Curatorial Technician, Australian National Herbarium

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The Opportunity
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  • Supportive, rewarding, inclusive, and truly flexible environment. 
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's National Science and Innovation Agency! 

The Australian National Herbarium (ANH) is a nationally focused research collection of over 1 million plant specimens and is part of CSIRO’s National Research Collections along with the Australian National Algal Culture Collection, Australian National Insect Collection, Australian Tree Seed Centre, and the Australian Wildlife Collection. The ANH primarily documents the flora of Australia but is also rich in specimens from New Guinea, eastern Malesia, and the South Pacific. As a Curatorial Technician, you will work across both digital and physical project areas, to maintain and develop the important research infrastructure collections of the ANH. 

Your duties will include:
  • Collaboration with ANH Collections and Curation and Parks Australia Biodiversity Informatics teams to ensure the currency and authoritativeness of data recorded in ANH-managed databases and their availability for use in ANH digital initiatives.
  • Oversight and development of ANH ancillary collections, including, but not limited to the ethanol, wood block and Australian Cultivar Registration Authority Standards collections. Work closely with the ANH Head Curator and Curation and Collections team to ensure these collections are curated to the same standards as the main ANH collections.
  • Curation of ANH herbarium specimen collections, including application of taxonomic revisions, physical curation and maintenance, and other curatorial duties as directed.
  • Management of ANH library and archive materials in collaboration with the Curation and Collections team, the CSIRO Digital team and CSIRO Black Mountain Library staff. Monitoring and retrieving electronic publications and other literature relevant to curation and research activities within the ANH.
  • Maintain and edit taxonomic, herbarium specimen and other databases relating to herbarium management, curation and data delivery. Manage the activities of other members of the Collections and Curation team and external collaborators to ensure overall data quality is maintained.
  • Participate in collections-related fieldwork as required.

Location: Black Mountain, ACT

Salary: AU$66,163 - AU$81,956 plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite

Reference: 84960

To be considered you will need:


  • Demonstrated competence with biological databases and the entry, storage, retrieval and management of content. Familiarity with the development and testing of such systems.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in botanical specimen management and the curation of herbarium collections, including familiarity and experience in the management of fluid-preserved collections.
  • Familiarity with taxonomic literature and resources and their application to collections and demonstrated skills in information management.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, and work as a member of a team, to interact and communicate effectively with staff and clients at all levels, and to establish collaborative work arrangements with colleagues and other teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to use initiative and ability to adopt flexible working arrangements and to plan and implement changes to work procedures.
  • Relevant trade certificate/diploma/bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant work experience in biological collections management.
  • Current driver’s licence.


  • Skills and experience in vascular plant identification, and a keen interest in the Australian flora.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens, New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents only.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

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Diversity and Inclusion

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

17th July 2022, 11:00pm AEST

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