Museum seeks adult volunteers


Published: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 3:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 3:01 p.m.

Are you an adult with a little time to spare? If so, why not consider serving as a volunteer at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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MUSEUM VOLUNTEERS

* What: Volunteer orientation for adults interested in helping out at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

* When: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 4.

* Where: Florida Museum, SW 34th Street and Hull Road.

* Information: Call 352-273-2055.

Amy Hester, volunteer coordinator at the Florida Museum, said volunteers help in a myriad of ways and there are many volunteer opportunities available to suit an individual's interest and schedule. Volunteer opportunities include helping in the Butterfly Rainforest, greeting guests, guiding school groups, working behind the scenes, gardening, assisting with plant sales, serving as an exhibit docent and other activities.

The first step to volunteering, Hester said, is to register to attend a volunteer orientation, which will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Florida Museum of Natural History on Hull Road. To register, call Hester at 352-273-2055 or submit the registration form, which can be found at www.flmnh.ufl.edu/getinvolved/volunteers/adult-volunteer-orientation-registration/

During the orientation, participants will learn all about the available volunteer opportunities and then have an opportunity to sign up for their top three choices. In addition to basic general training, volunteers also will receive direct training in their chosen position at the museum.

"Their position will depend on their personality and what they like to do," Hester said.

Hester said the volunteer program offers great flexibility and a low time commitment. In fact, to be considered active, a volunteer only has to serve for 12 hours within a three-month period. In turn, active volunteers get free admission to temporary exhibits and to the Butterfly Rainforest.

Hester said the volunteer program also provides educational opportunities, a great social outlet for participants and invaluable benefits to the museum.

Last year, Hester said 400 volunteers donated 24,000 hours to the museum.

"Volunteers are invaluable to the museum," Hester said. "We couldn't function at this level without our volunteers."

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