The Curatorial Assistant II reports to the Curatorial Associate in the Department of Mammalogy in the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ). The Museum of Comparative Zoology and the Department of Mammalogy aim to be inclusive environments that welcome colleagues of all backgrounds to work in a respectful and collegial environment. Candidates will interact with researchers, students, and the public and we seek candidates who value all these interactions.
The Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) is seeking to hire a part-time Curatorial Assistant II in the Department of Mammalogy. Reporting to the Curatorial Associate, this position supports the mission within the Department of Mammalogy through curatorial duties. The position will aid with general curatorial functions related to fresh, dry, fluid, and frozen mammal specimens. General curatorial functions include but are not limited to the following: Preparing new specimens, identifying, and cataloging specimens, database use, specimen curation, pest management, loans, aiding visitors, creating, and maintaining records, imaging specimens, and light cleaning / maintaining workspaces.
High School Diploma or equivalent. At least one year of experience working in a natural history museum collection or a year of college coursework in zoology, biology, evolution, or other closely related fields (e.g., geology, paleontology).
Additional Qualifications and Skills
BA/BS preferred. College background in biology, mammalogy, 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. Experience with data processing, spreadsheet, and database software. Knowledge of PC computers, including Microsoft Word and Excel in addition to demonstrated comfort with learning new software applications. Ideal candidate will show great attention to detail, be self-motivated, and have the ability to work as part of a team. Should be able to demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
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With rich collections comprised of more than 21 million extant and fossil invertebrate and vertebrate specimens, the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard University has been a center for research and education focused on advancing evolutionary biology and biodiversity science since its founding in 1859.
Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)
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