The University of Melbourne Herbarium runs a Volunteer Program for local students and other interested people. Through this program participants can gain skills in plant sciences, herbarium curation and managing a scientific or historical collection, which may complement and enhance undergraduate/postgraduate studies. The program runs during semester, and herbarium volunteers are required to contribute a minimum of two hours per week for the 12 weeks.
Volunteer tasks are varied and can include, mounting/repackaging specimens, specimen data capture, assisting with specimen imaging, incorporating/filing specimens. All training is provided on the job so all you need is an interest in and desire to learn about plants. Each volunteer is allocated a weekly timeslot. Every effort will be made to enable volunteering around your other commitments; however, due to the popularity of the program and supervisor availability your preferred timeslot may not be available.
If you're interested in joining the program, please complete the application form and email it, along with an electronic copy of your current curriculum vitae to the Curator for assessment. If you are accepted into the program, we will then discuss available projects and organise a safety induction prior to starting in the Herbarium.
Semester 1 intake – Applications close the third Friday of February
Semester 2 intake –Applications close the second Friday of July