10-12 week summer internship to assist with the completion of a project to database botanical specimens in preparation for inclusion into the McDougall Herbarium at the Museum of Northern Arizona. This internship offers students an opportunity to gain valuable experience in herbarium curatorial processes including organizing herbarium specimens, identifying specimens, annotating specimens, databasing specimen records, and creating digital images of herbarium sheets.
Major Tasks and Responsibilities: · Identify pressed plant specimens using dichotomous keys · Annotate specimens with updated taxonomy · Enter and update Argus and SEINet database specimen records · Georeference herbarium specimens · Create digital images of herbarium sheets and upload images to databases · Rehouse processed herbarium specimens
Working Conditions: Generally work indoors, up to 29 hours per week, usually between 9 am and 5 pm. Must be able to lift heavy containers (50lbs) and handle fragile items.
Education and Experience Requirements: Undergraduate or graduate student seeking degree in botany, biology, ecology, forestry, natural sciences, museum studies, or related field.
Abilities, Skills, and Knowledge: · Demonstrated ability to communicate, orally and in writing · Good organizational skills, accuracy, and attention to detail · Familiarity with databases, spreadsheets, and word processing software · Ability to work independently as well as with students, interns, and volunteers
How to Apply: Send a cover letter, resume and 3 letters of recommendation to Jill Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org. Email is the preferred method of submission. If you are not able to submit your application via email, please call Jill at 928-774-5211, Ext. 203 to receive additional instructions.
Additional Salary Information: 10-12 weeks for a maximum of 29 hours a week. Housing is provided.
About Museum of Northern Arizona
The Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) is a private, non-profit, member-based institution located in Flagstaff, Arizona at the base of the beautiful San Francisco Peaks. The Museum was founded in 1928 by Harold S. Colton and Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton and was originally established to protect and preserve the natural and cultural heritage of northern Arizona through research, collections, conservation and education. MNA's mission to inspire a sense of love and responsibility for the beauty and diversity of the Colorado Plateau through collecting, studying, interpreting, and preserving the region’s natural and cultural heritage. MNA is accredited by the American Alliance of Museum and receives approximately 50,000 visitors annually. MNA is an equal opportunity employer and employs approximately 50 employees.