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Collection Associate

Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, Sanibel

The Collection Associate will be responsible for digital cataloguing, physical deployment of specimens in the collection and generation of relevant reports. The ideal candidate will understand the basics of taxonomic principles and rudiments of mollusk identification (mostly shells) from the Eastern Seaboard of the US. The part-time (20 hr/wk, $16/hr, for two years) position is sponsored through a National Science Foundation Thematic Collections Network grant under their Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections

Primary Activities:                 

  • Check identification of specimens
  • Verify and secure integrity of accompanying data
  • Assign catalogue numbers and tag specimens
  • Enter data into dedicated database (Specify 7 Cloud Version software) according to established procedures
  • Organize specimens in the collection

Secondary Activities:

  • Process information requests and distributes collection information
  • Work with Specify staff to post online version of catalogue


  • The applicant must have familiarity with biodiversity informatics and demonstrable experience with database management systems, preferably in museum environments
  • A degree in biological science, museum studies, natural resources, environmental studies, or work in progress toward such degree preferred
  • Experience in project with museum collections or in collection-oriented work environments preferred
  • Working knowledge of the taxonomy and identification of mollusks helpful
  • Demonstrable knowledge of care and management of natural history collections preferred
  • Excellent writing, verbal, organizational, interpersonal, and leadership skills  
  • Ability to work quickly while maintaining accuracy

Please send a letter of interest and resume to Dr. José H Leal, Science Director & Curator, No phone calls, please.

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