Call for Volunteers

Updated October 2019


Building the Future on Mars  

Opportunities to participate as part of the Mars Desert Research Station Mission Support Team

As the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) begins its 19th year of analog studies in Utah, we look back with pride on the people who have supported the station in the past who have been and are now working on their dreams through their professional position in the space sector.  There are plenty of opportunities to participate at MDRS other than as a crew member.  If you would like to get involved in any capacity, or if any of the volunteer positions listed here interest you, please contact us.  We would be delighted to have you join us.  Remember, most of these volunteer opportunities rely on your virtual presence, so you can be part of the team no matter where you are in the world.   Unless otherwise specified, please contact Shannon Rupert at for further information or to volunteer.

Mission Support volunteers are the backbone of the crew experience.  We support crew members from the application process through their rotation at MDRS and beyond.

We are currently looking for the following Mission Support personnel:


CAPCOMSCapComs are a team of dedicated Mars enthusiasts like yourself, who come from all walks of life and take an active, passionate and dynamic interest in promoting and helping to enable future human exploration and settlement of our neighbor, the Red Planet. CapComs play a crucial key role in the running of MDRS, and enjoy a fulfilling sense of teamwork and united purpose. They are the daily link between crews and Mission Support teams. CapCOMs can be located anywhere in the world and work during the field season only.  Varied time commitment, depending on your schedule.  Our nightly COMMS with the crew are held 7-9 pm Mountain Time throughout the field season. To help us get to know you better, please reply to the questions using the form here ( Gael Mariani, our CapCom Coordinator, will be in touch with you shortly.

ASTRONOMY TEAM: We are looking for people who would like to contribute to our astronomy research and education/outreach at the Musk Observatory.

PROJECT SCIENTISTS: We welcome scientists who would like to propose a short or long term project at MDRS.  Examples of projects include short-term projects that are conducted over the course of a single field season and long-term projects conducted over several years.  Graduate projects encouraged.

WORK PARTY/REFIT CREW:  We hold several work parties at MDRS each year.  Anyone willing to work on projects that vary from cleaning to building things is welcome to join us.  Work parties are generally held at the beginning and end of each field season.

WEB TEAM: Our web team maintains this website and ensures that crew reports, photos, videos, and longer-form reports are posted expeditiously.  James Burk, our Webmaster & IT Director, leads the MDRS web team which is part of the Mars Society’s Internet Task Force.  Please contact James with your interest and a brief description of your skillset if you would like to help.