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Title:
Activities Leader: AIR & SPACE THEMED SLEEPOVER AT UDVAR HAZY CENTER
Where:
Chantilly, VA 20151,VA
Location:
TSA: The Smithsonian Associates
Date:
07/14/2018
Contact:
Jenna Jones, CVA
Description:
With a volunteer partner, conduct creative learning activities with our tween guests and their chaperones.
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Activities Leader: AMERICAN HISTORY MUSEUM SLEEPOVER
Where:
Washington, DC,
Location:
TSA: The Smithsonian Associates
Date:
05/11/2018
Contact:
Jenna Jones
Description:
Help 8 - 12 year olds and their chaperoning adults participate in hands-on learning activities at this scavenger-hunt style "Night at the Museum!" It's a lot of fun and you will get an orientation and instructions on how to lead your craft, game or other type of activity.
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Title:
Activities Leader: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM SLEEPOVER
Where:
Location:
TSA: The Smithsonian Associates
Date:
05/18/2018
Contact:
Jenna Jones
Description:
Lead creative learning activities, along with a volunteer partner, to 8 - 12 year olds and their chaperoning adults. This is done in a scavenger hunt style, and is a lot of fun! You will receive an orientation and a set of instructions to assist you.
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Title:
Ambassador - Spark!Lab
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMAH: American History Museum
Date:
02/19/2015
Description:
Work with museum visitors in Spark!Lab, a hands-on invention space for children and families.

Spark!Lab Ambassadors will play an active role in:

-Facilitating Meaningful Visitor Experiences: welcoming a diverse group of visitors and engaging in inquiry-based discovery at a variety of hands-on activity stations; using creative methods to inspire and encourage children's and family's interest in the invention process.

- Assisting daily facility operations in Spark!Lab: getting the space and hands on activities ready for visitor use; helping with some routine maintenance necessary to keep the innovation and imagination flowing!

If You are Good at and Enjoy...
- tinkering, experimenting, asking questions, constructing and deconstructing things to figure out how they work
- interacting with diverse audiences, age groups and learning styles
- working in an often busy and changing environment

If You Have...
- some experience working in a hands-on, informal education space
- strong interpersonal and communication skills
- an interest in invention, history and science

Commitment is:
- at least two 4-hour shifts a month
- attend training sessions and complete a background check
- can handle frequent walking, standing, bending and lifting

To request an application please email sparklab@si.edu
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Title:
American History Museum Ambassadors Program
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMAH: American History Museum
Contact:
Brianna Rossettie (202) 633-3353
Description:
Please note: While applications may be submitted anytime, we are currently recruiting for a new class of Museum Ambassadors to start later this spring. We will contact all applicants when the dates for the next training class are solidified.

Museum Ambassadors responsibilities will include:

- Orienting and welcoming arriving visitors, especially student groups
- Circulating throughout the Museum's public areas to answer questions and help visitors find programs and exhibitions
- Assist with line management and brief visitor surveys


Volunteer Requirements:

- Volunteers must be at least 18 years old
- Must be able to work at least one regular 3-hour shift per week (weekday volunteers) or two regular 3-hour shifts per month (weekend volunteers)

- All Smithsonian volunteers must complete a Smithsonian background investigation.
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Title:
American History Museum Docent Program
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMAH: American History Museum
Date:
04/10/2015
Description:
Please note: While applications may be submitted anytime, we do not expect to train another docent class until 2018. We will contact all applicants when the dates for the next training class are set.

Do you love to tell—and listen to—a good story? Is "meeting people" your idea of a good time? Are you the "unofficial" tour guide for your friends and family? If so, then consider becoming a docent at the Museum!

Docents support the Museum's collections, research, and exhibitions by staffing interactive carts, assisting visitors in selected exhibitions, giving Highlights Tours, and facilitating hands-on activities. Thousands of visitors—from local communities, across the nation, and around the world—benefit from docent-led activities each year. The program is designed to offer all visitors an exciting and engaging experience that stimulates conversation, promote an appreciation of the nation's history, and deepen the understanding of what it means to be an American.

