Volunteer positions

We have some part-time volunteer positions available for the 2017-2018 school year. If you are interested, please read through the information below and then go here to apply! Applications must be submitted by August 4, 2017.

All of our volunteer positions for the 2017-18 school year have been filled.


Program description

Letters to a Pre-Scientist (LPS) is a volunteer organization with the mission of inspiring and empowering underprivileged middle school students to pursue careers in science and technology. We do this by facilitating year-long mentorships with scientists from around the world through a snail mail pen pal program. Our program is a cross-curricular experience where students learn science content while improving their reading and writing skills and broadening their understanding of world geography and culture. They get exposed to many different science careers and make connections between middle school units and real jobs. We believe that every student is a pre-scientist, and we aim to give them the tools they need to be successful in the 21st century.

Benefits of working with LPS

Being a part of LPS is great experience for anyone interested in a career in science outreach and education. You will be in contact with scientists from around the world, and you will work hands-on with a teacher who is actively engaged in improving his/her students’ lives. Your work will have a direct, positive impact on children in low-income communities.

Positions available

Please note: all positions are unpaid. Letters to a Pre-Scientist is 100% volunteer-run at this time.

1. Classroom Coordinator

Letters to a Pre-Scientist (LPS) currently seeks volunteers to coordinate between our classroom teachers and our scientist pen pals. This volunteer will help LPS maintain strong relationships with both teachers and scientists through frequent email communication. Coordinator will work closely with the LPS leadership team and classroom teacher to ensure that each student is matched with a scientist pen pal and that letters are sent and received according to the program deadlines. Ideal candidates will be organized, have excellent communication skills, and have an interest in STEM education and inequality. Coordinator can work remotely from anywhere and must be able to commit an average of 2 hours per week.


  • Act as the LPS liaison for one teacher and a group of scientist volunteers.
  • Coordinate the assignment of pen pals throughout the school year.

Important dates

Applications must be submitted by August 4, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by August 25, 2017. The position is from September 2017 through June 2018.


The online application form is available here.