Hebarium Collection Manager - Position Announcement

Tue, 2019-12-17 12:16 -- chrisneefus

Albion Hodgdon Herbarium (NHA), University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
The Albion Hodgdon Herbarium is seeking to hire a Collection Manager in the Department of Biological Sciences. The Collection Manager is responsible for the maintenance and organization of the collection, which involves oversight and documentation of all collection-related procedures, filing, labeling, and preparation of specimens. It also requires strong management skills. The Collection Manager is expected to maintain working knowledge of modern techniques in systematic botany, specimen digitization, database management, herbarium collection maintenance, and fieldwork. The building housing the herbarium is scheduled for expansion and renovation that will provide prominent new space for the collections. The Collection Manager will be responsible for coordinating and overseeing moving the collection into the new space and developing exhibits to highlight the collection. The Collection Manager, in conjunction with the herbarium director, will develop collection improvement grants. The Collection Manager reports to the Director, supervises and works closely with students, faculty, staff and volunteers, working in the collections. The Collection Manager will be expected to teach two undergraduate courses each year including Systematic Botany. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in Biology (with an emphasis in Botany), four years experience in curatorial or closely related work (or an equivalent combination of education and experience), and prior supervisory and teaching experience.
The College of Life Science and Agriculture maintains the Albion Hodgdon Herbarium, which contains over 200,000 specimens of vascular plants (120,000), marine macroalgae (84,000), bryophytes (1,600) and lichens. The collection is a preserved, documented, and curated assemblage important to a wide array of research and teaching activities. The presence and growth of the collection at UNH is important to the University, New Hampshire, and New England because it is a readily available local resource of identified voucher specimens for the region, as well as being used in research at the national and international levels. Most of the collection (95%) has been digitized and is accessible through online portals.
The University of New Hampshire, located in Durham, is a Research Land, Sea and Space Grant University that has been recognized both nationally and internationally for research excellence and a commitment to sustainability. The College of Life Sciences and Agriculture is organized into four interacting academic units plus the state's Agricultural Experiment Station. UNH is the state's flagship public research university. Our 15,000 graduate and undergraduate students are served by a full-time faculty of about 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs. The 188-acre campus is located in Durham, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast. For additional information regarding all that UNH, Durham, and New Hampshire have to offer, please see www.unh.edu.
All applicants are required to apply online at http://jobs.usnh.edu/postings/34850. The online application will require a letter of application, current vitae, and names, addresses, email and phone number of three professional references. The candidate will be notified before any references are contacted. Review of applications will begin on 20 December 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Please direct questions about this search to Lisa Buchalski <Lisa.Buchalski@unh.edu>.