Every kid loves dinosaurs but if you’re still fascinated by fossils, have we got a deal for you!
While the Smithsonian has a wide variety of opportunities to get involved and volunteer, there are some pretty unique programs that aren’t often highlighted. Let’s take a look behind the scenes at one such opportunity with the National Museum of Natural History and the Paleontological Training Program.
If you are interested in a behind-the-scenes experience, to volunteer with the world’s largest collections of fossils, sign up for the Paleontological Training Program (or PTP, for short). This unique training program is designed to give interested staff and members of the public a 10-lecture introduction to geology, evolution, fossils, and the history of life. Sessions include lectures by Museum staff describing current research, new fossil discoveries and behind-the-scenes tours of the Paleobiology collections and exhibits.
Graduates of this certificate program are strongly encouraged to volunteer for the Department of Paleobiology, and those who do will gain more specialized knowledge relating to research, collections management, specimen conservation or other departmental activities.
If you are interested in this unique training and volunteer opportunity, get more information here!
If you have another opportunity or program that you would like to share with the Smithsonian volunteer community, contact Kris Hamilton at HamiltonK@si.edu and get a chance to see it in on Volunteer Voices!!
Posted: 26 September 2018