Volunteer Oportunities

The Dickinson Museum Center’s many programs and activities are made possible, in part, by the enthusiastic support of volunteers.  Working in various capacities our volunteers give of their time and talents to support our missions, give back to their community and, we hope, enjoy helping bring the stories of our region to new audiences.

Museum Center volunteers contribute in many ways:

  • Visitor Services volunteers work as docents (interpretive tour guides) providing guided tours for groups large and assist with other programming as well as acting as greeters and receptionists.
  • Special Events volunteers typically support special programs, celebrations, festivals, or any Museum Center event that is geared to raise the Center’s profile, and/or help generate operating or exhibit funds.
  • Maintenance volunteers help maintain a safe and clean environment at the Museum Center. Working with the Museum Custodian these volunteers also assist with the fabrication of exhibits, and help maintain the Center’s buildings including its historic structures.
  • Education Services volunteers work with the Museum’s Education Coordinator and/or Curators to assist with school groups, class presentations and children’s activities.
  • Collections volunteers work under the supervision of the Curatorial Staff (Paleontology or History) and assist with collections management tasks (cataloging, conservation and arrangement) as well as exhibit development.

Please call 701-456-6225 to inquire about Volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer in the dinosaur preparation lab!

We need your help cleaning up our dinosaur bones! If you are interested in dinosaurs and want to get involved, then why not volunteer in our laboratory?

Projects
Our available projects vary depending on what our fieldwork has recently uncovered, and your personal interest and ability.

Projects range from simple scrubbing away of mud with a toothbrush, to fine preparation of delicate fossils using more technical tools. For people who don't like getting their hands dirty, we have many dinosaur bone "jigsaws" - broken specimens that need to be pieced back together by a jigsaw fanatic!

It takes a lot of practice and especially patience to become skilled in fossil preparation. New volunteers are assigned a relatively simple first project, with following projects that are more complex, introducing new skills, equipment, or techniques.

General requirements
Volunteers should be age 15 or over, and need to be mature and able to work independently in a lab setting. We prefer that individual shifts are at least 2 hours, although exceptions can be made, especially for younger volunteers.

Contact
If you are interested in volunteering then email denver.fowler@dickinsongov.com, call 701-456-6225 (museum front desk), or drop by the museum.

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