Curatorial Assistant II, Harvard University Herbaria (HUH)

By Diana Ascher April 15, 2019

Website Harvard University Herbaria (HUH)

Faculty of Arts and Sciences: 48689BR

Job Code 403079 Curatorial Assistant II

Duties & Responsibilities

The Curatorial Assistant II will work under the direct supervision of the Director of Collections to data base and image plant specimens at the Harvard University Herbaria (HUH). The core function of the position involves locating plant material, mainly from the United States and Canada in the HUH collections, capturing of digital images, and data basing of label information. Work may also involve some conservation and repair of damaged specimens. May perform other related general curatorial duties as required.

Basic Qualifications: One year of museum collections experience or related coursework in the field of plant biology.

Additional Qualifications

Candidate must be detail oriented and able to perform repetitive tasks, with excellent interpersonal skills. Must be flexible and willing to take on new assignments. Experience working both independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively with other team members. Should be able to demonstrate good written and verbal communication skills. Knowledge of PC/Mac computer platforms and Microsoft Office software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access, and comfort with learning new software applications.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to reach with hands and arms and lift and/or move up to 10 pounds; occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds; and rarely lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Regular working positions are to sit and/or stand at a work station such as imaging station and computer. The employee is occasionally required to get up a step stool or kneel. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Additional Information

When applying for this position, a cover letter and resume are required.

This is one year term position with an estimated end date of June 30, 2020, with the possibility of an extension based on funding and performance.  Harvard University will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.

***All formal offers 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 third 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.

Job Function Museum Sub-Unit


Location: USA – MA – Cambridge

Department: Harvard University Herbaria (HUH)

Time Status: Full-time

Union: 55 – Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Salary Grade 051

Appointment End Date: 30-Jun-2020

Pre-Employment Screening: Criminal, Identity

Schedule: Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

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.