Become a Digital Volunteer
Register your interest in our DigiVol Project.
Call for Expressions of Interest
Would you consider volunteering as an Australian Museum Volunteer Digitiser in the DigiVol lab?
Museum collections are one of the best time-machines we have for exploring the past, and we need your help in unlocking its treasures.
The Australian Museum has a large number of specimens that need to be electronically documented to assist scientists and others learn more about the Earth’s biodiversity. Since 2011, a wonderful group of skilled volunteers have participated in the DigiVol program to digitise Entomology and Malacology specimens as well as a range of Archival materials, including field diaries and early Museum registers.
As a museum volunteer, you will not only gain valuable training, but be part of a social network where you will meet and work with other volunteers, museum staff and scientists. These are unpaid positions.
Volunteer Job Description
Australian Museum Volunteer Digitiser will, under supervision, work systematically through material, primarily from the Australian Museum’s natural historical collection capturing an image of the specimen and identification label. A simple camera set-up and computer system will be used. Full training will be provided. The program is located in a laboratory at the Australian Museum and operates each day from Monday through to Friday, usually between 9.30am and 3.00 pm.
Duties as an Australian Museum Volunteer Digitiser
• Work with a range of natural historical specimens and archival material
• Have a respect and interest for natural history collections and archival material
• Demonstrate an aptitude for handling specimens which requires good attention to detail and fine motor skills
• Commit to volunteering a minimum of once a fortnight with a maximum twice a week
• Be available between the hours of 9.30am to 3.00pm
How to register your interest
Please email the Digitisation Project Officer. Please include:
• Your name and contact details
• Preferred days to volunteer.
Once you have registered an expression of interest with us, you will be contacted when vacancies occur and will be invited to visit us in the DigiVol lab to find out more about volunteering with us. All volunteers are inducted and receive training.
Rhiannon Stephens , Digitisation Project Officer