Herbarium Collection Manager

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Summary of Position
The Herbarium is seeking to hire a Collection Manager in the Department of Biological Sciences. The Collection Manager is responsible for the maintenance and organization of the collection, which involves oversight and documentation of all collection-related procedures, filing, labeling, and preparation of specimens. It also requires strong management skills. The Collection Manager is expected to maintain working knowledge of modern techniques in systematic botany, specimen digitization, database management, herbarium collection maintenance, and fieldwork. The building housing the herbarium is scheduled for expansion and renovation that will provide prominent new space for the collections. The Collection Manager will be responsible for coordinating and overseeing moving the collection into the new space and developing exhibits to highlight the collection. The Collection Manager, in conjunction with the Herbarium Director, will develop collection improvement grants. The Collection Manager reports to the Herbarium Director, supervises and works closely with students, faculty, staff and volunteers, working in the collections. The Collection Manager will be expected to teach two undergraduate courses each year including Systematic Botany.

Acceptable minimum level of education
Master’s

Acceptable minimum years of experience
3-5 years

Additional Job Information
The College of Life Science and Agriculture maintains the Albion Hodgdon Herbarium, which contains over 200,000 specimens of vascular plants (120,000), marine macroalgae (84,000), bryophytes (1600) and lichens. The collection is a preserved, documented, and curated assemblage important to a wide array of research and teaching activities. The presence and growth of the collection at UNH is important to the University, New Hampshire, and New England because it is a readily available local resource of identified voucher specimens for the region, as well as being used in research at the national and international levels. Most of the collection (95%) has been digitized and is accessible through online portals.

Other minimum qualifications
Doctorate or equivalent professional degree in science discipline, with doctoral research closely related to project work; or Master’s degree in science discipline and at least three years of closely related research experience. Thorough knowledge of plant systematics and at least 4 years experience in herbarium collection management and prior supervisory and teaching experience.

Additional Preferred Qualifications
1. PhD in Botany, strongly preferred. 2. Extensive experience in the digitization (imaging, databasing, and georeferencing) herbarium collections.

Duties / Responsibilities

  • Aid visitors in their use of the collection. Provide the public and professional contacts with information they request from the collection. Interact and engage with public outreach and educational activities. Assist visiting researchers, conduct tours & information sessions for UNH classes & other educational groups.
  • Develop collection improvements grants in conjunction with the Herbarium Director and other Collection Managers.
  • Herbarium Collections Management: routine herbarium management and curation, specimen repair & nomenclature updates (following current literature), respond to requests for information, accession new specimens (e.g., vouchers from ongoing research), process recently collected material, as well as outgoing and incoming specimen loans, loan recalls, and loan returns, train and supervise student workers.
  • Develop and teach two undergraduate courses each year including Systematic Botany.
  • Oversee the preparation and relocation of the entire herbarium collection.

Documents Needed to Apply

  • Resume/Vita
  • Cover Letter
  • (3) Professional References Contact Info
  • Research Statement
  • Teaching Philosophy

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