If you are interested in joining this dynamic, motivated group, and providing an indispensable service to thousands of visitors, we welcome your application.
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Title:
American History Museum Wonderplace Ambassadors
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMAH: American History Museum
Date:
09/01/2015
Contact:
Carrie Heflin (202) 633-3620
Description:
NMAH is looking for volunteers to help visitors in Wegmans Wonderplace, a space designed especially for kids under 6 (and their adult companions) that combines age appropriate activities with museum collections and touchable objects.
Wonderplace Volunteers help in:
Facilitating Meaningful Visitor Experiences: welcoming a diverse group of visitors and engaging in inquiry-based discovery at hands-on activity stations; using play to inspire and encourage children's and family's interest in history.
Assisting daily facility operations in Wonderplace: getting the space and hands on activities ready for visitor use;
If You Enjoy...
helping kids 6 and under discover the world around them and starting them on the path to lifelong learning
supporting meaningful interactions between caregivers and children that serve as a stepping stone for connecting families with other exhibitions at NMAH.
interacting with diverse audiences, age groups and learning styles
working in an often busy and changing environment
we welcome your application.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. If you would like more information about upcoming training dates, please email Carrie Heflin at heflinc@si.edu.
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Title:
Animal Husbandry Volunteer
Where:
Fort Pierce,FL
Location:
SMSFP: Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
Date:
04/09/2001
Contact:
Bill Hoffman (772) 465-3271
Description:
Animal husbandry volunteers assist with maintenance of six large (500+ gallons) saltwater Model Ecosystems and other small aquaria. Duties may include feedings, monitoring water chemistry, specimen collection using seine nets, performing routine water exchanges and monitoring aquaria systems. Candidates should have compassion for living animals and be detail-oriented with excellent observational and record keeping skills. No prior experience is required.

Please note: this a physically active volunteer opportunity. Candidates should be comfortable working on their feet for at least three hours, bending and lifting, and climbing ladders and stairs between 4' and 20' in height.

Please note: this position has a minimum time requirement of three hours per week for three months. Shifts are available mornings from 9:30am-12:30pm or afternoons from 3pm-6pm.

This opportunity has a minimum age of 18. Students ages 16 and 17 will be considered with a teacher recommendation.

Please note that all volunteers are required to undergo a background check.
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Title:
Aquarium Administrative Assistant
Where:
Fort Pierce,FL
Location:
SMSFP: Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
Date:
03/18/2013
Contact:
Bill Hoffman (772) 465-3271
Description:
The Aquarium adminstrative assistant will assist staff with office-based duties including organizing files, on-site library, photographic slides and photographs. Computer-based work may include editing correspondence and internet-based product searches. Necessary skills include good organizational skills, basic knowledge of computers including internet and Microsoft software, detail oriented and clean driving record.

Position time committment is 3 hours per week on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays.

Please note that all volunteers are required to undergo fingerprinting and a background check.
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Title:
Aquarium Feeding Specialist
Where:
Fort Pierce,FL
Location:
SMSFP: Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
Date:
12/30/2014
Contact:
Bill Hoffman (772) 465-3271
Description:
Aquarium feeding specialist volunteers will work with Smithsonian aquarists to feed the animals in six large (500+ gallons) saltwater Model Ecosystem aquariums and other small tanks. Duties include weighing, cutting, measuring, feeding and stocking food items for marine fishes and invertebrates. Food items may include pellets, flakes, liquid supplements, and frozen foods such as squid, shrimp, fish and scallops. Candidates should be detail-oriented with the ability to work independently. No prior experience is required.

Please note: this a physically active volunteer opportunity. Candidates should be comfortable working on their feet for at least three hours, bending and lifting, and climbing ladders and stairs between 4' and 20' in height.

This position has a minimum time commitment of one day per week from 9:30am-11:30am for a minimum of three months. Minimum age is 16.

Please note that all volunteers are required to undergo a background check.
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Title:
Aquarium Guide
Where:
Fort Pierce,FL
Location:
SMSFP: Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
Date:
03/11/2004
Contact:
Bill Hoffman (772) 465-3271
Description:
Aquarium Guides interact with visitors at the Aquarium and lead daily feeding tours for groups of 1-30 participants of all ages. Aquarium Guides should be comfortable with public speaking and answering questions about local marine life. Training is provided.

