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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:

Environmental Archaeology
Help us excavate a 17th-century archaeological site, and uncover the environmental footprint that the people who lived on the SERC campus over 300 years ago. Contact Alison Cawood to sign up or to learn more.

How to Apply

Please go to the following link www.si.edu/volunteer and select “Volunteer Opportunities” under the Volunteer tab.  In the left menu click on Apply: Long-Term Opportunities, scroll down to the bottom of the page for a SERC general announcement, and click on the corresponding Opportunity Details button. From the details page, click on the Sign Up button. After reading the Terms and Conditions, select I Agree to display the login/sign-up area. Click on New Volunteer Sign Up (bottom left) and complete the form that appears. Any questions about volunteering at SERC should be directed to our Volunteer Coordinator, Dan Gustafson at 443.482.2217 or gustafsond@si.edu