Job ID: 181790

Assistant Curator (9723C), UC Botanical Garden - 32775

University of California, Berkeley

  • Mar. 18, 2022
  • Assistant Curator (9723C), UC Botanical Garden - 32775
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Botany/Plant Sciences

Assistant Curator (9723C), UC Botanical Garden - 32775

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

Our mission is to develop and maintain a diverse living collection of plants to support teaching and worldwide research in plant biology, further the conservation of plant diversity, and promote public understanding and appreciation of plants and the natural environment.

The 34-acre UC Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse landscapes in the world, with over 10,000 kinds of plants including many rare and endangered species. Organized geographically, the Garden features 9 regions of naturalistic plantings, along with a major collection of California native plants. The Garden was established in 1890 and its living collections are invaluable resources for international research and conservation.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: March 28, 2022.


Curatorial Records
  • Manage the plant records database; evaluate plants' suitability for acquisition, accession plants, update nomenclature, determine status of rare plants, research plant habitats, acquire collection data and document museum specimens, prepare collection exhibits.
  • Assist researchers with provision of scientific specimens and their data.

Conservation Program
  • Research plant species and populations, conduct field studies, serve as additional liaison with agency personnel.

Seed Exchange Program
  • Run international seed exchange program with over 400 institutions, document restrictions on use of these seeds.

Other duties as assigned
  • Supervise and train volunteers and graduate student research positions, participate in preparation and review of publications.
  • Assist with grant proposal preparation.
  • Answer public inquiries based on botanical knowledge and expertise.
  • Drive to areas within the garden and potentially off-site, as needed.

Required Qualifications
  • Training in botany or a related field and training in botanical taxonomy and/or equivalent training or experience..
  • Incumbent must know or have the ability to learn complex museum record policies and procedures.
  • Experience utilizing technological systems or tools for the purpose of entering, retrieving and running reports.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills, with an ability to tell stories with data.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaborative environments, but able to successfully work as an individual without direct oversight.
  • Ability to manage duties to ensure required tasks are completed in a timely manner.

  • Bachelor's degree in botany or a related field and/or equivalent training or experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple tasks and priorities effectively.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability and willingness to work independently and in teams.
  • Experience working with diverse groups, including the general public.
  • Experience testing and using databases.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software tools (e.g. Excel, WORD).
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn the California flora.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Other Information

This is a career, 100% full-time, 40-hours per week appointment, eligible for full UC benefits.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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