Science on Tap volunteers needed!

Our events are professionally recorded, shared on multiple platforms, have a consistent audience, and have educated/entertained THOUSANDS of people. Volunteering with SoT is more than helping out with some schedules or gear – it’s learning and growing as a community!

We are prioritizing two different roles (see Other Roles below if you’re interested in…other roles)

1) Tech Support

Interested in building your published portfolio? Come contribute to the photos and filming of our in-person events!

Behind-the-scenes of a live stream show

Have a passion or curiosity for running large Zoom events? We are looking for passionate and supportive tech people to get our events rolling and out to a wider audience.

You’ll need a solid grounding in technical problem-solving and experience in some of the following:

  • photography (technically difficult lighting and digital processing)
  • videography
  • wired and wireless networking
  • Powerpoint troubleshooting
  • theatrical sound system control
  • theatrical lighting
  • projection systems
  • video-direction

Bonus points if you have high-end camera gear to contribute to show documentation.

We generally have 1-3 events a month. For in-person events, you’d need to be at the location for about 5 hours (4-9pm Wednesdays or Thursdays, usually in NE Portland at Alberta Rose Theatre or at Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver, Washington).

For livestream Zoom shows, maybe 4 hours (4:30-8:30pm usually Tues, Wed, or Thurs nights, once a month) or so?

Once you’re trained, we don’t expect you to be at every single show, but we are hoping to have a ‘B team’ so we aren’t dependent on so few skilled volunteers.

2) Volunteer Manager:

We are primarily volunteer-run and we are looking for someone to manage this integral part of our programming. We estimate this would be about 10 hrs a month or less. Duties include:

  • scheduling and confirming volunteers
  • recruiting new volunteers
  • helping out at events yourself! This might include checking people in at the door, helping with VIP seating, and other odd jobs.
Are you a good people wrangler?

Ideally you have prior volunteer experience and are outgoing, reliable, and organized. Interested? Tell us about your experiences and why you think you would be a great addition to our team.

Other Roles

We are also looking for those who could help with fundraising, communication, emceeing, managing the books, or anyone willing to hand out the trivia sheets and check people in as they get to the theatre. Contact us!


Interested in volunteering for us? Yay! Please submit a paragraph or two telling us:

1. What position you are interested in
2. What draws you to this position
3. What experiences you bring to the role
4. Why you believe it’s important to provide science education to adults

Send your application to scott@makeyouthink.org with Science on Tap Volunteer: *name* in the subject.

If you have any questions about these roles, or have other ways you would like to contribute let us know. We look forward to hearing from you!


Make You Think is a non-profit that supports programs like Science on Tap events and A Scientist Walks Into A Bar podcast. We are based in Portland, Oregon, but our online events and podcasts are accessible anywhere in the world.

Make You Think strives to create an inclusive environment where all volunteer staff feel welcome and are able to contribute and develop their strengths. We especially welcome applications from persons of color, female-identified persons, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others with lived experiences that can contribute to the further diversification of ideas. If you are comfortable, we invite you to share your identities.