Archaeology Southwest is a private, nonprofit organization that endeavors to preserve and protect archaeological sites and cultural landscapes. Through the practice of Preservation Archaeology, we seek to engage volunteers in a partnership that allows us to break down barriers to archaeological knowledge, data, and experiences.
I have found your website and want to volunteer. How do I get started?
Thank you for your interest in our volunteer work! Fill out the general online interest form on our website, and you will receive a confirmation email from us once your form has been submitted. Now you are in the loop to be notified of future volunteer opportunities!
Please note: The general interest form is not an application. Applications are only accepted for current openings, and will be sent out by the Volunteer Coordinator once volunteer opportunities become available.
What kinds of volunteer jobs are available?
You can learn more about our current opportunities here. Most of our projects are based in our Tucson, AZ office and include collection curation, library research, and data entry. We do have field survey volunteer jobs occasionally, but they are few and far between and not the primary focus of our volunteer activities.
How much does it cost to be a volunteer of Archaeology Southwest?
In order to volunteer with Archaeology Southwest, we ask that you join our organization as a member at the $50 level or higher. Your membership will be good for one year, and you can volunteer as many times as you like during that time period without renewing your membership. Please contact us if you are a student or cannot afford to pay the $50 membership and we’ll figure out a solution.
Please note: Current members in good standing are automatically eligible to apply for and participate in projects.
Archaeology Southwest is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, and your tax-deductible membership helps support our entire organization.
Is there an age requirement to participate in a project?
In order to join a project, you must be 18 or older.
Training and Schedule
Will there be training and supervision for my project? What is the typical schedule for a volunteer project?
You will be provided with any training and supervision necessary in order to ensure that your volunteer experience is a positive one. Depending upon the project, you may be asked to attend an orientation and training session before beginning work. Because volunteers are an integral part of our research teams, many volunteer projects require that you are able to commit to working for a specific, scheduled amount of time. That schedule will be determined by the project team lead and will be included in the project descriptions.
Other Ways to Support
What if I can’t participate in a project but still want to support the efforts of Archaeology Southwest?
Thank you! If you can’t participate in person, you can become a member, tell a friend or give a gift membership. There are many ways to get involved to help with the mission of Preservation Archaeology and our organization.
Feel free to get in touch if you have any further questions!