Volunteering in the Field

The Division of Vertebrate Paleontology has at least one fossil collecting session per year that uses volunteer assistance. This will generally be during the drier and cooler times of the year, either spring or fall. Age limits and physical requirements will vary depending on the conditions at the particular fossil site we are working.

We are conducting a fossil dig at a new Hemphillian site about a 30-minute drive southwest of Gainesville, near the town of Williston. We will be working at the site from January 16 to May 13, 2016. We are currently reserving places for persons interested in working with us at the dig. Those who are not current museum volunteers should download this application form with digging schedule (pdf format). Volunteers from 15 to 17 years of age will be accepted but must be accompanied by an adult sibling (18+ years old), or a parent or gardian. Those who are current museum volunteers should look at the digging schedule and email Richard Hulbert with dates they wish to dig (no application form needed). The following days are currently full and no more volunteers are needed: January 16, 21, 22, 23, and 30.


VP Curator Jonathan Bloch and volunteers at the new site in December 2015


The Spring 2016 Volunteer Dig at Thomas Farm will run from April 4 through 8. We will begin accepting applications from present and past volunteers in late February and from new volunteers in early March. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.