Snowmastodon Preparation Assistant

Please note, this volunteer position is in Snowmass, Colorado, not at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Housing is not provided.


In 2011 the Denver Museum of Nature & Science conducted its largest-ever fossil excavation at Ziegler Reservoir near Snowmass Village, Colorado, yielding a treasure trove of well-preserved Ice Age fossils. Museum crews uncovered more than 5,000 bones of 48 kinds of Ice Age animals, including mammoths, mastodons, ground sloths, camels, deer, horses, and giant bison. This incredible Ice Age fossil assemblage is one of the most significant fossil discoveries ever made in Colorado and its scientific investigation will forever change our understanding of alpine life in the Ice Age.


Now you can be a part of this amazing discovery. There is an exciting 2014 summer volunteer opportunity at the Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is recruiting volunteers to work at the Discovery Center preparing fossils excavated from the site while inspiring and educating visitors in the Ice Age Discovery Center.


Volunteers are required to work a minimum of one shift per week, July – September 2014. All accepted applicants will become a formal part of the volunteer program at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and must abide by all the policies and procedures of the volunteer program at the Museum.


Required Skills

  • Basic paleontological knowledge
  • Knowledge of the Snowmastodon Project
  • Meticulous
  • Solid motor skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Enjoy working with the public
  • Extremely detail-oriented
  • Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time
  • Physical activity required by handling objects up to 30 lbs. occasionally and/or 10 lbs. frequently



Staff will train. Training will take place on the first volunteer shift.


Schedule and Commitment

Shifts will be 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Wednesday - Sunday.  One shift per week is required.


Age Requirements

Available to applicants 15 or older.

To apply, please complete the Snowmastodon Adult Application or the Snowmastodon Teen Application.


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