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Harvard University Curatorial Assistant II in Cambridge, Massachusetts

55683BRAuto req ID:55683BRJob Code:403079 Curatorial Assistant II Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Curatorial Assistant IISub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :051Time Status:Full-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:

College background with at least one year of experience in a museum collection.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

BA/BS degree preferred. Specialized courses pertaining to the taxonomy of vascular plants or any of the cryptogamic organism groups and to herbarium/museum collections preferred. Word processing and data entry skills, preferably with knowledge of the Windows environment and specimen databases. Strong interpersonal and communication skills. The ability to work well independently and with others. Must be detail oriented.

Additional Information:

To be considered for this position, a resume and cover letter are required.

Harvard University will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.

*All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

The Harvard University Herbaria (HUH) include six collections and more than five million specimens of algae, bryophytes, fungi, and vascular plants. Together they form one of the largest university herbarium collections in the world, and the fourth largest herbarium in the United States. With their state-of-the art research laboratories and world class libraries, the HUH have been a centerpiece of biodiversity science since the early 1800s.

Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:

  • Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.

  • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.

  • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.

  • Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.

  • Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

Department:Harvard University HerbariaPre-Employment Screening:Criminal, IdentitySchedule:Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PMJob Function:Museum Job-Specific Responsibilities:

This position spends an equal amount of time between the vascular plant and cryptogamic collections performing the following duties:

  • Processes outgoing and returned loans, borrows, gifts, and exchanges, image and other miscellaneous requests for researchers.

  • Prepares labels for newly acquired specimens and repacks cryptogams when necessary.

  • Inserts labels and files newly acquired specimens into the collections.

  • Audits specimens in the herbaria for needed repair and makes minor repairs.

  • Images specimens and enters associated data into the database.

  • Assists with the reorganization of the collections when necessary.

  • Orients and assists visitors, and answers questions or correspondence related to the collections.

  • Prepares tours for educational purposes, including pulling specimens and leading tours.

  • Handles pest management for part of the collection.

  • May also oversee the work of volunteers and other support staff.

  • Performs other related job duties as required.

School/Unit:Faculty of Arts and Sciences EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Physical Requirements:

Ability to lift up to 40 lbs.

Working Conditions:Harvard University COVID Policy

Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: Summary:

The Curatorial Assistant II assists with the general curation of the vascular plant and cryptogamic collections.