Entomology Collections Manager - 22225BR
Entomology Collections Manager
- Ensure long-term integrity and preservation of collection and collection-storage environment.
- Maintain and improve collection-care protocols.
- Continue to develop and maintain Specify collection database.
- Maintain and organize records of collection activity, use, and status for annual reports, grant submittals, and other documentation.
- Process specimen loans, exchanges, and gifts; oversee specimens moving into and out of the collection; maintain appropriate records of such activities.
- Collaborate with curators to plan and implement divisional goals, priorities, and programs.
- Collaborate with other museum collection managers to achieve high quality collections care and economy of scale in all collections-related activities.
- Assist and supervise users of the collection, including students, and help to train them as appropriate.
- Respond to inquiries from scientists, governmental and consulting agencies, the public, and other users.
- Participate in the museum’s public programming by providing information and specimens and assisting in exhibit design; assist in museum public functions.
2. Collection strategic development, improvement, and acquisition (20%)
- Organize and prepare documentation necessary for specimen accession, including national and international permits and associated documentation.
- Oversee the preparation and staging of newly accessioned specimens, and the digital capture of associated data for their integration into the collection and collection database, respectively.
- Foster research use of the collection by qualified researchers.
- Improve the curatorial state of the collection as research use suggests and time permits.
- Participate in acquisition of specimens by facilitating gifts and exchanges, and by occasional fieldwork and expeditions as approved by the curators.
3. Supervision (20%)
- Train and supervise graduate student curatorial assistant(s).
- Hire, train, and supervise undergraduate assistants.
- Train and supervise volunteers working in the collection.
4. Professional development (10%)
- Work closely with the entire BI collection management staff to ensure consistency of practice.
- Participate in collection-management training and development through professional societies.
- Undertake research in area of expertise when not in conflict with collection management duties.
- Participate in relevant professional societies and workshops.
5. Other Divisional and Institutional duties as appropriate (5%)
- Lift up to 25 pounds with or without accommodation.
- Utilize ladders to reach cabinets and shelves.
- This position is required to work on-site.
- Master's degree or other advanced degree in biology, entomology, museum studies, or related field from an accredited university.
- Working knowledge of the taxonomy and identification of insects.
- Demonstrable knowledge of care and management of natural history collections, with a special emphasis on preventative conservation and collection-storage environments.
- Familiarity with biodiversity informatics, including relational databases (e.g., Specify), web-based applications, and distributed networks.
- Previous collection-management experience in a natural history collection, with a special emphasis on entomological collections.
- Expertise in one or more taxa that constitute divisional strengths and programmatic priorities.
- Working knowledge of specimen photography and associated equipment.
- Experience supervising and training students and volunteers.
Additional Candidate Instructions
- online application form
- cover letter
- names and contact information for three professional references
- Statement of Collection Management Philosophy