Harvard University Curatorial Assistant II in Cambridge, Massachusetts

48145BRAuto req ID:48145BRJob Code:403079 Curatorial Assistant II Location:USA - MA - Jamaica Plain Business Title:Curatorial Assistant IISub-Unit:Arnold Arboretum Salary Grade:051Time Status:Full-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:

  • A minimum of one (1) year experience in related field

  • Must be able to conduct inventories of outdoor nurseries, and collect herbarium vouchers from the outdoor collections during all months of the year.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Bachelors’ degree with course work in botany, horticulture, or a related field preferred.

  • Work experience in plant records/curation at a public garden, as well as an herbarium, preferred.

  • Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, and to work well as a member of a team.

Additional Information:Additional Information:

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is the oldest public arboretum in North America and one of the world's leading centers for the study of plants. Founded in 1872 and designed by America's first landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, and the Arboretum's first director, Charles Sprague Sargent, the 281-acre Arboretum is an historic landmark and one of the best preserved of Olmsted's landscapes. A unique blend of beloved public landscape and respected research institution, the Arboretum provides and supports world-class research, horticulture, and education programs that foster the understanding, appreciation, and preservation of woody plants. Along with a horticultural library and herbarium encompassing some 1.3 million dried plant specimens, the Arboretum comprises one of the largest and best documented woody plant collections in the world, with over 14,000 living plants. To learn more about the Arnold Arboretum, please visit: www.arboretum.harvard.edu

Pre-employment screening:

Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background screening.

Department:CurationPre-Employment Screening:Identity Schedule:Full time. 35 hours per week. Monday through Friday.Job Function:Museum Duties & Responsibilities:

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Curatorial Department plays a fundamental role in stewarding the Arnold Arboretum’s 147-year old collection of temperate woody plants and their records. This includes acquisition planning, collection inventorying and evaluation, facilitating scholarly use, and other forms of documentation. As a member of the team, the Curatorial Assistant inventories plants growing in the Dana Greenhouses and Nursery, conducts curatorial tasks in the Herbarium of Cultivated Plants, and supports other plant records and curatorial initiatives under the supervision of the Keeper of the Living Collections.

Dana Greenhouse and Nurseries. The Curatorial Assistant provides support at the Dana Greenhouse and Nurseries primarily in the way of inventorying and labeling of plants. He/she produces accurate plant inventories of all plants in the nurseries and greenhouse through frequent and thorough review, and maintains all records in the institutional plant collections database, BG-BASE. In addition to plant inventories and records databasing, the Curatorial Assistant is responsible for producing and maintaining accurate labels of these plants. At peak times of demand, the Curatorial Assistant may provide assistance in accessioning and other related tasks.

Herbarium of Cultivated Plants. The Curatorial Assistant develops, cares for, and maintains the herbarium specimens (ca. 130,000) in the cultivated herbarium of the Arnold Arboretum (A), located in Jamaica Plain. This includes all duties associated with adding to the collection: gathering and mounting new vouchers; databasing, barcoding, and label preparation; and insertion into the herbarium. The Curatorial Assistant maintains organization and order of all specimens, including all sorting/refiling tasks. He/she scouts for and repairs damaged specimens. He/she maintains a pest-free environment by using hygienic practices, monitors for pest infestations, and maintains a rotational schedule for freezing specimens. He/she assists visitors and scholars in their use of the collection, which includes scanning/loaning of specimens.

The Curatorial Assistant performs other duties including data entry, records review/auditing, and conducts special curatorial projects related to the Arnold Arboretum’s living collections and plant records archives. He/she serves as a key informational resource to other staff, visiting scholars, students, and the public.

This is a 35 hours/week position, with a Monday through Friday scheduleSchool/Unit:University Administration EEO Statement: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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.