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)
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403079 Curatorial Assistant II
USA - MA - Cambridge
Curatorial Assistant II
55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
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
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.
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
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
- Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical
plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
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
Must be able to lift 30 lbs.
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vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19
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