Giving Back

Title: Giving Back
Author: Cat Campbell
Publication: The Outcrop, December 2010, p. 25

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” –Muhammad Ali

As geologists, we clearly share a passion for comprehension of science, knowledge that others crave, and something that we can teach. There are numerous organizations throughout our Rocky Mountain region that would love a little help every now and again. If this is something that interests you, read on!

The following organizations are currently looking for volunteers in the greater Denver area. If one of them is of interest, please contact the organization using the information included. This list is by no means complete, and we would love to see it grow. If you know of a museum or other non profit looking for some volunteers, please let the RMAG editors know and we will publish a piece about the group. Keep you eyes open for future editions, especially in the spring when we will cover the numerous outdoor volunteer opportunities!

Dinosaur Ridge
Since its inception, the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge has grown to host close to 100,000 visitors each year. Help us continue the legacy of education and preservation by donating your time and talents. If education and interpretation interest you, a great volunteer opportunity is right around the corner! (from Dinosaur Ridge website:

Opportunities range from giving tours to casting fossils, with many flexible opportunities.

Phone: 303-697-3466 Email:

Morrison Natural History Museum
The Morrison Natural History Museum is looking for people to fill the role of Museum Docent. As a docent, the volunteer has the opportunity to provide tours of the indoor exhibits and outdoor grounds, including being the primary interpreter of the “Fossils of the Foothills” exhibition, which is focused on local dinosaur finds, and the history of science and geology. Additional roles include acting as a general ambassador for the museum and helping in the paleontology lab.

To find out more, check out the volunteer match website at:

Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists
Yup, even RMAG needs volunteers! You know all those great events RMAG puts on? They require a staff of volunteers for registration. Keep yours eyes posted for the next event!

Denver Museum of Nature and Science: Geology Collections Volunteers
Do you have knowledge of geology and an interest in working with talented scientists and Museum volunteers behind the scenes on our extensive geology collections? Become a Denver Museum of Nature & Science volunteer! The geology collections volunteers will provide support to the Earth Sciences Department by assisting in cataloging, preparing, displaying, inventorying, and moving its rock, mineral, gem, micromount and/or meteorite collections.

Required Skills

  • Solid attention to detail
  • Ability to work with delicate specimens
  • Solid knowledge and understanding of geology and associated specimens
  • Ability to perform repetitive, time-consuming tasks with care
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Interest and ability to work in a collaborative environment


  • On the job training will be provided by the curator, collections manager end experienced volunteers


  • Shifts available Tuesday and Thursday mornings

Age Requirements

  • Available to individuals 18 and older