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Collections Assistant – Invertebrate Zoology - Student Employment Opportunity

Competition: CMN-2090-22-OC-019
Term: September to December, 2022
Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week - 16 weeks
Work location: Canadian Museum of Nature, 1740 Pink Road Gatineau
Number of positions: 1 position
Closing date: May 24, 2022

The natural history collections at the Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN) comprise millions of plant and animal specimens emphasizing Canadian wild species. This includes many historical and significant specimens from the Canadian Prairie provinces. The Museum serves the research and education needs of a broad community by building, preserving, upgrading, and facilitating access to the collection, providing staff with exciting opportunities to play a role in current nature research and collection management.

The CMN has received funding from The Mosaic Company for the digitization of its Prairie holdings related to aquatic habitats, making these data publicly accessible online for learning and decision-making, adding to a growing resource that serves scientists, students, land managers, and nature enthusiasts worldwide.

To accomplish this work, the CMN requires a student to undertake tasks related to digitization in its Invertebrate Collections. Post-secondary, undergraduate students from the Prairie provinces may make an especially good match for these opportunities, although students from other regions of Canada will be considered.

The main tasks for this job include:
  1. Prepare specimens for imaging by capturing data electronically, making inventories, do necessary repairswhen appropriate, sorting specimens, and revising labels as necessary;
  2. Digitize specimens by imaging them, using specialized photo stations, and manage image files according toestablished procedures; and
  3. Assist in basic management the specimen data and images, using primarily Microsoft Excel and the Museumcollection database.

The candidate must meet the following basic requirements:
  • enrolled in a university undergraduate or college program in biology (or a related field) or MuseumStudies; the candidate must be registered to return to their studies in Winter 2023;
  • ability to speak and write in English or French is essential
  • computer fluency and experience with Microsoft Excel;
  • basic understanding of taxonomic classification and naming conventions for animal species;
  • ability to read and comprehend information on specimen labels, and apply it conducting basic tasks;
  • ability to apply fine motor skills and manual dexterity when handling, inspecting, documenting andtransporting collection objects;
  • ability to exercise focused attention to detail in order to maintain necessary high standards for accuracyand organization in all tasks;
  • ability to listen effectively, respect established procedures and standards, and faithfully follow instructions;
  • ability to communicate effectively in order to ask and answer questions regarding the methods andprogress of assigned tasks;
  • ability to maintain self-motivation in a variety of team and independent task scenarios;

Academic or practical experience with zoology and/or collection management are considered significant assets.

Please note that this is a full time position, during weekday hours only. It is best suited to a student with a co-op term or a placement to fulfill, and can’t be undertaken in tandem with a full-time student course load.

Rates of pay are determined at the initial appointment or reappointment stage and are based on the incumbent’s current academic level as per the museum’s terms and conditions of employment for students. The official working period is from Monday to Friday between 8:00 and 16:00.


Canadian citizenship is not required, however individuals must be legally entitled to work in Canada. The Canadian Museum of Nature is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, please advise the Human Resources Advisor in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially. The Museum supports employment equity.

For more information regarding the position, please contact: Jean-Marc Gagnon (

INTERESTED CANDIDATES must send a copy of their resume with an transcript and a cover letter describing how his-her qualifications meet the requirements of this position by e-mail no later than May 24, 2022 to