The curatorial assistant will work under the direct supervision of the Director of Collections to initiate an ambitious project to data base and image about 1.5 million plant specimens from the United States and Canada at the Harvard University Herbaria (HUH). Research is ultimately directed at the use and understanding of the region's flora. One focus will be the Southern Rocky Mountain flora where the data will aim to address the significance of plants for narrow ecological niches and adaptive zones demanded of life in extreme environments that promote morphological divergence and genomic isolation.
The core function of the position involves locating plant material from the United States and Canada in the HUH collections, capturing of digital images, and data basing of label information. Work may also involve some conservation and repair of damaged specimens. May perform other related general curatorial duties as required.
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The Harvard University Herbaria (HUH) include six collections and more than five million specimens of algae, bryophytes, fungi, and vascular plants. Together they form one of the largest university herbarium collections in the world, and the third largest herbarium in the United States. With their state-of-the art research laboratories and world class libraries, the HUH have been a centerpiece of biodiversity science since the early 1800s. www.huh.harvard.edu
This is a term position with an estimated end date of June 30, 2019
Salary Grade: 051
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
One year of museum collections experience or related coursework in the field of plant biology.
Candidate must be detail oriented and able to perform repetitive tasks, with excellent interpersonal skills. Must be flexible and willing to take on new assignments. Experience working both independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively with other team members. Should be able to demonstrate good written and verbal communication skills. Knowledge of PC/Mac computer platforms and Microsoft Office software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access, and comfort with learning new software applications.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to reach with hands and arms and lift and/or move up to 10 pounds; occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds; and rarely lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Regular working positions are to sit and/or stand at a work station such as imaging station and computer. The employee is occasionally required to get up a step stool or kneel. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.
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