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Volunteers are absolutely vital in maximizing the resources of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. It is with your help, in a wide variety of ways, that we are able to continue to fulfill our mission.

Current volunteer opportunities and applications are provided here. Needs of the Center change frequently and you are invited to visit this page often for updates.

Thank you for your interest and support of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center as we educate and inspire each of us to understand, appreciate and take responsibility for our natural universe.

Current Opportunities

Family Hayride Volunteer (ages 18 & up)

Our Family Hayride Volunteers make the Center's seasonal events special for everyone! Volunteers may assist in the following areas: serving dinner, greeting and directing guests, monitoring guests on and off the hayrides, organizing crafts and passing out treats.

More information and an application form can be found here


Animal Care Volunteer (ages 18 & up)

Assist with the daily cleaning, feeding and care to our collection of more than 100 resident educational animals including domestic and native mammals, birds of prey, reptiles and aquatic animals under the direction of the wildlife staff.

More information and an application form can be found here


Wildlife Lights Out CLE (ages 18 & up)

Volunteers will assist with the collection of deceased and live injured migratory birds in downtown Cleveland area.

More information and an application form can be found here


Grounds Maintenance - Facilities Volunteer (ages 18 & up)

This position is responsible for assisting in performing general grounds maintenance in the Center's backyard gardens, including pulling weeds, plant care, leaf raking and removal, sweeping paths to clear stones and mulch and snow removal. Candidate must commit to a regular weekly, bi-weekly or monthly schedule.

More information and an application form can be found here



Summer 2018 internships have been filled. Please check back in August for internship opportunities for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The William and Shirley Snider Family Scholarship

Each year, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center (the Center) makes available two $500 scholarships to high school seniors or the equivalent who have performed at least 50 hours of volunteer service at the Center during the previous calendar year. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and must be accepted at any accredited college or university to pursue a course of study that would contribute to and further the mission of the Center.

Applications are accepted through April 30, 2019. A committee comprised of Snider Family members, Center staff and volunteers will review all applications. Recipients will be notified within two weeks after the decision has been made. A check will be issued directly to the university or college.

To apply for the Snider Family Scholarship, please download the attached application, and follow instructions to submit the required information.

More information and an application form can be found here

Mike and Sue Clark pictured with 2018 William and Shirley Snider Family Scholarship Recipient Dante Centuori.

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