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Scientific Training Program - Internship with the Invertebrates Collections Team



 Invertebrates Collections Team

 Zoology Section, Research & Collections Division

 Temporary (four months maximum) full-time training opportunity

 $3,000 per month stipend


The Canadian Museum of Nature invites qualified candidates to apply for a training opportunity under the museum’s Scientific Training Program (STP). The focus of STP is to create opportunities to provide high-quality professional experiences for undergraduate students and recent graduates* with academic training in the natural sciences, library and archives management, and natural history collections management. The opportunity further seeks to create networking opportunities between trainees and the larger collections care community.


Under the supervision of the Senior Research Scientist in Entomology and the Insect Collection Manager, the successful candidate will train with collection management and research staff and will acquire knowledge and skills transferable to other natural history collections and research activity through a limited number of practical collection care and research projects. Particular emphasis will be placed on:

  • Learning and practicing procedures mounting and labelling insect specimens;
  • Learning how insect collections are organized and upgraded systematically;
  • Curating specific portions of the insect collection (with emphasis on the beetle families Chrysomelidae and Curculionidae);
  • Inventorying the insect collection;
  • An introduction to taxonomic and biodiversity studies using insects (beetles).

We are looking for a highly motivated student who is interested in the field of entomology and entomological collection care. Applicants must have a basic working knowledge of the classification of the major taxonomic groups of insects (especially beetles) and the use of identification tools, a general knowledge of museum collection management principles and practices, computer and software skills (MSOffice), ability to carefully handle small and delicate museum specimens, ability to carefully follow laboratory procedures and prescribed guidelines, including handling hazardous substances (e.g. WHMIS training will be provided). Applicants must also have strong organizational ability and self-motivation, and be able to work independently as well as in a team.


Current enrolment in or recent graduation* from an undergraduate program in museum studies, entomological or biological sciences, or a related field of study.

* A recent graduate is defined as having completed their undergraduate training within the past 12 months.


Fluency in French or English is required.


Dr. Robert Anderson

Research & Collections Division, Zoology Section randerson@nature.ca

Please note that all candidates must submit a completed application form (Word doc.), their resume outlining their academic and work experience as it relates to this training opportunity, as well as two academic or professional references. Due to the large volume of anticipated applicants, only those candidates under consideration for this opportunity will be contacted.

CLOSING DATE: 16 March, 2018