Volunteer Info

Why Should You Volunteer? 

Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium. A volunteer is someone who is willing to commit up to 4 hours a day staffing various positions at the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium. Volunteers can select which days – and how many days — they prefer to work. All new volunteers attend a volunteer orientation session and apprentice with staff and experienced volunteers until they are comfortable going solo. Additional training sessions are held as needed.

Volunteers enjoy a 15% discount in Ingram Planetarium Galaxy Gift Shop and the Museum of Coastal Carolina Nature’s Treasures Gift Shop once they have volunteered for at least 20 hours.

A docent is a volunteer with a special area of expertise. Docents share their education and work experiences with our staff and visitors. Ingram Planetarium needs docents with knowledge of astronomy. The Museum of Coastal Carolina needs docents with knowledge of education, training, science, biology, marine biology, and the environment.  Flexible schedules are available year-round in both facilities.

Here are some areas where volunteers and docents are always needed:

  • Admissions and visitor services
  • Touch tank (Museum only)
  • Gift shop
  • Maintenance
  • Docents
  • Graphic arts
  • Production technicians (Planetarium dome theater)
  • Office assistants (data entry, mailings, etc.)
  • Assisting with special events
  • Fundraising campaigns and marketing projects
  • Photography
  • Landscaping

If you are interested in volunteering at the Museum of Coastal Carolina and/or Ingram Planetarium, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 910-579-1016.

Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Volunteers at the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium were honored on January 13, 2015 at the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon that was held at the Museum. Approximately 85 volunteers attended. Special awards were presented to these individuals for their outstanding service during the past year:

Lifetime Achievement Award – Martha Benton
Museum Volunteer of the Year Award – Jodie Alexander and Keir Henderson
Planetarium Volunteer of the Year Award – Kathy Lonsinger
Museum Rookie of the Year – Karen Nelson
Planetarium Rookie of the Year – Bruce Stedman

The success of these two wonderful facilities is due in large part to the enthusiasm and dedication of over 100 volunteers who volunteer their time at the front desks, in the gift shops, and at the Museum’s Touch Tank. Volunteers also help with school group visits, conduct special programs, and help maintain exhibits, buildings, and landscaping.

If you are interested in joining this wonderful group of volunteers, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 910-579-1016.

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