Volunteer with FUPS

The Flinders University Palaeontology fossil preparation labs have regular volunteer days where anyone interested in palaeontology and fossils can drop by to help us with the integral work being done in the palaeontology labs. The fossils have been collected from a series of incredible fossil deposits around Australia and require preparation prior to being a part of the research completed here in the labs.

Type of Fossil Preparation

Two primary types of fossil prep take place in the Flinders University Palaeontology labs. The first is fossil sorting, where large amounts of sediment are collected from the field and volunteers in the lab sort out the fossil elements.

The second form of fossil preparation is with larger fossils which have been excavated from the field. These fossils require sediment removal and hardening using acetone and paraloid.

Both forms of preparation are slow moving but extremely rewarding with all fossils contributing to the great research being conducted.

Fossil Sorting

Fossil Identification

Volunteer Days

The Flinders lab is open to Volunteers on Wednesdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm if you are interested in coming and volunteering on a reqular basis. FUPS also hosts special volunteer fossil sorting days, information for hich will be emailed to FUPS members as they occur.

The lab is located in the Biology Building, room 123 at Flinders University. This is located at the north end of carpark 8.

No previous knowledge or skills are required, training is on the job. For younger folk, a guardian will need to accompany them, other simply need to express an interest.

Fossil removal from safety plaster jacket

More Information

For further information on volunteering or to discuss volunteering options please contact our volunteer coordinator and Flinders Fossil Preparator, Carey Burke at carey.burke@flinders.edu.au.


FUPS often runs masterclasses where an expert gives an accessible and informative introduction to a particular area of palaeontology. Again, all information will be sent to FUPS members as this occurs. 

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