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For Immediate Release: June 29, 2007
Contact: Pamela Clapp Hinkle, MBL, 508-289-7276; pclapp@mbl.edu

MBL Seeks Volunteers

MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—The MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) in Woods Hole is seeking volunteers. Opportunities are available for adults who have an interest in the institution and in biology and environmental science in general. Current volunteer opportunities include:
  • MBL Associates Gift Shop – Retail help is needed. Volunteers help with the register (training provided), fold and bag purchases, and offer information to visitors. Computer experience is preferred. Help is also needed in assisting with store displays and with folding and tagging merchandise. High school students looking for community service credits are welcome.

  • The MBLWHOI Library - The Library, operated jointly by the MBL and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), is seeking help with their digital herbarium project, an effort to digitize the Library’s historic collection of pressed, mounted plant specimens. Volunteers use photo editing computer software to prepare images and enter data from specimen labels into the database. The Library also requires volunteers to help catalog and identify materials in the Archives and Rare Books Collection.

  • MBL Front Office – Volunteers are needed to help provide office support, including providing information to visitors and answering phones, as well as assisting with mailings.

To learn more, contact Pam Oldham in the MBL’s Communications and Public Affairs Office at 508-289-7423; comm@mbl.edu.


The MBL® is a leading international, independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to discovery and to improving the human condition through creative research and education in the biological, biomedical and environmental sciences. Founded in 1888 as the Marine Biological Laboratory, the MBL is the oldest private marine laboratory in the Western Hemisphere. For more information, visit www.MBL.edu