Shifts are scheduled mornings from 10am-1pm or afternoons from 1pm-4pm. Minimum time commitment is three hours per week for three months.

Shifts are currently available Fridays from 10am-1pm and 1pm-4pm, or Saturdays 10am-1pm and 1pm-4pm.

Please note that all volunteers are required to undergo a background check.
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Title:
Are you passionate about Arthropods? Join the Insect Ambassadors at NMNH
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMNH: Natural History Museum
Contact:
NMNH Volunteer Program (202) 633-1083
Description:
Training in June 2018. Apply Now!

Come join a team of Insect Ambassadors at the Smithsonian's Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion! You will get to handle an assortment of different insects and arachnids, perform feedings for live tarantulas, release exotic butterflies into our Pavilion, and engage Museum Visitors about them in our open-flight pavilion.


Our Insect Zoo contains over 50 species of arthropods from across the world and hundreds of exotic butterflies fly in the Butterfly Pavilion. Experience just how amazing these animals can be!

Click Opportunity Details in upper right corner for Requirements, Orientation and Training Information.
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Title:
Business and Marketing Volunteer
Where:
Fort Pierce,FL
Location:
SMSFP: Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
Date:
09/30/2014
Contact:
Bill Hoffman (772) 465-3271
Description:
Volunteer will work with staff on publici relations, marketing, social media and outreach campaigns for the Aquarium.
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Title:
Coral Gardener Volunteer
Where:
Fort Pierce,FL
Location:
SMSFP: Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
Date:
03/18/2016
Contact:
Bill Hoffman (772) 465-3271
Description:
The coral gardener volunteer will work with aquarists at the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit to care for corals both on and off display. Duties may include propagating, removing excess algae and routine maintenance of hard and soft corals. Candidates should posess compassion for living animals, good dexterity/ability to use tweezers, excellent observational and reporting skils, the ability to tolerate extended exposure to saltwater and the ability to stand for up to an hour at a time.

Please note that all volunteers are required to undergo a background check.
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Title:
Data Digitization Volunteer
Where:
Fort Pierce,FL
Location:
SMSFP: Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
Date:
12/05/2016
Contact:
Michelle Stephens (772) 462-0992
Description:
The volunteer will assist researchers in the Benthic Ecology Lab at the Smithsonian Marine Station with digitizing historical data about the Indian River Lagoon. Duties will include entering data from hard copy data sheets into an Excel spreadsheet and formatting data in an organized manner. The volunteer can choose to work at the Marine Station or from home. If volunteer work is carried out at home, he/she will have periodic face-to-face meetings with Benthic Lab researchers. Volunteers should have basic Microsoft Excel skills and an interest in learning data management. Ages 18 and up.
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Title:
Digital Records Preservation Volunteer
Where:
Location:
SIA: Smithsonian Institution Archives
Date:
03/30/2011
Contact:
Ricc Ferrante (202) 633-5906
Description:
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a born-digital record could be worth a thousand pictures, and be so much more fragile. Digital records face a combination of factors such as proprietary software and high risk file formats that work together to place them at risk. Work with the Archives' digital preservation specialists to help ensure these records remain accessible to researchers and the public.
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Title:
Digitization of Archival Collections
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
SIA: Smithsonian Institution Archives
Date:
11/22/2015
Contact:
Riccardo Ferrante (202) 633-5906
Description:
Digitization volunteers will help staff to digitize archival and special collection material including documents, photographs, illustrations, and video. Volunteers will also assist in the preparation of related website content and documentation.

Volunteers should be available for a minimum of 1 day a week, for total of 8 hours.
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Title:
Digitization: Scientific Field Book Project
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
SIA: Smithsonian Institution Archives
Date:
09/26/2017
Contact:
Riccardo Ferrante (202) 633-5906
Description:
The Archives is digitally preserving scientific field books from its collections. This position will assist in a variety of capacities in every phase of the digitization process including imaging, quality assurance, metadata generation and preparation for online distribution. A minimum of 8 hours a week is desired.
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Title:
Exhibit Photographer
Where:
Fort Pierce,FL
Location:
SMSFP: Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
Date:
06/19/2012
Contact:
Bill Hoffman (772) 465-3273
Description:
Volunteer will work with education and husbandry staff to compile a photographic database of specimens and tanks at the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit.
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Title:
Garden Maintenance Volunteer
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
SG: Smithsonian Gardens
Contact:
Alison Kootstra (202) 633-5692
Description:
We are currently accepting applications for spring 2019. Application deadline is January 31, 2019.

