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Volunteering at SERC

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) located in Edgewater, MD is looking for volunteers to support the work of our research scientists, educators, and administrators. Strong volunteer partnerships are vital for the Smithsonian to successfully carry out its mission. Volunteers at SERC assist with a wide variety of activities including: working in research labs, assisting with field work, and leading outside education groups with canoe trips and hands-on science programs.

NEW: The Marine Invasions Lab is seeking research volunteers this summer to help with their Nearshore Survey, a long-term field study examining native shrimp and their predators. Volunteers will spend two to four days a month helping research staff sample fish, shrimp and crabs in the Rhode River. You'll get trained to identify different fish species in Chesapeake Bay, and learn to operate seine and dip nets.

Because collecting data in the field takes practice, this volunteer opportunity requires an application. The deadline is March 15, 2014.
How to apply

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. Please visit our website at www.serc.si.edu for more details.

How to Apply

Please go to the following link www.si.edu/volunteer and select “Apply to Volunteer” under the Volunteer tab where there will be a series of forms for you to complete about yourself, education and experience, availability, and resume upload option. Please be sure to select SERC as the Smithsonian unit to be placed and what research/education program you are most interested in being considered for in the future. Any questions about volunteering at SERC should be directed to our Volunteer Coordinator, Dan Gustafson at 443.482.2217 or gustafsond@si.edu