Curatorial Associate, Entomology

Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) is hiring a Curatorial Associate in Entomology. With input from the Director, the Faculty-Curators in Entomology, and the Director of Collections Operations, the Curatorial Associate (CA) determines short- and long-term collection priorities. Assists with development of policies and processes that conform to best-practice standards for long-term preservation and conservation of specimen collections in accordance with and as defined by natural history museum associations (e.g., Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, American Alliance of Museums). Supervises daily activities of the regular curatorial staff assigned to the entomology collection, temporary staff and students. Oversees activities of academic and non-academic visitors, researchers and students using the collections. Management responsibilities include building and developing a diverse and effective team; planning and delegating work effectively; communicating and monitoring performance expectations; motivating and developing direct reports; and ensuring compliance with Harvard-wide, FAS and MCZ policies and procedures, as well as local, state and federal laws and regulations. Expected to attend selected national and international meetings of professional associations related to management, research, and teaching activities in entomological collections. Responsible for managing the curation of existing and new collections. Oversees and processes all incoming/outgoing specimen loans, including proper documentation for import/export permits. Facilitates new acquisitions through fieldwork, donations, etc. Oversees the proper accessioning with required documents, including capture in MCZbase and maintenance of departmental accession files. Responsible for the accurate input, enhancement and updating of departmental collections data in MCZbase. Prepares and monitors departmental budgets, and orders needed collection-related supplies. Consults with Collections Operations on the development of work/research areas and collection space for specimens. May assist in preparation of grant proposals for collection or facilities improvement. Participates in museum-wide initiatives and collaborative projects, including with other MCZ curatorial departments. Assists professional and student researchers, and the public, with questions.

Basic Qualifications: Master's degree required in a biological field with an emphasis in entomology and/or natural history museum studies. At least 7+ years hands on curatorial experience in an entomology collection equivalent. Minimum 3 years of supervisory experience. Experience in handling entomological specimens required.

Additional Qualifications: Knowledge of insect taxonomy required. Knowledge of federal and state permitting requirements, importing/exporting regulations, and shipping regulations required. Experience in acquisition of collection and loaning materials to other institutions highly desired. Demonstrated writing, public speaking, and organizational skills; excellent computer skills, including database management. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required, as well as the ability to work both independently and in a busy team environment. 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. Must be able to maintain a valid Massachusetts driver’s license.

Additional Information: 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.

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.

To be considered for this position: Apply through the Harvard Employment website: Search requisition#: 45571BR.

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Harvard University