The Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Montana-Missoula delivers high-quality academic programs in the biological sciences. The Division’s mission includes educating students at all levels from the baccalaureate to the doctoral, so that they develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to succeed as professional biologists and as citizens in a rapidly changing world facing problems that include significant biological components; to foster strong research programs that create new knowledge, understanding, and approaches in biology and that enhance the learning environment for students; and to apply biological science to benefit the university, state, region, nation and the world.
This position is expected to curate the plant collections in the UM Herbarium; and directly supervise a variety of assistants, including possibly one or more work-study students, student interns, independent study students, graduate students, and community volunteers. This position is solely responsible for the recruitment, training, and any disciplinary actions.
This position operates a complex job with little supervision and a great deal of independence. This position is responsible for preserving and maintaining the current collection; evaluating donations; and assessing the need for and adding new samples as appropriate. This position is also responsible for assisting faculty members and course instructors in the proper use of the facility; responding to requests for loans and the exchange of specimens according to professional collection practices and UM/DBS policies; and serving ex-officio as a member of the Friends of the UM Herbarium.
This position requires incumbent to develop working knowledge of all local, state, and federal laws and regulations regarding transactions involving plant specimens or parts thereof; working knowledge of professional museum practices and standards, both legal and procedural, to keep collections management policies and forms up to date; and ability to accurately identify specimens or parts thereof in order to avoid personal liability for herbarium activities and to insure that the herbarium is acting in a lawful and ethical manner. This position also requires incumbent to develop skills in public fund-raising and outreach, including presentations to and scheduling visits by schools and other interested groups; supervisory skills, including hiring, training and discipline; ability to manage funds and produce regular newsletters.
Knowledge of professional collection practices and theories regarding proper use and access to collections, to be able to supervise all access to and loans of Herbarium materials, assignment of keys, and to update and enforce the visitor use policy for the Herbarium
Knowledge of proper archival storage methods and techniques, including detailed knowledge of specialty cabinets and proper storage and protective materials
Taxonomic knowledge sufficient to evaluate the strengths of the UM Herbarium collection, and any needs for acquisitions for research or teaching purposes
Knowledge of pest control materials and techniques including prevention and the proper use of chemicals
Knowledge of preparation and preservation techniques for plant specimens
Excellent interpersonal skills, both oral and written
Required Experience Master’s degree in Museum Science or related area with at least one (1) year of experience in Herbarium use and maintenance or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
About the Herbarium
The Herbarium at The University of Montana is an irreplaceable resource for the study of the botany and plant ecology of Montana. It contains over 129,000 plant specimens and has the largest and best representation of the flora of the Northern Rocky Mountains in the world. The Herbarium is particularly well-known for its outstanding collections from the alpine and montane regions of Montana.
The Herbarium is a major repository of botanical specimens for researchers at The University of Montana, Montana Natural Heritage Program, Montana Native Plant Society, U.S. Forest Service, and private consultants. The Herbarium serves as a primary reference and data source in the region for these organizations. It also serves as a vital resource for rare plant conservation studies conducted by private consulting companies and government agencies. It is used by graduate students, professors, consultants and visiting researchers. The curator is an ex-officio member of the Friends of the UM Herbarium, a group of University and community members dedicated to the improvement of the herbarium collections, documentation, and space. Through the loan and exchange programs, specimens are available to herbaria throughout North America. Also, UM students and faculty turn to the Herbarium for undergraduate training and graduate research
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants are required to submit the following materials online via "New Resume/CV" button below. Step 5 "Attachments" in the online application process is where you may upload additional materials. Only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.
Letter of Interest – please also address the stated required skills for the position
Detailed resume listing education and describing work experience
Names and contact information for three (3) professional references
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In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.
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