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A cartifacts volunteer in the galleries.

Since 1887, the Museum has depended on volunteer help for many of its projects and much of its development. Today, more than 100 volunteers participate regularly, making important contributions to the Museum. Some volunteers come in daily, and many have served for 10 or more years!

If you are interested in volunteering at the Penn Museum, please review the volunteer opportunities listed and then submit an application for a specific opportunity. Applications will only be considered for these opportunities. The Penn Museum’s volunteer needs vary throughout the year. If you don’t see a position that is a good fit or of particular interest to you now, please plan to check back at a future time. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis unless otherwise noted.

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Ban Chiang Project
The Ban Chiang Project is a Penn Museum project that conducts research concerning a prehistoric site in northeast Thailand that has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This year the project would welcome help to organize aspects of the project’s collections, data, and records. In the spring we are working with organizing botany-related collections, preparing them for further study by specialists. Scanning images, labelling, and organizing documentation are among the tasks where help is needed. We have visiting scholars from Thailand and one from England who will be engaged working with the collection as well, so volunteers would be joining and supporting a fun international team. We will provide training. The main qualifications are enjoyment of meticulous work, getting to know people passionate about this field of work, and an adaptable attitude. Contact Dr. Joyce White at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up an initial phone interview.