The Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH; http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu) at the University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu) invites applications for a full-time collections manager of the herpetology collections, effective 1 July 2017.
This person will oversee and manage the curation of herpetological
specimens, the accession of specimens into the collection, the
maintenance of division records, reports, collections budget, and
supplies, the processing of loans to and from the herpetology
collection and provide assistance to visiting scientists and scholars.
Day-to-day curation includes handling preserved skins and skeletons as
well as fluid-preserved scientific specimens (maximum ~12 lbs/jar). The
collections manager will be responsible for loans, managing volunteers,
maintenance and improvements of collections databases, and preparation
of scientific specimens. It is expected that the collections manager
will participate in on-going lab- and field-based research projects in
cooperation with the curator(s) of herpetology at FLMNH. Participation
in public education programs and exhibit planning within and outside
the FLMNH will also be strongly encouraged. Coordination of tours and
press visits within the Herpetology collection; preparation of
appropriate educational outreach devices (i.e., website, educational
ADVERTISED SALARY: Commensurate with education and experience.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's degree in a related field and five
years of experience working with a collection of an appropriate
discipline. Specific knowledge of the discipline for the collection
area is required.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. preferred, with at least 2 years of
experience in working with a systematic collection of amphibians and
reptiles. Proficiency at using the scientific literature to identify
such species, prepare and curate specimens in accordance with the
standards of the discipline. Inclusive of:
A. Intimate knowledge of inner workings of a systematic herpetology
collections and curatorial techniques. Among these are:
(a) skills constructing and working with databases;
(b) ability to extract and interpret field data;
(c) knowledge of international, federal, and state regulations
pertaining to scientific specimens;
(d) skills in geocoding and mapping data;
(e) knowledge of preservation techniques;
B. Sufficient knowledge of the systematics of amphibians and reptiles
and associated literature is necessary for accurate sorting and
identification of incoming material, catching earlier identification
errors, ascertaining relative values of incoming material, and shelving
C. Knowledge of computers and software, specifically Specify,
GIS-related applications, Microsoft Word, and other technical software
specific to research discipline for mapping localities.
D. Must be able to work independently so that day-to-day activities
need not require constant monitoring by the immediate supervisor. In
addition, the person in this position must have good organization
E. Knowledge of standard field collecting techniques and procedures and
how to secure proper permits.
F. Demonstrated ability for effective scientific writing, research, and
communication with peers, students, and the general public. Knowledge
and adherence to the rules and regulations associated with the
collecting, shipping and accessioning of natural history specimens for
a major museum and specimen repository and managing a database for the
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS: In order to be considered for this
position all applicants must submit (1) a CV, (2) names and contact
info for 3 professional references, and (3) a statement of philosophy
regarding the use and management of scientific collections (1 page
maximum). This is a time-limited position.
For questions about this position, please contact FLMNH Associate
Curator of Herpetology, Dr. David C. Blackburn.
For further details on the position, please visit:
To be considered, all applications must be submitted on-line at
http://jobs.ufl.edu (requisition # 501283).
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