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.

Invertebrates Librarian and Collections Assistant Volunteer

The Field Museum is looking for a volunteer to assist with the organizing and circulation of scientific papers (reprints) of invertebrate animals.  This work will provide Field Museum and visiting scientists easier access to important scientific reprints related to their research.  The selected volunteer will be trained and supervised by The Collections Manager of Invertebrates.

  Responsibilities:
  • Filing of reprints in the invertebrates collections library
  • Entry of publication related data into the museum’s collections database
  • Assist with book purchase requests to the library and other library related activities
  Qualifications:
  • Attention to detail
  • Basic computer literacy and filing skills
  • Ability to work mostly independently
  • Familiarity with databases and an interest in natural history and scientific literature
  • Must be available to volunteer at least six months, one day and 5 hours per week, Monday through Friday.  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.