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Work/Training Schedule for the
Student's Volunteer Botanical Internship Program

a typical January-February schedule

Week and day
Event

Week 1

Induction Training

Tuesday

Registration and official welcome. Introduction to the CANBR, the ANBG and the ANH.
Outline of the roles of integrated Gardens and Herbarium; scientific, educational, reference, leisure, conservation.

 

Orientation tour of ANBG site and CSIRO sites.

 

Tour of Australian National Herbarium

 

Introduction to general principles of biological collections and herbaria (on CSIRO site).
Introduction to vascular Herbarium; practical on mounting and handling of vascular plant specimens; navigating the Herbarium

Wednesday

INTRODUCTORY HERBARIUM TRAINING

 

Mounting of vascular specimens. Navigation in the Herbarium; specimen retrieval and put-away

 

Computing overview. The Internet; electronic mail; botanical sites on the Web (including AVH, CPBR homepage and the WA Herbarium’s Florabase)

Thursday

Specimen mounting and other herbarium tasks

 

Lecture: "Plant nomenclature and description." Names of Plants: scientific names - why have them and what do they mean?
The International Code of Botanical Nomenclature, type specimens and differences of taxonomic opinion

Friday

Regular work in teams

 

WORKPLACE ESSENTIALS

 

EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) and OHS (Occupational Health and Safety).
All jobs now require a basic knowledge of EEO and OHS principles. This session will explain the obligations on employer and employees.

 

Specimen mounting and other herbarium tasks

 

 

Week 2

Technical skill development

Monday

Workshop: "Map reading" - Latitude and longitude; grid references; geological maps; exercises

 

Formation of work teams of 2 or 3 people each; commence assigned work

Tuesday

COLLECTING TECHNIQUES & Fieldbooks: practical session on "ordinary and difficult" collections, bulky material, soft and aquatic specimens, what data to record, site assessment, insect/mould control. Demonstration of GPS unit

 

Discussion session: Permits, protocols, collecting ethics

 

Regular work in teams

Wednesday

Lecture: "Revision of the Melaleuca uncinata complex"

 

Lecture: "Taxonomic Techniques: Dendrobium orchids – a case study"

 

Lecture: "Molecular systematics"

Thursday

FIELD TRIP: Eucalypts - field identification.

Friday

Regular work in teams

 

 

Week 3

Field trip

Monday

Library tours - ANBG, CSIRO and Herbarium libraries.

 

Introduction to Jervis Bay - briefing on Jervis Bay field trip

 

Workshop: "Principles of plant identification".

Tues - Frid

JERVIS BAY FIELD TRIP: Four-day trip based at the Uni of Canberra’s Field Station at Jervis Bay.
Vascular plant collecting techniques; vascular plant identification; use of floras, handbooks and electronic interactive keys; area management issues

Tuesday

Travel via Kangaroo Valley to Jervis Bay Field Station

 

BOODEREE BOTANIC GARDENS - Botanic Gardens management and bush tucker interpretive walk

Wednesday

BOODEREE NATIONAL PARK

 

Lecture: “Reserve Management Issues at Green Patch”

 

Site tour: “Bitou Bush and native vegetation management”

 

Vegetation Survey Exercise

Thursday

Vegetation Survey Exercise continued

 

Vascular plant identification: Identification of material from morning fieldtrip. Tips for identification in selected families and ‘difficult' groups; using printed and electronic keys.

 

Group reports – short presentations on survey results

Friday

ESCARPMENT VEGETATION - Barren Grounds Bird Observatory and Nature Reserve and return to Canberra.

 

 

Week 4

Communication and job skills

Monday

Regular work in teams

Tuesday

Communication Skills 1: Writing for non-scientists, seminar presentations - slides, overheads, and speaking.

 

Growing Native Plants project overview

Wednesday

Regular work in teams

 

JOBS AND FUNDING IN SCIENCE AND CONSERVATION

 

"Where the jobs are". Three speakers, addressing job opportunities in the public sector, conservation agencies, and private sector consultancies.

 

CVs, Job Applications and Scientific Grants - how to write them.
Developing a CV; first publications and developing a publication list; putting your job application together

Thursday

Regular work in teams

Friday

Regular work in teams

NOTE:

(there is usually an Australia Day public holiday sometime in week 4)

Week 5

Cryptogams and CSIRO

Monday

Overview of Bryophytes, Lichens and Fungi - Session 1.
Talk on recognition of major groups, introduction to Cryptogam collection.

 

Regular work in teams

Tuesday

Overview of Bryophytes and Fungi - Session 2.
A half-day fieldtrip ANBG site.

 

Regular work in teams

Wednesday

Lecture: "Lichens: ecology, economics, taxonomy"

 

Lecture: "Fungi: ecology, economics, taxonomy"

 

Lecture: "The Bryophytes"

 

Regular work in teams

Thursday

Visit Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) and CSIRO Microscopy Centre

 

Regular work in teams

Friday

Regular work in teams

 

 

Week 6

Advanced curation

Monday

Regular work in teams

Tuesday

Regular work in teams

 

Lecture: "Weeds in Australia"

Wednesday

Discussion session: "GMOs: friend or foe?"

 

Lecture: "The Final Frontier: towards sustainable management of Papua New Guinea's gaharu resource"

Thursday

Regular work in teams

Friday

Regular work in teams

 

Job application deadline

 

 

Week 7

Seminar presentations and completion of tasks

Monday

Regular work in teams

Tuesday

Intern Seminar Presentations I

 

Tour of ANBG Plant Records and Seed Store

 

Regular work in teams

Wednesday

Intern Seminar Presentations II

 

Regular work in teams

Thursday

Return of job applications; demonstration interviews of Interns

Friday

Formal presentation of Internship Certificates

 

Farewell BBQ

 

 

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