Have you ever dreamed of having a job where you get to play in dirt all day and look for ancient dinosaur fossils? If you play your cards right,you could turn this dream into reality at The Field Museum,a famous museum located in the heart of The Loop in Downtown Chicago. For volunteer workers,who often live in one of the area’s many furnished rentals,this is their life,digging through dirt at The Field Museum,looking for fossils and teaching little kids about history.
According to Megan Bradley,volunteer manager at the Field Museum,they have about 700 volunteers working at the museum every single year. Some look for fossils,some help out with touring,and others help the museum catalog many different pieces of their collection.
“Our volunteers are extremely passionate about science,about our collections,about the work we are doing here at the museum but also all around the world,” Bradley said in an interview with a Chicago news outlet.
Volunteers at the Field Museum can come from all walks of life. Many are young,curious minds who are looking to find that spark to guide them in their careers. Others are older,sometimes retired Chicagoans who want to continue working on the things that they are passionate about or to just stay busy.
If you are looking to move toRiver North and start working as a volunteer at The Field Museum,there are a couple of things you should know before you apply. First,the Field’s volunteers are asked to put in a minimum of 3.5 hours of work per week during their first six months on the job. Once you apply online,staff goes through applications one by one to determine whose interests and skill sets most align with their openings. If you can’t commit to that time frame or aren’t selected for a more permanent volunteer role,there are other one-off opportunities during the year where you can help the museum out.