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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is accepting applications for summer 2011 junior volunteers from students ages 12-17. The application deadline is 5 p.m. April 7.

An application and more information are available online,, or at the museum front desk in Powell Hall, near the intersection of Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road, during business hours.

“New applicants are encouraged to apply for this fun and educational volunteer experience where they meet new friends and gain important practical life skills,” said museum volunteer coordinator Julie Crosby.

Junior volunteers must serve at least two weeks during the summer (40 hours if serving as a camp assistant) and may work a maximum of four hours per day. A pre-service interview, required for all new applicants, will take place Saturday, April 23, and a training session from 1 to 4:45 p.m. Sunday, June 5 is required for new and returning volunteers.

Junior volunteers work with younger students in the museum’s summer camps and with children and families in the Discovery Room. They also interact with visitors in the permanent and temporary exhibits, may catch a glimpse of what goes on behind-the-scenes and celebrate their work with an end-of-summer party.

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Writer: Leila Milgrim
Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054,