Herbarium Curator

Website University of California Davis - Center for Plant Diversity


Job Summary
Under general supervision, this position is responsible for: curation of the pressed plant specimen collections (herbarium) and associated library/archives of the UC Davis Center for Plant Diversity; plant identification of plant samples submitted by the public, agency personnel, and university researchers; assisting visitors and giving tours of the Herbarium; assisting with campus teaching programs; leading workshops, field trips, and collecting trips; implementing outreach programs; assisting the Director with budgetary planning; formulating funding strategies for new collection development; formulating herbarium policies; making decisions about computerization of the collections and digitization of specimens; preparing grant proposals; collaborating with other academic and professional organizations; representing the Herbarium at meetings, conferences, and public events; conducting and publishing independent and Herbarium research; developing externally funded research and outreach projects to investigate and enhance understanding and protection of the California flora. This position is open until filled, for full consideration please apply by 12/13/2019.


Salary Range: $4,883.33 – $9983.33 / MO.
Appointment Type: Career
Percentage of Time: Fulltime, 100%
Shift Hours: M-F, 8 to 5, Work flexible scheduling, including some weekend and evening hours to meet operational needs.

Apply by: 12/27/2019. This position is open until filled, for full consideration please apply by 12/13/2019.


  • Sit or stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to lift 35lbs.


Work flexible scheduling, including some weekend and evening hours to meet operational needs.

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.



  • Extensive background and knowledge, at the level of a Ph.D. in Systematic Botany or equivalent, of principles and practices of plant taxonomy, including modern approaches based on phylogenetic evidence, and in-depth understanding of the relationships between theoretical and philosophical issues in systematics and curation and management of museum collections.
  • Knowledge of legal requirements regarding collection permits and proper collection techniques and times for biological entities, especially ethical/legal issues about rare and endangered species.
  • Technical knowledge at the level of a Ph.D. in Systematic Botany or equivalent, to accurately identify plants of the world, especially native and introduced plants of California and plant remains or parts that would be difficult for most botanists to identify.
  • Organizational skills to plan, organize, present, supervise, and report the results of complex projects and programs.
  • Excellent supervisory skills and knowledge of acceptable personnel policies and demonstrated experience working in a team structure.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated skills needed to understand and evaluate complex management policies and procedures, financial forms, budgets and reports.
  • Extensive knowledge about database development and design, as well as excellent understanding of data management issues (maintaining data integrity, security, etc.).
  • Demonstrated creativity in developing printed and electronic publicity and educational materials for a range of academic levels. Skill as an instructor and leader.
  • Demonstrated skill as a dynamic, creative instructor and leader in both classroom and field settings.
  • Demonstrated creativity in developing ideas for research and outreach projects, skill in writing proposals to obtain funding to support such projects, and experience writing timely and effective reports of results.


  • Knowledge of and demonstrated research skills to keep abreast of current issues and solutions available to managers and curators of museums.
  • Demonstrated skill in integrating information with practical issues to formulate effective policies.
  • In-depth knowledge of use of taxonomic keys and literature. Ability to find relevant references for proper identifications.
  • Familiarity with alternative (e.g., chemical, molecular) methods of identification.
  • Excellent record-keeping skills to keep accurate records.
  • Time management skills to prioritize and manage projects with conflicting deadlines.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience working with volunteers.
  • Skilled in preparing accurate budgetary plans.
  • Advanced computer skills (Windows, Macintosh, and Unix systems) to communicate and collaborate effectively with high-level computer programmers and technicians.
  • Knowledge, skills, and technical background to evaluate and recommend cost-efficient technical purchasing recommendations for museum.
  • Advanced systems level, word processing, graphics, and database computer skills desirable.
  • Excellent public speaking, teaching, writing, and editing skills. Experience presenting scientific and professional works at scientific/museum meetings.
  • Demonstrated ability to serve as Principal Investigator on grant proposals and as primary author on scientific papers.
  • Knowledge and skills to develop and present outreach and training programs and projects.


Background Check

This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.

EEO/AA Statement

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

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