Collection Assistant in Ichthyology
Ichthyology is the branch of zoology concerned with fishes. The collection houses 60,000 cataloged jars containing nearly 2 million specimens of freshwater fish dating back to 1920. Possible future projects may include specimen preparation, a reorganization of our library and database-based projects.
Volunteers will assist in a collection-wide inventory project that involves the reorganization and re-curation of specimens.
Requirements: Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Must be comfortable handling glass jars with alcohol and specimens. A preference for someone comfortable using a ladder, but is not required. Volunteer a minimum of 2 hours per week
Hours needed: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Collection Assistant in Recent Invertebrates
General Assistant: Invertebrates make up over 95 percent of the world’s animals. Volunteers are responsible for technical and routine care of museum specimens and related records.
Requirements for General Assistant: Excellent oral, written, and organizational skills. High attention to detail and manual dexterity to handle small, delicate insects. Ability to lift 20 lbs. Proficiency with Macintosh hardware and MS Office Suite software, especially excel. Experience and/or interest in insects/spiders preferred.
Hours needed: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Spider/Arachnid Assistant: We are looking for inquisitive volunteers with strong attention to detail to help us re-curate and catalog our growing spider/arachnid collection. Volunteers are responsible for technical and routine care of museum specimens and related records.
Requirements for Spider/Arachnid Assistant: At least 18 years of age. Excellent oral, written, and organizational skills. High attention to detail and manual dexterity. Ability to lift 20 lbs.
Hours needed: Flexible, preferably Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Duties of Both Assistants: Assists the Collections Manager or Curator in museum collection operations and the care of museum specimens, including preparing, sorting, and cataloging. Assists in the implementation of collections-related projects including specimen inventory, data capture, data verification, and data entry. Performs related duties as assigned.
Collection Assistant in Vertebrate Paleontology
Vertebrate paleontology is the study of prehistoric animals with a backbone. The collection constitutes one of the most important existing records of vertebrate history and evolution in the southern plains.
Volunteers learn general fossil preparation techniques, including micropicking (sorting small fossils from rock under a microscope), airscribing (removing debris using a compressed air pen), correct bonding practices and much more.
Requirements: Training to volunteer in this collection takes place in the spring and fall. The training is $25.
Hours needed: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.