Earth Sciences Paleobotany Curatorial and Collections Assistant

Volunteers will support the curation of the world class collection of fossil plants at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Key duties will include unwrapping fossils, cutting foam for specimen boxes, labeling fossils, inventorying fossils, and loading fossils into the Avenir Collections Center. Training will be provided.


Required Skills

  • Fine motor skills
  • Ability to write legibly and have strong handwriting skills
  • Experience handling delicate objects
  • Experience working with collections helpful
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to perform repetitive, time consuming tasks with care
  • Ability to lift and move drawers and specimens up to 50 lbs with assistance
  • Ability to work independently once training is completed and ask for clarification/instructions if necessary
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment
  • Patience and a positive attitude


On-the-job training and instruction will be provided for each task assigned. No previous experience in fossil identification necessary.


Shifts available weekdays, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm; Sunday shifts may be possible after training and once volunteer is able to work independently. Applicants must be able to volunteer for a four hour shift each week with with a minimum of 20 shifts within one year.


Age Requirements
Available to applicants 18 or older


To Apply
Please complete the online Adult Application. If you have any questions please call 303.370.6490.

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