play a huge role in creating the best experience for our guests–and we can't wait to get to know you. Below you'll find various volunteer opportunities. More information on how to apply located at bottom of page.

Program Opportunities:

steamWORKS Stewards: This position consists of assisting the steamWORKS Scientist with experiments, engagement, and interactive learning with all guests who step foot into the TCMU lab. Volunteers will be expected to interact with the young scientists in the lab through manipulative play, critical thinking activities, and creative problem solving. 

  • Tues, Thurs, Sat: 1:00PM-4:00PM

creARTive Captains (Art Studio): Help inspire all the future artists through creating, engaging, and learning. Volunteers will be expected to engage with guests, create learning opportunities for the young artists within the studio and encourage creativity! 

  • Tues, Thurs: 9:30AM-12:00PM
  • Fri, Wed & Sat: 1:00PM-4:00PM

Storyteller (Dream Theater): Love reading children's books? Want to captivate imaginations through stories? Then this is the opportunity for you. We invite you to read stories to children of all ages in our special Dream Theater!

  • Tues-Sat: 10:00AM-12:30PM (Stories read at 11AM & 12PM)
  • 2nd sunday each month: 9:00-11:00AM

Camp Crew: Throughout the year, TCMU offers camp opportunities for children ages Pre-K-5th grade. Camp crew volunteers support camp activities by assisting with lesson plan facilitation, team building, escorting campers through the museum and learning. 

  • MON-FR: 8:00AM-12:30pm & 12:30pm-5:00pm

Adult Opportunities:

Community Champions: We welcome adults, families, organizations, bilingual translators, diverse background, and all ability levels to take part in TCMU’s mission in providing a family fun environment full of learning opportunities. Responsibilities can include facilitating programs, support museum operations, acting as a liaison between departments, ensuring safety through enforcing policies, maintaining presentability of exhibits, engaging with guests through educational lessons and so much more! 

  • Shifts are flexible based on volunteer availability. 

TCMU Task Force–Community Opportunities:

TCMU In the Community: TCMU On-the-Go brings the museum to life within and across the Upstate by traveling to schools, festivals, events, and more. Volunteers help TCMU provide access to our special programming, educational content, and engaging activities. A few examples of TCMU Task Force opportunities include Farmers Markets surrounding the upstate, IMAGINE Upstate Stem Festival, Bass Master Classic, and more! 

  • Shifts vary based on TCMU On-the-Go schedule.


Commuity comes to TCMU: TCMU welcomes community members and partnerships into the museum in support of a variety of missions. A few examples of community events that TCMU has welcomed include FR-amily nights (supporting families of children with special health, mental & developmental needs), adult events and more.

  • Shifts vary based on TCMU On-the-Go schedule.

Event Opportunities:

Event Volunteers: TCMU coordinates events, fundraisers, and special opportunities throughout the calendar year. A few examples of these volunteer opportunities include FR-amily nights inviting families and children with Special Needs to the museum, or special holiday events such as Trick-or-Treat. Duties vary based on event needs. 

  • Shifts vary based on event dates and times. 

Birthday Party Volunteers: Withness the magic of TCMU birthday parties! Birthday party volunteers support birthday party hosts and engage with the children through set-up, games, celebrations, clean-up & fun!

  • Shifts vary based on event dates and times. 


Emerging Leader Program:

Join our elite volunteer program for 14+ years of age who fulfill TCMU’s mission while serving families and children as a liaison between TCMU teams and guests. The Emerging Leader program is a profressional development program for emerging leader (Middle & High School students) that includes interactive workship and presentations by local and nationally known leaders, certifications at points of accomplishments, student board opportunities, professional recommendation letters upon completion, and growth in areas such as critical thinking, public speaking, time management, leadership, collaboration and more. 

  • Ambassador: Accepting applicants on an on-going basis. Requires time commitment of 60 hours across a 6 month program.
  • Ambassador Fellow: Applications open July-August and program runs from August-August. Requires time commitment of 120 hours minimum, across 1 year. Attendance required at 4 professional development workshops facilitated by Greenville leaders. 

Past workshops & presenters include: 

  • Understanding Leadership Styles & Navigating Different Ones Successfully (Carol Thompson, Executive Director)
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Through Leadership (Julio Hernandez, Assistant Vice President for Inclusive Excellence & Executive Director for Hispanic Outreach)
  • Professional Presentaiton: Practice & Prepare (Godshall Recruiters, Katherin Ericson & Kelly Groom)

Duties include (but are not limited to) museum floor management, program support, greeting guests, TCMU Store support, scavenger hunt or museum play facilitator, birthday party support and general prep work.

  • Mon-Sat: 9AM-1PM or 1PM-5PM
  • Sun: 11AM-2PM or 2PM-5PM


Questions? Email volunteer@tcmupstate.org or call 864-233-7755