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The primary responsibility of Herbarium Curator is to maintain, by modern accepted curatorial means, the library of more than 116,000 plant and fungal specimens housed in the Massey Herbarium. This position supports the botanical community at large with resources that meet current needs in taxonomy, ecology, conservation biology, natural and agricultural resources management, and related fields through collection enhancement and sound collection management. This position is also expected to enhance the visibility of the Herbarium by expanding its role in the research, teaching, and outreach missions of the Department of Biological Sciences and the University. As such, the curator will take the lead on developing herbarium-based modules for laboratory courses and herbarium-based outreach activities, including supporting research grant proposals developed by department faculty. The position also contributes to efforts to secure external funding for collection improvement and related research. In all of these activities, the curator collaborates with and reports to the herbarium director.
Required Qualifications:Bachelor's degree in biological sciences, botany, or related field, or equivalent level of training and/or experience.
Experience in natural history collection management.
Experience in plant identification.
Working knowledge of preparing and maintaining plant and fungal specimens for herbaria.
Experience with database and image processing software.
Ability to work comfortably with all individuals in a diverse multicultural environment.
Ability to work independently.
Preferred Qualifications:Master's degree or higher in biological sciences, plant sciences, or related field, or an equivalent level of training.
Botanical field and herbarium experience including collections management.
Independent research experience in taxonomy, floristics, or biogeography.
Experience in collections-based outreach.
Experience in developing proposals for external funding.
Employee Category: Staff (Salary)
Appointment Type: Regular
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Review Date: 01/03/2017