[Taxacom] paid archives internship: data engineer

Yager, Heather HYager at calacademy.org
Mon Apr 15 11:57:58 CDT 2013

Hello Taxacom!

We'll be hiring an intern at the California Academy of Sciences to work on our IMLS grant "Connecting Content" - seeking applications!

Job post: http://calacademy.snaphire.com/jobdetails?ajid=XTX78


Reporting to the Archivist, the Data Engineer Intern plays a key role in a pilot project exploring methods of connecting text, digital images, and taxonomic data sets.  Intern will build elegant, reusable code to connect archival collections with biological specimen records, and will have the opportunity to invent creative ways of visualizing the resultant data sets.  This project is funded under "Connecting Content: A Collaboration to Link Field Notes to Specimens and Published Literature," a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  This position is a 135 hour internship, with a stipend of $4000.00 and the option of receiving course credit. Hours must be completed between 9AM-6PM, Monday - Friday, during the summer of 2013.


Work with Archivist to plan 3-month software project
Build elegant and reusable code to interact with RESTful web services
Explore methods of visualizing taxonomic data sets on the web and in Google Earth
Present results to project partners and Academy staff
Work onsite at the California Academy of Sciences
Follow all Academy safety regulations
Other duties as assigned


The ideal candidate will possess a combination of the following education and/or equivalent experience to succeed in this position:

Currently pursuing BS or MS in Informatics, Computer Science, Library/Information Science, or closely related field at university.
Understanding of data structures or database design.
Familiarity with at least one scripting language.


Experience with RESTful web services (JSON / XML responses)
Experience working with KML files, and Google Earth
Demonstrated ability to write high-performance, reusable code
Demonstrated experience with at least one scripting language, preferably Python or PHP
Fluent in English
Excellent attention to detail

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:  Send a resume and cover letter to archives at calacademy.org<mailto:archives at calacademy.org> no later than 5pm PST, Monday, April 29, 2013.

Heather M. Yager, MLIS
Archivist and Digital Collections Librarian
California Academy of Sciences
415.379.5490 (ph)
415.379.5729 (fx)
hyager at calacademy.org<mailto:hyager at calacademy.org>

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