The Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) is seeking to hire a part-time Curatorial Assistant II in the Department of Malacology. Reporting to Curatorial Associate, this position supports the Mobilizing Millions of Marine Mollusks of the Eastern Seaboard (ESB) grant. This position is 17.50 hours per week.
Job specific responsibilities of this position:
Enter uncatalogued specimen data for marine mollusks (i.e. snails, clams, squid) into the museum-wide database and makes routine identifications, requiring specialized knowledge of differences between marine, freshwater and terrestrial mollusks.
Image primary types associated with the ESB grant, after all steps have been completed in ensuring the specimen is in fact a type specimen.
Compare data of cataloged records for accuracy and completeness, involving: interpretation of historical data, understanding of ocean depths, and discerning between units of measurement, etc.
Assist with creating a taxonomic dictionary and georeferencing localities, for MCZ databases, which may also later be provided for the creation of the larger shared database available worldwide.
Maintain order of the collection and other collection related duties as required.
Perform clerical functions connected with other institutions associated with the ESB grant.
May serve as a source of information to the public, visiting scholars, researchers, and students. May interact with public exhibits and other institutions to provide images and answer correspondences related to the collection.
This is a part-time one-year term position from the date of hire, with a high probably of extension based on funding and performance.
To be considered for this position, a cover letter and resume must be submitted. Harvard University will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.
***All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.
The Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) is a preeminent center for contemporary zoological research and teaching. Its permanent collections comprise approximately 21 million specimens of extant and fossil invertebrates and vertebrates, as well as frozen tissues, microscope slides and other associated objects, such as the Blaschka glass invertebrates.
The FAS and MCZ are committed to cultivating not only the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students but also in developing an inclusive culture that is vibrant, engaging and encouraging of innovation as well as intellectual debate. We believe creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace allows employees from all backgrounds and walks of life to achieve their fullest potential. We also believe an inclusive culture is one that accepts, values and views as strength the difference we all bring to the workplace. We encourage our community members to participate in our FAS Diversity Dialogues.
Salary Grade: 051
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
High School Diploma or equivalent required, in addition to 1+ years of experience of working in a museum malacology collection, or a minimum of a bachelor's degree with coursework in biology or other closely related fields (e.g. invertebrate zoology, marine biology). Experience with data processing, spreadsheet and database software.
College background in biology, malacology, invertebrate zoology or museum studies. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Experience working with collection database management programs (e.g. MCZbase, GEOLocate) and web interface required. Knowledge of PC computers, including Microsoft Word and Excel in addition to demonstrated comfort with learning new software applications. Ideal candidate will have great attention to detail, be self-motivated, and the ability to work as part of a team. Should be able to demonstrate good written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to lift 30 lbs. Experience with type species concepts and photographing specimens ranging in size (5-25 mm) is preferred.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 53232BR
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