Zoology Vertebrate Collections Assistant

The Zoology Department at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science houses over 1.2 million specimens or specimen lots in five major collections: Arachnology, Marine Invertebrates, Entomology, Mammalogy and Ornithology. Recent growth in these collections comes from DMNS research projects, donations of personal collections, general collecting, salvage of mammals and birds, and transfers from state and federal agencies. Our specimens live in our brand new, state-of-the-art collections facility and we still need help with organizing and moving the vertebrate collections.   

Our collections volunteers work in a variety of tasks including preparation and identification of specimens, cataloging, outreach activities, and moving and organizing specimens. You will work independently or in small groups of other volunteers to complete projects as assigned by curators, collections managers, and collections assistants. You will learn proper specimen handling and labeling, identification and electronic databasing.

Required Skills
Biology, mammalogy, and/or ornithology experiences helpful, Solid attention to detail, experience handling specimens, fine motor skills, ability to follow instructions and to ask for clarification when necessary, must be able to read small print, ability to handle small specimens safely, some projects may require advanced computer skills, must be able to climb ladders and sit or stand for extended periods of time, patience and pleasant disposition.

Extensive on-the-job training will be provided by the zoology collections staff

Scheduling Requirements
Applicants must be able to volunteer for one four hour shift per week with a minimum of 20 shifts within one year. Shifts are available Tuesday - Friday between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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

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