Smithsonian Gardens (SG) maintenance volunteers work outside in our gardens to help grow and maintain plants; inform visitors about the plant collection; and answer casual inquiries. With staff supervision, volunteers prepare planting beds, plant, weed, prune and deadhead, water and harvest.

Garden Maintenance Volunteers should be interested in and able to perform general gardening tasks outdoors at times in hot weather. Volunteers also should be enthusiastic about plants; able to communicate well; flexible in accepting gardening chores as assigned; and have a willingness to learn. The ability to lift 50+ lbs is desirable but not necessary.

Garden Maintenance Volunteers are required to complete 1-2 shifts per week from April through October. Shifts are usually 3-6 hours and are available on weekdays only. Smithsonian Gardens does not offer weekend garden maintenance volunteer opportunities.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and must complete a Smithsonian background investigation.

Contact: gardenvolunteers@si.edu
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Title:
Greenhouse Production Volunteer
Where:
Suitland,MD
Location:
SG: Smithsonian Gardens
Date:
05/28/2018
Contact:
Alison Kootstra (202) 633-5692
Description:
Greenhouse Production volunteers assist with weeding; grooming; propagation; reorganization; potting and pinching of the seasonal bedding plants; seasonal flowering pot crops; and assisting with the creation of hanging baskets. Tasks can be highly repetitive, but are vital to the success of producing high quality seasonal annual bedding and interior plants for Smithsonian Gardens.

Production volunteers should be able to follow directions well and pay attention to detail when performing assigned tasks. Volunteers also must be willing to learn and adapt to specific production methods.

This volunteer position is seasonally based with volunteers primarily scheduled February through May and July through October. There may be opportunity to assist with tasks outside of these seasons as requested by the position supervisor and agreed upon by the volunteer.

Production section volunteers should expect to commit a minimum of 4-6 hours a week to this opportunity during each primary season.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and must complete a Smithsonian background investigation.

Contact: gardenvolunteers@si.edu
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Title:
IZ-Collections Move Assistant- Invertebrate Zoology's Dry Collections
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMNH: Natural History Museum
Contact:
NMNH Volunteer Program (202) 633-1761
Description:
The Department of Invertebrate Zoology has begun moving into renovated space at the Natural History Museum. We are seeking assistance with rehousing and reorganizing mollusk specimens in our dry collections stored at the Natural History Museum on the Mall in Washington, DC.
These collection moves require some light to moderate lifting and full mobility to reach overhead.
Please contact Tim Coffer (202) 633-1761, coffert@si.edu for specifics.
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Title:
IZ-Dry Collection - Collection Management Assistance
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMNH: Natural History Museum
Contact:
NMNH Volunteer Program (202) 633-1761
Description:
Volunteers are needed to assist with a wide variety of tasks in our dry collections. Tasks range from verify existing database records against specimens in the collection, creating new records for specimens not on our database, labeling specimens, rehousing specimens, rearranging and moving specimens. Digital photography of the specimens is an option available to those good photography skills. Work on this project takes place on the second floor of the west wing of the National Museum of Natural History.
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Title:
IZ-Imaging Assistant of Mollusk Specimens
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMNH: Natural History Museum
Date:
01/30/2015
Contact:
NMNH Volunteer Program
Description:
Join a team of volunteers and students that is imaging type specimens of mollusks (dry shells) using digital SLR setup, and assembling the resulting images into publication quality plates in Photoshop. In addition to performing the above tasks the volunteer will be responsible for organizing the resulting electronic files, uploading plates into the National Museum of Natural History electronic specimen catalog (EMu), providing oversight to other team members, and training new members as needed. All work will be done in the National Museum of Natural History using well established protocols and under the supervision of two curators of mollusks.
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Title:
IZ-US National Parasite Collections Management Assistant
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMNH: Natural History Museum
Contact:
NMNH Volunteer Program
Description:
The purpose of this specific project is to assist with the reorganization, rehousing, and curation the USNPC cataloged fluid preserved collection. This work is critical to increase the accessibility, improve the physical care, and direct conservation efforts of the USNPC material. Duties include pulling specimen lots from the Collection, printing labels, washing out vials, transferring specimens into new vials/jars, exchanging fluid in the jars for 70% ethanol. All work is done at the Museum Support Center in Suitland, MD working with gloves and sometimes microscopes. There are thousands of specimens lots to be recurated. It takes a bit of training to get up to speed, so we would like for someone to come for at least 3 days a week to keep up with the latest developments of the project. This project would also be ideal for students needing class credit for an internship in museum collections management.
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Title:
National Portrait Gallery Docents
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NPG: Portrait Gallery
Date:
08/25/2015
Contact:
Geraldine Provost Lyons (202) 633-8519
Description:
Docents at the National Portrait Gallery are volunteers who have had extensive training in on the collections as well as tour techniques.

