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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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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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Always wanted to teach? Become a School Programs Volunteer at NMNH!
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMNH: Natural History Museum
Description:
Are you looking to gain teaching experience or use your current skills and knowledge? Join the valued School Programs volunteer team and guide science and natural history experiences!

Volunteers have the opportunity to work along side Museum Educators as they lead structured school programs covering topics like geology, anthropology, the ocean, paleontology, and collections.

Harness your science interest and hone your teaching skills as you inspire the next generation of scientists!
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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 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:
Jasmine Fox (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:
Bring out Your Inner Scientist: Become a Q?rius Volunteer!
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMNH: Natural History Museum
Contact:
NMNH Volunteer Program
Description:
Training in September! Apply now! 7-days-per-week shift availabilty; Mondays-Fridays preferred!

Share your passion for science and nature. We are seeking curious and energetic lifelong learners to engage the Museum's diverse audiences in relevant conversations about the natural world and our relationship with it in our Q?rius Venues. Volunteers use the Museum's unique resources, objects, science experts, and scientific equipment to make personal connections with visitors in Q?rius, the Coralyn W./ Whitney Science Education Center (ages 10 and up) and Q? jr.: a discovery room (ages 10 and under).

Q?rius brings the Museum's collections, scientists, and research out from behind the scenes and within your reach. We invite you to join our team and use thousands of authentic Museum objects and specially designed activities to enhance a visitor's science awareness.
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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:
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-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 Monday-Friday 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:
Library Assistant AfA
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
SIL: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Date:
06/01/2018
Contact:
Janet Stanley (202) 633-4681
Description:
Join the African Art Library team to work on projects of your choice. We match volunteers to projects that provide real life experiences while offering opportunities to learn about African arts culture. Opportunities include: Indexing for the library catalog, writing annotations for books and blog postings, prepare materials for the artists' files, assisting with reference & document delivery, interacting with patrons, help with sending books to African Libraries, and shelving books. Hours are flexible. REQUIREMENTS: Curiosity about African arts and culture Familiarity with computers and databases Preference to work independently (we provide any training needed)
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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-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 Labeling 50 Million Year Old Insects
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMNH: Natural History Museum
Date:
06/10/2018
Contact:
NMNH Volunteer Program (202) 633-1083
Description:
We have a collection of 30,000 fossils containing insects and leaves from the Green River Formations of Colorado, roughly 50 million years old. Each fossil was numbered by the collectors in the field. Each fossil had been placed in acid-free trays that are also labeled with the older collection numbers. These older collection numbers do not comply with US Natural History Museum (USNM) standards.

We are in the process of reorganizing the collection and affixing the correct, standard USNM numbers to each of the trays. These new labels will have both the USNM number and older collection number.
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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:
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:
Smithsonian Visitor Information Specialist
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
OVS: Office of Visitor Services
Contact:
Abbey Earich (202) 633-5260
Description:
If you love the Smithsonian and working with people, this position is for you! We are looking for enthusiastic and outgoing individuals to serve as Visitor Information Specialists at Information Desks around the Smithsonian. Visitor Information Specialists provide a warm welcome and useful information to visitors from the Information Desks at Smithsonian museums, galleries, and buildings. Volunteers will engage with visitors and help them plan memorable and exciting experiences so that they can discover all that the Smithsonian has to offer.
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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:
Jasmine Fox (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:
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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