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VIMS Invertebrate Collection Volunteer

The VIMS Invertebrate Museum Collection includes large holdings of mostly marine and some tidal freshwater invertebrates from the full range of the U.S. East Coast from Massachusetts down to the Gulf of Mexico, as well as some specimens from South America and other places worldwide. An extensive part of the collection is estuarine specimens from the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, represented not only by recently acquired specimens, but also by strong historical sampling dating back to the 1960s. Collection volunteers will work closely with the curator to perform various tasks associated with caring for invertebrate specimens and their associated data.

Must be at least 16 years old.

Volunteers will assist with specimen fluid preservation, data entry, or creating labels for specimens.

Volunteer work will include the handling of fragile specimens and working with 70% ethanol.

In addition to the preservation and cataloguing of specimens, we are working to digitize the collection in an online database. Volunteers should be comfortable with computers and willing to learn new software programs to help in this effort.

Attention to detail is desired, as well as a general interest in biology and/or marine science.

At a minimum, volunteers should be able to commit to 1-2 hours per week to work. Scheduling is very flexible.

For questions about this volunteer opportunity, please contact Jennifer Dreyer at jcdrey@vims.edu or 804-684-7903.

1375 Greate Rd
Gloucester VA, 23062


Sally Brooks

(804) 684-7010

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