Youth and Community Volunteer Opportunities
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Community and youth volunteers are recruited
mainly from Lubbock and the surrounding area. This is considered
a day program; housing provisions are not available. The crew
is provided meals that fall within their workday schedule.
Time commitment and scheduling is flexible, but it is expected
that a volunteer will be able to contribute at least 60 hours
during the course of the season.
Please note: This part of our program is designed for volunteers not currently involved in academic studies. Current university and college students, including recent graduates, must apply through the Field Research Program and be able to make the full-time 6-week commitment. To access information on that program, click here.
Youth volunteers must be at least 13 years old to participate.
Younger volunteers generally are assigned lab and matrix duties.
Field work (excavation) opportunities are available to youth
15 years of age or older.
Opportunities for Community Field Crew in 2016:
- July - Lubbock Lake Landmark
- excavation (ages 15 and older); paired with a field crew mentor.
- lab (ages 13 and older)
- This year volunteer opportunities in the Quaternary Research Center (lab) are available June through August!
Time commitment and scheduling is flexible,
but it is expected that a volunteer will be able to contribute
a minimum of 60 hours during the course of the season.
Work day hours are from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Tuesday through
Saturday (Sundays and Mondays off).
Volunteers will participate in a general orientation session;
specialized training will be conducted on-the-job.
All participants are required to attend a general orientation
session.You will be notified upon acceptance of your application
of the exact date. Please be prepared to stay the entire day.
Work Days | Facilities | Duties
Volunteers should plan to work a minimum of four hours on
their scheduled days, either a morning or an afternoon shift.
Available duties include:
Participants age 15 and older may join the field crew. Excavations
may take place at several locations at the Landmark. Each participant is paired with a field crew mentor.
Sediment removed from the excavation areas is placed in bags
and labeled where and how deeply they were found. The bags
are emptied on mesh screens nearby and sprayed with water.The
dirt washes through and leaves behind tiny artifacts that
were missed during the excavation. These objects are dried
and put in bags along with the information about where they
Preserving and cataloging excavated materials are essential
to making them useful for researchers in the future. Different
types of materials require different methods of preservation
and repair. The purpose of cataloging is to give each item
a unique identifying number which refers to a card or sheet
that includes all the information for that item(s).
All crew members are responsible for sharing
in cooking and kitchen duties and other camp chores if their
work time encompasses the noon hour or they stay for noon
Transportation to and from the site is the
responsibility of the volunteer.
Dr. Eileen Johnson, Director, Lubbock Lake Landmark, governs
the research work at the Landmark. She is on-site on a daily
basis to observe progress, discuss problems, give instructions
and guidance, notify personnel of changes, and generally oversee
excavations and camp logistics.
Field Manager, Crew Chiefs and Lab Manager
are responsible for the day-to-day field or lab operations
in their assigned excavation area or survey plot, and directly
supervise the volunteer crew.
No special equipment is required to participate in lab
work or matrix washing.
Field (excavation) crew members are required to have the items
listed below in order to participate in field work. These
items may be purchased as a kit from the Landmark Shop for
$55.00, or may be purchased separately at local stores. These
materials cannot be borrowed from the Landmark but must be
supplied by the volunteer.
1. Mason's pointed trowel (e.g. Marshalltown
or W.H.S. brand), 3-5" (maximum length); a square trowel
of the same brand and size can be useful at times also. Please
note that a gardening-type trowel is not acceptable!
2. Lufkin, or Stanley brand 3-meter retractable tape measure
(only the metric system is used at the Landmark).
3. 2-4 black permanent ink pens.
4. 4-6 #2.5 (or HB) black lead pencils with erasers.
6. 30cm ruler (12" ruler also marked in cm acceptable).
7. 3-5 paint brushes of varying sizes.
8. Assorted small wooden and/or bamboo tools and picks (metal
picks are not used as they can damage the artifacts, particularly
The volunteer must carry his/her own health and accident
The volunteer must have a current tetanus shot.
Proof of these must be on file with the Landmark or you will
not be permitted to participate in the Summer Research Program.
Summers are hot, and most of the facilities
are not air-conditioned. Plan to dress accordingly and carry
basic necessities such as sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, and
insect repellent. Open-toed shoes or sandals are not allowed in the lab or in the excavation areas.
To find out more about the 2016 field season at Lubbock Lake
Landmark for community participants, contact:
Community Volunteer Coordinator
Lubbock Lake Landmark
Museum of Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409-3191