Marine Invertebrate Database Assistant

The Zoology Department at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science houses over 1.2 million specimens or specimen lots in five major collections: Arachnology, Marine Invertebrates, Entomology, Mammalogy and Ornithology.  Our marine invertebrates collection has grown significantly in the past year and we need volunteers to assist us in rehousing and databasing new specimens.  

We are looking for volunteers who have advanced computer skills to jump right in on our databasing needs. Additionally, volunteers will confirm identification of specimens to the species level and will receive training on this skill. We are looking for individuals who are detail-oriented, accurate, and are okay working independently for the majority of their shift. There is extensive computer work associated with this role and requires sitting for extended periods of time. This volunteer opportunity is available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

Required Skills
Excellent computer skills, database knowledge is a plus. Knowledge of or intense interest in marine invertebrates with a focus on mollusks and shells, experience in specimen handling, identification, and data management preferred, knowledge of other invertebrate groups (e.g., corals, echinoderms) very helpful, solid attention to detail, flexibility in performing tasks as needed and ability to read and understand taxonomic websites and publications.

Training
Zoology staff and knowledgeable volunteers will provide training.

Scheduling Requirements
Shifts available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Volunteers must be able to commit to a four hour shift minimum per week commit and must be able to volunteer for a minimum of 20 shifts within one year.

Age Requirements
Available to individual applicants 18 and older


To Apply
Please complete the online Adult Application. If you have any questions please call 303.370.6490.

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