It's a simple fact: Science Olympiad would not exist without volunteers! Science Olympiad has always benefitted from a virtual army of dedicated, passionate and creative educators, parents, administrators and corporate mentors who write the content, run tournaments, perform professional development and generally make Science Olympiad work.
This page can help you match your skills to Science Olympiad volunteer opportunities! In all cases, use the most local contact to get in touch: school Science Olympiad coach or Science Olympiad State Director.
Volunteer Training Tool
Please complete this 10-minute online Volunteer Training prior to your Science Olympiad experience! It's great for new and veteran volunteers.
Interested in volunteering?
Review these resources to learn more about Science Olympiad:
- Code of Ethics and General Rules
- All Science Olympiad Policies
- Virtual Mentoring and Social Media Guidelines
- miniSO Safety Guidelines - New for 2020!
- Youth Protection Guidelines and Volunteer Code of Conduct
- Zip File of New 2020 Guidelines - easy to download + share!
Team Support - Mentoring and Assisting
While each team has a school employee or teacher as their head coach, many teams rely on local high school students, alumni, parents or community members to assist with preparing for events. Volunteers may help with team practice sessions, build or lab event preparation, or simply providing snacks and encouragement. Many corporations have dedicated Employee Mentoring programs which allow workers time off to participate in programs like Science Olympiad. Remember to follow all guidelines set out by the school, district or administration in order to volunteer with any extracurricular activity.
Tournaments - Day-of Volunteers and Event Supervisors
Science Olympiad tournaments are labor-intensive affairs full of fun and excitement - they are usually held on a Saturday and require between 100-300 volunteers to run the 46 events, register and check in teams, run the scoring room, hand out medals, arrange lunch and oversee all the little details. Contact your Science Olympiad State Director if you want to assist.
Leadership - State and Alumni Organization Volunteers
Each state Science Olympiad organization is run as a satellite of Science Olympiad, Inc. and needs members of the educational and business community to serve on their boards and in leadership positions. Additionally, many former Science Olympiad competitors have formed College Alumni Chapters on their campuses in order to run Invitational Tournaments, support local teams and help with Regional and State Tournaments. Consider joining today!