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Harvard University Curatorial Assistant III in Cambridge, Massachusetts

61408BRAuto req ID:61408BRJob Code:403082 Curatorial Assistant III Department Office Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Curatorial Assistant IIISub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :053Time Status:Full-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:

College background in a biology field with an emphasis in Invertebrate Zoology required. Minimum of three years experience in a museum collection, particularly in Arachnology and/or Myriapodology. Experience and proficiency with spreadsheets and database software.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

Master’s degree in Arachnology preferable. General knowledge of museum procedures, protocols, and best-practice standards is required, as well as knowledge of systematic collections and collection databases. Detail-oriented with a high level of organization, ability to handle a variety of tasks, shifting priorities, and to work independently as well as part of a team. Ideal candidates will have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Specialized knowledge could include background in arachnid identification, taxonomy, systematics, and anatomy. Good knowledge of world geography is necessary. General knowledge of laboratory safety. Knowledge of shipping expected quantities: flammables, corrosive and common fixatives, dry ice shipping. Photographic skills and photo-editing software knowledge is helpful. Extensive specialized experience with species concepts, taxonomic nomenclature, and very good knowledge of invertebrates, their biology, and various morphological structures for invertebrate identification.

Additional Information:

In order to be considered for this position, a cover letter and resume must be submitted.

*All formal written offers will be made by FAS HR.

We are unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

With rich collections comprised of more than 21 million extant and fossil invertebrate and vertebrate specimens, the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard University has been a center for research and education focused on advancing evolutionary biology and biodiversity science since its founding in 1859.

Department:Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ)Pre-Employment Screening:Criminal, IdentitySchedule:Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PMJob Function:Museum Position Description:

Performs a wide range of curatorial assistant duties requiring specialized knowledge of Recent, non-insect terrestrial invertebrates specifically Arachnida and Myriapoda. Maintains the order and is responsible for assisting in the curation, digitization, and storage of a large collection of fluid-preserved non-insect terrestrial invertebrates, specifically the Arachnida and Myriapoda. Verifies Type specimens and taxonomic names utilizing the departmental libraries and other resources. Catalogs and enters relevant taxonomic and collections data into MCZbase. Re-houses specimens according to modern standards. Organizes specimens within general collection. Responsible for proper fixation and preservation of specimens in collection. Assists in preparing and maintaining specimen loans. Serves as a source of information on the collection to visiting scholars, faculty, staff, and students. Supervises and trains visitors in use of the collection. Responds to technical inquiries and composes correspondence related to the collection. Maintains clerical functions incidental to curatorial activities. Performs related 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:

Must be able to stand for extended periods, walk, climb or balance, stoop, reach, kneel and/or crouch, often on uneven terrain or wet surfaces. Must be able to lift and/or move objects weighing 50 pounds.

Working Conditions:

Office and collection setting.

COVID Vaccine Policy: The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated (primary series) against COVID, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Information ( . Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

Job Summary:

The Museum of Comparative Zoology Curatorial Assistant III reports to the Curatorial Associate in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology. The Museum of Comparative Zoology and the Department of Invertebrate Zoology aim to be inclusive environments that welcome colleagues of all backgrounds to work in a respectful and collegial environment. Candidates will interact with researchers, students, and the public and we seek candidates who value all these interactions.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.Benefits:We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.

  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.

  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.

  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.

  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.

  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.

  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Work Format:On-Site