Curator, Invertebrate Zoology

Posting Date: Mar 18, 2023

Location: Edmonton, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: Curator, Invertebrate Zoology 

Job Requisition ID: 32748

Ministry: Culture

Location: Edmonton

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: March 24, 2023

Classification: Scientific 2

About Us

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The Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) is the largest museum in western Canada and one of the top museums in Canada. Located in the Arts District in downtown Edmonton, we collect, preserve, research, interpret, and exhibit objects and specimens related to the heritage of Alberta's people and natural environment.

For more information about the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) please visit our website at:


The Royal Alberta Museum is seeking a dynamic and well-qualified individual to take on the role of Curator of Invertebrate Zoology. The Invertebrate Zoology collection comprises about 755,400 specimens, with about 400,000 being pinned insects, 350,000 specimens in alcohol or on slides, and around 5,400 other specimens, mainly marine shells. The pinned collection has strengths in Hymenoptera, as well as Lepidoptera and Coleoptera. The slide collection includes primarily chironomid larvae, terrestrial mites and mammalian/avian ectoparasites. The fluid collection includes a broad range of freshwater invertebrates and molluscs. The focus of the collection is Alberta, though it also includes specimens from other areas of North America and beyond. The Live Animals displays, and reserve collections, include more than 200 species of invertebrates, both native to North America and exotics, as well as 12 fish and 3 reptile species.

You should have deep knowledge and taxonomic expertise in at least one field of invertebrate zoology and knowledge of invertebrate systematics. You will supervise a team of five, with two direct reports. 

As a Curator, your primary focus is scientific research and associated collections development, considering the interests of stakeholders and the public. However, you provide expertise for other program areas within the museum, interact with the public, and oversee the Live Animals team. You are expected to use your taxonomic expertise to solve problems related to the identification and curation of invertebrate specimens. As such, you should have expertise in at least one group, but you are expected to handle questions and issues ranging across the spectrum of invertebrate zoology. This requires you to have excellent research skills, a strong publication record, and a wide professional network within invertebrate zoology.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  1. Increasing knowledge of the biodiversity of invertebrates in Alberta within a regional context through independent scientific research
  2. Building and maintaining a collection of invertebrate specimens of historical, educational, and scientific value as it pertains to the biodiversity of Alberta within a regional context
  3. Communicating knowledge to inform and educate Albertans about invertebrates and biodiversity
  4. Identifying opportunities to further the museum's goals and strategic direction as they pertain to invertebrate biodiversity
  5. Supervising staff to ensure delivery of program products and services, to promote staff satisfaction, and to maintain a safe working environment.
  6. Overseeing the Live Animals team to ensure that live animals displays are well maintained, engaging and meet appropriate animal care standards.


Ph.D. in bioscience or zoology, specifically in an invertebrate zoology area.  Equivalency: Master’s degree in a related area.  Post-secondary education in museum studies or museology is an asset.  A minimum of 3 years experience in a natural history museum or similar institution.


Additional requirements

  • Capacity to do fieldwork for research and collection purposes
  • Demonstrated written productivity, including publications in peer-reviewed literature
  • Experience in collecting, preparing, and mounting or storing invertebrate zoology specimens
  • Experience supervising a team of 2 or more employees
  • Class 5 Driver’s License



  • Training in outreach and science communication

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviors that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process.


The link below will assist you with understanding competencies:


  • Build Collaborative Environments: Collaborates across functional areas and proactively addresses conflict
  • Agility: Identifies and manages required change and the associated risks
  • Develop Networks: Works on maintaining close relations with all stakeholders
  • Develop Self and Others: Plans according to career goals and regular development
  • Creative Problem Solving: Focuses on continuous improvement and increasing breadth of insight


$2,838.45 to $3,720.80 bi-weekly.  ($74,083 - $97,112/ year)


  • This is a permanent full-time position
  • Hours of work are 36.25 hours weekly. Days of work are Monday to Friday. Occasional weekend and evening work may be required
  • Candidate must be eligible to work in Canada. A current work visa is required
  • In order to accurately reflect your related experience/education, in your resume, please include dates (including months and years) associated with all education and work experience
  • For employment: Please indicate whether your work experience is casual, part-time or full-time. Example: Receptionist, Jan 2018 - June 2021, Part-time (three 8 hr shifts/week)
  • For any Post-Secondary Education: Please specify your major and length of program, the educational institution, and the year you graduated. Examples: Bachelor of Science, major in Zoology, University of Alberta, 2009
  • Your cover letter and resume will be used as a screening tool to assess your written communication
  • Presentations may be used as part of the interview process
  • Final candidate will be required to undergo a security screening
  • Individuals who applied to the previous posting for this position need not re-apply

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Closing Statement

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.


We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.


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If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.