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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:
07/15/2017
Contact:
Jenna Jones, CVA
Description:
With a volunteer partner, conduct creative learning activities with our tween guests and their chaperones.
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Title:
African Art - Behind-the-Scenes Docent Program Volunteer
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMAFA: African Art Museum
Contact:
Michelle Edwards (202) 633-4639
Description:
Volunteers in National Museum of African Art Behind-the-Scenes Docent program provide administrative assistance to the museum's docent program. Projects may include scheduling tours, greeting school groups, researching information, assisting front desk operations, organizing curriculum materials for docent orientation and trainings and responding to public inquiries.
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Title:
Ambassador - Spark!Lab
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMAH: American History Museum
Date:
02/19/2015
Contact:
Laurel Miller (202) 633-7304
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

Request an application from Laurel: millerl@si.edu
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Title:
American Art Museum Lunder Conservation Center Digital File Volunteer
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
SAAM: American Art Museum
Date:
03/13/2017
Contact:
Lunder Conservation Center, DWRCLunder@si.edu
Description:
The Lunder Conservation Center is seeking a volunteer to assist ˝ to 1 day per week with digital file organization and management projects. Conservation has a significant digital footprint that involves major documentation photography and reports. The volunteer will assist with file naming and organization for digital files related to our collection. A working knowledge of Windows 7 Operating System and Adobe Bridge is essential; any additional Adobe Photoshop and digital photography knowledge is beneficial. Volunteers will benefit from having gained work experience in a museum conservation department and may include work completed at the Lunder Conservation Center in their portfolios.
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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 do not expect to train another Museum Ambassador class until fall 2016. We will contact all applicants when the dates for the next training class are set.

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:
American History Objects Conservation Lab: Organizing Project
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMAH: American History Museum
Date:
03/17/2017
Contact:
Beth Richwine
Description:
One volunteer will sort and organize wood piles for use in the object conservation lab.

Knowledge of wood is helpful but not necessary. The volunteer must be able to move smaller boards around on his or her own and/or help with larger pieces and be able to organize the wood in a logical manner.

The project is looking for a volunteer to work at least once a week until the project is complete, but the weekly time commitment is flexible. Work must be performed Monday-Friday between 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
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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 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 fingerprinting and 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 fingerprinting and a background check.
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Title:
Aquarium Handyman
Where:
Fort Pierce,FL
Location:
SMSFP: Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
Date:
03/18/2013
Contact:
Bill Hoffman (772) 465-3271
Description:
The handyman will assist aquarists at the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit with projects to maintain and improve life support systems for saltwater aquaria. Duties include mechanical repairs and maintenance, exhibit/life support improvement projects and transport/pickup of specimens and equipment. Necessary skills include working knowledge of plumbing, carpentry and/or electrical systems, problem solving skills and a clean driving record.

Please note that all volunteers are required to undergo fingerprinting and a background check.
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Title:
Arctic Legend: Volunteer with the Narwhal and Sant Ocean Hall Exhibits!
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMNH: Natural History Museum
Date:
05/01/2017
Contact:
NMNH Volunteer Program (202) 633-1083
Description:
Training in September 2017. Apply Now! Become a volunteer at the Smithsonian's new Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend exhibit and Sant Ocean Hall. Dive with visitors below the surface of the ocean into a high quality learning experience that sparks conversations about narwhal biology and biodiversity in the ocean using over 680 specimens.

Volunteers will learn directly from world renowned Smithsonian scientists, who have discovered new species in the ocean and uncovered scientific mysteries about the narwhal, and gain experience communicating the importance of the ocean and Arctic to visitors. Topics include narwhal biology, Inuit culture, the effects of climate change in the Arctic, biodiversity in the ocean, fossil records of marine life, and human's impact on the ocean.

