Microbes Volunteer Program Application
For demonstrations at the Harvard Museum of Natural History's Microbial Life exhibition
About the exhibition, demo details & incentives
We are expanding a team of science communicators who lead short presentations for small groups of visitors in the Microbial Life exhibition at the Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH). Each shift is 2 hours long and scheduled online based on your availability. Groups of two people may also lead these shifts. Volunteers will help visitors experience the viewing of live microbes within a dedicated demonstration area, guide visitors to make connections between demonstration material and exhibition content, and answer questions about microbes and about the professional practice of microbiology.

This volunteer program seeks to engage the local community of microbial scientists and to help train science communicators at all levels. The museum will provide training on the particular demonstrations and general science communication techniques, based on your experience. We encourage anyone who works with microbes in the Boston area to apply, including undergraduate research students, graduate students, postdocs and professors, as well as non-academic scientists.

This team is part of the volunteer program of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture (HMSC). Microbes volunteers will receive benefits and incentives as HMSC museum volunteers, including invitations to special volunteers only events, museum t-shirt, and complementary museum admission.

More information on volunteering with HMSC:

Please complete the following HMSC volunteer application for museum records.

Upcoming training date: Saturday, February 1, 2020, 10am-12:30pm. Further logistical details provided to applicants.

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