Behind-the-Scenes Volunteers

Our behind-the-scenes volunteers help support a wide range of essential services to The Field Museum’s administrative, scientific and exhibitions departments. Click here to apply.

Rapid Inventory Publications Assistant Volunteer

Since 2000 the Field Museum’s Science Action Center has carried out 19 rapid biological and social inventories (http://www.fieldmuseum.org/science/blog/rapid-inventories) in Amazonian rainforests. These expeditions, which are highlighted in the Museum’s Restoring Earth exhibit, have provided the scientific foundation for 17 new parks which today protect more than 20 million acres. The rapid inventories also generate a massive volume of technical information. We publish these data in bilingual reports summarizing the results of each trip. Our team makes these books freely available online, but we need a volunteer to help to reach a larger audience. The bibliographic work you do during this project will vastly increase the visibility of the Museum’s scientific work in some of the most diverse and least studied forests on the planet.

Responsibilities:

  • Breakdown existing PDF files of inventory reports into chapter-by-chapter files for The Field Museum website and for the Biodiversity Heritage Library website
  • Create a comprehensive bibliography of all rapid inventory report chapters
  • Compile and format the bibliography of the team’s latest rapid inventory report

Qualifications:

  • An interest in environmental conservation work
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Experience in library work or preparation of bibliographies
  • Good computer skills.  Knowledge of Adobe Acrobat a plus
  • Must be able to volunteer for at least 6 months, one day a week, Tuesday – Friday
School Programs and Partnership Volunteer

The Field Museum’s School Programs and Partnerships team develops and implements collaborative partnerships, programs and resources that enhance instruction and enrich student learning in grades preK to 12 through the use of Museum resources.  A volunteer working with this team will support the day-to-day operations of the N. W. Harris Learning Collection. The Museum’s Learning Collection is comprised of diverse cultural artifacts, biological specimens and dioramas made available to teachers and parents for engaging students in object-based learning. 

Responsibilities:

  • Communicating efficiently and courteously with customers in person, over the phone or via email
  • Learning the Learning Collection web system, including the customer web site and online data base
  • Maintaining accurate inventory of existing materials
  • Organizing and replacing materials
  • Assisting with data entry and general administrative tasks
  • Other tasks as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with Learning Collection members
  • Strong interest in museum education, collections management, or related field required
  • Strong organizational skills and detail-oriented required
  • Ability to work and make decisions independently required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required
  • Experience using Adobe Illustrator or other design software preferred
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and to lift up to 25lbs. 
  • Must be available to volunteer for at least 3 months, one day a week.  Volunteers are needed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3 pm – 7 pm and Saturdays 9 am – 5 pm.  Click here to apply.

Collection Center Volunteer

Work alongside our collections staff and contribute to the The Field Museum’s world-renowned Anthropology, Botany, Geology and Zoology collections. 

Responsibilities:

  • Count, sort and digitize (photograph or scan) artifacts, specimens, and collections records.
  • Transcribe collection labels and transfer data into excel spreadsheets and/or database.
  • Produce new foam support housing and boxes for collection specimens and artifacts.
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Attention to detail, good organization, computer, and manual dexterity skills. 
  • Academic or professional background in Anthropology, Botany, Geology or Zoology is preferred. 
  • Volunteers must be available to volunteer for at least 6 months, one day a week, Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.  No weekend placements available.  Click here to apply.

Administrative Volunteers

Support the Field Museum’s many administrative offices by assisting with general administrative tasks.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain general office files and file necessary paperwork accordingly.
  • Sorting and distributing mail.
  • Providing support for departmental meetings and events.
  • Updating and maintaining departmental databases.

Qualifications:

  • Good organization, filing, computer, and communication skills.
  • Proficient in maintaining databases and have the ability to create and manipulate spreadsheets. 
  • Volunteers must be available to volunteer for at least 6 months, one day a week, Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.  No weekend placements available.  Click here to apply.