Call for Volunteers

Updated July 2021


Building the Future on Mars  

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

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.

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:

WORK PARTY TEAM:  We hold 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. Our next work party will be held Sept 3-12, 2021.  Please contact Shannon Rupert at if you would like to join us.

ASTRONOMY TEAM: We are looking for people who would like to contribute
to our astronomy research and education/outreach at the Musk
Observatory.  Please contact our Director of Observatories and the
leader of the Astronomy Team, Peter Detterline at

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.

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