The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.
The Section of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology seeks a highly motivated individual to work in the Plant Pathology Herbarium (CUP). Manage a large fungal herbarium, including managing loans, accessioning specimens, maintaining an effective index, and reorganizing the collections. Develops and implements integrated pest control strategies. Implement a data computerization process using commercial software on database servers and a Macintosh computer. Develop, update and maintain the Herbarium website. Conduct public outreach and/or independent research relating to the collection fungal taxonomy and documentation, collection development, curation methods. Give occasional demonstrations of herbarium working procedures, lead tours of the herbarium, and identify fungi for members of the public. Assist in developing a public outreach program through web, workshop, and print media. Provide supervision to students and volunteers as needed. Train and orient students and volunteers to ensure that all laboratory protocols and procedures adhere to safety requirements. Assist in fund-raising to support collection development. Responsible for making some decisions, which require consideration of various criteria. Work closely with PI under general supervision, keep supervisor informed of progress.
Bachelor's degree in Natural Sciences, or other related postgraduate training program;
Two to three years in Museum Management, or related fields, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Some knowledge of botanical nomenclature and / or systematics is needed.
Must have demonstrated ability to handle sensitive/confidential material in a professional manner.
Previous experience working with collections database software.
Must be personable, flexible, possess excellent, organizational and communication skills, good contingency planning abilities, and the ability to multitask.
Requires close concentration and visual attention.
Ability to develop effective working relationships with a wide variety of faculty, staff and students and outside cliental.ele
Requires sound reasoning, analytical thought, creativity, and innovation in solving minor problems that occur day to day.
Ability to use judgment in accomplishing tasks that are urgent; balance conflicting priorities, and make decisions from a range of choices.
Must be able to work independently and must be comfortable spending long periods of time with little contact with other department members.
Must have and maintain a valid NYS driver's license.
Ability to lift 30-50 lbs and use a step ladder to access high drawers.
Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University.
Prior supervising experience.
Master's degree is preferred in mycology, botany, plant pathology, museum management or education.
Knowledge of, or interest in learning about fungi is strongly preferred.
Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.
Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.
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