If you feel passionate about the work the Archaeological Research Institute does and want to contribute your time to helping us achieve our mission, then one of our many volunteer opportunities is for you!

Our volunteer opportunities range from working alongside our staff archaeologists in the field and in the lab to pursuing your own historic and archaeological research or helping up with general ARI operations and events. All skill levels, interests, backgrounds, ages and abilities are welcome to volunteer with us. There is something for everyone.

Certified Volunteers

For a small fee for educational materials and training sessions with our staff, you can become a certified volunteer.

ARI certified volunteers help advance our mission, contribute to research & educate the public. ARI certified volunteers go through educational training similar to our interns so that they can work directly with the public and independently of our staff archaeologists. Most certifications have the following requirements:  40 hours minimum volunteer hours, required readings, sign-offs on skills by staff archaeologists, personal projects and a registration fee.

General Volunteers

Looking to donate your time and energy to ARI without the added step of getting a certification?

There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer at ARI that do not require a certification. Options include: Garden, Trails & Archaeological Site Care and Maintenance, Tours, Lab Work, Veteran Programs, Research, Fundraising, Organization Operations, Newsletter, Board Membership, Events, Grant Writing, or becoming a Spokesperson

Service Opportunities

At ARI we know many local schools, businesses and rehabilitation programs require community service hours.

We provide many great options to get your community service hours for your organization and we will help you record and report your hours. There is no age limit for service hours. We will find a project that inspires and meets your needs.  Contact Us to Learn More about our service opportunities.

AmeriCorps Volunteers

ARI has partnered with AmeriCorps to offer compensated volunteer opportunities! Positions require a minimum time commitment with flexible scheduling options available. Each AmeriCorps volunteer will report directly to a member of the ARI staff. The amount of compensation (Education Award) depends upon the length of service and whether the term of service is full-time or part-time. 


The Archaeological Research Institute (ARI) recognizes that the land we study and steward is the homeland of many peoples. We acknowledge the myaamia (Miami), Shawanwa (Shawnee), Peewaalia (Peoria), Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo) and the multitude of nations who call this their homelands.   ARI recognizes the violence inflicted upon the indigenous Nations of the Ohio Valley, including their forced removal following treaties such as Fort Finney and Greenville. ARI condemns the intentional destruction of their languages and cultures. ARI condemns the continuous discrimination against the living Native peoples throughout the United States.