Collection Manager - Botany

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The Milwaukee Public Museum has a full-time career opportunity for a Collection Manager in its Life Sciences Department. We are seeking to fill this entry level position with an assertive and dependable individual with previous experience in Botany collection care.


Education: The Collection Manager must hold a graduate (Masters) degree in their respective discipline or, in exceptional circumstances, may demonstrate equivalent academic and professional achievements, competencies and experience in museum techniques or collections-based research.


Responsibilities: 
Care of Botanical Collections: Assist with direct care and organization of collections, and their management based on both the best practices of individual disciplines and fundamental principles of conservation, security, housing and environmental control. Data & Records Management: Inventory/digitization and continuing documentation of collections including databases, correspondence, archives, publications and loan records. Processing & Preparation: Conduct or coordinate the appropriate processing of new collections or existing collections including physical preparation, labeling, cataloguing, accessioning and loans. Access & Interpretation: Provide collection access to the research community; content and advice on MPM exhibit projects; assist in the development of exhibits and interpretive programs. Professional Services: Provide scholarly guidance to students, may participate in graduate student committees, and serve as reviewers of manuscripts and grant proposals as appropriate.


MPM is a natural history museum with Herbarium Collections totaling about 250,000 specimens including ca. 70 type specimens with over 50% of the material from Wisconsin and another 30% from the rest of North America. The collections are divided into vascular (107,000 records) and nonvascular (17,000 records) plants with associated data digitized for 200,000 specimens. This position offers a competitive wage and benefit package. If interested, please visit www.mpm.edu and go to the careers tab to review open positions and to apply on-line. In addition, please submit a current resume and/or Curriculum Vitae. Review of applications will begin April 1.

Questions can be directed to Susan Borkin:

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