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Volunteers wanted!

Help us map the biodiversity of Noord-Brabant


This year, ARISE and Staatsbosbeheer are working together on a biodiversity project in the Leenderbos and the Groote Heide (North Brabant). Placing a number of different insect traps in these areas will provide insights into biodiversity and nature management, but also valuable new species for the Dutch DNA reference database that ARISE is building. Read this blog for more information. This project is expected to yield around 50,000 samples to be processed, which will also be photographed.

For this project we are looking for:

Volunteers for sampling
(minimum 16 hours - maximum 32 hours per week)

What you will do:

You will help with one of the following tasks:
- photographing,
- registration
- or preparing the physical specimens for DNA extraction in the lab.
You do this under continuous supervision.

Would you like to make a voluntary contribution to understanding and preserving our biodiversity? Would you like to learn how to work with material from insect traps in the lab? Do you like research, are you careful and do you have basic computer skills? And are you available at least 2 days a week? Then we would like to invite you for an interview!

Profile and job requirements
We are looking for volunteers for this project who:


  • have a steady hand and excel at finicky work;

  • have good computer skills;

  • are available at least 2 days a week;

  • have an affinity with biodiversity and have or would like to acquire some taxonomic knowledge;

  • Have a good command of Dutch (because you must be able to read the labels well).

What we offer

  • an exciting working environment;

  • continuous guidance;

  • if necessary, training in identifying insects at order level

  • being part of a fun team;

  • the opportunity to network;

  • free entrance to the Naturalis museum.

  • your travel costs will be reimbursed (up to a maximum of 55 km one way)

  • possibility to remain a volunteer after the project

Information and application

For more information, please contact Lotte van Leengoed ( For procedural information contact the HR department (071-7519191).

If you would like to be part of the volunteer team of this project, we would like to receive your response via the application form (in Dutch). As soon as we have found enough candidates, we will close the vacancy.

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