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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.


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 water chemistry.

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.


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.

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.



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