The University of Texas at Austin Texas Natural Science Center Non-vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory

Home-NPL | Home-TNSC

About NPL

The Crew


Volunteers play an extremely important role at NPL.

Some supply specialized skills in subjects additional to those covered by the expertise of the permanent staff, while others help us to stretch our small budget by assisting in the routine work of the lab. 

The people shown on this page are all volunteers, who work not for a salary, but simply for the satisfaction of getting involved in the work of the lab. 

New volunteers are always welcome at NPL, whatever their level of expertise.

Learn more about the latest volunteer activity:
The Mass Inventory

Do you want to become involved with NPL as a volunteer?

Contact: Ann Molineux

Archive of The Crew


Joan Crane from the Paleontological Society of Austin preparing a slab now on exhibit.
Preparing specimens
Preparing specimens
Louis Zachos carefully smoking a specimen prior to photography for inclusion in a scholarly article.

Smoking specimens before imaging

Smoking specimens

New volunteers are always welcome, whatever their level of expertise.  Unlimited opportunities to learn compensate for the lack of financial rewards!  If you would like to learn more about your local fossils, and can spare a few hours on a regular basis, please consider joining our active group!

Returning with specimens

A volunteer captures this moment of study as students, staff and volunteers identify specimens from a day in the field.

Photo by Christina Skelton

The lab is formally open from about 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and is closed on weekends.  Special projects such as the current Mass Inventory expand those work times.
Volunteers are asked to commit a minimum of 4 hours per week, with the understanding that other obligations may interfere from time to time. 
Work schedules can be flexible, although we do ask that they be planned in advance.  The jobs to be done are endless in number and kind, providing a great deal of variety.


Frequently used abbreviations: NPL  Non-vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory | TNSC Texas Natural Science Center | UTDGS Department of Geological Sciences | BEG  Bureau of Economic Geology | VPL Vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory | JSG  Jackson School of Geosciences | SUPPORT | VOLUNTEER | GLOSSARY

AboutNPL | History | Collections | Databases | Research | Projects | Exhibits | Links | SiteMap |

Education | Exhibits | Research and Collections
About TNSC | Visit TNSC's Texas Memorial Museum | Events | Membership | Support Us
Ask the Expert | Comment | Site Map | Web Privacy Policy | Web Accessibility | Last update: 02/26/09


Copyright ©1997–2013 Texas Natural Science Center, The University of Texas at Austin. All Rights Reserved.
2400 Trinity St Stop D1500, Austin, Texas 78712-1621 | Phone: 512-471-1604 | Fax: 512-471-4794