Being a Heard volunteer has numerous perks and plays a vital role in the museum’s success. Volunteer opportunities are always available
and training is provided. Here are examples of positions that are often available year round.
Badge Workshop Leaders - Lead fun and interactive nature activities for Scouting groups on Saturdays. The Heard is looking for individuals who interact well with children and adults, are comfortable as group leaders and are excited about nature.
Bird Banding Team - Help collect critical research data from migrating birds.
Bird Banding Project
Docent - Volunteer as a Museum Docent at the Heard. Docents are special volunteers who represent The Heard and serve the public while answering questions on site, giving tours, helping with children's groups and serving as ambassadors in other ways. Docents are needed seven days a week, but especially Thursday – Sunday, to guide visitors and youth through the exhibit and answer questions.
Education Department/Natural Science Department - Volunteers in these areas are trained for the following activities: Live Animal Caregiver, Living Lab Docent, Live Animal Presenter and Texas Nature Trackers
Native Plant Garden - Help with the care and maintenance of our two-acre Native Plant Garden.
Nature Sanctuary Restoration - Help the Heard Staff maintain the trails, prairies and forests in the sanctuary.
Nature Store/Front Desk - The Nature Store is a great place to be if you enjoy meeting people and have an interest in retail sales. This is a busy area, especially during events.
Office/Clerical- Computer data entry and general office projects are available Monday-Friday.
Ropes Course Volunteer - Perfect for outdoor adventure enthusiasts! Help groups learn about trust, communication, teamwork and more! Volunteers must enjoy working with kids and adults. No experience necessary.
Special Events – Events require many volunteers throughout the year.
Trail Guides - Trail guides are needed throughout the year to lead groups and individuals on nature trails. No experience is required; training is provided.
Animal Curation Department: Live Animal Caregiver: Have fun while learning about our native animal wildlife ambassadors! Animal caregivers assist staff in feeding, sanitation and health checks. Training requires a one year commitment. Persons under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Youth Volunteers (ages 15 and younger) - Contact Beverly for further information.
Heard Volunteer Applications
The Heard Natural Science Museum is a 501(c)(3) private nonprofit corporation. Your contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please see your tax advisor for all applicable rules.
an 85 Million Year Old Fossil
– A Mosasaur
At the Heard Paleo lab, we are currently prepping an 83 million year old mosasaur. This specimen was excavated in 2010 from Duck Creek in Garland. A mosasaur is a large sea reptile that lived in the ocean during the age of the dinosaurs. Mosasaurs are often called the T-Rex of the oceans as they were vicious carnivores that could grow to 50 feet long.
In October, we opened an additional lab for volunteers to work uncovering the bones of this sea monster. Volunteers will be trained to use an air scribe to chip away the limestone the bone is embedded in. The lab is equipped with all tools and safety equipment needed to complete the work. This job takes patience and concentration and a desire to help bring a beautiful mosasaur specimen out of the rock where it can be studied and displayed. This is an all volunteer project so days to work vary.
To volunteer contact Darlene Sumerfelt at email@example.com. Please also complete the Heard general volunteer application and indicate “mosasaur” on the application.
Field Trip Facilitator
The Heard is seeking volunteers to greet visitors, answer onsite questions, and make recommendations for self-guided field trips, primarily on weekdays. Training is provided including a general knowledge of the trails and current exhibits.
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