SUMMARY: The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a collections and digitization manager for the Olga Lakela Herbarium (DUL) at the University of Minnesota Duluth. The herbarium develops and maintains collections explicitly for use in research and education, benefiting society and the university at large. The scientific role of the herbarium is to train students and engage in systematic biology and biodiversity studies. This is a 25-month, 75%-time position. This is an AFSCME Technical labor-represented position.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (40%) - Oversee the day-to-day management, preservation, and accessibility of the DUL biodiversity collection, including specimen curation, record keeping, and monitoring of loans in/out of DUL. - Train, schedule, and supervise members of the public as herbarium volunteers and undergraduate student curation technicians to carry out tasks such as mounting, filing, updating the specimen database, and georeferencing of specimens. - Respond to inquiries from members of the university community, visiting scientific researchers, governmental and consulting agencies, and members of the public. - Oversee spending and herbarium budget, providing monthly summaries of spending to the DUL herbarium director. - Represent the herbarium in public outreach and engagement events, including engagement with local botanical clubs and societies (e.g. specimen mounting workshop, herbarium open house events), as well as providing an excellent professional presence on social media platforms. - Assist with the writing and preparation of funding/grant proposals related to herbarium infrastructure, personnel, and specimen-based research. This includes but is not limited to: data mining, leveraging digital infrastructure for scientific studies of the northland flora, and building inter- and intra-institutional collaborations related to innovation, conservation, and museum collections.
(60%) - Database management, oversight and execution of DUL specimen digitization onto the Symbiota platform; to include data curation, troubleshooting, and improvement of database functionality for upload to the Bell Museum online data repository, the Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas.
PHYSICAL/ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS: Specific physical requirements or environmental exposures includes exposure to hazardous materials (mercuric chloride contaminated specimens); some lifting of specimens and boxes is required (usually less than 30 lbs).
Minimum of 2 years of college in studio arts and/or natural sciences plus two years of exhibit or related experience; or a combination of education and/or relevant experience to total four years.
Knowledge of botanical museum principles, practices, and procedures.
Evidence of leadership, sound reasoning, analytical thought, attention to detail, creativity, high levels of organization, and innovation in solving problems.
Proficiency with computer software and database management, as well as the ability to learn new programs, as needed, for database development.
Internal Number: 329808
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