Application period for summer junior volunteer program begins Monday

February 25th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Students ages 12-17 looking for scholarship hours, a great resume builder or hands-on experience may apply beginning Monday for the Florida Museum of Natural History’s summer junior volunteer program.

The museum will accept applications through March 28 for its popular program, which provides students the opportunity to work alongside museum staff in a variety of positions, including discovery cart attendant, Discovery Room assistant and camp teacher’s assistant.

“The Florida Museum’s junior volunteer program is a great way for youth 12 to 17 years old to gain experience working with younger children, interacting with the public and working with researchers, as they serve their community and obtain volunteer hours,” said Florida Museum volunteer coordinator Amy Hester.

Junior volunteer Andrew Brasington, 13, said students should become junior volunteers because it gives them a chance to give back to the community while increasing their own knowledge in a fun way.

“I have become more knowledgeable about fossils and butterflies, and it makes me feel good to learn new things and to share what I know with others,” Andrew said.

All new applicants undergo an interview process April 12-14 and a mandatory orientation June 1. Junior volunteers must be able to commit to two consecutive weeks of service.

More information is available online at www.flmnh.ufl.edu/getinvolved/volunteers/volunteer-program/ or by calling 352-273-2055.

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Writer: Francis Diaz, fdiaz@flmnh.ufl.edu
Source: Amy Hester, ahester@flmnh.ufl.edu, 352-273-2055
Media Contact: Paul Ramey, pramey@flmnh.ufl.edu, 352-273-2054