Herbarium Curatorial Assistant

The Herbarium at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is now accepting applications for a full time (40 hours) Workroom Manager (Curatorial Assistant II). Application deadline: Friday, June 9, 2017.

Job Summary:
Assists herbarium staff in specimen preparation and routine collections management. Responsibilities include training and supervision of volunteers in specimen preparation; processing incoming and outgoing loans, gifts, and exchanges; record keeping associated with specimen transactions and accessioning; data entry; specimen filing.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Trains and supervises volunteers in specimen preparation, includingmounting, repairing, and accessioning herbarium specimens.
  • Assists with training and supervision of junior staff and curatorial interns.
  • Processes incoming and outgoing shipments of specimens for loan, gift, or exchange.
  • Maintains records of specimen transactions and accessioning using computerized database.
  • Enters specimen data in the herbarium’s database.
  • Assists with filing mounted specimens into the main collection.
  • Coordinates and supervises periodic inspection of herbarium collections for insect pests and prepares associated reports.
  • Provides herbarium orientation and assistance to visiting researchers.
  • Assists with other appropriate aspects of herbarium and Garden operations as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Botany, Biological Sciences, or Life Sciences is required.
  • Experience working in herbaria or natural history collections is required.
  • Computer literate, proficiency with Microsoft Windows, Word and Excel is required. Familiarity with collection databases and file management systems is preferred.
  • Experience with preparation of archival quality specimens.
  • Excellent people skills are required; supervisory experience is preferred.
  • Knowledge of the geography of California / world geography highly desirable.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team.
  • Excellent organizational skills and an eye for details.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 30 lbs.

Appointment terms:
RSABG offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package.

Qualified candidates please submit resume and cover letter to:
email: mnazaire@rsabg.org
FAX: (909) 626-3489
USPS: Mare Nazaire, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 N College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711

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