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JOB ALERT: Digitization Specialist - Full-Time, Temporary

Wed, 05/18/2022 - 11:52am -- maphillips

Digitization Specialist, DigIn

Full-Time, Temporary

Los Angeles, CA, US

 

The Natural History Museum of LA County (NHMLAC) seeks a Digitization Specialist for the NSF-funded project DigIn: Digitizing Marine Invertebrates. Over the next four years, the DigIn project team at NHMLAC will digitize and georeference 320,000 specimen and lot records and move data online as part of a 19-institution network.  NHMLAC  was the first museum in L.A. to open its doors 109 years ago and is poised for an exciting new era as it plans for the future. Having recently completed a new strategic framework, the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County—including the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park, La Brea Tar Pits and Museum in mid-Wilshire, and the William S. Hart Museum in Newhall—is looking forward to new collections and research initiatives, building projects and campaigns, exhibitions, community outreach, and innovative audience engagement.

The Digitization Specialist will lead a team of digitizers (potentially including staff, students, interns, and volunteers).  Working with curators and collection managers in NHMLAC’s invertebrate zoology collections, the Digitization Specialist will develop and implement workflows for specimen handling, digitizing, and data entry, develop and maintain custom databases and data refinement procedures, and will maintain a high level of quality throughout the team.  The Digitization Specialist will work closely with NHMLAC’s Database Manager, the DigIn Digitization Project Manager, DigIn PI, and staff at other institutions to move NHMLAC data through the DigIn data pipeline.  As a core part of the DigIn team, the Digitization Specialist will participate in DigIn consortium working groups, meetings, and outreach workshops on behalf of NHMLAC.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County values and endeavors to support diversity, equity, inclusion, and access within its organization and communities. Candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color (BIPOC), neurodiverse, a woman, a person with a disability, a veteran, and/or a part of the LGBTQAI+ community are welcome and encouraged to apply.  We are especially interested in candidates whose background and experience have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to engage and include culturally diverse audiences in museums and in science.  It is an exciting time as we embark on new journeys of becoming a museum of, for, and with L.A.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead team of digitizers accomplishing grant-funded project “DigIn: Digitizing Marine Invertebrate Collections”, overseeing the digitization process from jar to database.  Recruits, trains and functionally supervises digitizers.  Ensures appropriate handling of specimens and maintains high standards for overall collection care.

  • Develops and/or implements workflows to ensure accuracy and consistency across team members.  Troubleshoots, problem-solves, and coordinates with collections staff to update workflows and processes as needed.  Creates and maintains procedures for data quality control, refinement, and transformation from raw data collection to final database entries.

  • Develops, maintains, and modifies custom database systems to ensure that digitized data are entered with a high degree of accuracy.  Works closely with Database Manager, DigIn Digitization Project Manager, DigIn PI, and DigIn georeferencing leads to ensure NHMLA data are entered and formatted correctly and move through to the iDigBio and GBIF portals and to other external aggregators.

  • Develops and delivers staff training, manages crowd-sourced or contractor processes for transcription, oversees georeferencing, participates in DigIn consortium meetings and working groups, assists in development and production of DigIn outreach activities and workshops.

  • Participates in and supports the department’s and the institution’s work to increase inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA).

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience and education equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in a related field with 3 years experience working with natural history collections and associated data.

  • Working to expert knowledge of principles of databases and biodiversity informatics.  Working knowledge of software and data management tools typically used in natural history collections. Ability to create data refinement pipelines for bioinformatic records using industry standard tools (e.g., R, Python, OpenRefine).

  • Basic to working knowledge of biological taxonomy.

  • Working knowledge of the organization of natural history collections and typical storage conditions for specimens.

  • Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication.

  • Ability to write clear technical procedures and professional correspondence.  

  • Experience training and supervising a diverse team of staff, volunteers, and students.

 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience and education equivalent to a master’s degree in a related field with 5 years experience working with natural history collections and associated data.

  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement databased-backed data collection and management systems and code-driven data processing pipelines.

  • Working knowledge of external data resources and repositories such as WoRMs, GBIF, and iDigBio.

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, access and inclusion work.

  • demonstrated ability to design, implement, and revise user documentation for complex technical procedures.

