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The Volunteer Botanical Training Program is designed to allow students of botany, environmental science and related subjects the opportunity for substantive scientific work experience in the Australian National Herbarium and Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research (CANBR) in Canberra, Australia.

Participants assist with various Centre programs and receive both task-specific training and general botanical training. Work sessions are designed to give students a feel for life in the scientific workforce. Training sessions complement academic studies with both botanical and general workforce-skills components. A certificate of participation and a personal employment reference are supplied upon completion of the Program.

The Program runs for seven weeks full-time over January and February and covers a variety of topics. The Program was first run in 1993. Selection for placement in the Program is by application review. Financial support is not available and participants will work as registered volunteers. A five-day per week commitment is expected.

Participants will work at the Australian National Herbarium located at the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) and the adjacent Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Black Mountain site in Canberra and will receive a broad spectrum of practical botanical training in sessions conducted by professional scientists and conservationists within the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research.

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