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Collections Assistant

Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver, CO 80206
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    117240587

Job Summary: This position is responsible for managing the Denver Botanic Gardens natural history collections, which includes a vascular plant herbarium, a macro-fungal herbarium, an arthropod collection, an ethnobotanical collection and other biological assets. These regional collections are to be maintained at established and approved standards for use by the scientific, educational, and general public audiences. The Collections Assistant is responsible for the implementation of all policies and protocols related to the natural history collections. The Collections Assistant manages day-to-day activities associated with the maintenance of the collections including but not limited to: manage and recruit volunteers, oversee processing of specimens from mounting to databasing and filing, assist visitors to the herbarium through providing tours, and assist with special requests and identifications. The Collections Assistant also participates in outreach and education activities related to the collections.

Career Type: Full-time

Education/Experience: At least two years of experience in the field of museum collections, botany, mycology, taxonomy, biology, ecology, environmental sciences or related area or equivalent; or Bachelors or Masters degree with related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of experience and education. Knowledge of collections management, database management, and Microsoft Office are essential. Fungal and/or plant identification skills preferred. Must possess strong communication skills, both written and spoken, excellent time management skills, good interpersonal skills, and capable of supervising and working with staff and volunteers. Must possess valid Colorado Drivers License or the ability to acquire one, and an acceptable driving record.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Responsible for all aspects of collection management including but not limited to processing of incoming material and existing collections, care, conservation, and documentation of collections as well as processing exchanges, gifts and loans.
  • Responsible for the management of interns and volunteers, including but not limited to training, supervising day-to-day tasks, development of independent projects and their supervision from initiation to completion.
  • Oversee non-departmental staff, volunteers, visitors, researchers, botanical artists and students working with the physical or digital collections.
  • Advocate and promote the collections internally and externally through public education initiatives, development of interpretation material, and interaction with the public.
  • Collaborate with peers at other museums and with the museum community to update and integrate best practices throughout all protocols and processes.
  • Work closely with collection staff to ensure consistency of protocols and processes and responsible for successful implementation of improved or new protocols.
  • Support, encourage, and track visitation to the collection.

Other Job Duties:

  • Communicate with staff, Gardens members and the public about the herbaria.
  • Provide support for Associate Director of Research & Head Curator, researchers and students through training on use of the herbarium and assisting with identification.
  • Write materials to communicate with DBG members and the public regarding the natural history collections
  • Maintain satisfactory working relationships with managers, co-workers and others.
  • Maintain a positive, helpful and solution-oriented demeanor when responding to or serving members and visitors.
  • Perform other duties as requested by management.

Benefits: Major benefits include choice of medical plans, dental, vision and life insurance, medical and daycare Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Healthcare Spending Account (HSA) ; a generous retirement plan plus paid holidays, vacation, personal and sick time and access to personal lines of insurance. Additional benefits include short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), an ECO pass and a complimentary Denver Botanic Gardens membership, access to Gardens education classes and summer concert tickets.

PI117240587

<p><strong>Job Summary</strong>: This position is responsible for managing the Denver Botanic Gardens natural history collections, which includes a vascular plant herbarium, a macro-fungal herbarium, an arthropod collection, an ethnobotanical collection and other biological assets. These regional collections are to be maintained at established and approved standards for use by the scientific, educational, and general public audiences. The Collections Assistant is responsible for the implementation of all policies and protocols related to the natural history collections. The Collections Assistant manages day-to-day activities associated with the maintenance of the collections including but not limited to: manage and recruit volunteers, oversee processing of specimens from mounting to databasing and filing, assist visitors to the herbarium through providing tours, and assist with special requests and identifications. The Collections Assistant also participates in outreach and education activities related to the collections.</p> <p><strong>Career Type</strong>: Full-time</p> <p><strong>Education/Experience:</strong> At least two years of experience in the field of museum collections, botany, mycology, taxonomy, biology, ecology, environmental sciences or related area or equivalent; or Bachelors or Masters degree with related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of experience and education. Knowledge of collections management, database management, and Microsoft Office are essential. Fungal and/or plant identification skills preferred. Must possess strong communication skills, both written and spoken, excellent time management skills, good interpersonal skills, and capable of supervising and working with staff and volunteers. Must possess valid Colorado Drivers License or the ability to acquire one, and an acceptable driving record.</p> <p><strong>Essential Job Duties: </strong></p> <ul> <li>Responsible for all aspects of collection management including but not limited to processing of incoming material and existing collections, care, conservation, and documentation of collections as well as processing exchanges, gifts and loans.</li> <li>Responsible for the management of interns and volunteers, including but not limited to training, supervising day-to-day tasks, development of independent projects and their supervision from initiation to completion.</li> <li>Oversee non-departmental staff, volunteers, visitors, researchers, botanical artists and students working with the physical or digital collections.</li> <li>Advocate and promote the collections internally and externally through public education initiatives, development of interpretation material, and interaction with the public.</li> <li>Collaborate with peers at other museums and with the museum community to update and integrate best practices throughout all protocols and processes.</li> <li>Work closely with collection staff to ensure consistency of protocols and processes and responsible for successful implementation of improved or new protocols.</li> <li>Support, encourage, and track visitation to the collection.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Other Job Duties:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Communicate with staff, Gardens members and the public about the herbaria.</li> <li>Provide support for Associate Director of Research & Head Curator, researchers and students through training on use of the herbarium and assisting with identification.</li> <li>Write materials to communicate with DBG members and the public regarding the natural history collections</li> <li>Maintain satisfactory working relationships with managers, co-workers and others.</li> <li>Maintain a positive, helpful and solution-oriented demeanor when responding to or serving members and visitors.</li> <li>Perform other duties as requested by management.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Benefits: </strong>Major benefits include choice of medical plans, dental, vision and life insurance, medical and daycare Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Healthcare Spending Account (HSA) ; a generous retirement plan plus paid holidays, vacation, personal and sick time and access to personal lines of insurance. Additional benefits include short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), an ECO pass and a complimentary Denver Botanic Gardens membership, access to Gardens education classes and summer concert tickets.</p> <img src="https://analytics.click2apply.net/v/X76pwwT2OQrjIlR4u5rpj"> <p>PI117240587</p>
Posted: 2020-01-18 Expires: 2020-02-19

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