Volunteers are vital to the success of the Australian National Insect Collection. We simply can’t do what we do without you!

The Australian National Insect Collection Volunteer Scheme

Our Volunteer Scheme began in 1998. Since then 140 people have spent an amazing 75 000 hours helping staff with a range of curation and research related activities at the Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC).

ANIC Volunteers are a diverse group of people from different backgrounds. Some volunteers have left the workforce and are spending some of their retirement volunteering at ANIC. For others volunteering at ANIC has helped them gain experience and find paid work. Some come to the ANIC with an interest and knowledge of entomology or biological sciences; others are looking for an opportunity to learn something completely new.

Our digital volunteers do not require any prior knowledge of science or taxonomy. ANIC is dedicated to making its digital collections more visible and accessible online so that everyone can use and share them, now and in the future. You can help us by becoming an ANIC digital volunteer.

Apply to become an ANIC volunteer

Acceptance into our volunteer program depends on successful application and interview but we encourage all interested people to apply.

Become a Virtual Volunteer!

All you need to become a virtual volunteer are a computer, an Internet connection and a passion for Australia’s unique biodiversity.

Virtual volunteer positions are offered by museums and research collections and do not require any particular knowledge of the collection. You could find yourself transcribing field diaries from the nineteenth century or transcribing specimen labels from collections.

You will be making a major difference for Australia's digital collections while getting to view collection specimens and materials and expanding your knowledge of data curation and collection management.

To get involved visit DigiVol on the Atlas of Living Australia.

There are also opportunities to volunteer as a NRCA Digital volunteer.

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