Get your (gloved) hands dirty in a state-of-the-art lab dissecting and preparing animals for collections! Zoology Vertebrate Preparator volunteers assist with prepping mammal study skins, skeletons and tissues in preparation for specimens to be added to our Mammalogy and Ornithology Collections. This is a unique opportunity to have hands-on experience with a multitude of specimens form the Rocky Mountain and Great Plains regions. Daily tasks include skinning carcasses and taking tissue samples, collecting parasites, prepping study skins and accurately filling out data sheets. This is not a good position for short-term volunteers looking for experience during a school break, as the average time for onboarding and training is one to two months.
Education or experience in biology, mammalogy, or ornithology helpful, detail oriented and willing to learn new skills, manual dexterity skills, experience handling specimens, cooperative in a team environment, but able to follow instructions and work independently, must be able to commit to a set weekly schedule.
Zoology staff will train
Four to six hours shifts available Tuesday – Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Applicants must be able to volunteer for a four hour shift each week with with a minimum of 20 shifts within one year.
Available to individual applicants 18 or older
How To Apply
To apply please complete the online Adult Volunteer Application. If you have any questions please call the Volunteer Services Department at 303.370.6490.