[Taxacom] Non-career taxonomists and Career taxonomists Was: Sub-professionals

Phillip Sc. Boegh psboegh at snm.ku.dk
Wed Jun 24 03:37:36 CDT 2009

Dear Phil Jenkins and other TaxaCom's
> I've been watching all the messages go by the last few days, and have seen
> the word "subprofessional" go by, tossed around like it was a well-known and
> well-defined object that was immediately recognizable on sight. 
To avoid misunderstanding, we have used the terms "Non-career 
taxonomists" and "Career taxonomists" in our deliverable send resently 
to EU. It conserns the status and suggestions on further options of the 
Taxonomic workforce. I suggest we use these terms, if no-one feel offended.
> I have a MS.
> in the taxonomy of a small group. I am a Curatorial Specialist, Senior, our
> Human Resources tell me. I identify a few thousand plants a year for
> agencies, students, the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, Poison Control, the
> public and at times for consultants (who get charged for the service). I
> work in a herbarium that will be a half a million specimens before I retire.
> I spend most of my time identifying plants from bales of hay, stomach
> contents, and scraps from people who "wouldn't dream of hurting a native
> plant". I take on all comers. Since I don't have a PhD. in Systematics, nor
> am I the Director of the herbarium I work in, I'd like to ask if I am "one
> of them". 
In the formal way, you risk to be called a Sub-professional. Thats why a 
formal certification will be of value to prove your status and secure 
you get all the same options to identify as any University employed 
> A subprofessional. Is there a consensus out there? Thanks for
> helping me to better understand my identity.
My best suggestion is given on the Email Subject: Non-career taxonomists 
and Career taxonomists

Best regards

> Phil Jenkins  ARIZ
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