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Curatorial Assistant II

Harvard University, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 8, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Librarians & Library Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Business & Administrative Support
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Part Time
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Job Summary

The Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) is seeking to hire a half-time Curatorial Assistant II in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology (IZ). Reporting to the Curatorial Associate, this position supports the NSF Documenting Marine Biodiversity through Digitization of Invertebrate Collections (DigIn) TCN grant.

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403079 Curatorial Assistant II


USA - MA - Cambridge

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Curatorial Assistant II



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Basic Qualifications

High school diploma or equivalent required, in addition to 1+ years of experience of working in a museum invertebrate zoology collection, or a minimum of a bachelor's degree with coursework in biology or other closely related fields (e.g., marine biology). 1 year of experience with data processing, spreadsheet and database software.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

College background in biology, invertebrate zoology, or museum studies. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Experience working with collection database management programs (e.g., MCZbase, GEOLocate) and web interface required. Knowledge of PC computers, including Microsoft Word and Excel in addition to demonstrated comfort with learning new software applications. Ideal candidates will have great attention to detail, be self-motivated, and the ability to work as part of a team. Should be able to demonstrate good written and verbal communication skills. Experience with type species concepts and photographing specimens ranging in size (5-25 mm) is preferred.

Additional Information

One-year grant-funded term position from the date of hire with the possibility of an extension based on funding.

To be considered for this position, a cover letter and resume must be submitted. Harvard University will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.

***All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

The Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) is a preeminent center for contemporary zoological research and teaching. Its permanent collections comprise approximately 21 million specimens of extant and fossil invertebrates and vertebrates, as well as frozen tissues, microscope slides and other associated objects, such as the Blaschka glass invertebrates.

We invite individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities to be a part of our community.

Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including :
  • Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
  • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
  • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
  • Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.
  • Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

Museum of Comparative Zoology

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Monday - Friday, 17.5 hours per week.
Daily hours to be determined.

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Position Description
  • This position enters uncatalogued specimen data (including sea stars sea urchins; corals; sea fans; soft corals, hard corals / coral reefs, lampshells) into the museum-wide database (MCZbase) and makes routine identifications. This involves taxonomic components of names, distribution of the species, location (in terms of Atlantic vs Pacific Ocean).
  • Images primary types associated with the DigIn grant (after all steps have been completed in ensuring the specimen is in fact a new species).
  • Compares data of cataloged records for accuracy and completeness. This involves interpretation of historical data, understanding of ocean depths, and discerning the difference between units of measurement (fathom vs. meters), etc.
  • Assists with creating a taxonomic dictionary and georeferencing localities, for MCZ databases, which may also later be provided for the creation of the bigger federal database.
  • Maintains order of the collection and other collection-related duties as required.
  • Performs clerical functions connected with other institutions associated with the DigIn grant.
  • While there currently is no exhibit within the MCZ, this position may serve as a source of information to the public, visiting scholars, researchers, and students.
  • Also, may interact with public exhibits and other institutions to provide images and answer correspondence related to the collection.

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 lift 30 lbs.

Working Conditions

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard's Vaccine & Booster Requirements. 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: .

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