Assistant Curator Duties
This is specialized technical work assisting a professional in
the maintenance and care of a large scientific collection.
Laboratory work in the identification, preservation, and
preparation for display of new specimens accounts for much of
the time spent by members of this class. This employee may also
be involved in specimen collecting.
Work includes responsibility for conducting public tours of the
facility and being available for limited instruction. Duties are
performed under general supervision.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Collects and identifies samples of marine, plant, or animal
life; researches information about particular specimens;
prepares specimens for display.
Handles the loan or exchange of specimens with other
institutions by preparing specimen for shipment; keeps
appropriate records; maintains related correspondence.
Maintains exhibit or storage facilities for live marine animals
by changing water, redesigning exhibit interiors, and checking
Conducts tours of the facility for the public; gives oral
presentations; instructs classes to explain the exhibits; shows
films; organizes related field trips.
Maintains files on all acquisitions; numbers and types labels
for new folders; assigns accession number to new specimens.
Develops new techniques for maintaining exotic or difficult to
exhibit live animals.
Proofs and edits scientific material for manuscripts.
Supervises the operation and maintenance of the main collection
facility and its equipment.
Performs related work as required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Graduation from an accredited college or university with major
course work in the sciences, and considerable experience in
field and laboratory work; including experience in performing
experimentation and research studies; or an equivalent
combination of training and experience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Considerable knowledge of the taxonomic treatments involved in
the maintenance of a particular collection.
Considerable knowledge of one or more of the physical or
biological sciences such as biology, zoology, ornithology,
botany, or ecology.
Skill in preserving and mounting non-living specimens.
Skill in designing and preparing new exhibits or displays.
Considerable ability to handle and care for live specimens.
Ability to conduct tours of the facility and to meet and deal
effectively with the public.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with fellow employees.