Manager of Scientific Collections-University of Connecticut/Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology seeks a Manager of Scientific Collections (UCP VII) to curate the CONN herbarium, which houses collections that support the teaching and research activities of a large academic department and other scientific users. The successful candidate will organize, maintain, and manage departmental collections; i.e.: identify, prepare and catalog botanical specimens, including herbarium specimens, paleobotanical specimens, and fluid-preserved plant materials; maintain and update CONN records in relevant databases (such as the Consortium of Northeast Herbaria, GBIF, iDigBio, and Index Herbariorum); maintain the collection’s digital database and all associated computer and imaging equipment, including backups, software and antivirus updates, and monthly data updates; provide support to faculty involved in collections-based research; respond to data requests from scientists and other investigators and assist visiting scientists who have been granted access to the collections; interview, hire, and train student workers and volunteers to assist in managing and databasing the collections; facilitate collection growth by initiating and/or processing exchanged and/or donated acquisitions from other institutions; purchase equipment and supplies necessary to maintain the collections; participate in the instruction of the collections course; manage all incoming and outgoing loans, both physically and electronically.


Minimum qualifications:

  • M.S. degree in botany or closely related field
  • Detailed knowledge of taxonomy and botanical nomenclature, with particular reference to eastern North American groups
  • Ability to understand, use and maintain the collection database (BG-Base) and HTML export protocol proficiently
  • Detailed knowledge of modern curatorial standards and techniques including pest control, specimen mounting and processing, and digital specimen databasing and imaging

Prior experience in working with botanical databases

Preferred qualifications:


  • Prior work experience in a herbarium
  • Prior experience using BG-Base software
  • Experience with using servers, related software (e.g., Windows Server), and networks
  • PhD in botany

Appointment Terms:

This is a full-time, 12-month position and includes full benefits with an excellent healthcare and retirement package.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume and letters of recommendation from three professional references via UConn jobs ( Screening will begin immediately. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.