Plant Collections Manager -- University of Connecticut

Kent Holsinger kent at DARWIN.EEB.UCONN.EDU
Fri Apr 7 11:10:13 CDT 2006

Plant Collections Manager
(Manager of Scientific Collections, UCPEA VII)
Department of Ecology Evolutionary Biology
University of Connecticut

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology seeks a dedicated
person to manage the botanical holdings in a state-of-the-art combined
collections facility.  The collections support teaching and research
activities of the Department and scientific public.  The successful
candidate will organize and maintain the vascular and non-vascular plant
herbaria and the paleobotanical collection and will identify, prepare,
catalog and database preserved plant specimens and living arboretum
specimens.  The plant collections manager responds to requests from
faculty and visiting scientists and shares responsibility for
maintenance and operation of the combined collections facility with
other collections managers. The plant collections manager maintains
professional liaisons with curators at other institutions and assists
other agencies with species identifications, status of rare and
endangered species, etc.  Other principal responsibilities are to manage
all incoming and outgoing loans, maintain the botanical collections
database and website, mount and label specimens acquired by the
herbarium, curate the associated library, and perform related duties as
required.  This position also involves training of student workers and
volunteers, preparation of public/instructional exhibits and facility
tours, participation in a collections management seminar, processing of
donations and exchanges and purchase of equipment and supplies.

Minimum Qualifications: M.S. degree in botany (or appropriate field);
fundamental curatorial skills; knowledge of plant taxonomy and botanical
nomenclature; excellent computer and organizational skills; basic
knowledge of taxonomic databases.

Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in systematic botany or related area and
prior experience in herbarium management; detailed knowledge of BG-BASE
or similar electronic database; experience in data sharing initiatives
(e.g., GBIF, RBGE multisite); detailed knowledge of modern curatorial
standards and techniques; knowledge of standard loan protocols and
specimen packaging; knowledge of image capture and manipulation.
The review of applicants will begin on May 15, 2006 and will continue
until the position has been filled.

Please send cover letter, resume and three letters of recommendation to:
Dr. Don Les, Chair, Search Committee, University of Connecticut,
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 75 North Eagleville
Road, Unit 3043, Storrs, CT 06269-3043.

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