USA - MA - Cambridge
USA - MA - Allston
USA - MA - Boston
Prairie View, Texas
Location: USA - MA - Cambridge
Internal Number: 55536BR
Reports to the MCZ's Director, Collections Operations, and the faculty-curator of herpetology. In conjunction with the Director, Collections Operations, and the faculty-curator, the Curatorial Associate (CA) will determine short- and long-term collection priorities.
Assists with development of policies and processes that conform to best-practice standards for the long-term preservation and conservation of specimens within the herpetological collection in accordance with and as defined by natural history museum associations (e.g., Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, The American Alliance of Museums). Supervises the daily curatorial activities of the curatorial staff assigned to the collection, temporary staff and students. The CA also oversees the activities of academic and non-academic visitors, researchers and students using the collection. Management responsibilities include building and developing a diverse and effective team; planning and delegating work effectively; communicating and monitoring performance expectations; motivating and developing direct reports; and ensuring compliance with Harvard-wide, FAS and MCZ policies and procedures, as well as local, state and federal laws and regulations. Is responsible for managing the curation of existing and new collections. Oversees and processes all incoming/outgoing loans of specimens, including proper documentation for import/export permits. Identifies new acquisitions through fieldwork, donations, etc., and oversees the proper accessioning with the appropriate documents, including capture in the computerized specimen database and maintenance of departmental accession files. Provides oversight of the database and is responsible for accurate data input, enhancement and updating. Prepares and monitors departmental budgets and orders collection-related supplies necessary for the curatorial activities of the department. Consults on the development of work/research areas and space for housing specimen collections within the department. May be called on to assist in preparation of grant proposals for collection or facilities improvement. Participates in museum-wide initiatives and collaborative projects, including with other MCZ departments. Assists the public with questions.
In order to be considered for this position, a cover letter and resume must be submitted.
***All formal written offers will be made by FAS HR.
We are unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
With rich collections comprised of more than 21 million extant and fossil invertebrate and vertebrate specimens, the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard University has been a center for research and education focused on advancing evolutionary biology and biodiversity science since its founding in 1859.Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Master's degree required in biology and/or natural history museum studies. At least 7 years of curatorial experience in a herpetology collection. Minimum of 3 years of supervisory experience.
Superior knowledge of vertebrate systematics. Experience in handling specimens highly desirable. Demonstrated writing, public speaking, and organizational skills; excellent computer skills, including database management. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required, as well as the ability to work both independently and in a busy team environment.