[Taxacom] Job Opening: Plant Taxonomist
rpeters at calacademy.org
Tue Jul 22 11:42:16 CDT 2008
Position Title: Plant Taxonomist, Gaoligong Shan Biodiversity Project
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.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Masters or Ph.D.; specialty in systematic botany
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
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.
California Academy of Sciences
San Francisco, CA, USA
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