The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre is seeking a driven, organized, mature intern to work in its Irving Biodiversity Collection seed bank. The intern will be responsible for supporting the further growth, organization, and capacity-building of the seed bank and will be responsible to both the Propagation Specialist and the Irving Biodiversity Collections Manager.
Duties and responsibilities
- The collection, processing, desiccation, storing, testing, and regeneration of seeds in the seed bank.
- The further study and refining of activities in the seed bank with the Propagation Specialist and the Irving Biodiversity Collections Manager.
- Providing technical laboratory assistance to the Propagation Specialist as required.
- Recruiting and supervising volunteers for the seed bank.
- Managing seed bank data in collaboration with the herbarium database.
- Interacting with and helping university and partner researchers to promote the seed bank and its collaborative benefits.
- Contributing to reports, posters, presentations, websites related to the seed bank.
- Assisting with the herbarium collection and the botanical gardens as required.
Knowledge and skills
- Basic laboratory skills, excellent organizational skills, basic vascular plant species identification skills, good plant morphology knowledge are required.
- Assets include a passion for biodiversity conservation, a strong work ethic, the physical capacity for occasional fieldwork, excellent problem-solving skills, knowledge of seed physiology, experience in microscopy, experience in database management, an ability to work in a team setting and independently.
Degree in biology or environmental science, or similar qualifications with related degree/diploma and relevant experience.
Valid drivers license and First Aid training.