The Benthic Ecology Lab researches oyster bed community dynamics for restoration efforts in Chesapeake Bay. Volunteers will help process specimen samples from oyster reef ecosystems and other benthic sediments.· Must be at least 16 years old.· Tasks will include sorting and identifying invertebrates under a microscope; experience with using microscopes is helpful but not necessary if willing to learn.· Samples will also be processed for dry weight so weighing samples on a balance will be required. · Training on how to identify general marine invertebrates from Chesapeake Bay will be provided.· Volunteers will be working with specimens stored in 70% ethanol. · Volunteers should be comfortable entering data into Excel (or willing to learn).· Great attention to detail and neat handwriting is desired.· At a minimum, volunteers should be able to commit to a 3 hour block of time per week to work. Scheduling is very flexible. For questions about these volunteer opportunities, please contact Jennifer Dreyer at email@example.com or 804-684-7903.
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Volunteers will work within the VIMS Nunnally Ichthyology Collection and will be trained to sort plankton collections for larval fishes and to identify larval fishes. Volunteers should have prior experience working under a microscope and should be comfortable entering data into Excel. In addition, volunteers will be working with ethanol and formalin. Meticulous record keeping, neat handwriting, and attention to detail is desired. Volunteers should be able to commit a minimum of one, two-hour block of time a week to work. Must be at least 16 years old.For questions about this volunteer opportunity, please contact Sarah Huber at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-684-7104.
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 email@example.com or 804-684-7903.
Collection volunteers work closely with the curatorial associate to perform various tasks associated with caring for museum specimens and their associated data. Volunteers may assist with specimen preparation, fish identification, data entry, record keeping, document scanning, or photography. Volunteers should be comfortable with computers and eager to learn new software programs. In addition, volunteers will be working with ethanol and formalin. Meticulous record keeping and attention to detail is desired. Must be at least 16 years old.For questions about this volunteer opportunity, please contact Sarah Huber at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-684-7104.
VIMS Outreach Volunteers help create lasting connections with public audiences through fun and educational programs that communicate the relevance of VIMS research. Outreach Volunteers help staff VIMS exhibits at fairs and festivals, lead tours of VIMS facilities, serve as docents in the VIMS Visitors Center, and assist with special programs such as Marine Science Day, Activity Days, and After Hours lectures. All Outreach Volunteers receive training in VIMS background information and Visitors Center interpretation. Volunteers wishing to lead tours, staff exhibits, or help with special programs receive additional training.Once your application is received, you will be contacted to provide three references and set up a time for an interview. Requirements to serve as an Outreach Volunteer include:- Be at least 16 years of age- Attend required training sessions - Complete at least 15 hours of volunteer service per year- Complete at least 8 hours of continuing education/training per year - Be friendly and have effective communication skills- Be comfortable in a dynamic environment- Have a valid driver's license and good driving record- Use a computer and the internet to check emails and sign up for volunteer opportunities- Provide excellent customer service to event attendees and represent VIMS in a positive and professional mannerFor questions about this opportunity, contact Sally Brooks at email@example.com or 804-684-7010.
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