[Taxacom] Job Opening: Plant Taxonomist

Peters, Rebecca rpeters at calacademy.org
Tue Jul 22 11:42:16 CDT 2008



Position Title: Plant Taxonomist, Gaoligong Shan Biodiversity Project

Department: Botany

Full-time; Application deadline 15 September 2008                       


POSITION SUMMARY: Serves as the botanist for the Biodiversity of the
Gaoligong Shan project, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, for 1.5 years
beginning in the summer of 2008. The incumbent's primary responsibilities
will be to study herbarium collections resulting from a long-term survey of a
mountain range in Yunnan Province, China. The incumbent will conduct species
identifications, track specimen identifications from outside experts, and,
with additional study of historical collections from various herbaria,
compose floristic treatments of several groups of plants for the Gaoligong
Shan. Opportunity exists for contributions to GIS and biodiversity assessment
analyses. Assigned responsibilities require a Masters or Ph.D. and advanced
knowledge of plant systematics. Salary commensurate with degree and
experience. This position reports to the lead botanist on the project and
works closely with the collections manager of the Department of Botany at the
California Academy of Sciences.



Oversee the identification of the collections derived from the project.

With the assistance of the collections manager, distribute selected specimens
to experts for identification as needed.

Database historical collections data from herbaria and contribute to
taxonomic revisions of various plant groups.

May participate in the development of exhibits based on the results of the

Follow all Academy safety regulations

Other duties as assigned



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each
essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are
representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform
the essential functions.



Masters or Ph.D.; specialty in systematic botany



Good organizational skills

Computer and database knowledge, spreadsheet knowledge

Understanding of the components of a flora and its uses

Knowledge of botany of East Asia

Thorough understanding of botanical curatorial practices

Knowledge of GIS applications desirable.



Fluency in Chinese and English highly desirable.


Please apply at the web site www.calacademy.org (click on Employment at
bottom of that page)




Please contact the web site noted above regarding this position.



Rebecca Peters

Botany Department

California Academy of Sciences

San Francisco, CA, USA


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