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Jr. Specialist - Herbarium Management and Curation

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The UC Davis Center for Plant Diversity herbarium in the Department of Plant Sciences is seeking a Junior Specialist with a background in herbarium management and curation to join our team starting October 1, 2018. The successful candidate will: curate scientific collections, plan and carry out outreach to the university community and the general public, supervise students and volunteers in specimen imaging and Symbiota database data entry, document our type specimen collection, assist with taxonomic research of the genus Lycianthes (Solanaceae), and assist with the writing of technical reports and other scientific publications. The successful candidate will be expected to make substantive scientific, scholarly, and intellectual contributions by evaluating the general methodological approaches being used, and to recommend alternative approaches where appropriate. The successful candidate will work a flexible schedule, as some duties may occur on weekends or evenings.
I. Research in specialized areas (90%)
40% Taxonomic research of the genus Lycianthes (Solanaceae)
Measure herbarium specimens, construct species description, work with specimen distribution data in an Access database, generate distribution maps. 30% Herbarium curation
30% Herbarium Specimen Curation
Curate scientific collections made by faculty, graduate students and staff (sometimes using older hand-written field notes); create specimen labels using databases; georeference specimen locations using mapping programs; use up to date scientific evidence to organize plant collections; document our type specimen collection, including imaging, databasing, and researching original publication data.
20% Curation oversight
Supervise students and volunteers in specimen filing, databasing, and imaging; using both Access and Symbiota databases.
II. Professional Competence and Activity (5%)
Contribute to writing technical reports and scientific publications on the genus Lycianthes.
III. University and Public Service (5%)
Communicate with our stakeholders; plan and carry out outreach to the university community and the general public.
Qualifications: B.S./B.A. in Life Sciences with an emphasis in plant sciences required. One year full-time or two years part-time herbarium experience is required. Previous experience with plant taxonomy and knowledge of flowering plant families and genera is required. Proficiency with Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Access is required; experience with Dreamweaver and Arc GIS (or equivalent freeware) is preferred. Familiarity with world geography/place names is necessary. Experience with georeferencing specimens is necessary. Experience working with specimen imaging and Symbiota software is preferred. All aspects of this position require great attention to detail and organizational skills. Good written and verbal communication skills (English) are required. Good people skills are required; experience with outreach is preferred.
Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor’s degrees and three years’ relevant work experience. (See APM-UCD 330)

Term of Appointment: Full time for 1 year, with the possibility of extension.
Salary: $39,500/yr.

Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.