Frost Museum: Freshwater entomology

The Frost Entomological Museum cares for a large collection of freshwater invertebrates, including mayflies, stoneflies, caddisflies, and many aquatic flies. This collection is currently being digitized and rehoused in new storage containers. There are opportunities during this process for students to "get their feet wet" in museum science and to help museum staff document the full diversity of aquatics insects represented in this collection. New specimens will be collected during some afternoon field trips.

Campus: 
University Park
Description of Responsibilities: 

Students will work with museum staff to digitize these specimens (transcribe collecting data, georeference localities) and catalog the collection (document species and numbers of specimens). In the process, students will be trained in data management, specimen handling, collections care, georeferencing, and how to identify certain kinds of arthropods. Students may also be involved in developing educational materials (fact sheets, SOPs) and in collecting specimens to help grow the collection.

Number of Opportunities: 
2
Minimum Qualifications: 
  • 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
  • Passion for biodiversity and museums
  • Curiosity about the natural world
  • Excellent communication skills
Posting Date: 
Monday, November 18, 2019 to Wednesday, November 18, 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 (one page maximum)