Collection Manager of Marine Invertebrates

Job Description

The Florida Biodiversity Collection at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute seeks a Manager for the Marine Invertebrate Collection. The strengths of the collection include Annelida, Arthropoda, Echinodermata, and Mollusca, with geographic coverage primarily in and around State waters of Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea. The collection manager reports to the Curator and will support the maintenance, growth and services provided by the Florida Biodiversity Collection, and will lead or collaborate on research projects involving the collection. Tasks include: supervising the collection technician; collecting, fixing, preserving, identifying and cataloging invertebrate specimens; monitoring and requesting purchases of supplies as needed; processing, tracking, and recalling specimen loans; fulfilling data requests, consultations for FWC researchers and Law Enforcement, and the public; creating and participating in outreach events, including internships, social media content, tours, and public presentations.

 Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the biological sciences and one year of professional biological experience in a field or laboratory program; or a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in one of the biological sciences. Possess a valid driver license.

 **Preference may be given to candidates that hold a master’s degree in biological sciences with a research focus on marine invertebrates, two years’ experience in natural history collection work, and successfully published peer-reviewed research. Preference may also be given for those with a knowledge of local marine biodiversity including the identification of preserved marine invertebrate specimens, use of catalog database software (Specify, in particular), and knowledge of, and adherence to best-practices in the archival maintenance of dry- and wet-preserved invertebrate specimen collections. Experience collecting and analyzing DNA sequence data for systematic or taxonomic research is desirable.

A resume, a cover letter, and a list of contact information for three references must also be submitted in People First as attachments. Incomplete applications will not be considered