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DELETED 2017-05-24 13:22:19 - Be A Smithsonian Archaeology Volunteer

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Presented By Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Goal Understand the impacts humans have had on local environments
Task Citizen Archaeologist will assist with fieldwork and lab work
Where 647 Contees Wharf Road Edgewater Maryland 21037 United States 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, 21037 Maryland 21037 United States

Join the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) Archaeology Lab as we excavate two sites on SERC property this summer! Work with scientists and students to excavate sites, preserve artifacts, and collect environmental data to understand the ways that people change the land has changed (or not) over the past 200 years.

We request that volunteers serve at least one day, but more days are encouraged! No experience is necessary and training will be provided. This opportunity is suitable for families with older children (13+ directly supervised by a parent/guardian, 16+ may be able to work without having a parent/guardian present)and groups. Volunteers will be working outside and some bending and kneeling is required.

For people who wish to become more deeply involved with the program, we offer a research citizen science track, where volunteers will pursue semi-independent research and may even publish their findings in professional journals. This opportunity is only available to people aged 18+. Research Citizen Scientists must commit to a minimum of 10 hours per month for at least 4 months.

All volunteer activities occur on Wednesdays on the campus of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD.

How to Join

To join, contact Alison Cawood at or 443.482.2271

Project Timing Volunteers meet on Wednesdays year-round. We also have occasional weekend opportunities.
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Ideal Age Group High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Several hours
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At a science center, zoo or aquarium
Tags archaeology, environmental science, fieldwork, lab work, maryland, smithsonian
Project Updated 05/23/2018