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Field Museum Bird Collections Volunteer

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ORGANIZATION: The Field Museum

The Field Museum Bird Collection houses over 100,000 bird skeletons, making it one of the largest bird skeleton collections in the world. Each year the lab receives roughly five thousand birds that die hitting windows in Chicago during migration. The bulk of these specimens are incorporated into the skeleton collection. Due to the pandemic shut down we have a large backlog of material to process.

Volunteers will primarily be responsible for the cleaning of bird bones after they have been processed by the dermestid beetles, as well as sorting, boxing, and labeling. The cleaning process basically involves rinsing the bones, using tweezers to remove any remaining small bits of feathers, dead dermestid beetles, or other debris, then laying the bones out on trays to dry before they are boxed.

Volunteer qualifications

  • Detail oriented.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to work with skeletal remains of animals without being squeamish.
  • Manual Dexterity- Ability to use fine forceps to sort very small bones.
  • High School Graduate.
  • Must have an interest in birds or natural history collections, but no prior experience required.

1 Shift

  • 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
    1 four hour shift per weekday any time between 10am-5pm
  • NONE OF THESE TIMES WORK FOR ME, BUT I CAN STILL HELP
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About The Field Museum

Location:

1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605, US

Mission Statement

The Field Museum connects all of us to the natural world and the human story. The Field Museum has particular relevance in three of the many challenges facing our country and planet: climate change, mass extinction, and social change. We can and must instill a sense of connection in people to the planet and to each other. Our mission statement reflects this goal.

Description

Volunteers provide the vital link that helps bring the Museum alive for over 1.75 million annual visitors. You can bring a smile to a child, or earn a nod of appreciation from a visitor. With over 400 volunteers, we have a diverse range of volunteer opportunities. You can make a difference here!

CAUSE AREAS

Animals
Community
Environment
Animals, Community, Environment

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 1 shift

WHERE

1400 South Lake Shore DriveChicago, IL 60605

(41.86626,-87.61698)
 

SKILLS

  • Research

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum time commitment of 6 months, with one four hour shift per week. Prefer long term commitment of 8 months to one year. Long term volunteers receive priority upon placement.

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