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 (more…)

Museum of Natural History to hold volunteer orientation Jan. 22

December 24th, 2013

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Museum docent Charles Hall answers a visitor’s question in the Central Gallery.
Florida Museum photo by Kristen Grace

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Whether needing hours for a scholarship, wanting to spend time serving others, or having an interest in lifelong learning, the Florida Museum of Natural History has volunteer opportunities for everyone.

The museum will hold an orientation session Jan. 22 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. where prospective adult volunteers ages 18 and older may learn about the different opportunities available.

“Volunteering is a great way to interact with the public, expand your knowledge and use experiences you already have,” said Florida Museum volunteer coordinator Amy Hester.

Florida Museum docent Charles Hall describes volunteering as a great way to spend his time with a rewarding return.

Hall started volunteering at the museum two years ago after his wife of 62 years died. He volunteers five days a week giving visitor tours and (more…)

Summer junior volunteer program applications available Monday

March 7th, 2013
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A junior volunteer interacts with a young museum visitor.
Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Kate Martin

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is seeking students ages 12-17 for its junior volunteer program. Applications are available starting Monday and must be returned by April 5.

Junior volunteers participate in various activities with different museum departments, including sorting and preserving specimens in the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity collections, interacting with the public in the Butterfly Rainforest and others exhibits and working as a camp education assistant

The program’s popularity has increased its competitiveness and interested youth are encouraged to apply early. New applicants are selected based on their interview, experience and availability. Preference is given to experienced junior volunteers invited to return.

New applicants are required to interview April 27-28 and all junior volunteers must attend a mandatory training session June 2. Volunteers are required to work morning or afternoon shifts for two consecutive weeks. (more…)

Florida Museum offers volunteer orientation Jan. 23

January 17th, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer an orientation from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday for adults interested in volunteering at the museum.

Volunteers must be 18 or older and preregister to attend. More information is available online at http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/getinvolved/volunteers/adult-volunteer-orientation-registration/or by emailing Amy Hester, volunteer coordinator, at ahester@flmnh.ufl.edu.

Attendees can learn of the many volunteer opportunities the museum offers, including leading school groups and tours, speaking with visitors in the Butterfly Rainforest and other exhibits or working with scientists in the field or the collections.

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Museum offers free opportunity for volunteer fossil diggers through Nov. 20

October 27th, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Don’t miss your chance to uncover ancient fossils and possibly discover a new species at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s volunteer fossil dig Nov. 11-20 at the Thomas Farm site in Gilchrist County.

Volunteers have the opportunity to work alongside Florida Museum researchers and students to recover ancient vertebrate fossils, both big and small. The specimens become part of the museum collections, and past finds include prehistoric alligators, bear dogs, birds, rhinos and tortoises.

Digging hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers are expected to work a minimum of three hours per day and may register for multiple days. In addition to digging, volunteers are also expected to spend some time washing fossil-bearing sediment through screens to recover bones and teeth of small animals. (more…)

Florida Museum seeks summer junior volunteers ages 12-17

March 1st, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is accepting applications for summer 2011 junior volunteers from students ages 12-17. The application deadline is 5 p.m. April 7.

An application and more information are available online, www.flmnh.ufl.edu/volunteers/vol_juniors.htm, or at the museum front desk in Powell Hall, near the intersection of Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road, during business hours. (more…)

Florida Museum seeks summer junior volunteers ages 12-17

March 2nd, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is accepting applications for summer 2010 junior volunteers from students ages 12-17. The application deadline is 5 p.m. April 5.

Junior volunteers work with younger students in the museum’s summer camps and with children and families in the Discovery Room. They also interact with visitors through Discovery Cart demonstrations in the museum’s permanent exhibits and serve as interpreters for the “CSI: Crime Scene Insects” exhibit opening May 8.

“Being a junior volunteer is a great way for students to learn how a museum works behind the scenes to present programs and events, and many of our volunteers make new friends while serving,” said volunteer coordinator Julie Crosby. (more…)

Florida Museum seeks new volunteers; Orientation scheduled for Dec. 3

November 18th, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer a new volunteer orientation from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 The orientation includes a general overview of volunteer duties, an opportunity to view museum exhibits, and presentations by departments currently seeking volunteers.

“Volunteering at the museum is an opportunity to connect with the community and to share natural science and history with people of all ages,” said Florida Museum volunteer coordinator Julie Crosby.

The museum has many volunteer positions available. Docents guide and educate groups through various exhibits. Collections and research assistants help collect, catalogue and maintain the collections at Dickinson Hall and the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity. Interpreters and naturalists assist and educate visitors about natural science topics in the Butterfly Rainforest and other outdoor areas, and horticulturalists help Butterfly Rainforest staff maintain the vivarium’s plants (more…)

Florida Museum announces ninth annual free volunteer fossil dig

October 6th, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History vertebrate paleontology division will begin its annual free volunteer fossil dig Saturday, Oct. 24. The project will continue through Tuesday, Nov. 24, with work occurring from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

No previous experience is required. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old, in good physical condition and be able to work a minimum of three hours a day. Visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu/vertpaleo/fall_2009.htm for more information and an application form.

This year’s dig will take place at the Thomas Farm fossil site in northern Gilchrist County near the town of Bell. The site contains a rich diversity of ancient life that lived in the Southeast about 18 million years ago. Volunteers will likely discover fossil teeth and bones of small three-toed horses, a large horn-less rhinoceros, the giant bear-dog, and Alligator olseni, the ancestor of the modern alligator. (more…)

Florida Museum seeks summer junior volunteers ages 12-17

March 9th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is accepting applications for summer 2009 junior volunteers from students ages 12-17. The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. April 14.

Junior volunteers work with younger students in the museum’s summer camps and with children and families in the Discovery Room. They also interact with visitors through Discovery Cart demonstrations in the museum’s permanent exhibits and serve as interpreters for the “Amazing Butterflies” exhibit opening June 13.

“Being a junior volunteer is a great way for students to learn how a museum works behind the scenes to present programs and events, and many of our volunteers make new friends while serving,” said volunteer coordinator Julie Crosby. (more…)