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  • Acts as the central administrative point for incoming and outgoing specimens; receives, inspects, accessions, documents, labels, and catalogs objects acquired for collections; makes notes on condition of specimen(s); oversees deaccession procedures in compliance with collection management policies.
  •  Manage loans and transfers of specimens from the collection.  Works collaboratively with collection managers and curators to coordinate, schedule, ship, and monitor the safe and legal movement of specimens for outgoing and incoming loans.
  •  Manages the purchase and renewal of specimen permits; ensures compliance with federal, state, and local laws relating to zoological and herbarium collections management.  Report activities to federal, state, and local agencies as required on an annual basis.
  •  Educate and update faculty, staff, and students annually on changes in regulations and guidelines for the import/export of specimens and other compliance areas; develop and implement a process to monitor compliance for faculty, staff, and students and provide regular training.  Act as a resource to department regarding collecting specimens.
  • Oversee scanning and databasing of museum paper documents.
  • Work collaboratively with collection managers and curators to standardize forms, templates, and processes across the Museum of Zoology and Herbarium.  
  • Monitor high-priced assets; work with Risk Management to obtain appropriate insurance coverage for high-priced or valuable specimens and other assets.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor's degree in biology, botany, zoology, or other related field is required; advanced degree is strongly preferred.  3-5 years of museum collection management or related experience is required. 

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA. 

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This is a full-time position at 100% effort, supporting the Museum of Zoology and the University Herbarium.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.