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Volunteers and Interns

Volunteers work on specimens in a lab

Interns and volunteers are an important part of the scientific discovery, education, and outreach activities of the County of Orange Paleontology and Archaeology (COPA) collection.

Please click here for more information on how to sign up and become an OC Parks volunteer.

For more information on OC Parks' internship program, click here.


Interns assist staff with preparation and accession of fossils and artifacts including:

  • Curation
  • Collection organization
  • Data entry into collection database
  • Digitizing reports and records
  • Conduct literature research on collections and sites within our parks
  • Photograph artifacts and specimens

Lab Volunteers

Lab volunteers assist with preparing and curating the world-class collection of over six million fossils and artifacts found throughout Orange County. Volunteers assist in processing and preserving the County’s collection and have the opportunity of volunteering at both the Cooper Lab and Clark Regional Park.

Lab volunteer duties include:

  • Prepare fossils in jackets in various matrix
  • Sort specimens, artifacts, and zooarchaeological materials
  • Database input using collections management software
  • Inventory and label collections

Education Docents

Education docents share the fascinating stories of the past through exciting interpretive media.  Volunteers assist in presenting the County’s important archaeological and paleontological collections at Clark Regional Park’s Interpretive Center and outreach events at other parks