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Summer Job: Vertebrate Preparator

Summer Job: Vertebrate Preparator

The Friends of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum is seeking up-and-coming wildlife biologists to work as zoology lab assistants at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina, Saskatchewan. The position will focus on the preparation of bird study-skins and skeletons for inclusion into the provincial natural history collection and may involve some field work. You can expect to have hands-on experience conducting rigorous data collection and specimen preparation. You will also work with communications staff to develop social media posts about your experience working at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum and increase the public’s knowledge and appreciation for Saskatchewan’s natural history.


  • You must meet all eligibility requirements for the Young Canada Works program.
  • You must have at least one year of university study in biology or one year of a technical diploma program related to wildlife biology.
  • You are able to work independently, but just as importantly, are able to work effectively and respectfully with other summer students and RSM employees.
  • You must have an eagerness to learn and experience a natural history museum atmosphere/workplace.


  • Formal animal dissection experience or practical experience working with dead animals (e.g., dressing game) is a definite asset. However, we will provide appropriate training as long as you are comfortable with the sights, sounds and textures of animal dissection.
  • You will have some basic knowledge of wildlife in Saskatchewan, especially birds.

In support of promoting diversity in STEM fields, visible minorities and Indigenous people are encouraged to apply. Employment is typically for 16 weeks, beginning in May until the end of August, at $18.50/hour.

Email applications (cover letter and resume) to: Dr. Ryan Fisher (Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, Royal Saskatchewan Museum)

Application deadline is April 1, 2024.  Only suitable candidates will be contacted for an interview.

*Even if you do not meet all the preferred qualifications, we still encourage you to
   submit an application!


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