At minimum, Digital Citizen Science Volunteers will spend two hours categorizing iNaturalist photos after each of six bioblitz events plus an additional four hours in April. Additional time spent making identifications is encouraged and will be much appreciated.

Shifts Available:
Work on iNaturalist identifications can be done on your own schedule. However, it will be particularly important in the days immediately following an NHMU iNaturalist bioblitz event. We are currently determining the 2017 schedule and anticipate six bioblitzes between April and October. In addition, we’ll be hosting an intensive iNatuarlist effort April 14-18.

Position Summary

Work online on your own computer to categorize the plants and animals in photographs taken by participants in NHMU bioblitzes. Become familiar with the iNaturalist website and identification process. Use field guides to assist with identification. If appropriate, provide feedback to the original observer. In the coming months, projects involving the transcription of NHMU specimen labels and field guides will also become available.

Age Requirement: 16 years or older


  • Comfortable with technology and working online.
  • Desire to build knowledge of basic taxonomy – the system by which living organisms are classified. (Prior knowledge is helpful but not necessary.)
  • Desire to develop skills in identifying local plants and animals. (Prior knowledge is helpful but not necessary.)
  • Self-directed
  • Problem-solver

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, Digital Citizen Science Volunteers are required to attend one training session on the iNaturalist identification system and taxonomy basics.

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.
iNaturalist 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. Digital Citizen Science volunteers will work online to refine or transcribe data on the natural world that will become available to scientists across the globe.


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.