Assistant Director and Collections Manager, Ken Norris Center for Natural History
Location: Santa Cruz Job ID: 14825
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Initial Review Date (IRD): 02-15-2021
Dept Marketing Statement The Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History supports natural history education and research opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and the greater Santa Cruz community. Following in the spirit of Ken Norris, we are continuing to build a community of people who carry their passion for the natural world into all aspects of their lives.
The Norris Center supports natural history learning by curating important natural history collections, teaching field-based classes, supporting hands-on internships, strengthening connections among disciplines - especially art and science, mentoring students to be future environmental leaders and teachers, and building lasting communities and professional networks.
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At the Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History, the Assistant Director works under the Administrative Director to curate the Norris Center's collections, supervise students working at the Norris Center, facilitate education and research, and manage museum safety and permits. In this capacity, the Assistant Director helps with the day-to-day operations of the Norris Center, ensures the long-term sustainability of the natural history collections, and helps execute long-term projects related to research, education and outreach at the Norris Center.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule Salary Information: Salary Range: $63,946.81- $66,518.43. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.
No. of Positions: 1
Benefits Level Eligibility: This position is eligible for Full benefits
Schedule Information Full-time, Fixed Percentage of Time: 75% Average Hours Per Week: 30 Days of the Week: Mon-Fri Shift Includes: Day
Employee Classification: This is a Staff Career appointment
Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus
Union Representation: RX, Research Support Professionals
Employee Relations Code: All Others, Confidential
Job Duties 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
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.
To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; https://jobs.ucsc.edu. A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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