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Assistants & Volunteers

We couldn't get through the week without our wonderful student assistants and volunteers. They assist in everyday tasks and special projects.

Working at the TNHC

Jobs are available to undergraduate students who are registered for 6 hours or more at UT, ACC, other institutions may be applicable.

We are looking for undergraduate students to assist in the daily maintenance of the Herpetology (reptile & amphibian) and Ichthyology (fish) Collections.

The TNHC is located on the PICKLE RESEARCH CAMPUS in North Austin, at the corner of Burnet and Braker. A UT shuttle bus is available, or you may park on the PRC campus with a valid daytime UT parking/garage permit.

Tasks you will be working on—Collections work: labeling and shelving specimen jars, loan packaging, specimen preparation, specimen inventory. General lab work: washing labware, restocking supplies, preparing chemical solutions. Clerical work: copying journal articles, database entry. Other tasks as they come up.


Required: UNDERGRADUATE status, registered for at least 6 hours at UT. Other accredited colleges/universities may apply.

Preferred: Previous collection experience (museum, library) is preferred. 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.

We request that you be available for at least 3 hours/shift, and for at least 6 hours/week. WE ARE NOT OPEN ON THE WEEKENDS OR EVENINGS.

You can apply by sending your resume as an attached Word document to Adam Cohen. In the email please include the days and times you would be available for work. Work study students encouraged to apply.


Volunteers are always welcome! We are flexible and will work around your schedule. Please email Adam Cohen for more information.

Undergraduate research

Possible opportunities for projects dealing with fish biology/ecology of endangered species. Please email Dean Hendrickson, Ichthyology Curator for more information.


Gina, a TNHC volunteer and Rebecca, a TNHC student assistantGina is measuring fish, and Rebecca is tagging snakes.

TNHS student assistantDrew is identifying tadpoles.