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Curatorial Traineeship - Australian National Wildlife Collection (ANWC)

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up to $3,597

About this scholarship

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 successful 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.

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.



  • Female
  • Male
Eligible Study Fields
Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences