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11/12/2009 - 4/30/2010
Location: 13810 Waterfront Drive, Pineland, Florida

A variety of volunteer opportunities is available at the Calusa Heritage Trail at the Randell Research Center at Pineland. These include:

* Archaeological Excavation - Join archaeologist Michael Wylde on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 12 noon to assist with new excavations at Brown's Complex Mound 5. Please call Michael at 239-283-2157 to sign up for the dig.

* Docent - During peak tourist season (January through April), guided tours of the Pineland site are offered every Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. Docents lead both weekly public tours and special tours for scheduled groups, including schools, and work either alone or in teams of two to collect donations at the Pavilion, lead the visitors around the site on a guided tour, and answer visitor questions. Phone Michael Wylde at 239-283-2157 if interested.

* Office Work - At the RRC office, volunteers are needed for everything from mailing and filing, to desktop publishing and word processing. While conducting office work, volunteers may also help by answering the phone and greeting visitors to the headquarters. Contact Linda Heffner at the RRC office at 239-283-2062 if interested.

* Gift Shop - Volunteers are also needed to work in the Gift Shop, located at the Calusa Heritage Trail at Pineland. If interested, contact Michael Wylde at 239-283-2157.

* Adopt A Mound program - groups of people can “adopt” a particular mound at the Pineland Archaeological Site and thereby become stewards of that mound. Mound stewards will learn what archaeologists know about the mound and will care for it by removing exotic invasive vegetation (by both clearing and herbicidal treatment) and maintaining the mound surface. Mounds in need of adoption are Brown’s Mound 1, Brown’s Mound 2, Randell Mound 1, and Old Mound. Other, non-mound adoption possibilities include sections of the Calusa Heritage Trail, the Pine Island (Calusa) Canal, our front entrance and pavilion area, and our fences. Stewards can be organizations (e.g., Garden Club, Boy Scouts) or groups of individuals. Contact the RRC office at 239-283-2062 if interested.

* Site Maintenance - The large tracts of land managed by the Randell Research Center require time and labor invested in vegetation clearing and landscaping, both at the Pineland archaeological site and at the RRC headquarters property next to the Post Office. Within the context of an overall vegetation master plan, volunteers are needed for periodic work days in a variety of locations.

* Archaeological Fieldwork - From time to time, the Randell Research Center will conduct archaeological field investigations at the Pineland site (SEE ABOVE FOR CURRENT SCHEDULE). Projects will range from individual test pits in specific areas of interest at the site, to broader and more systematic testing and excavation projects. Tasks will include everything from hand excavation of shell and soil, to screening and sorting these materials.

* Archaeological Labwork - Some tasks will be as simple as rough sorting artifacts or labeling bones, but other techniques will require more in-depth training, which will be provided to volunteers who are interested and willing to make long-term commitments to volunteer service. Contact Michael Wylde at 239-283-2157 if interested in lab work.

* Special Events - The Randell Research Center sponsors or participates in a number of special events throughout the year, including public lectures and public festivals. Volunteer assistance is needed both in the preliminary planning and preparation of such events, as well as in public contact during the events themselves.


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