Responsible for assisting Curators in the management and maintenance of the amphibian and reptile collection at the Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Center (ARDRC) in the Department of Biology. The Collection Manager will also promote the mission of the ARDRC and Biology Department by assisting the Curators with all aspects of the daily operation of the Herpetology collection, and managing a team of curatorial assistants and student workers.
Assist curators in maintaining the overall integrity of the herpetology collections of the ARDRC and execute best-practice collection management protocols for the long-term care of herpetology collections (including fumigation, storage, security and other related tasks). Maintain and add to the Department's reprint collection related to reptile and amphibians. Accession and catalog incoming collections. Follow exact procedures for washing, tagging, entering specimen data into collection database, and integrating specimens into the collection. May aid in collecting and fixing amphibians and reptiles according to accepted procedures and guidelines. Maintain, and in some cases, prepare ancillary collections, including vocalization tapes and digital files, skeletal preparations, cleared and stained specimens, and tissue/DNA specimens. Assist Curators in obtaining and integrating acquired collections into the ARDRC. Digitize and georeference specimens. Maintain current collection database, which is available for searching on the VertNet website. Interface with IT personnel to ensure the integrity of the database. Daily collection maintenance: Maintain current fluid collection by testing and replacing fluids as needed, upgrading and replacing labels and specimen tags as needed, verifying localities, and ensuring stability of collection room conditions. Identify (re-identify) specimens and reorganize collection when required due to taxonomic revisions. Maintain cleanliness and organization of the ARDRC facilities (including library, collections, specimen preparation room, storage rooms). Maintains inventory of all division supplies and equipment. In consultation with the curators, orders supplies and equipment as needed. Monitor environmental conditions and oversee daily function of collection facilities. Ensure that all ARDRC users are informed of and adhere to all health and safety guidelines. This includes training and supervision of visiting scientists, graduate students, undergraduate researchers, and student workers. Responsible for all phases of loaning specimens to other institutions for research, including following national and international regulations for shipping and receiving, packing specimens to ensure their integrity, filling out and maintaining loan forms, loan tracking, and corresponding with researchers to ensure the safe arrival and return of specimens. Handle loans requested by curators and graduate students in herpetology. Develops professionally by being member of various societies as appropriate (i.e., Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections) and attending annual meetings or workshops provided by these societies as funding permits. Engages in other professional development activities as approved by the curators. Assist curators in preparing proposals for research and facilities grants. Assist professional visitors to the collection and when requested by the curator, will provide tours of the collection for special visitors, present lectures, or assist museum education and exhibit personnel with herpetology-related or collection-related questions or events. Participate in annual events hosted by UTA or the Biology Department. Commensurate with the qualifications of the candidate, up to 20% of effort may be research-oriented, including the Manager's own projects or participating in Curator's projects (e.g. field work).
Minimum required qualifications include: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in life sciences or related field, working knowledge of the taxonomy and identification of amphibians and reptiles, demonstrable knowledge of care and management of natural history collections, and familiarity with biodiversity informatics. We seek an energetic person who has the ability to work both independently and as part of a team and who has excellent organizational skills and a detail-oriented approach. The successful candidate will be motivated to develop new, creative projects that enhance the care and usefulness of the collection. The candidate should have basic knowledge of museum practices and standards for collection care; excellent oral, written, supervisory, and basic mechanical skills; computer skills and ability to adapt rapidly to changes in technology; and the ability to interact in a positive and enthusiastic manner with others in the workplace. The ability to lift 20 lbs. is necessary because of the heavy nature of alcohol-preserved specimens in glass jars.
Desirable qualifications include experience with different computer systems and with relational databases and other relevant software; enthusiasm for occasionally participating in the preparation of museum exhibits and in the education department's field trips or courses for children and adults.
Applicants must include in their online resume the following information: 1) Employment history: name of company, period employed (from month/year to month/year), job title, summary of job duties and 2) Education: school name, degree type, and major. “A complete application will include a letter of application addressing qualifications, CV, statement of collection management philosophy, names and contact information for three references, and up to three representative publications (optional). Special consideration will be given to applicants committed to excellence who can contribute to the University's innovative, collaborative, and multidisciplinary initiatives to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that will change the world. See https://www.uta.edu/strategicplan/.
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