Click Opportunity Details in upper right corner for Requirements, Orientation and Training Information.
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Title:
Butterfly Pavilion/Insect Zoo Volunteer
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMNH: Natural History Museum
Date:
03/02/2017
Contact:
NMNH Volunteer Program (202) 633-1083
Description:
Training in June 2017. Summer options available! Apply Now! Come join a team of Insect Ambassadors at the Smithsonian's Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Zoo! Share your interest in butterflies, insects, and the natural world with the museum's diverse visitors.

Being an Insect Ambassador in the Insect Zoo is vital in engaging the minds of our visitors. You can inspire conversations and be a guide into the world of insects. As an Insect Ambassador, you will have the opportunity to participate in any combination of the following exciting opportunities:
o Encouraging visitors to get a closer look with live insect handling
o Giving tarantula feeding demonstrations
o Leading activities highlighting amazing insect adaptations
o Sparking visitor curiosity through engaging interactions
o And so much more!

Click Opportunity Details in upper right corner for Requirements, Orientation and Training Information.
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Title:
Come volunteer with Q?rius and Q?rius jr.: a discovery room
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMNH: Natural History Museum
Date:
03/02/2017
Contact:
NMNH Volunteer Program
Description:
Training in June! Summer options available! Apply now!

Are you interested in nature? Are you curious? Consider joining our dedicated volunteer team that encourages visitor exploration in fun, experimental, and creative activities. Through real-world questions with scientists, and interactions with thousands of authentic objects, visitors can unleash their curiosity with surprising results.
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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 Graphic Artist Volunteer
Where:
Fort Pierce,FL
Location:
SMSFP: Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
Date:
03/03/2017
Contact:
Michelle Stephens (772) 462-0992
Description:
The digital graphic artist volunteer will assist Dr. Judith Winston with preparing digital images of marine organisms for publication. Volunteer will place existing digital images into a plate format for publication. Some images may require editing. Candidates should have experience using Photoshop. Experience using InDesign is preferred but not required.

This volunteer opportunity has a minimum time commitment of 4-10 hours per week until the project is completed. This opportunity is based at the Smithsonian Marine Station but may also be done from home.

This opportunity has a minimum age of 18.
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Title:
IZ- Collections Move Assistant- Invertebrate Zoology's Dry Collections
Where:
Suitland,MD
Location:
NMNH: Natural History Museum
Date:
01/02/2016
Contact:
Tim Coffer (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 relocating our dry collections stored at the Museum Support Center in Suitland, MD to 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 and down to the floor while holding collection specimens that could weigh as much as 30 pounds apiece.
Please contact Tim Coffer (202) 633-1761, coffert@si.edu for specifics.
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Title:
IZ-Imaging Assistant of Mollusk Specimens
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMNH: Natural History Museum
Date:
01/30/2015
Contact:
Dr. Robert Hershler
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-Volunteer Project Coordinator-Polypoid Worms
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMNH: Natural History Museum
Date:
03/10/2017
Contact:
Karen Osborn (202) 633-3668
Description:
The Polynoidae are a diverse family of polychaete worms (marine segmented worms) often referred to as scale worms. They are colorful, often bioluminescent (produce light), active predators and found in all marine habitats. Approximately 1000 species are currently known with many more waiting to be described and named. Efforts are underway to compile the work of several past Smithsonian curators that have worked on the group. Drawings by past researchers of our specimens and important specimens (types) from others museum are archived here and are in the process of being prepared for publication. Our goal is to produce a publication that compiles everything known about the family and to describe all the known, but not yet described species. We first want to organize all the illustrations and put them online in a database system like MorphBank or Scratchpad to facilitate work on the project between researchers here at the Smithsonian and those at the South Australia Museum. With three illustrators already working on inking the drawings, we have a lot of material to organize and post already. We are looking for a highly organized person with great attention to detail who interested in learning about the diversity and morphology of polynoid scaleworm and in picking up some scientific illustration skills.

