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

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:

CAPCOMS:  CapComs 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.  Please contact our Director of Observatories and the
leader of the Astronomy Team, Peter Detterline at

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. Our next work
party will be held May 9-24, 2020.  Please contact Shannon Rupert at if you would like to join us.

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.