Fossil Archival Jacket Maker

The Department of Earth Sciences oversees the production of archival cradles for its vertebrate fossils. In this role, volunteers will assist in the creation of support structures, called archival cradles, to hold large vertebrate fossils for long-term storage in our collections space. Our curators collect vertebrate fossils from Colorado, Utah, Montana, the Dakotas, New Mexico, and even Madagascar! Additionally, volunteers may assist with minor repairs or stabilization of fossils during cradle production.

Required Skills
Solid attention to detail, patience and fine motor skills, excellent hand/eye coordination, ability to follow instructions and ask for clarification or assistant when necessary, Collaborate with other volunteers, museum staff and interns Comfortable using “messy” media – e.g., Plaster of Paris, hot glue, etc.

Prospective volunteers are required to attend one 4-hour training session to learn the basics of creating archival cradles. Upon satisfactory completion of this training, volunteers can select their preferred days and times for working in the lab. Training facilitated on an as-needed basis. Next training dates and times are TBD.

Shifts are available seven days a week, between 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Individuals are required to volunteer for one 4-hour shift per week

Minimum Age Requirements
Available to individual applicants 18 or older

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