  • Ability to effectively present technical information to and respond to questions from colleagues.

 

OTHER INFORMATION

The salary range for this position is $64,400–66,560.  This is a full-time, temporary, exempt position with excellent benefits. The position is funded for three years with a possibility of extension.  Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States.

This position is located at the main NHM building in Exposition Park in Los Angeles.  Some travel to off-site locations may be required.

Applicants and employees are invited to identify reasonable accommodations that can be made to assist them to perform the essential functions of the position they seek or occupy. The incumbent must be able to perform this job safely, with reasonable accommodation if necessary, without endangering the health or safety of him/herself or others.

Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Submit a current resume, a cover letter describing how your experience, knowledge, and interest qualify you for this position, and the names and contact information of three professional references through the Museum’s employment site at https://nhm.org/careers-our-museums/careers-natural-history-museum.

The NHMLAC established a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for staff effective August 10, 2021. NHMLAC is requiring that all staff receive the vaccine for COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Exemptions for documented medical reasons or a sincerely held religious belief may be requested.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please contact jobs@nhm.org for any application inquiries.

CT Scanning Short Courses

Wed, 05/18/2022 - 11:43am -- maphillips

 

Two short courses on generating and working with CT data will be offered at the University of Texas at Austin during July 11–13 and August 8–10, 2022. These are the final two short courses sponsored by the oUTCT grant that is a partner of the openVertebrate (oVert) Thematic Collections Network.  Funds are available to cover travel, lodging, and meals; there are no charges to attend the workshop!

To apply for this course email Dr. Jessie Maisano (maisano@utexas.edu).

Workshop flyer

 

Applications now open for the 2022 Inclusive Teaching Initiative!

Mon, 05/02/2022 - 8:56am -- maphillips
The Botanical Society of America is happy to offer several awards including normal travel and conference expenses for the Botany 2022 Conference in Anchorage, Alaska (July 23-27). These travel awards are designed for faculty at 2-Year Colleges, Community Colleges, Tribal Colleges, HSI-HE and HBCU institutions. This is an exciting opportunity to attend an international botanical conference of six scientific societies and to share pedagogical and research ideas, as well as interact with 1000+ plant scientists from across the globe.
 
What is the Inclusive Teaching Initiative?
The Inclusive Teaching Initiative brings together faculty from minority-serving institutions with educators, researchers, and professional botanists to participate in programming and share experiences with evidence-based teaching and inclusive mentoring.

Funding includes:

  • Travel costs
  • A room at the conference hotel
  • Conference registration
  • A $500 stipend
Faculty accepted for this award will be able to participate in the regular conference activities, including attending symposia, contributed papers, and presenting posters if desired. Special programming of interest include: 
  • July 24 Pedagogy Workshop - “Broadening Botanical Pathways in Teaching: Planting Inquiry in Undergraduate Science Classes”
  • July 25 Education and DEAI Research Talks - “Creating an Inclusive Experience in the Classroom and Across the Discipline”
  • July 25 Networking Event - “Making Connections: Networking across the botanical community”
Who is eligible?
Applications from science faculty at the following minority-serving institutions will be accepted:
  • Community Colleges
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Hispanic Serving Institutions
  • other Minority-Serving Institutions
Please note: We are not able to fund non-US citizens for this opportunity due to the funding source.
 
How do I apply?
To apply, fill out this short webform by May 25, 2022. Questions may be directed to Sarah Sims, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Coordinator for the Botanical Society of America at ssims@botany.org

Assistant Collections Manager, Marine Biodiversity Center, NHM of LA County

Mon, 02/28/2022 - 7:33pm -- ellwood

https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=2fc0a355-012e-4bef-9c85-724ae074a06a&ccId=19000101_000001&lang=en_US&jobId=9200250496962_1&source=EN

Assistant/Associate Collections Manager, Marine Biodiversity Center

Regular Full-Time

Los Angeles, CA, US

The Natural History Museum of LA County (NHMLAC) seeks an Assistant/Associate Collections Manager for our Marine Biodiversity Center (MBC).  The MBC works closely with several other collecting departments to manage specimens from all marine invertebrate groups, and we integrate traditional preserved specimens, tissue samples, and genetic data in the management of the collection.  NHMLAC  was the first museum in L.A. to open its doors 109 years ago and is poised for an exciting new era as it plans for the future. Having recently completed a new strategic framework, the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County—including NHM at Exposition Park, La Brea Tar Pits and museum in mid-Wilshire, and the William S. Hart Museum in Newhall—is looking forward to new collections and research initiatives, building projects and campaigns, exhibitions, community outreach, and innovative audience engagement.

