Amphibians & Reptiles

Amphibians & Reptiles

With more than 95,000 specimens, the Division of Amphibians & Reptiles has steadily grown to become one of the largest herpetological collections in the western US. Personnel and associates conduct research in the American Southwest and throughout Latin America. The division is the primary repository of specimens for the New Mexico Dept. of Game and Fish.

Arthropods

Arthropods

Division of Arthropods maintains collections of specimens gathered worldwide. These serve as the basis for discovery of new species and systematic studies of amazing diversity. More than 350 families and 2,300 species are represented in this rapidly growing arthropod collection.

Birds

Birds

The Division of Birds contains more than 40,000 specimens, which represent all bird orders and 85 percent of bird families. The collection contains historic specimens of threatened, endangered, and extinct species such as the passenger pigeon. The largest holdings are from the American Southwest, Peru, and South America.

Fishes

Fishes

The Division of Fishes has 95,000 cataloged lots of fishes - more than 4 million individual specimens. Collections of eggs, larvae, and adults aid in the study of the specialized ecology of desert fishes. The division is the primary repository for academic and agency biologists in New Mexico.

Genomic Resources

Genomic Resources

The Division of Genomic Resources (DGR) maintains more than 460,000 archived tissue samples and nucleic acids from over 200,000 specimens of mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish. The DGR collection is global in scope, representing taxa from over 30 countries. Our mission is to maintain a permanent reference archive of frozen tissues and DNA to aid in understanding the complexity of biological diversity and to address critical biological problems such as emerging pathogens, habitat degradation, pollution, climate change, and invasive species.

Herbarium

Herbarium

The herbarium houses 130,000 plant specimens dating back to the 1800s. The collection primarily contains vascular plants, but it also contains lichen, mosses, and fungi. The herbarium also has a library, reprint collection, and a laboratory for cytogenetics.

Mammals

Mammals

With more than 300,000 specimens, this division is among the world's three largest mammal collections. Specimens represent more than 1,700 species from localities all over the world, with especially large holdings from Panama, Bolivia, Siberia, Mongolia, Alaska, Canada, and the American Southwest.

Parasites

Parasites

The Division of Parasitology holds the third largest collection of parasites in North America. There are nearly 30,000 cataloged parasites, including a growing schistosome archive. This collection is unique in that most parasites are tied directly to the host specimen, allowing powerful integrated views of coevolution.

Natural Heritage New Mexico

Natural Heritage New Mexico

Natural Heritage New Mexico (NHNM) does research on the conservation and sustainable management of New Mexico's biodiversity. We have New Mexico's only state-wide rare species and ecosystems database (NM Biotics) which helps shape conservation efforts. NHNM does biology research and education in the context of conservation and climate change.

Museum of Southwestern Biology

The Museum of Southwestern Biology is a research and teaching facility in the Department of Biology at the University of New Mexico.

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MSB is searching for a new Collection Manager for Fishes

18 October 2018

 


Senior Science Museum Collection Manager

Division of Fishes

Museum of Southwestern Biology

University of New Mexico

The Museum of Southwestern Biology (MSB) is seeking a Senior Collection Manager for the Division of Fishes (http://msb.unm.edu/divisions/fishes/index.html). The Fish Collection is located in a state-of-the-art facility in the center of the University of New Mexico (UNM) Main Campus in Albuquerque, a vibrant research and education facility associated with the Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences. The MSB develops and maintains natural history collections explicitly for use in research and education, benefiting the university, science, and society. The scientific role of the MSB is to facilitate and engage in specimen-based studies of ecology, evolution, systematics, and biodiversity informatics, and to train students in these disciplines. The MSB Division of Fishes also serves conservation science and management of aquatic resources in the southwestern United States and beyond.

The MSB Fish Collection is the largest of its type in the southwestern US and comprises more than 100,000 lots of more than 4.5 million specimens. Research in the collection focuses on long-term population studies, community ecology, reproductive biology, and genomics. The collection provides an exceptionally well-documented record of the profound changes to biodiversity that have occurred in the desert southwest over the last century.

We seek candidates with a strong commitment to a vision of the Fish Collection as a key resource for research and education within the University, and to the scientific and conservation community nationally and internationally. Within the context of the curatorial priorities of the Fish Collection, this position offers opportunities for mentoring, career development, research, public outreach, fieldwork, and involvement in undergraduate and graduate education.

Education and Experience:

A Master’s Degree with at least 5 years of collection experience is required, and a Ph.D. can substitute for some of the experience. A strong background in ichthyology is required, including knowledge of taxonomic principles and familiarity with fish collections. The successful candidate should demonstrate strong skills in collection management, organization, and supervision, and should have a record of accomplishment with respect to the development, promotion and use of collections. Demonstrated database skills are also essential. Imaging skills and genetic resource management skills are desirable.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The successful applicant must have demonstrated expertise in ichthyology, preferably with knowledge of taxonomy of global and regional (southwestern US and northern Mexico) fishes, and have experience in natural history collection use and management. Candidates should have experience with relational databases (such as Microsoft Access or Arctos), as well as familiarity with online data aggregators and current digitization efforts in biodiversity collections. Curation and digital management of genetic resources (tissues) is an important component of this position. The Collections Manager of Fishes will serve as an advocate for natural history collections, and must be able to communicate their importance to members of the public and to the university and scientific communities alike. Exceptional organizational skills are required.

Essential Functions:

Curation (care, maintenance, improvement, and growth of collection, as well as database management, and processing of loans). Service (including grant writing), outreach, & professional development. Research as appropriate in the context of curatorial priorities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Curate physical specimens, including specimen preparation, and organization, care, and housing of specimens and associated tissues or other ancillary materials (such as field notes). Conduct and coordinate processing of new and existing collections, including accessioning, physical preparation, labeling, cataloguing, and loans.
  2. Establish priorities for collection care and management in coordination with curatorial and research staff.
  3. Develop and implement collections management policies aligned with best museum practices and University policy.
  4. Provide collection access to the research community, including assisting visitors to the collection and processing specimen loans.
  5. Digitize and document collections and their use, including capturing and managing in a database digital images of specimens and their associated information and field notes.
  6. Maintain electronic and digital records, and update taxonomic and auxiliary information.
  7. Collaborate and liaise with external biological data repositories and partners, including but not limited to VertNet, iDigBio, and GBIF.
  8. Provide periodic support to the museum, university, and professional communities, such as serving on MSB and institutional committees and education teams to develop ichthyology-related content for the broader museum community.
  9. Train and supervise technicians, students, interns, and volunteers working with the collection.
  10. Collaborate with the Curator and other museum staff to develop grant proposals for collections improvements and other collection-based initiatives. Manage grants and contracts in coordination with the Curator.
  11. Provide support for promotional and institutional advancement activities, including opportunities to engage with the public by providing tours of the collection. 

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or any other protected class.


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