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Royal Alberta Museum - Job opportunity

Curator, Botany
by Royal Alberta Museum
February 13, 2015

Title: Curator, Botany

Classification: Scientific 2

Division: Heritage Division

Branch: Royal Alberta Museum

Scope: Limited

Culture, Edmonton – The Royal Alberta Museum is committed to building and preserving collections documenting Alberta's biodiversity, landscapes, and human history. We currently have an opportunity for a Curator of Botany.

Reporting to the Head of Life Sciences, the successful candidate will act to increase knowledge of Alberta’s natural heritage through the study and preservation of vascular and non-vascular plants. This position ensures high-quality documentation of Alberta’s plant diversity and access for the benefit of Albertans.

As the successful applicant, you will lead a program that communicates information about plants to diverse audiences through independent scientific research, permanent and temporary exhibitions, publications, other forms of outreach, and one-on-one interaction with the public. Specific responsibilities will include:

- Planning and conducting botanical research and collection development activities.

- Participating on inter-disciplinary teams to create new natural history galleries

- Developing and curating specimen-based reference collections

- Maintaining a database of information associated with specimens in the reference collections as well as supervising public and scholarly access to the collections.

- Networking with counterparts in industry, academe, government, and NGOs, to identify, develop, and pursue co-operative projects in biodiversity.

- Administering Botany program activities to ensure delivery of quality programming and to meet obligations to internal and external clients

The successful applicant will participate in museum redevelopment activities, including gallery development and preparing collections for a move to the new museum downtown. The ideal applicant will be meticulous, have excellent organizational skills, and good laboratory and communication skills. He or she must also be able to work effectively in a team setting and a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment.

Qualifications: A related PhD from an accredited university and museum-related experience are required. Equivalencies will be considered. Knowledge of curation of botanical specimens as well as field and laboratory research techniques is essential. An understanding of policies, regulations, and statutes governing collecting, safe handling, preparation, and transport of specimens is also required (e.g., health and safety legislation, research and collection licensing from provincial and federal regulatory agencies, CITES regulations, controlled materials legislation). Supervisory experience and experience communicating natural history information to a variety of audiences will be assets.

Salary Range: $2,648.35 - $3,471.63bi-weekly ($69,122 - $90,610 annually).

Notes: Travel and fieldwork (often under arduous conditions) are required in this position. Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. Successful candidates will be required to undergo security screening.

Competition No: 1028533

Closing Date: February 22, 2015

How to Apply: Online applications are preferred. To apply online, please visit Note: As only one file can be uploaded, please ensure your cover letter, resume and any other related documents are submitted in one file. If you are unable to submit an electronic version of your resume, please submit your resume, quoting the Job ID, to: Mechelle Silveira, Culture and Tourism, 7th floor Standard Life Centre 10405 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T5J 4R7. Fax: (780) 422-3142. Applicants who apply online will be able to track the status of their application.

If you require any further information on this job posting, please contact Human Resources at 780-427-2546. We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' education and experience best meets the needs of the position. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

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