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Undergrad Herbarium Research Opportunity at UT

1) Student Assistant – Herbarium Curation Technician, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

The TENN herbarium is seeking highly organized, detail-oriented individuals, to join our team as an Herbarium Curation Technician. Students will assist members of our staff with plant specimen curation. The TENN herbarium houses over 600,000 plant and fungal specimens, which is one of the largest plant research collections in the southeastern United States. Research in the herbarium focuses on taxonomy, systematics, conservation of rare plants, floristics, and field botany.

Duties and responsibilities may include but are not limited to: Mounting dried plant specimens and labels onto archival quality paper;  Quality control: Confirming that plants and labels match each other;  Sorting and filing plant specimens by geography (TN county, state, world region) and by taxonomic relationship (family, genus, species); Assisting introductory botany students with class projects during the semester.  Training will be provided.

Qualifications: All aspects of this position require strong attention to detail and organizational skills. Strong work ethic with the ability to work independently and as part of a team is required.  Good verbal and written communication skills are required.  Students majoring or minoring in a biological science, information science, or a related field are preferred.  Previous experience with plants and familiarity with geography is preferred.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references as a single document. Send applications to Dr. Jessica Budke (jbudke@utk.edu).  Please put “Student Assistant – Herbarium Curation Technician” in the subject line.

Paid hourly, approximately 8 – 15 hours per week. Work study students are encouraged to apply.

 

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