Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: New Brunswick, NEW JERSEY

Position Details

Position Information

Job Category Staff & Executive - Administrative & Support
Department SEBS-Eco,Evol& Natrl Resources

The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, located on the George H. Cook Campus, is one of the largest schools of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. We pursue excellence in research, teaching, and outreach in areas of study that address the biological spectrum from molecules to ecosystems. Our emphasis is on both the fundamental sciences and the social and human dimensions. We offer 21 undergraduate majors, including plant and animal sciences, microbiology, biotechnology, agriculture and food systems, landscape architecture, food and nutritional sciences, ecology and evolution, marine science and oceanography, environmental sciences and meteorology, human ecology, entomology, and environmental economics.
In addition to instruction in the classroom, field, and laboratory, our students have opportunities for experiential learning on and off campus, including a growing emphasis on international experiences through short- and long-term study abroad. Students also have access to a robust program of applied research and outreach hosted by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station laboratories, farms, business incubators, and marine stations throughout the state.

Posting Summary

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking an ASSISTANT CURATOR EDUCATION & OUTREACH for the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and natural Resources. This position works closely with Directors and Curators of such collections to increase research and outreach collaborations, access to specimen data, and enhancement of research and educational value of collections, in particular to get collection and specimen data online as part of databasing and digitization efforts, and maintenance of such data. The position also manages biological preserved specimen collections within the Departments of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources; Plant Biology; and Entomology, primarily for Chrysler Herbarium, but also in the Entomological Museum, and various invertebrate and vertebrate collections in Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources.

Among the key duties of this position are the following:
• Trains students, staff, and faculty in database management and imaging methods, and provides support and materials for the use of specimens and online specimen data in university teaching and outreach.
• Provides support for technical and quality control methods for digitization (text and images) of specimen data and for upload to national and international data networks (iDigBio, GBIF, Mid-Atlantic Herbaria portal, etc.).
• Develops and maintains mentoring programs for undergraduates and volunteers working within collections and supervises student workers.
• Coordinates efforts to closely link organismal collections across SEBS into a long-term solution for preservation as part of strategic planning and development.
• Performs professional work requiring specific knowledge in natural history collections management with use of concepts, theories, and terminology in organismal biology, ecology and evolution, and science collections, with an emphasis on herbaria and specimen data management.
• Provides direction, training and assistance to Class 4 casual employees (students) and/or federal workstudy students hired for curation and/or digitization purposes in Chrysler Herbarium.

Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift Day
FLSA Exempt
Grade 04
Position Salary
Annual Minimum Salary 48647.000
Annual Mid Range Salary 60534.500
Annual Maximum Salary 72422.000
Standard Hours 37.50
Union Description URA-AFT Administrative
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft

Information about the benefits provided to Rutgers employees can be found at:

Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility ABP


Minimum Education and Experience

• Bachelor of Science/Arts in Botany, Ecology, Entomology, Evolutionary Biology, Natural Resources, Plant Biology or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
• At least two (2) years of experience working in a herbarium or similar natural history collection.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Extensive experience in botanical and mycological specimen curation, including mounting and repair of specimens, filing and organization of specimens, imaging of specimens, image processing and digital archival of images, transcribing, and georeferencing.
• Experience with data result reporting for NSF grants.
• Excellent skills in social interactions with staff, students, and visitors
• Experience with running undergraduate experience-based learning mentoring programs.
• Proven track record in customer service skills (including research visitors, students and the public) and student mentoring abilities. Requires a driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications

• Active professional network that includes contacts at iDigBio, Symbiota, professional organizations, and nearby museum institutions.
• Working knowledge of new classifications for vascular plants, ferns, lichens, and algae.
• Familiarity with undergraduate majors and experience-based education credit requirements at School of the Environmental and Biological Sciences.
• At least two (2) years experience with outreach activities to undergraduate students, citizen scientists, and the general public. • Basic understanding in the use and application of scientific taxonomic nomenclature and methods of classifications.
• Working knowledge of New Jersey plant biodiversity; familiarity with biodiversity across all organismal groups.
• Experience in presenting research, teaching and/or outreach data at national conferences, writing and co-authoring with undergraduate students.
• Strong record of attending professional workshops or similar events as part of continued professional education within the field of collections data management and sustainability of collections.

Equipment Utilized

• Excellent working knowledge of Symbiota software for biological collections, DarwinCore data standards, and Adobe Lightroom to process image data.
• Expertise in imaging techniques using high-resolution DSLR cameras, microscopes, and lightboxes, barcode scanners, and nomenclature and classification databases on the internet for plants, fungi, and algae.
• Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

• Must be able to manage stress due to complexity of work and interactions with a large group of people.
• Must be able to lift boxes and materials up to 25 lbs and perform work while standing for long times.

Special Conditions

Posting Details

Posting Number 19ST5061
Posting Open Date 12/19/2019
Special Instructions to Applicants
Regional Campus Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Home Location Campus Cook (RU-New Brunswick)
Location Details

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Pre-employment Screenings

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of all pre-employment screenings.

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