Manager of Scientific Collections (UCP 7), Revised/Repost

Storrs, CT
May 19, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Title: Manager of Scientific Collections (UCP 7), Revised/Repost
Job ID: 2017581
Location: Storrs Campus
Full/Part Time:
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Posting

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology seeks a Manager of Scientific Collections (UCP 7) to curate the CONN herbarium, which houses collections that support the teaching and research activities of a large academic department and other scientific users. The successful candidate will organize, maintain, and manage departmental collections; i.e.: identify, prepare and catalog botanical specimens, including herbarium specimens, paleobotanical specimens, and fluid-preserved plant materials; maintain and update CONN records in relevant databases (such as the Consortium of Northeast Herbaria, GBIF, iDigBio, and Index Herbariorum); maintain the collection's digital database and all associated computer and imaging equipment, including backups, software and antivirus updates, and monthly data updates; provide support to faculty involved in collections-based research; respond to data requests from scientists and other investigators and assist visiting scientists who have been granted access to the collections; interview, hire, and train student workers and volunteers to assist in managing and data basing the collections; facilitate collection growth by initiating and/or processing exchanged and/or donated acquisitions from other institutions; purchase equipment and supplies necessary to maintain the collections; participate in the instruction of the collections course; manage all incoming and outgoing loans, both physically and electronically.

  • M.S. or PhD degree in botany, or closely related field
  • Detailed knowledge of taxonomy and botanical nomenclature, with particular reference to eastern North American groups
  • Ability to understand, use and maintain the collection database (BG-Base) and HTML export protocol proficiently
  • Detailed knowledge of modern curatorial standards and techniques including pest control, specimen mounting and processing, and digital specimen data basing and imaging
  • Prior experience in working with botanical databases

  • Prior work experience in a herbarium
  • Prior experience using BG-Base software
  • Experience with using servers, related software (e.g., Windows Server), and networks
  • PhD in botany


This is a full-time, 12-month position and includes full benefits with an excellent healthcare and retirement package.


Please submit a cover letter and resume via UConn Jobs ( Additionally, please have three professional letters of recommendation emailed directly from your references to Screening will begin immediately. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2017581)

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 PM eastern on June 12, 2017.

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