Quasars to Sea Stars

Applications for Quasars to Sea Stars are now CLOSED. Applications for 2019 will re-open on January 2019.

Quasars to Sea Stars is a three year work-study-volunteer program for high school teens. Participants take Museum classes and learn from professional scientists; volunteer in the community, and at the Museum & Sea Center events. Upon completion of 60 hours of volunteer service, Quasars also get paid as Museum employees for specific work shifts.

Additional Requirements:

Please send all supplemental materials to: jrolle@sbnature2.org 

A year in the life of a Quasar includes:

  • Spring and summer camping trips to places around California such as the Channel Islands and the Sierras.
  • Field trips that include fun activities like hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling.
  • Teaching others and giving public presentations on scientific concepts.
  • Creating innovative programs for the public.
  • Exploring careers related to science, nature, and museums with curators and other Museum professionals.
  • Earning community service hours.
  • Forging bonds with other local teens.
  • Having a blast!

Minimum Requirements and Commitments:

  • Must be a current 8th or 9th grader or equivalent in age, to apply
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • School year: 20 hours per month
  • Summer: 25 hours per week
  • Reliable and motivated

QUASARS is a big commitment: All participants are expected to remain active in the program year-round until graduation. Summers are intensive. The school year is more flexible, but be prepared to commit some time to the program on a weekly basis.

QUASARS is about science and nature: This program is designed to bring students into contact with scientists, naturalists, museum professionals, college programs, organizations, events, and other opportunities in the science community.

QUASARS is a job: After you complete an established number of community service hours at the Museum, you are eligible to become a Museum employee! Some paid shifts focus on scientific research while others show you the ins and outs of running a museum.

QUASARS is fun! Of course it's not all work and no play. Quasars go on unique field trips, explore the region, volunteer at festivals, become a part of the Museum and Sea Center community, make lasting friends, and discover their own amazing potential!

2017-2018 Program Dates:

  • Applications are due April 27, 2018. 
  • Interview for new Quasars: May 5,2018
  • Program Orientation: June 18-23, 2018
  • Summer Dates: June 18-August 11, 2018
  • School Year Dates: mid-September through end of May.
  • Breaks: 1 month at beginning of academic school year, 2 weeks in winter, 1.5 weeks in June

For more information about Teen Programs: Contact Jenna Rolle, Teen Programs Manager at jrolle@sbnature2.org or 805-682-4711 ext. 172.