Assistant Director, Norris Center for Natural History, Santa Cruz CA

Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History
Santa Cruz, California
Job Category
Full time Positions
$63,946.81- $66,518.43
Last Date to Apply
See job advertisement for complete description: 35% Collections Management Perform curatorial work specific to various taxonomic groups, including insects, plants, lichens, fungi, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish With guidance from the Administrative Director, work independently to manage online specimen databases associated with all collections Work with Admin director, graduate students, and undergraduate students in planning and implementing collections-based field or museum research projects Advise faculty of the opportunities of various collections or specimens for study and research projects Select appropriate specimens for thematic or topical display or loan Contribute to exhibition programs by helping construct exhibits for public events Assist Admin director to determine the need for new acquisitions of both collections and individual specimens to be obtained in the field or by purchase Represent the museum to the general public in matters concerning the museum and its collections, operations, and facilities, or may direct field parties, taking complete charge of all material aspects of fieldwork other than research. Supervise loans, public service and other activities, receiving supervision only in matters of policy and fiscal limitations; Keep abreast of the latest trends in collections curation, storage and data handling by maintaining relationships with other nearby specimen repositories As needed, develop and conduct pest control measures Assist Admin Director with planning, supervision and data analysis of ongoing collections-based research projects, including resurveys and citizen science projects 35% Supervise Norris Center Workers Manage, coordinate and improve the Norris Center internship program Supervise graduate student mentors and volunteers, as appropriate Supervise undergraduate employees, particularly those working on collections based projects 10% Scheduling Classes Help faculty with scheduling and specimen/equipment needs Coordinate with faculty regarding purchase and repair of supplies and equipment Assemble, calibrate, test and evaluate teaching laboratory apparatuses for proper function Oversee the physical facilities of the teaching labs to include periodic inspection, making appropriate arrangements for repair, modification, or replacement of infrastructure such as cabinetry, plumbing, electrical service, etc. 10% Maintain the Website and Social Media Accounts Update the website on a weekly basis Train student employees to update the website and social media accounts regularly Manage, edit and update the Norris Center blogs Coordinate and draft the quarterly newsletter 5% Safety and Permits Manage and renew the relevant permits needed for the Norris Center, including but not limited to, animal care and use, state permits, federal permits Ensure compliance with UCSC Environmental Health and Safety standards Conduct or coordinate lab safety training and maintain documentation of lab training for all lab users Make sure all Norris Center spaces are complaint under EH&S guidelines 5% Grants and Fundraising Assist Faculty director and Administrative Director with writing grants and donor fundraising
Required Qualifications Post-baccalaureate degree in biological sciences or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience curating or working with natural history collections, both physical and digital, or other similar preserved materials. Strong organizational skills; strong ability to manage time, projects, and deadlines independently with little oversight. Comprehensive knowledge of concepts and technical practices in one or more of the disciplines of botany, zoology, or ecology. Ability to work effectively and professionally with undergraduates, faculty, graduate students and the general public. Preferred Qualifications Experience conducting research and teaching in the natural sciences. Knowledge of the identification, taxonomy, distribution, and life histories of common plants, animals, and fungi of California, especially the central California coast. Expertise in the study of insects, especially pollinators. Experience managing collections management databases using online platforms (ie. Symbiota, Arctos, etc.) Familiarity with common laboratory equipment and safety procedures. Experience mentoring and supervising paid and/or non-paid employees in a museum, in the field, or in other similar settings. Experience with specimen preparatory techniques for plants, insects, fish and amphibians. Experience using and mentoring others in the use of citizen science platforms such as iNaturalist, eBird, etc. Exceptional interpersonal skills, including ability to establish rapport, resolve conflicts, and build networks between the Norris Center and external people and organizations Experience designing museum exhibits. Experience managing websites, social media sites, etc. Experience with grant writing and fundraising. Special Conditions Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check. Must possess a valid license to drive in the state of California. Interviewees will be required to provide a current DMV record. Selected candidate will be required to provide proof of negative TB. Will be required to work on-site as directed. Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained here: Apply here:
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