Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum


Internship: Collection Intern – Spring 2023


Objective: The intern will assist with processing botanical specimens in the Academy’s herbarium, improving
the overall management, oversight, and preservation of these specimens and enabling access for research.


Background: The Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s (CAS/PNNM) natural
history collections are a library of the natural world, utilized by researchers studying a range of biodiversity
topics. The Collections Department is currently undertaking a major project with the herbarium to fully process
and catalogue botanical specimens in its backlog. Specimen data and images are made freely available online
through our collections management system, Arctos (http://arctos.database.museum).


Responsibilities: Under the supervision of Collections staff, the intern will assist with processing botanical
specimens into the herbarium, including: mounting plant specimens onto herbarium sheets, transcribing label
data into the database, matching specimens to catalogue records, preservation repairs, filing botanical
specimens into the herbarium, scanning botanical specimens, and related activities. The intern will complete
one blog post about their internship experience to share with museum audiences through CAS/PNNM’s
website.


Qualifications: The applicant should have some knowledge or experience in the natural sciences. They must
have computer proficiency and be comfortable learning more complex computer software systems; the
internship requires using a complex database system and scanning software for which training will be
provided. Manual dexterity to handle fragile botanical specimens is necessary. The intern must be self-
motivated, detail oriented, have strong organizational skills, and able to follow directions.


Compensation: $15.40 per hour


Time Commitment: Internship has a maximum of 180 hours. Work will be conducted at CAS/PNNM’s off-site
Ravenswood Collections Facility, located at 4001 N Ravenswood Avenue. Office hours at the collections facility
are Tuesday through Saturday, 9am – 5pm. The intern’s schedule will be coordinated with Collections staff.


To Apply: Please visit the Nature Museum’s website for more information. Submit your resume and cover
letter in PDF format to collectionsintern2023@naturemuseum.org