The Assistant/Associate Collections Manager will participate in collections activities including processing incoming and outgoing loans and accessions, creating, maintaining, and improving database records, conserving and organizing specimens, developing and troubleshooting molecular genetics procedures for sample processing and analysis, improving and enhancing the collection through physical improvements and digitization projects, facilitating the use of the collection by researchers and other users, and supporting the needs of other NHMLA divisions and priorities.  They will oversee the work of staff, students, and volunteers, including training, supervising, creating workflows, and ensuring quality control for collections projects.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County values and endeavors to support diversity, equity, inclusion, and access within its organization and communities. Candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color (BIPOC), neurodiverse, a woman, a person with a disability, a veteran, and/or a part of the LGBTQAI+ community are welcome and encouraged to apply.  We are especially interested in candidates whose background and experience have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to engage and include culturally diverse audiences in museums and in science.  It is an exciting time as we embark on new journeys of becoming a museum of, for, and with L.A.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assists with the care and operation of the Marine Biodiversity Center collection, including organizing and conserving specimens, preparing and processing loans and acquisitions, and facilitating collection visits.  Curates specimens as directed, including tissue subsampling and preservation for molecular genetic analysis, processing genetic extracts, generating archival genetic sequences, and developing and troubleshooting molecular genetics protocols. Participates in the development and implementation of collection growth and improvement projects. 

  • Assists in managing collections data and documentation, including data retrieval, cataloging, entering/updating database records, inventorying, managing genetic data associated with specimen records, and enhancing documentation through digitization.  

  • Participates in education and other public program activities of the Museum including but not limited to collection tours, supporting exhibitions, and participation in public museum events. May handle inquiries from the public and researchers and respond to requests for information about the collection.  

  • Develops working knowledge of trends and techniques in collections management, collection-based research, conservation, digitization, biodiversity informatics, government regulations, and/or documentation relevant to ongoing projects and the work of the collection.

  • Participates in the recruitment, training, and oversight of personnel including interns, students, part-time staff, and volunteers.  Develops and implements workflows to ensure quality in collections operations.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 1-3 years experience in the collection, organization, care and/or conservation of natural history specimens/collections; relevant experience may have been gained through work as a student or professional.  We encourage applicants in their cover letters to explain how their particular combination of education and experience qualifies them for the position.

  • 1-3 years experience in molecular genetics lab techniques, data management and analysis, including the ability to extend existing protocols, develop novel protocols, and successfully troubleshoot lab and analytical procedures.

  • Working knowledge of biological taxonomy and the organization of  natural history collections.

  • Basic knowledge of database software and common principles of biodiversity informatics, and working knowledge of software typically used in natural history collections.

  • Experience training and supervising others.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience writing technical documents such as workflows and procedures.

  • Experience effectively presenting information to and responding to questions from individuals or groups of managers, scientists, and the general public.

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, access and inclusion work.

OTHER INFORMATION

The hourly wage for this position is $22.00-$26.44.  This is a full-time, regular, non-exempt position with excellent benefits. An offer will be made either at the Assistant or Associate level depending on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.  Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States.

The primary location for this job is at the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park in Los Angeles.  Some offsite travel will be required.

Applicants and employees are invited to identify reasonable accommodations that can be made to assist them to perform the essential functions of the position they seek or occupy. The incumbent must be able to perform this job safely, with reasonable accommodation if necessary, without endangering the health or safety of him/herself or others.

Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Submit a current CV or resume, a cover letter describing how your experience, knowledge, and interest qualify you for this position, and the names and contact information of three professional references through the Museum’s employment site at https://nhm.org/careers-our-museums/careers-natural-history-museum.

The NHMLAC is establishing a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for staff, effective August 10, 2021. NHMLAC is requiring that all staff receive the vaccine for COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Exemptions for documented medical reasons or a sincerely held religious belief may be requested.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.