First listed on: 24 November 2018

Curatorial Traineeship - Australian National Wildlife Collection (ANWC)

  • Get hands-on experience curating and conserving rare specimens
  • Learn about natural history collections and taxonomy
  • Apply for a Curatorial Traineeship today!

About the ANWC Curatorial Traineeship

The Australian National Wildlife Collection is the official Commonwealth collection of Australia's terrestrial vertebrates and covers birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The ANWC is seeking a student trainee with an interest in natural history, biology and taxonomy to engage with the curatorial work and research conducted at ANWC. The student will gain experience in a range of natural history curation techniques though an immersive experience.

You will be required to:

Assist in the curation of a large birds’ nest collection from Australia and Papua New Guinea. This will involve:

  • A comprehensive stock-take of nest specimens in the collection.
  • Learning how to register specimens, enter metadata and label specimens.
  • Cross-checking and linking nest specimens to egg specimens.
  • Cross-checking the database against original data cards and notebooks.
  • Researching and procuring archival storage material.
  • Organising the specimens in taxonomic order.
  • Contributing to the development of knowledge and standard operating procedures for best-practice birds’ nest curation.
  • Updating a best practice manual for curation of nests and contributing to a scientific manuscript based on this work.

Location: Australian National Wildlife Collection, CSIRO Crace Site, ACT.
Tenure: Earliest start 1 March, 2019. Latest finish 31 July, 2019. Expected commitment is two consecutive days per week for 10 weeks or a negotiated schedule of 20 days total.
Stipend: A total of $3,597 over the duration of the internship.
Reference: 59632

To be successfu you will have:

  • Successfully completed a full-time equivalent course load of:
    • At least one semester of a relevant Masters degree; OR
    • Four semesters of a relevant undergraduate degree.
  • Eligibility for enrolment in one of the following subjects:
    • MUSC8004 Internship 1 or MUSC8005 Internship 2,  Australian National University, Master of Museum and Heritage Studies; OR
    • Professional Practice 1 or 2 (11017; 11018) or Professional Evidence (11112), University of Canberra, Bachelor of Heritage, Museums and Conservation; OR
    • A relevant subject at an Australian University that grants credit for work placements (details and a letter of support from the course convenor must be provided with your application).
  • A solid understanding of the principles of good curation and conservatorship.
  • Basic knowledge of bird taxonomy is desirable.
  • Experience working or volunteering in a museum setting is preferred.

We’re working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment.

Apply Online

Please upload one combined document containing:

  • Your expression of interest letter (one A4 page maximum). This should explain your relevant skills/knowledge/experience and outline your longer-term career aspirations.
  • Academic transcript.
  • Resume/CV.
  • Any documentation required to establish eligibility.

You will be required to respond to some screening questions.

Applications Close: 31 January 2019

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