Field Opportunities

Museum of the Rockies Field Camp

This research-oriented program accepts volunteers during the summers. Volunteers dedicate at least three weeks of fieldwork, working in the Two Medicine, Morrison and/or Hell Creek Formations of Montana. There is no fee for the program, although volunteers must provide their own transportation, camping gear and other relevant supplies. Food and tools are provided. Research at the field sites are led by museum staff and graduate students under the direction of Dr. Jack Horner. Applications for the 2015 field season will be posted in March 2015.

New Jersey State Museum Paleontology Field Camp
NJ State Museum Photo

Join the New Jersey State Museum’s paleontologists on a expedition to the fossil-rich rocks of Montana and Wyoming. Participants will find, collect, and document fossils such as dinosaurs, crocodiles, turtles, fish, mammals, invertebrates, and plants from the Cretaceous and Paleogene age. Gain knowledge of geology and paleontology while helping the museum continue decades-long research projects. Applications are due on May 25, 2015.

Dates are:
July 12-18, 2015
July 19-25, 2015
July 26-August 1, 2015


The Dig Field School

The Discoveries in Geosciences (DIG) Field School connects K-12 teachers with real scientists from the University of Washington and the Burke Museum. Teachers and paleontologists work side by side to investigate the extinction of dinosaurs and the rise of mammals at an active research site in Montana. After the Field School, the DIG helps teachers translate their experiences and bring real science into their classrooms. Teachers also have access to ongoing professional development and teaching resources as well as the DIG Box, a traveling “mini museum” that includes fossils and lesson plans.
The application period for this year’s field school has closed, but you can sign up here to receive an announcement when next year’s application period begins.

The Marmarth Research Foundation Dinosaur Field Expeditions

The Marmarth Research Foundation is conducting five weeks of research activity in 2014 and is accepting applications from volunteers to assist with the project. The work will take place on private land in Southwest North Dakota and Eastern Montana. (Visit for information about the region.) Three meals a day, lodging, a t-shirt, transportation to and from the sites, and all equipment are included in the MRF field program.

MRF is unique in that it provides the opportunity to learn both field and preparation techniques. Learn more about volunteering with MRF.

2014 Dates

Week 1: June 28 – July 5
Week 2: July 5 – 12
Week 3: July 12 – 19
Week 4: July 26 – August 2*
Week 5: August 2 – 9