Volunteering in Botany

Volunteers are a vital part of the Herbarium Pacificum's existence and success. Botany and the Herbarium Pacificum are continually looking for devoted volunteers to help with the numerous interesting tasks of everyday operation.

Many education opportunities are available.

Botany Support

All specimens within the herbarium, from Captain Cook's voyages to the most recent collections have a unique number and are stored within folders. The stamping of specimen codes and the pasting of labels on folders is an important job fulfilled by volunteers. The filing of specimens into their storage cabinets is also an important job completed by dedicated volunteers. Researchers in Botany may also need assistance for their projects.

Botany Mounters

Every dried plant specimen within the Herbarium Pacificum must be mounted on acid free paper. If you are interested in plants, crafting, flower arranging, or have an artistic streak, you're sure to find this a rewarding experience.

Botany Data Entry and Digital imaging

All of the data for the >750,000 specimens within the Herbarium Pacificum are being entered into the "Specimens" database. We are also in the process of taking a digital image of each of the specimens. If you find the study of plants exciting, enjoy data entry or photography, or would like to build your computer skills, this may be the volunteer role for you! We have an 80 MP and 28 MP imaging system, and a Herbscan scanner for imaging herbarium specimens.

If you enjoy people, learning new things and would like to volunteer in a dynamic environment, then the Herbarium Pacificum at the Bishop Museum is the right place for you!

Interested in volunteering in Botany?
Please contact the Human Resources Volunteer Services Office

We'll find the right task for you!
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