First listed on: 16 May 2019

Museum Collections Specialist

The Opportunity

  • Actively contribute to design and planning of a new collections facility.
  • Immerse Yourself in an Inclusive Culture
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science & technology research organisation!

The Australian National Wildlife Collection is one of CSIRO’s major natural history collections.  Based in Canberra, its focus is terrestrial vertebrates. The collection was established in the 1960s and now holds some 200,000 specimens of dried skins, whole animals in alcohol, skeletal specimens, nests and eggs, sound files and subfossil material.  It is data-rich and includes the world’s most comprehensive cryo-frozen tissue collection of Australian birds for molecular research. The successful applicant will join a small, dedicated staff charged with growing and maintaining the collection and ensuring its accessibility to the world’s biodiversity research community.

We seek an experienced natural history collections specialist. The successful applicant will have demonstrable experience in all facets of the design, construction and maintenance of natural history collections from initial planning of collection buildings through to their maintenance. 

Your duties will include

  • Actively contribute to design and planning of a new collections facility.
  • Design and ongoing implementation of integrated pest management program and protocols. 
  • Oversee the management of the ethanol-based collection of vertebrates and prepare regular reports on chemical and physical storage conditions of this part of the Collection.
  • Prepare and maintain protocols for actions for collections in emergency and disaster situations.

Location:      Crace, ACT 
Tenure:          Part-Time Indefinite (0.4 FTE)

Salary:           AU$83K – AU$94K (pro rata) + up to 15.4% superannuation
Reference:    61749

To be successful you will need

Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all selection criteria can be appointed.

  • A tertiary qualification or equivalent experience in natural science.
  • Demonstrated work experience in natural history collections.
  • Experience in design and implementing pest management protocols across different types of collections.
  • Experience in preparation of diverse natural history specimens (vertebrates, invertebrates, plants) and of dried and pinned material, whole animals in alcohol, nests, eggs, skeletal specimens and herbarium sheets.
  • Experience in databasing of museum specimen data on different platforms
  • Ability to work unsupervised and diverse modes of specimen preparation of terrestrial vertebrates. 

For more information please view the Position Description. 
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. 

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Applications Close

11:59 AEST Wednesday, 29th May, 2019

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