The Division of Vertebrate Paleontology has at least one fossil collecting session per year that uses volunteer assistance.

This will generally be during the drier and cooler times of the year, either spring or fall. Age limits and physical requirements will vary depending on the conditions at the particular fossil site we are working.

volunteers at dig site

Follow the Montbrook Fossil Dig Blog to join in on the fun! (Photo galleries, videos, updates, featured fossils, etc.)


Spring 2021 Digging Information

The Spring 2021 field season at Montbrook will begin on Tuesday January 26 and end on Saturday May 8. During this interval we will work at the site four days per week, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the number of volunteers working each day has been greatly decreased to allow for greater distance between each digger. Masks must be worn at all times while at the site.

At this time we are taking reservations only from those that volunteered at the site during the fall of 2020. Those in this group have been contacted by email. Starting January 25, anyone who volunteered at the Montbrook site between 2016 and 2019 and who has been fully vaccinated for Covid-19 can contact Richard Hulbert by email to determine which digging dates are available.

The only persons with no previous experience working at the Montbrook site we are currently accepting as new volunteers are current University of Florida faculty, staff, students, and volunteers who have passed the university’s return to campus protocols. If you meet these criteria and are interested in volunteering at the site, contact Richard Hulbert for information on how to apply.

It is our hope that by the Fall of 2021 we can return to pre-Covid levels of volunteers at the site.

There is no cost to volunteer. However, if you wish to contribute money to help us maintain our annual volunteer fossil digs and to process and store the collected fossils, you can use this secure link to donate online. Donations through the UF Foundation are tax deductible.