Earth Sciences Community Scientist

Volunteers will work collaboratively with the curator of geology to conduct research on special Museum projects. Research may include fieldwork, laboratory work, or collections work, at both onsite and offsite venues. Volunteers may also conduct outreach on behalf of the Museum. Volunteers will be selected for this position based on their education, skills, and work experience that are a match for current geology projects. Master’s degree in Earth Sciences or Geology.

Required Skills

  • Must have completed a Master's degree in Earth Sciences or Geology
  • Experience conducting fieldwork
  • Expertise or interest in developing expertise in sedimentology, geochemistry, and non-vertebrate paleontology
  • Strong interest in Museum projects and a desire to collaborate with Museum staff
  • Must be able to read scientific literature
  • Ability to perform repetitive, time consuming tasks with care
  • Ability to see fine detail, with magnification as needed
  • Ability to communicate well in written and oral formats
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment
  • Solid computer skills
  • Solid experience handling delicate objects
  • Ability to get along with Museum staff, volunteers, and general public


On-the-job training will be provided by the earth sciences curator. Once trained, volunteers will work independently on assigned research projects.

Shifts available Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Volunteers will coordinate schedule with curator of geology.

Minimum Age Requirements
Available to individual applicants 18 years of age or older

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