Herbarium Assistant Position, Temporary

Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition (ENLC) is seeking applicants for a Herbarium Assistant. This temporary position will be based at our office in Ely, NV, and is expected to last at least 4 months. This is NOT a field position and will require the candidate to obtain housing (not provided) as the temperatures in winter can be extremely cold. 

Herbarium Assistant Duties: The Herbarium Assistant will work in our archival quality, 4000+ specimen herbarium accessioning new specimens. As part of an ongoing floristic inventory, over 1000 additional specimens need to be processed. Additionally, several hundred specimens from other plant ecology projects also require processing. This work includes all aspects of standard specimen creation and digitization including: specimen data entry into the Symbiota database via the Intermountain Region Herbarium Network portal (www.intermountainbiota.org), label creation, barcoding, specimen and label mounting, and annotating specimens. The candidate will be expected to follow rigorous herbarium methods with an emphasis on attention to detail. The best candidates will be interested in and have experience with databasing, herbarium methods, and botany.

Education/Experience: Applicants should have a degree in biological sciences, natural resources, environmental sciences, museum methods, anthropology or a related field. Previous experience with natural history collections is necessary. Other desirable skills and knowledge include: efficient word-processing, databasing, Symbiota, natural history collections management and/or herbarium methods, and the ability to interpret botanical specimen metadata. Candidates with previous Symbiota
database experience are encouraged to apply. 

Salary: $12/hour, 40 hours per week. No benefits are included.
Schedule: Start date in early to mid-October (TBD). A Monday-Friday 8 hour day work schedule is planned, although the candidate may be able to work a 4 day, 10 hour schedule (Monday-Thurs.) after an initial probationary period.

Location Located in Ely, Nevada, the ENLC is a non-profit conservation organization comprised of public, private, and non-profit partners dedicated to the restoration of western ecosystems through collaborative teamwork., The area is remote, sparsely-populated, and is typified by pinyon-juniper woodlands, scrub-oak, and montane conifer and aspen stands. It contains over 700,000 acres of designated wilderness and significant mountain ranges including: the Ruby Mountains, Snake Range, and Schell Creek Range. 

While the area is not well known, Eastern Nevada possesses excellent outdoor recreation opportunities including hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing, backcountry skiing, fishing and hunting.

Application Instructions: Please read carefully! Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applicants must include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three references to be considered for this position. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the deadline of September 1. Email the materials to Greg Gust at ggust AT envlc.org and include the position title in the email’s subject line. For more information, please see our website (www.envlc.org) or email Greg Gust with any questions. 

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