We couldn't get through the week without the help of our wonderful student workers and volunteers. They assist in everyday tasks, as well as, research and special projects.

Opportunities are available for all ages from high school through retired.



MeasuringEsoxMeasuring Esox specimensVolunteers of all ages are always welcome and much appreciated! We are flexible and will work around your schedule. Please email one of the curators or Collection Manager in the division that most interests you for more information.

We request that you be available for at least one 3-4 hour shift a week. We are not open on the evenings or weekends.

Tasks you will be working on — labeling and shelving specimen jars, pinning and labeling insects, loan packaging, specimen preparation and sorting (preliminary identifications), specimen inventory, specimen photography and data entry. There is also always general lab and clerical work to do: washing labware, restocking supplies, preparing chemical solutions, scanning journal articles and other documents, database entry. Other tasks as they come up.

Undergraduate Research

We have many opportunities for independent research projects dealing with biology/evolution/ecology of insects, fishes, amphibians and reptiles. More about these can be found in EUREKA! (Hendrickson, Cohen, and Wild).

Contact a Curator or Collections Manager in the research area that most interests you.

Paid Jobs

We are always looking for undergraduate students (work-study qualified and not) to assist in the daily maintenance of the Herpetology, Ichthyology, and Entomology Collections.

Note that Herpetology and Ichthyology are located at the Pickle Research Campus in North Austin, at the corner of Burnet and Braker, so we cannot employ you if you don't have time in your schedule for commuting (plan on 30 minutes each way). Entomology is at Brackenridge Field Laboratory in West Austin (20 minutes). UT shuttle buses are available to both locations, or you may park on the PRC and BFL campuses with a valid daytime UT parking/garage permit. We also have a limited number of loaner parking passes.


Required: Undergraduate status, registered for at least six hours at UT, or enrolled at another accredited college/university.

Preferred: Previous collection experience (museum, library) is preferred but not required. Must be detail-oriented, organized, punctual, and a hard worker. Must be able to follow detailed instructions, even for tedious tasks. Must be able to complete repetitive tasks accurately and in a timely manner. Must not be squeamish about dead animals.

You can apply by sending your resume as an attached file to the Fish Collection Manager (Ichthyology) or Entomology Curator (Insects). In the email please include the days and times you would be available for work.