High School Volunteer Program


We at the Montana Dinosaur Center have been collecting fossils – big and small – every summer since our creation in 1995. As you can imagine, it takes a lot longer to clean the fossils than it does to collect them, so now we have a backlog of specimens that need immediate care. We have a need for a team of passionate volunteers, ready to learn the intricacies of fossil preparation and be present in the prep lab on a consistent schedule. Most high schools now require a number of volunteer hours to graduate, so we would like to present this unique opportunity to students that are looking for science-based volunteer opportunities that will help them in their pursuit for science-based careers.


TMDC’s High School Volunteer Program will teach students how to prepare and care for fossils, as well as teach the skills needed to be successful in most scientific fields.

Goals for volunteers going through our program:

  • Gain technical skills that can be applied to future careers in science.

  • Gain social skills, especially in interacting with the public, which can be applied to future careers in science.

  • Harbor a deeper appreciation and understanding of our natural history, especially locally.

Students will be required to spend at least 8 hours per week during the summer at the Dinosaur Center, both in the fossil prep lab and in the museum gallery. They can schedule their hours however works best for them.

To be eligible for the program students must be 16 years old by June 1st, 2019. To apply, please fill out an application form and provide a recommendation from a non-family member, preferably a teacher, and return to the Dinosaur Center by May 15. All students will also go through a formal interview process. Our address is PO Box 786, Bynum, MT 59419. You can also email your application to info@tmdinosaurcenter.org.

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