This opportunity is curated through the UF TESI Environmental Leaders Network. Opportunities posted through the Network may not be affiliated with the Florida Museum or TESI, but are shared with UF undergraduate students who want to learn more about environmental research, education and outreach, and civic engagement. 

Opportunity Provider

McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity


Volunteers are needed to help with labeling, sorting, spreading, re-organizing sections, digitizing (photographing with specialized equipment), and data-basing moth specimens to maintain the ever-growing collections.

This is an exceptional chance to learn a tremendous amount of information about the diversity of Lepidoptera and learn techniques that will aid in preparing moth specimens for a world-class museum collection. It will become a permanent asset to your resume and will help you gain the knowledge you need in your decision about what direction you might take in your career. You will learn a lot about the identification of moths, how specimens are labeled and preserved, the best techniques for photographing museum specimens, and how specimens are sorted from initial donation boxes to their final curated location in protected drawers. The more you help organize the collection and work with the specimens, the more you can be drawn to their beauty and realize that there is so much to study and learn…even working with a small group of moths can be really challenging and life-changing. You will come to realize the true importance that museums have in housing extensive knowledge about life on earth around us!


Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Rd, Gainesville, Fl 32611


McGuire Center – Florida Museum of Natural History


Bob Belmont or Andrei Sourakov