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.

Have you always dreamt of becoming an archaeologist, a museum interpreter, archaeological site tour guide or a naturalist?

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. 

Our Volunteer Certification Programs:

  • Field Technician 
  • Lab Technician
  • Interpreter
  • ARI Educator Coming Soon! 
  • Naturalist Coming Soon!

Uncertified 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. 

Here are some options: 

  • Garden, Trails & Archaeological Site Care and Maintenance
  • Tours – assisting the Tour Guide
  • Lab Work  – Artifact Rough Sort & Cleaning,  Artifact Fine Sort & Recording, Paperwork Organization, Data Entry
  • Veteran Programs
  • Research
  • Fundraising
  • Organization Operations – Marketing, Advertising, Office Organization, Gift Shop
  • Newsletter
  • Board Membership
  • Events
  • Grant Writing
  • 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.