CBU Work Study Bursary Program – Parasite Collection Curator Intern – 2017F011


Job Title: Parasite Collection Curator Intern

Department: Department of Biology

Supervisor: Kathy MacIntosh, Senior Lab Instructor, Biology (BSc, BEd, MSc) Office: A132-C
The student would be carrying out most of their work in the Biology Lab (A120) where the parasite collection is currently housed. The lab would be available for hands-on work on this project Monday to Thursday after 4:00 and on Friday afternoons and weekends. Photomicroscopy would be done using the system in A-118. All specimens collected in recent years are stored in ethanol. Older specimens that may be in formalin would be examined in a fume hood (next door in A125 or in the Field Ready Room). The student will be given instruction in safe handling protocols.

Job Description: 

In our Parasitology course (Biol 4241) students and I have conducted many dissections on local wildlife specimens and have extracted many parasites over the past decade. These have been preserved and tentatively identified. I would like to have a student assist me with definitive identification of our specimens. This would require examining specimens, verifying appropriate features and comparing their observations to reliable reference material. In some cases, it might be necessary for us to contact researchers with expertise on specific taxa. Definitive identification of parasites from local wildlife would be useful to wildlife biologists in our region – for example, those working with Department of Natural Resources, Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Parks Canada.

If time permits, it would also be useful to have the student complete an inventory of specimens in our parasite collection. In addition to the specimens that had been used in teaching parasitology labs, when Dr. Cheryl Bartlett retired she kindly left us with a considerable number of additional specimens that had been housed in her research space. The student will be asked to organize and inventory those materials.


  • Student should be entering at least the third year of a Bachelor of Science degree and be majoring in Biology.
  • It would be expected that they would have taken Invertebrate Zoology (Biol 2411).
  • The ideal candidate would also have taken Parasitology (Biol 4241), though this would not be a requirement for the position.



  • Verify identification of preserved parasites that have been extracted from local wildlife specimens.
  • Training will be provided in the skills required (microscopy, photomicrography, identifying characteristics).
  • Direction will be provided to help student research reliable resource material, in print and online.
  • If time permits, the student would be expected to assist in organizing our parasite collection by making suitable informative and consistent labels and starting the process of compiling an inventory. Training will be provided regarding labeling and setting up spreadsheets for data entry.

Application Details

Start Date: September 2017

End Date: December 2017

Hours: All positions are part-time, hours TBD

Only eligible students can apply to a CBU Work Study Bursary position. If eligible send resume, cover letter and an application to the CBU Work Study Bursary Program to: awards@cbu.ca Submissions that do not include an application to the CBU Work Study Bursary Program will not be considered. All applications must also reference the above Job Number.

To determine eligibility and to complete an application go to: http://www.cbu.ca/come-to-cbu/tuition-finances/scholarships-bursaries/work-study-bursary-program/