Collection Assistant in Ichthyology
Ichthyology is the branch of zoology concerned with fishes. The collection houses 60,000 catalogued 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 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 debride 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.