Frost Museum: Collections care and development

The Frost Entomological Museum cares for three large, historical collections of arthropods from around the world. One of the these collections is dedicated to educating students about the diversity of arthropod form - i.e., their colors, shapes, and sizes - and how to recognize different kinds of arthropods. For example, how does a beetle differ from a lacewing or a fly? This collection is accessed frequently and needs constant curation and new specimens.

Campus: 
University Park
Description of Responsibilities: 

Students will work with museum staff to catalog the current collection, identify taxa that are underrepresented, and to remediate conservation problems. Short field excursions (1-4 hours) will focus on collecting new material to supplement underrepresented taxa. Students will be trained in a number of specimen preparation approaches.

Students will also receive training in arthropod diversity and morphology, basic microscopy, specimen handling and preparation methods. Students may also be involved in developing educational materials (fact sheets, diagnostic tools, SOPs).

Number of Opportunities: 
2
Minimum Qualifications: 
  • Passion for biodiversity and museums
  • Curiosity about the natural world
  • Experience with spreadsheets
  • Excellent attention to detail, in part to maintain accuracy of historical records
  • Extreme care in handling small, fragile objects
  • Ability and willingness to learn new software
Posting Date: 
Friday, November 22, 2019 to Sunday, November 22, 2020
Position Type: 
Volunteer, Academic Credit
Opportunity Timeframe: 
Fall, Spring, Summer
Application Procedure: 

Send resume and statement of interest (one page maximum) to Laura Porturas (ldp5188@psu.edu), collection manager at the Frost Entomological Museum

Requested Materials: 
  1. resume
  2. statement of interest