Starting on September 1, 2016 - Docent led tours of the National Portrait Gallery are offered Monday-Friday at Noon and 2:30 PM; Saturday and Sunday at 11:45 a.m. and 1:30, 3:15, and 4:30 p.m. All walk-in tours meet in the F Street lobby.

Special Tours also scheduled before, during and after business hours.
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Title:
Paleobiology- Brachiopods Collections Cataloguer
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMNH: Natural History Museum
Date:
05/01/2017
Contact:
NMNH Volunteer Program (202) 633-1083
Description:
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Department of Paleobiology is looking for three dedicated volunteers to help our staff catalogue our vast collection of fossil brachiopods; an ancient lineage of shelled filter feeders. The 'Brachiopoda Biologic' collection, as it is formally known, was actively collected by the USGS and Smithsonian paleontologists and paleobiologists from the 1880's through the 1980's. It contains fossils from all over the world. Unfortunately this collection has never been digitized until now. Volunteers who participate in this project will be able to handle beautifully preserved fossil brachiopods. Resources will be provided to those volunteers who wish to educate themselves about fossil brachiopods and the time periods that they lived in, 500 million years ago to the present. Volunteers will have to sift through decades of old data associated with the specimens to determine the proper information to upload into our database. You will be taught how to handle specimens, correct specimen labels and how to identify potential threats to the long term stability of the specimens.
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Title:
Paleobiology-Copyright Clearance and Manuscript Editing Duties
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMNH: Natural History Museum
Date:
03/25/2018
Contact:
NMNH Volunteer Program (202) 633-1083
Description:
A volunteer is need to secure copyright permissions for approximately 350 images of insect-damaged leaves for Version 4 of the Guide to Insect (and Other) Damage Types on Compressed Plant Fossils, to be published by Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. The principal tasks for this job is to access websites and secure copyright permissions for reproduction of jpg, tif and other format images. An additional duty may be to assist formatting of portions of the resulting work, which will be approximately 500 pages.
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Title:
Paleobiology-Field Research Assistant
Where:
VA
Location:
NMNH: Natural History Museum
Contact:
NMNH Volunteer Program (202) 633-1083
Description:
Assist in the collection of herbivores from Ginkgo biloba.
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Title:
Paleobiology-Fossil Foraminifera Cataloguer
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMNH: Natural History Museum
Date:
04/16/2018
Contact:
NMNH Volunteer Program (202) 633-1083
Description:
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Department of Paleobiology is looking for three dedicated volunteers to help our staff catalogue portions of our collection of fossil foraminifera, a microscopic single-celled protistan with shells. The "Cushman Collection of Foraminifera", as it is formally known, is the world's largest repository of modern and fossil foraminifera and was actively assembled by the Smithsonian, USGS and other paleontologists and paleobiologists from the 1880's through the present day.

Portions of the Cushman Collection have never been digitized. Volunteers who participate in this project will be able to see assemblages collected from localities worldwide in sediments that date back to the middle Jurassic Period (~180 million years ago). Resources will be provided to those volunteers who wish to educate themselves about fossil foraminifera and the time periods that they lived, 540 million years ago to the present, as well as their use in age dating sediments and reconstructing past climatic and environmental conditions.