Qualifications: Must be able to use Microsoft Excel and be familiar with online databases. A minimum time commitment of 360 total hours is required but quite flexible.
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Title:
Library Assistant AfA
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
SIL: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Date:
02/01/2017
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:
Natural History Library Assistant
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
SIL: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Date:
05/17/2017
Contact:
Barbara Ferry (202) 633-1785
Description:
These projects will likely include adding bibliographic records to Smithsonian Research Online from print and electronic sources, helping us review the use of our reference collections, reviewing our microform collections for online duplication, shelving and shifting materials, covering our circulation desk during staff meetings, and other projects and duties as assigned.
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Title:
SERC Education Program Volunteers Needed
Where:
Edgewater,MD
Location:
SERC: Smithsonian Enviromental Research Center
Date:
02/14/2017
Contact:
Karen McDonald (443) 482-2216
Description:
Education volunteers at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center located in Edgewater, MD is seeking volunteers to help run our education programs for students, adults, and public groups. Education volunteers work with staff to run school and group programs, canoe excursions, guided hikes, and perform trail maintenance. No experience needed as all of the background information and training will be provided. We do ask that our school program volunteers participate in 28 days a year plus 9 hours of training required. To work with the school groups must be at least 18 year old and pass a background check.
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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:
Studio Arts Representative Volunteer
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
TSA: The Smithsonian Associates
Date:
11/02/2015
Contact:
Jenna Jones, CVA (202) 633-8596
Description:
The Smithsonian Associates Program offer upwards of 30 different hands-on art courses (not including photography classes, which do not use any volunteers), taught by professional instructors. They are offered quarterly each year (seasonally). Many classes run for 8 weeks, or 8 weeks, but some are shorter duration.
We seek volunteers to assist with hosting these art courses. The time commitment is weekly, for up to two months at a time. Courses are scheduled weekdays, weeknights and weekends. Most volunteer shifts are for 3 hours a week, with a one month gap between semesters.
Volunteer duties include welcoming participants, setting up the easels or tables, making announcements at the start of the first session, cleaning up the room after each class, and collecting participant evaluations at the end of the course. Please see attached position description for more details.
NOTE: Studio Art Reps are invited to bring their own art supplies and dabble in the art making process, but do not have the full experience as the paying students. There are volunteer duties that come first at all times.
To become a Studio Arts Rep Volunteer, there is an informal interview process and 4 hour orientation and training, which includes a handbook for future reference.
Studio Art Reps are expected to do at least 3 courses a year which add up to at least 40 volunteer hours a year.
Contact Jenna Jones at jonesjel@si.edu if you want to purse this unique volunteer opportunity.
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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 fingerprinting and a background check.
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Title:
Transcription Volunteer
Where:
Fort Pierce,FL
Location:
SMSFP: Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
Date:
03/03/2017
Contact:
Michelle Stephens (772) 462-0992
Description:
The transcription volunteer will transcribe hard-copy records of correspondence into Microsoft Word files. The information will be used for a biography of renowned scientist Dr. Mary Dora Rogick. Existing Xerox copies of Dr. Rogick's correspondence will be transcribed and made available by correspondent and date for the biography. Candidates should be skilled in Microsoft Word and available to volunteer at least 2-4 hours per week until the project is completed. Volunteer work may take place at the Smithsonian Marine Station, or volunteers may work from home.

The minimum age for this volunteer opportunity is 18.
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Title:
Volunteer Library Assistant: Hirshhorn Branch
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
SIL: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Date:
03/01/2017
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 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. Foreign 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 5:30 pm. Scheduling of committed shift times will take place on a case-by-case basis.
Placement Process:
1. Complete an online application
2. Interview with a staff member to ensure mutual fit
3. Receive tentative placement and initiate a background check
4. 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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Title:
World Oceans Day Event volunteer
Where:
Location:
SMSFP: Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
Date:
05/22/2017
Contact:
Bill Hoffman (772) 465-3271
Description:
Volunteer will assist staff with the hands-on activities related to the Exhibit's World Oceans Day event. This is a one day volunteer opportunity.
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