Seed Bank Coordinator

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Acadia University - E.C. Smith Herbarium Published: May 8, 2018
Internship Type
Salary range
$15/hr
Hours per week
30
Start Date
2018/06/04
End Date
2019/06/03

Description

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.

Education required

Degree in biology or environmental science, or similar qualifications with related degree/diploma and relevant experience.

Certification required

Valid drivers license and First Aid training.

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