The Museum’s Conservation Department is responsible for helping to preserve large collections of objects. Most conservation efforts focus on "big picture" strategies for preventing damage and protecting objects over time. There are also cases where individual objects need attention and care. Conservation treatments at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science focus on stabilizing specimens and artifacts so that they can safely go on display, travel to another institution during a loan, or be viewed for research purposes. All materials used for treatments have been scientifically tested to ensure that they remain stable for many years, and do not pose additional risks to the Museum objects.
The department has an opportunity for volunteers to assist with the photography of objects before and after conservation treatment. Images will be scanned and formatted for processing within the conservation center's documentation files, which include adding metadata for images.
Photography experience or background helpful, strong computer skills, Adobe Photoshop and image editing experience, solid attention to detail, fine motor skills, ability to follow instructions and to ask for clarification when necessary, must be able to read small print, ability to handle small specimens safely, must be able to sit or stand for extended periods of time, patience and pleasant disposition.
Training will be provided by the Museum's conservator
Applicants must be able to volunteer for one shift per week with a minimum of 20 shifts within one year. Shifts are available Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 – 4 p.m.
Minimum Age Requirement
Available to individual applicants 18 years of age or older.
How To Apply
Please complete the Adult Application. If you have any questions, please call 303.370.6490.