Volunteers will have to sift through decades of old data, slides and bulk samples associated with the specimens to determine the proper information to upload into our database. You will be taught how to see foraminifera under a stereomicroscope, obtain digital images of them using a composite depth focus imaging system, and enter data into our database.
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Title:
Paleobiology-History of Science Project Assistant-e-volunteer
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMNH: Natural History Museum
Contact:
NMNH Volunteer Program (202) 633-1083
Description:
The goal is to help our collective memories retain as much of the lives of scientists so that we learn from the rich tapestry of the history of science. Specifically, you will enter data on selected scientists into an EXCEL spreadsheet already crafted for this project. This project does not require volunteers to be onsite at NMNH as work can be done remotely from home. You need to love history, have a critical/inquisitive mind, enjoy reading, and know EXCEL, although training in Excel will be provided, if necessary.
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Title:
Paleobiology-Insect Dissection and Database Assistant
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMNH: Natural History Museum
Contact:
NMNH Volunteer Program (202) 633-1383
Description:
Monoxia is a genus of North American beetle genus. Although not superficially attractive, their biology (leaf-mining) is fascinating. Volunteers are needed for the following: 1) enter collection data into system and/or 2) dissection of beetles to extract their organs. 3) Analyze and report on videos of behavior from home ("dissecting them") in the digital sense.
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Title:
Paleobiology-Paleobotany Holotype Photography
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMNH: Natural History Museum
Date:
03/01/2016
Contact:
NMNH Volunteer Program (202) 633-1083
Description:
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Department of Paleobiology is looking for two dedicated volunteers to photo-document and rehouse the National Collection of Fossil Plant Holotypes*, which contains over 20,000 specimens.

If you are good at working with your hands and/or like working with cameras than this opportunity is for you! Photographs you take will increase the accessibility of the collection by making them available to researchers and online to the public. New housings you make with archival materials will ensure the stability of the collection for scores of years to come. Training will be provided to learn how to properly image and house the fossil specimens.

Volunteers may occasionally be asked to help with other projects including, but not limited to, photographing other fossil specimens.

*A holotype is the single specimen upon which a new species is based.

Photographing and archiving digital records of the paleobotanical holotypes. This work also includes the rehousing of said holotypes with approved archival quality packaging.
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Title:
Research assistant: Benthic Ecology Laboratory
Where:
Fort Pierce,FL
Location:
SMSFP: Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
Date:
02/04/2014
Contact:
Michelle Stephens (772) 462-0992
Description:
Volunteers will assist researchers at the Smithsonian Marine Station with sorting sediment samples collected from the Indian River Lagoon. Research tasks require regular use of dissection scopes and tweezers to separate out tiny invertebrates while seated. A level of dexterity and concentration are needed for this volunteer position. The minimum time commitment for this opportunity is one shift per week for a minimum of three months. Both full-day (7:30am-4:00pm) and half-day (7:30am-noon) shifts are available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Volunteers will be trained by lab staff, however, a general knowledge of biology is suggested. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to attend scientific seminars at the Smithsonian Marine Station as well as earn benefits like free passes to the aquarium and t-shirts for hours worked.
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Title:
Research assistant: Marine Conservation Program
Where:
Fort Pierce,FL
Location:
SMSFP: Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
Date:
06/07/2017
Contact:
Michelle Stephens (772) 462-0992
Description:
Volunteer will utilize Excel to generate a fish database found in Myanmar, and will also compare our records to others available online. The position requires basic knowledge of excel. These data will be used to update the marine fish checklist of Myanmar and describe the marine biodiversity in this country.
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Title:
Research assistant: Marine Conservation Program
Where:
Fort Pierce,FL
Location:
SMSFP: Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
Date:
06/07/2017
Contact:
Michelle Stephens (772) 462-0992
Description:
Volunteer will help to prepare material for preserving tissue samples for genetic studies. This involve preparing solutions, tubing and bagging preservatives agents, DNA stabilizing buffers and silica gel, respectively. The samples to be collected will be analyzed to characterize the main marine fisheries in Myanmar.
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Title:
SERC Library Volunteer
Where:
Edgewater,MD
Location:
SIL: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Date:
09/29/2015
Contact:
Sue Zwicker (202) 633-1675
Description:
Assist with day to day operations and special projects at the SERC branch of Smithsonian Libraries, such as new book lists, book displays, shelving, & withdrawal projects.
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Title:
Smithsonian Learning Lab Digital Volunteer (Screeners)
Where:
Location:
SCLDA: Center for Learning and Digital Access
Date:
07/26/2017
Contact:
Tracie Spinale (202) 633-5327
Description:
Do you have an interest in helping to make the Smithsonian a learning lab for every teacher in America? If so, volunteer to screen user-created collections to make sure they are appropriate for children and for viewing in school settings.

