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Getty Fossil Preparation Lab Internship

The Department of Earth Sciences oversees several labs at the Museum. The labs include the Schlessman Family Earth Sciences Laboratory, located within the Prehistoric Journey exhibit on the third floor and visible to Museum guests, and two new behind-the-scenes labs in the Avenir Collections Center – one used for fossil preparation of large specimens, and the second used for molding and casting of vertebrate fossils. In these labs, the intern will assist in the preparation of fossil materials collected by Museum curators from across the Rocky Mountain Region and the world for research, education, and exhibition. 

The Fossil Prep Lab Intern will participate in the following activities:

  • Prepare and stabilize vertebrate fossils using air scribes, consolidants, and glues
  • Assist with the inventory and accessioning of molds and casts of vertebrate fossils
  • Mold and cast vertebrate fossils from Tanzania
  • Build archival jackets for large and small scale specimens for storage in collections
  • Assist volunteers with fossil preparation and molding and casting projects
  • Communicate with museum guests during “Behind the Scenes” events
  • Assist with management of supplies and materials for the Fossil Prep Lab and Molding and Casting Labs


  • Must have a passion for the science and an interest in pursuing a career in museums
  • Completed or enrolled at a 2- or 4-year institution in the Earth or Life Sciences preferred, but not required.
  • Strong attention to detail, patience, and fine motor skills; excellent hand-eye coordination
  • Ability to work collaboratively with Museum staff and volunteers.
  • Organized; ability to self-start and maintain balance between a number of projects.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite products.

Natalie Toth
Salvador Bastien

$400 week stipend for 12 week internship

12 week internship
Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
October 2019 – January 2020

Application Deadline
Monday, September 2 

Contact Natalie Toth at [email protected]


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