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Job Posting, MSU Herbarium

Susan Therese Meiers ST-Meiers at wiu.edu
Fri Jul 26 02:24:23 EST 2002

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Assistant Curator, Michigan State University Herbarium

The MSU Herbarium seeks a second, full-time Assistant Curator to 
manage our vascular plant collection. The successful applicant will report 
to the Director, and will work closely with the current Assistant Curator, 
who manages our non-vascular collections. The MSU Herbarium is a very 
activecollection of nearly 500,000 specimens, with several associated 
faculty, many graduate students, and active loan and exchange programs. 
The herbarium houses nearly 500,000 specimens. Our herbarium and 
systematicsprograms are growing rapidly, and thus, we are searching for 
an energetic,dynamic, independent, person who can actively contribute.

Curatorial duties for the vascular plant collection (day to day operation
of MSU Herbarium), include, but are not are limited to:
"       Managing incoming and outgoing loans.
"       Managing museum exchange.
"       Overseeing preservation, filing, and curation of specimens.
"       Aiding MSU researchers in plant identification.
"       Overseeing the Herbarium Library

Outreach/public education:
"       Orient visiting scholars.
"       Handle phone, and in-person queries for plant data (e.g. common 
and scientific names, toxicity, geographic origin, etc).
"       Identify plants for other MSU programs or the public.
"       Give (infrequent) tours of the herbarium to students or to the public.
"       Provide material for the MSU Herbarium website.

Databasing projects:
"       Help the staff identify databasing priorities and develop plans to
achieve databasing goals, including hardware and software choices.
"       Assist in databasing specimens.
"       Assist in providing access to our database online.

Salary range begins at $35,000/yr, and a higher base is possible for
someone with experience. Full benefits are provided. The position is fully
funded for 3 years. Renewal beyond the three year trail phase is 
dependenton overall program development.

A masters degree in plant systematics or a related field, or a bachelors
degree in botany or a related field and 3 yr experience in herbarium
environment. Experience in identifying vascular plants.Knowledge of 
databasing techniques, especially software and web interfaces.

Applicants should submit the following materials by email, fax, or mail: A
CV or resume, the names, addresses, email addresses, and phone 
numbers ofthree referees, and a brief cover letter discussing their interest 
in the  job and long-term career goals. Review of applications will begin 5 
August2002 and will continue until the position is filled.

MSU is an equal opportunity employer.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Director with any questions 
aboutthe position or the program: Dr. Alan Prather, alan at msu.edu, ph.
517-355-4695, fax 517-353-1926, MSU Herbarium, Department of Plant 
Biology,166 Plant Biology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 

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Susan T. Meiers
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL  61455
office: (309) 298.2008
FAX: (309) 298.2270

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