Key Responsibilities:
Remote volunteers (screeners) perform the following tasks:
--> Access collections for review as they are presented in a Google doc or email according to an agreed-upon schedule
--> Review collections for adherence to guidelines presented in a Smithsonian-provided rubric.
--> Within the Google doc or by return email, flag any collection of concern, providing notes, to notify Smithsonian staff members.

Qualifications & Skills:
The ideal candidate will love learning and be interested in the application of technology to education.
-->Ideal screeners will be retired teachers, pre-service teachers, museum education graduate students. Screeners should have an interest in education, schools, students, teachers, and making Smithsonian collections accessible.

Screeners must:
--> Be 18 years or older
--> Have a home computer and internet access
--> Have a Gmail address

Time Commitment:
--> Minimum pledge 3 months of active involvement
--> Volunteers commit to 2 days a week (Monday—Sunday). Volunteers check the site once per day on their scheduled day; Site review may take five minutes, or up to one hour depending upon the volume and length of submissions.
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Title:
Touch Tank Volunteer
Where:
Fort Pierce,FL
Location:
SMSFP: Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
Date:
12/19/2012
Contact:
Bill Hoffman (772) 465-3271
Description:
Touch Tank volunteers assist visitors at the touch tank, which houses animals including sea urchins, sea cucumbers and hermit crabs. Touch Tank volunteers may also share information about our six Model Ecosystems and other aquaria. Touch tank volunteers should be comfortable touching live marine animals and interacting with visitors of all ages, especially children. The minimum time commitment for this opportunity is one day per week for two months. Please note that all volunteers are required to undergo a background check.
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Title:
Volunteer Library Assistant: Hirshhorn Branch
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
SIL: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Contact:
Jacqueline Protka
Description:
Smithsonian Institution Libraries/Hirshhorn Branch is seeking volunteers to assist with the daily operations of a small but active museum library. Duties include: -Shelving library materials, shelf reading, shifting, searching for missing books, light dusting, etc. -Pulling and scanning/packing materials/creating shipping labels for interlibrary loan -Preparing/packing materials for cataloging, transfer, and withdrawal projects -Maintenance of art and artist files -Creating new book lists -Circulation service Skills and abilities: Attention to detail and an eagerness to learn are important. Volunteers will preferably have an interest in library work and/or art, although previous experience is not required. Volunteers must be comfortable using technology and have basic computer skills. Volunteers must be able to problem solve and conduct excellent customer service. Multiple language skills are helpful but not required. All applicants must be 18 years or older and be cleared in a federal background check. Time commitment: The HMSG Library is open to staff M-F 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. Scheduling of committed shift times will take place on a case-by-case basis. Placement Process: 1. Complete an online application and contact HMSG Branch Manager Jacqueline Protka at protkaj@si.edu 2. Interview with an HMSG Library staff member to ensure mutual fit 3. If selected, receive tentative placement and initiate a background check 5. Start volunteering!
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Title:
Volunteering at SERC
Where:
Edgewater,MD
Location:
SERC: Smithsonian Enviromental Research Center
Contact:
Alison Cawood (443) 482-2271
Description:
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) located in Edgewater, MD is looking for volunteers to support the work of our research scientists, educators, and administrators. Strong volunteer partnerships are vital for the Smithsonian to successfully carry out its mission. Volunteers at SERC assist with a wide variety of activities including; working in research labs, assist with field work, and lead education programs such as canoe excursions, public school groups, and summer camps.
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