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.

Mammals Collections Volunteer

A volunteer is needed to help with the cataloging and installation process of small mammal specimens.  Most specimens are rodent, bat, and shrew species from central and eastern parts of Africa or specimens from the Great Lakes region.

Responsibilities

  • Handle and insepect skeletal specimens to determine and ideal area to transcribe. 
  • Write the assigned catalog number on small specimen bones before installation into the collection. 
  • Add specimen labels into the specimen vials or boxes. 

Qualifications

  • Technical writing or drawing skills.  Scientific illustration skills a plus.
  • Strong attention to detail and dexterity skills.
  • A background in biology and an interest in mammals are preferable.
  • Must be available to volunteer for at least 6 months, one day a week, Monday – Friday for at least 4 hours each day.  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.
Exhibition Volunteers

Help the Field Museum’s Exhibitions department develop and maintain its world-class exhibits. 

 

Responsibilities

  • Assist with the development of exhibits by producing exhibit prototypes and models. 
  • Clean and repair existing exhibits and displays.
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Strong manual dexterity skills
  • Proficient in the use of shop tools and equipment. 
  • Academic or professional background in fine arts or industrial shop preferred. 
  • Volunteers may be required to pass a pulmonary function exam and respirator test depending on the assigned duties. 
  • 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.
Fossil Preparator Volunteer

Prepare and preserve fossils for study, display and storage in one of our fossil prep laboratories. 

 

Responsibilities

  • Remove rock and sediment from fossils using dental tools.
  • Sorting microfossils. 
  • Other duties as needed.

Qualifications

  • Excellent hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity skills, and great attention to detail. 
  • Patience to see a project through to completion and must be comfortable using a microscope. 
  • Volunteers should have a strong interest in paleontology or geology and must pass a fossil preparation test before being accepted. 
  • Volunteers must be available to volunteer for a minimum of 1 year, one day a week, Monday – Saturday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.  Click here to apply.
Conservation Education Volunteer

Support the implementation of environmental education field trips to natural areas in Chicago’s southeast side communities. The Field Museum’s Science Action Center is involved in conservation education that engages 4th -12th grade students, community groups, and educators in the Calumet Region.  Click here for more information.

 

Responsibilities

  • Lead small groups (about 15 youth) in educational and/or monitoring activities.
  • Lead small groups in exploration activities through woodland, wetland or prairie sites.
  • Assist in the supervision of students engaged in environmental stewardship activities, which includes proper tool handling, group management, invasive species identification and removal, etc.

Qualifications

  • Experience teaching and background in environmental studies a plus.
  • Have access to transportation to stewardship sites (Calumet, IL area).
  • Enjoy working outdoors and working with children.
  • Volunteers must be available to volunteer for a minimum 1-year and attend at least 6 field trips.  Field trips are 3 hours long and occur every fall, winter, and spring.  Click here to apply.