Peter Rauch anamaria at GRINNELL.BERKELEY.EDU
Thu Feb 24 16:26:53 CST 2000

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Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2000 18:25:00 -0500
From: Meredith A Lane <lane at>
To: TAXACOM-request at USOBI.ORG
Subject: Please post a job announcement


The Biodiversity Group of the Academy of Natural Sciences
(Philadelphia) is seeking a Collection Manager (CM) for the Academy's
botanical collections. These comprise vascular plants (ca. 1.6
million specimens), bryophytes (16,000 specimens), diatoms (221,000
slides), other algae (9,000 specimens), cyanobacteria (5,000
exsiccata), and fungi (ca. 3000 specimens). The vascular plant
herbarium is extremely important historically (over 60,000 types);
our diatom herbarium is arguably the world's best. The CM will be
responsible for caring for the collections, including processing and
cataloging incoming material, maintenance of systematic order,
identification, conservation and preservation of specimens, and
keeping records of collections usage and growth that facilitate
applications for grant funds. The CM will work at the direction of
the curators of the Department (Drs Lucinda McDade [vascular plants]
and Richard McCourt [algae]), and the Vice President of the Academy
for Biodiversity (Dr Meredith Lane). The CM will interact with the
local, national, and international scientific and amateur communities
through specimen loans, response to inquiries, and working to
maximize usage and utility of the collections, primarily through
hosting visiting researchers and databasing specimen information for
dissemination via the Internet. The CM will also contribute to the
growth of one or more collection(s) through his or her own collecting
efforts, supervise curatorial assistant(s), work-study students and
volunteers, and participate in the Academy's public programs and
other service activities.

Qualifications include: At least a Master's degree (PhD preferred) in
botany, knowledge of the vascular flora of the mid-Atlantic region
and the eastern United States generally, familiarity with the use of
computers and the Internet in collections activities, and five years
experience working with museum collections in a position with similar
responsibilities (with proof of sound training in collection
management, recent graduates will be considered).

Application materials should include a letter of interest, curriculum
vitae, and names, addresses, and phone numbers of at least three
references. These should be sent to:

Botany CM Search
c/o Mark Isaksen
Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia PA 19103

215-299-1028 (fax)
isaksen at

Review of applications will begin 30 March 2000, and continue until a
suitable candidate is identified.

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