Job Description

Purdue University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources solicits applicants to fill a full-time, fiscal-year position as Natural Resources Lab Coordinator and Collections Curator. The incumbent will: coordinate and participate in activities related to field and laboratory instruction of undergraduate natural resources courses that involve identification of plants and wildlife; develop and maintain the departmental collections of vertebrate and herbarium/arboretum specimens upon which these courses rely; organize equipment, vehicles and schedules, hire Teaching Assistants, provide orientations, and coordinate daily operations on behalf of faculty and staff as Director of the department’s natural resources practicum; offer, on an annual basis, an undergraduate course in natural resources.

 

Required qualifications include a Master’s degree in forestry, botany, wildlife, fisheries, ecology, natural resources or related discipline; 3 years of field experience in tree and herbaceous plant identification; experience in identification of vertebrates from specimens and aurally (frogs and birds); teaching experience; knowledge of plant and vertebrate systematics; ability in vertebrate specimen procurement and preparation and herbarium maintenance; demonstrated natural history skills; ability to organize, train and supervise students as assistants in teaching and curation; skills in organization and logistics to facilitate extended off-campus learning by students; training in first aid and CPR; familiarity with state, tribal and federal natural resource agency structure and willingness to establish appropriate agency contacts. Preference will be given to candidates with experience teaching and coordinating teaching assistants in field identification of trees and herbaceous plants and lab identification of vertebrates, and in specimen curation.

 

Annual salary is $55,000-$65,000 and commensurate with qualifications and experience. To apply, please visit http://purdue.taleo.net/careersection/wl/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=1600048.

 

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. 

 

Rob Swihart

Professor and Head

Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN 47907-2061

PH: 765-494-3590

Web Page: http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~rswihart/Swihart/

 

Contact information

Rob Swihart

Professor and Head

Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN 47907-2061

PH: 765-494-3590

Web Page: http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~rswihart/Swihart/

City

West Lafayette

State

Indiana