We are currently determining the 2017 Salt Lake City Neighborhood Naturalist schedule. We anticipate six bioblitzes between April and October at local urban open spaces. Events will likely be on Saturday mornings and weekday evenings and run for three to four hours.

Time Commitment:
Bioblitz Naturalist volunteers will work a minimum of three bioblitzes between April and October 2017.

Position Summary

Assist participants in NHMU’s Citizen Science Program, Salt Lake City Neighborhood Naturalist, during bioblitzes at local urban open spaces. Help participants in observing and identifying the living organisms they encounter. Engage in conversations with individuals or small groups about what they observe. Model good observation skills. Help participants use field guides. Share your enthusiasm for nature.


  • Able to identify local plants or animals
  • Able to use a field guide to identify plants or animals
  • Enjoy engaging in conversations with small groups
  • Capable of standing and walking on uneven surfaces in natural settings for extended periods
  • Flexible
  • Self-directed
  • Willing to learn how to use the iNaturalist app

Age Requirement: 18 years or older

Training Required:

All volunteers are required to attend a 3.5 hour New Staff and Volunteer Orientation training prior to starting their volunteer position. Additionally, Bioblitz Naturalist volunteers are required to attend one bioblitz orientation training session.

Training Schedule:
NHMU Orientation, 3.5 hours RSVP required:

  • 1st Friday of the month: 12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • 3rd Wednesday of the month: 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Bioblitz Orientation Training, 2 hours:
  • TBD; Will attempt to schedule training based on availability of volunteers

Department: Visitor Experience
Supervisor: Ally Coconis, Citizen Science Coordinator

NHMU Mission

The Natural History Museum of Utah illuminates the natural world and the place of humans within it. Bioblitz Naturalist volunteers will assist bioblitz participants in developing their nature observation skills and nurturing their personal connections to the natural world.


Volunteers at the Natural History Museum of Utah enjoy benefits that are intellectual, social, and meaningful. Volunteers have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the natural world through specialized trainings, behind-the-scenes access, and interaction with the Museum’s research staff; they can broaden their social circle by making connections with fellow volunteers, Museum staff, and Museum guests; they contribute to scientific research, and make an impact in increasing scientific literacy and awareness in the local community, and beyond.

In addition, the Museum offers the following benefits:

  • Volunteer t-shirt and name tag
  • Free admission into the museum
  • Two free guest passes for every 25 hours of service
  • Museum Membership discount
  • Discount at Museum Store and Café
  • Use of the volunteer lounge
  • Continuing Education programs, including lectures and tours
  • Invitation to social and recognition events

Background checks are required for all volunteers 18 years and older.