Come Join Us!
Volunteers Started Friends of Dinosaur Ridge and Have Been Our Lifeblood Ever Since.
In 1989, a group of volunteers, including local politicians, state employees, geologists, and paleontologists banded together to form the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge.
Organized originally to stop the looting of the unique resources along Dinosaur Ridge, this group also had a vision of sharing their collective knowledge about the area with their neighbors.
Since its inception, the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge has grown to host over 250,000 visitors each year. As an organization with a small staff, volunteers are essential to fulfilling our mission of education and preservation.
Each year, more than 100 volunteers donate 8,000-10,000 hours to protect and preserve Dinosaur Ridge and educate the public about this National Natural Landmark.
Please help us continue the legacy of education and preservation by donating your time and talents!
(Note: For most roles, volunteers must be 16 years or older to volunteer. See exception below)
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Exhibit Hall Docent
Welcome and orient visitors to our Exhibit Hall, answer questions, offer information and guidance about the exhibit, and tally visitor information. Spanish is the most common second language spoken by visitors, so bi-lingual volunteers are encouraged to apply!
Audience: Visitors of all ages
Training & Skills: Training provided; customer service experience, cheerful disposition; an interest in geology and paleontology, bilingual in another language is a plus. Ages 16 & up
Schedule & Hours: Flexible four-hour shifts are available seven days a week
Location: Indoors, Main Visitor Center
Bring fossils and geology to life for school children and adult tour groups. Lead outdoor education programs and tours using interactive, science-based methods to observe, discover, and interpret the natural wonders found on Dinosaur Ridge. Bilingul in Spanish? We would love to your help to expand our tours into Spanish.
Audience: Children 3-18 and Adult Groups
Training & Skills: In-depth training provided; experience with children, public speaking or teaching preferred. Bilingual in Spanish is a plus. Ages 18+
Schedule & Hours: Weekdays 9-3
Location: Trails and outdoor spaces at our Main Visitor Center
Outreach & Special Events Volunteers
Dinosaur Ridge participates in a variety of Outreach Events offsite at community festivals, fairs, and school events. Volunteers represent the organization at educational booths featuring replica fossils, dinosaur models and educational information and occasionally assist with an educational activity for kids. We provide you with a well-stocked bin of materials, banner and tablecloth for to take to the event to be our ambassador!
Dinosaur Ridge also hosts several special educational and fundraising events during the year including Scout Days and Dinosaur Discovery Days. During these events, volunteers answer questions and give short interpretive demonstrations at different sites along the Dinosaur Ridge Trail. There are also hands-on opportunities at the Main Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center where helpers assist visitors with easy-to-learn track painting, gold panning, fossil sifting, orienting visitors, parking, crowd control (as needed), and event set-up and tear-down. Training is provided the day of the event for all hands-on stations. This is a great opportunity for small groups and businesses looking to volunteer group time. Ages 16+ (younger volunteers may volunteer with a parent or guardian).
Learn how to cast plaster replica fossils used in educational programs at Dinosaur Ridge and for sale in our Gift Shops.
Hours: Monday-Sunday during business hours
Training & Skills: Hands-on training provided; attention to detail, willingness to get hands dirty! Ages 16+ (younger volunteers may volunteer with a parent or guardian)
Location: Casting Room, Main Visitor Center
Board of Directors
Dinosaur Ridge is always open to considering collaborative, forward-thinking individuals to serve on its Board of Directors.
A Director will be involved with the direction, governance, and finances of the organization. This includes approving the mission, vision, and policies of the organization; selecting and supporting the Executive Director; approving the annual budget; being involved with fund-raising activities; and serving actively on at least one board committee (finance, governance, education, preservation, development or marketing/outreach).
Use your technology and organizational skills in data entry, writing, and editing to assist Dinosaur Ridge with special events, programs, and office projects.
Hours: Flexible shifts, Monday-Friday and occasional work from home
Training & Skills: Office skills as needed
Location: Indoors, Main Visitor Center
Dinosaur Track Stainer
Get outdoors and up close and personal with Dinosaur Ridge’s more than 250 dinosaur tracks. Help identify and stain the dinosaur tracks at our Tracksite using a climbing ropes and a water-based charcoal stain.
Training & Skills: Climbing/rappelling skills preferred. Must sign a risk liability waiver. In-depth training provided. Ages 18+.
Schedule & Hours: Monday-Sunday during business hours
Location: Outdoors, oOn Dinosaur Ridge Trail
Other Volunteer Projects & Group Opportunities
Do you have a skill or are you interested in something not listed above? Let us know and we can try to develop a volunteer position that is right for you, or find that special project that matches your skill!
Do you have a group that is interested in helping with an outdoor project such as landscape maintenance, building or painting outdoor structures, trail cleanup etc. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll find a project!