The McGill University herbarium is looking for dedicated volunteers to help curate our impressive collection of plant species from around the world. Specimens at the museum are used by researchers to see how plants have reacted to climate change, to study aggressive invasive species, and to resolve tricky taxonomies. If you want to help with the conservation and study of plant diversity in our region, come and volunteer with the herbarium!
If you're interested in volunteering, the first step is to decide whether you'd prefer to:
The herbarium is situated at Macdonald campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. If you're a downtown student at McGill, you can access Macdonald campus using the McGill shuttle bus. Volunteer opportunities at the herbarium include preparing dried plant specimens for preservation in the museum and photographing them for our digitization project. If you're unavailable to help out at the herbarium you can still volunteer with us by contributing to our databasing project, which is entirely online! Follow the links above for more information on how to get started.
Students who commit over five hours of volunteer work to our museum can have their contributions recognized on their co-curricular record! This a companion-piece to your academic transcript and showcases your extracurricular involvement while at McGill.