This position is responsible for general curation of the vascular plant herbarium.
Processes outgoing and returned loans, borrows, gifts, exchanges; miscellaneous and image requests for researchers; including transaction paperwork. Prepares and inserts labels for newly acquired specimens. Sorts and files newly mounted specimens into the collection; audits specimens in the herbaria for needed repair and makes minor repairs. Conducts pest management for part of the collection. May recommend to the Curator team taxonomic groups in need of revision and assist with the reorganization of the collections using taxonomic publications, including annotating specimens according to citations. Adds new records to the specimen database; updates existing records; and reports bugs from the database. May serve as a principal source of specialized information on the collection according to expertise. May organize and distribute work and train interns, volunteers, and other curatorial staff. Assists and orients visitors and answers questions or correspondence related to the collections. Organizes, prepares, and leads tours for educational purposes. Participates in logistical and curatorial projects (special projects) and performs related job duties as required.
To be considered for this position, a resume and cover letter are required.
**All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.
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 fourth 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
Salary Grade: 053
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
College background in plant biology or related field. Minimum of two years of collection experience required.
BA/BS degree preferred. Experience working in an herbarium preferred. Must be detail oriented. Ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Good knowledge of plant biology strongly preferred. Proactive problem solver with good judgement to know when to include manager. Familiarity with computers, Zoom and Microsoft Office. Excellent communication and organizational skills.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 54703BR
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