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Mission Statement

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) leads the Nation in research on linkages
of land and water ecosystems in the coastal zone and provides society with knowledge to meet critical environmental challenges
in the 21st century.


The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) is looking for people who are interested in participating in environmental science research. Volunteer opportunities can accommodate a variety of interests including working in the laboratory or the field on topics ranging from colonial archaeology to forest biodiversity to water quality. We are also looking for volunteers to assist in our education department and assist with activities like leading field trips and canoe excursions, helping in classrooms, and maintaining aquariums and gardens. No specific experience is required and all appropriate training will be provided.


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Would you recommend Smithsonian Environmental Research Center?

by Co B M. from MD (October 26, 2015)
Volunteering with SERC was a wonderful experience and I learned a lot. There is always someone willing to help you with whatever task you are assigned and there are volunteers and scientists with a wealth of knowledge. The Archaeology Dig Days are a great way to get involved with research projects at SERC, especially if you're interested in discovering artifacts and learning about history. I would recommend this opportunity to anyone looking to get involved at SERC. This opportunity can open up doors to other projects as well.