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Herbarium Curator, Idaho Museum of Natural History (3702)

Idaho State University
Westwood Village, Idaho
Closing date
Feb 20, 2024

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Position Type
Archivist / Curator / Librarian
Full Time
Museum Studies
Organization Type
Herbarium Curator, Idaho Museum of Natural History (3702)

Pocatello - Main

Institution Information

Idaho State University, established in 1901, is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research and teaching institution, with a culture built on trust, compassion, stability, and hope. ISU serves over 12,000 students in Pocatello, Meridian, Twin Falls, and Idaho Falls. Students and faculty at ISU are leading the way in cutting-edge research and innovative solutions. We are proud to offer exceptional academics nestled in the grand, natural beauty of the West. We invite you to apply to be a part of our University community!

The Idaho Museum of Natural History inspires appreciation and curiosity for Idaho's natural history through its exploration and preservation. Collections exceed 1.2 million objects, spanning the disciplines of earth science, life science and anthropology. The Life Sciences Division includes collections of regional invertebrate and vertebrate animals, and its most extensive collection is the Ray J. Davis Herbarium. The Herbarium comprises >70,000 cataloged plant specimens, 1,650 lichen specimens, and smaller numbers of bryophytes, and macrofungi. It is a member of the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria.

Serve as Life Sciences research curator at Idaho Museum of Natural History with specific oversight of the Herbarium collection. This appointment is full-time for nine months per year. We welcome applications from those interested in specimen-based research in the areas of ethnobotany, herbarium genomics, phylogenetics, and historical ecology.

Key Responsibilities

60% Research curator (24 hrs/wk)
  • Develop a vigorous research program through external funding.
  • Foster the growth and use of collections.
  • Mentor students in research in cooperation with CoSE Biological Sciences.

30% Collections manager (12 hrs/wk)
  • Set the vision and strategic plan for all collections in the Life Science Division at Museum, with emphasis on the Ray J. Davis Herbarium.
  • Seek funding for resources to achieve strategic plan.
  • Manage daily operations in the Herbarium.
  • Oversee student and volunteer assistants in preparing, cataloguing, and databasing specimens.
  • Manage Herbarium database, with the help of IT staff, and its integration with external natural history databases, e.g. Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria, iDigBio, GBIF.

10% Museum service (4 hrs/wk)
  • Collaborate with Museum staff on projects, exhibits, education programs, public lectures.

Minimum Qualifications
  • PhD in biological sciences field.
  • Experience in managing life science collections, especially Herbarium specimens.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Research experience in specimen-based research in the areas of ethnobotany, herbarium genomics, phylogenetics, or historical ecology.

Additional Information

You must submit your CV/resume, cover letter, and list of three (3) professional references, including current contact information. This position will remain open until it is filled; however, priority consideration will be given to applications received prior to December 1, 2023. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Benefits include comprehensive health, dental, and vision; life insurance; disability plan; employee assistance program (EAP); excellent retirement options and company contribution; and generous paid time off/sick leave accrual. All offers of employment are conditional pending the successful completion of a background investigation, provided by HireRight.

Posting Number: req2062

Type: Working 9 months per year

Position: Non-classified Staff

Division: Office for Research

The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.


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