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Montana Williams

Volunteer Manager

This category represents all GROW volunteer activities that involve or relate to conservation of plants, specimens, and plant related media.

BRIT Library 

  • Circulation Desk
    • Library volunteers will assist visitors at the circulation desk find materials within the library, as well as enter information into the appropriate databases and assist in promoting botanical literature from our library.
      • Schedule: Tuesdays
  • Archival Project Assistant
    • Have a steady hand? This delicate position may be for you. BRIT’s library is home to a vast collection of old prints and manuscripts that require specific care and handling. As an archival project assistant, volunteers will preserve old and fragile books and prints, translate catalogue information, maintain reprint collection, helping with short-term special projects, and shelving materials in their appropriate location.
      • Schedule: Tuesdays

BRIT Press

  • Mailing Assistant
    • As mailing assistant, volunteers will sort reprints of works or journals, copyedit, help assemble BRIT’s biannual scientific journal, promote at book fairs, inventory, and other publishing duties as necessary.
  • Research  
    • Specimen Preservation
      • Volunteers in this role will affix and repair preserved plant material specimens to archival cardstock. This role requires volunteers to have a delicate touch to handle the delicate plant material using a variety of tools to ensure plant material is preserved properly. Additional training is required for this position and will be scheduled accordingly before the assignment start date.
        • Schedule: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
    • Specimen Filing
      • Have a knack for organizing? In this role, you are required to file herbarium specimens in the proper folders, sheet locations, and cabinets according to BRIT Herbarium standards. The specimens are stored at a cool 64 degrees, so dress appropriately. This role also requires you to stand, walk, push, and reach taller cabinets using either a step stool or a ladder. Additional training is required for this position and will be scheduled accordingly before the assignment start date.
        • Schedule: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
    • Specimen Imaging
      • In this role, you will document specimens using photographs, a flatbed scanner, or a DSLR light-box to document 3D fruit or fungal specimens. Dexterity is required to handle the more delicate specimens. Additional training is required for this position and will be scheduled accordingly before the assignment start date.
        • Schedule: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
    • Specimen Transcription
      • Are you a fast at typing? This role requires you to transcribe information on printed plant specimen labels to the relevant fields in an online database. Beginner computer literacy is required, but additional training can be administered for more specialized training with our databases. Additional training is required for this position and will be scheduled accordingly before the assignment start date.
        • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Schedule: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
    • Specimen Preparation
      • The tasks involved in this role involves preparing the specimens for the next step of curation. This includes but is not limited to affixing barcodes to specimens, creating labels, restocking and organizing supplies, assisting with incoming materials, repairing specimens, and sorting specimens. This role requires dexterity in handling small, delicate pieces of plant material. This can be an independent or group activity. Additional training is required for this position and will be scheduled accordingly before the assignment start date.
        • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Schedule: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
    • Special Curatorial Projects
      • These projects are clearly outlined and specified that requires specific skills and education. They are also specific to a geographic area containing a particular group of plants or requiring the aid of an individual botanist. Training will be provided for a project if needed, either individually or in a group setting. The time commitment for Special Curatorial Projects is a larger than the other research positions, requiring 8 hours of specialized training, with most projects averaging 30 hours for completion.
        • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Schedule: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

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