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Volunteering at SERC

The Smithsonian couldn't carry out its mission without a dedicated crew of volunteers. Volunteers at SERC work in research labs, assist with field work, and lead outside education groups with canoe trips and hands-on science programs. Browse some of the opportunities below, or contact Dan Gustafson to learn more.

Environmental Education Programs

Volunteers at the Environmental Education department support SERC’s hands-on school and public education programs that focus on coastal research projects and Chesapeake Bay ecology. These opportunities accommodate various educational interests and schedules depending upon the structure of the specific program.

Our Education department is interested in high school students and adults becoming involved with programs such as: K-8 public school groups, home school teaching, teacher support, aquarium maintenance, and public and citizen science programs.

Science Research Programs

Many of our research programs at SERC depend upon volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks from helping in the laboratories to active participation in field work. SERC research is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of environmental change in marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. Our 2,650 acre research setting on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay provides novel insights into some of the most profound issues challenging our world today; including habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species. Our research labs are interested in high school students and adults becoming involved with the various aspects involved in laboratory and field opportunities. Below are some current opportunities:

Chesapeake Parasite Project
The Marine Invasions Lab is looking for enthusiastic research volunteers for two weekends this summer (June and August) to help track an invasive barnacle infecting Chesapeake mud crabs. Volunteers can sign up for the entire weekend, or just for one day.
How to sign up

Homestead House Archaeology
Help us excavate our 18th-century plantation house, and uncover one family's environmental footprint 200 years ago. Head archaeologist Jim Gibb is looking for volunteers (up to 6 at a time) Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from May 27 to June 20. Contact Alison Cawood to sign up.

How to Apply

Please go to the following link www.si.edu/volunteer and select “Volunteer Opportunities” under the Volunteer tab.  Browse for any SERC announcements and click on the "More Details" tab whereupon there will be a series of forms for you to complete about yourself, education and experience, availability, and resume upload option. Any questions about volunteering at SERC should be directed to our Volunteer Coordinator, Dan Gustafson at 443.482.2217 or gustafsond@si.edu