Updated – Curator of Botany at the New York State Museum

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Please see job posting below, with updated due date and web link, for a Curator of Botany at the New York State Museum in Albany, NY. Questions regarding the position can be sent to Dr. Robert Feranec, Director of Research & Collections (robert.feranec@nysed.gov). Current deadline for applications is September 30, 2022.

A link to this post can be found here: http://www.nysed.gov/hr/employment/museum-scientist-3-1659534495


The New York State Museum was established in 1836 and is the largest and oldest State Museum in the country. The New York State Museum currently has over 16 million scientific objects and specimens and over one million cultural objects in its collections. The vascular, non-vascular, and lichen collections were established during the museum’s beginnings and now number in the hundreds of thousands of cataloged specimens. This position will be within the Research & Collections Division of the State Museum (http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/research-collections).



Museum Scientist 3, Grade 25 (PEF)

The New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Office of Cultural Education is seeking candidates for a Museum Scientist 3 position in the New York State Museum. Under the supervision of the Director of Research and Collections, the incumbent will serve as the Curator of Botany within the Biology Program.  Duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

-Serve as the Curator of Botany within the Biology Program, overseeing the curation of the Museum’s vascular plant, non-vascular plant, and lichen collections;
-Oversee the development of grant and other funding proposals to solicit support for research, curatorial, and educational programs;
-Prepare research findings and research reports for publication as peer-reviewed journal articles, monographs and/or books, and professional presentations;
-Participate in the development of public and educational programs to meet the Museum’s internal and/or community oriented goals, and may take responsibility for their implementation;
-Participate in exhibit development and planning;
-Develop methods and carry out means of communicating research to the Museum’s diverse audiences, including outreach to groups not traditionally represented in museums; and
-Supervise the botany collections manager, as well as technicians, interns, volunteers, and students in properly organizing and cataloging these biological collections for curation.


Minimum Qualifications:

Reassignment: Candidates must have one year of permanent competitive or 55b/c service as a Museum Scientist 3.

Non-Competitive Appointment: Candidates must have a doctoral degree in biology or related field and one year of professional experience in biology; OR a master’s degree in biology or related field and three years of professional experience in biology; OR a bachelor’s degree in biology or related field and four years of professional experience in biology.


Preferred Qualification:

Preference may be given to candidates who have:

-A doctoral degree in biology with taxonomic/research experience in the flora of northeastern North America, and particularly New York;
-Well established analytical skills directly applicable to research on New York’s flora, including the analysis of DNA and/or ancient DNA;
-Experience in collections care and management;
-A well-established record of peer-reviewed publications in biology;
-Involvement in public and life-long educational programs;
-Ability to fund research and collections care through grants and/or other sources; and
-Experience in the supervision of professional staff, intern/volunteer, and students.


Conditions of Employment:

This will be a non-competitive, contingent permanent appointment. Promotions and transfers may change appointees’ negotiating unit. Candidates should be aware that changes in negotiating units may affect their salary, insurance, and other benefits. Verification of degree will be required at the time of interview for all candidates. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for the position will be required to participate in an internal peer-review process.

* Leads to a maximum salary of $111,111 based on annual performance advances.



Qualified candidates should send a resume and letter of interest by September 30, 2022 to ocejobs@nysed.gov(link sends e-mail) (email submissions are preferred). Your resume must clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. You must include the Box number (OCE-1293/27884) of the position in the subject line of your email and cover letter to ensure receipt of your application. Your social security number may be required to confirm your eligibility.

To apply for this job please visit www.nysed.gov.

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