Assistant Curator (TEX/LL) - University of Texas at Austin

The Billie L. Turner Plant Resources Center at the University of Texas at Austin has an opening for the Assistant Curator of the herbaria. This is a full-time, non-research position with benefits. Our collections include more than a million specimens, and the Curator and Assistant Curator work with a number of part-time hourly employees (mainly undergraduate students) to keep our facility running. These two staff positions report to the Director and Associate Director, Bob Jansen and José Panero, who are the faculty members in charge of the Center.


  • Oversee all specimen loan processing that is requested from other institutions and loans requested by faculty, students, and staff of The University of Texas at Austin, maintain all related records (current and retroactive), and answer all related queries.

  • Manage in the general taxonomic and archival curation of all collections.

  • Participate in the training and supervision of student workers as necessary.

  • Undertake specific collections improvements, specimen flow, digitization or outreach projects as deemed necessary by the Curator, Associate Director or Director.

  • Participate in outreach and education activities, which may include staffing a booth at campus activities, tours of the facilities for visitors, or interacting with university classes using the facilities.

  • Oversee the daily operations of the Plant Resources Center when the Curator is absent.

  • Participate as needed in generation of reports for the University and other entities.

Required Qualifications

Master's Degree in plant biology or museum science, or equivalent professional experience (Bachelor's Degree plus either two years curatorial experience working in a natural history collection or two years experience working with natural history collection digitization). Experience with Microsoft Office, especially spreadsheets and databases. Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Detail oriented, well-organized, and capable of independent work. Experience with web site maintenance. Experience with museum collections digitization. Demonstrated expertise in the flora of Texas and/or Mexico.

Applications are made through the university’s online system. For more information on the position and to apply, please visit: