EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Curatorial Assistant Position

Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.

LUMCON is seeking to hire a Curatorial Assistant to support an NSF-funded RAPID Grant “Securing the LUMCON natural history collection, a vital Gulf Coast resource”. Reporting to the Executive Director, the main purpose of this position is to secure and catalog the biological collections. The position will be based full-time at LUMCON’s DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, Louisiana. This is a one-year term position from the date of hire, with a potential extension based on funding and performance.

Job-specific responsibilities include
  • Purchase shelving, jars, storage containers, and preservatives for the collection
  • Pack, relocate, and secure the biological collections in the temporary location
  • Aid in developing and implementing a formal cataloging system
  • Reconciling and inventorying current collections.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience.  This is a one-year term position from the date of hire, with a potential extension based on funding and performance.  Vacation is accrued based on years of service. A new employee begins with 12 days of vacation and sick time annually accumulated. There are 14 paid holidays and a selection of 5 different health insurance policies ranging in deductible and services. If you have further questions you may contact me directly via email efilce@lumcon.edu.

Preferred Start Date

The position is available as soon as the application process is completed. 

Requirements

Preferred:  BA/BS in biology or museum studies. Collections-related experience, including practical knowledge of museum best practices and procedures.  Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet, and database software required.  Demonstrated excellent communication skills. Experience working in a laboratory environment, specifically with biological samples. Must be able to lift 30 lbs. Climb/use a step ladder. Methodical, precise work habits, and a strong attention to detail. Able to work independently with minimal supervision as well as part of a team.

Application

Those interested in the position should submit the following items along with a completed application through the State of Louisiana Job Opportunities website (the link will direct you to the website and open a new tab). 

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Contact information for 3 references

Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Background

The Gulf of Mexico supports a wide array of ecosystems, from estuarine salt marshes to deep-water coral reefs. As a result, the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) also supports high levels of biodiversity—estimated at over 15,000 species with only 80-85% of the eukaryotic species described. This poor understanding of biodiversity in a region of rapid natural and anthropogenic change is hampering our ability to document, understand, mitigate, and manage ecosystems. Since its founding in 1980, LUMCON has built a marine biodiversity collection (~10K specimens from 500 species representing 16 Phyla, 28 Classes, and 90 orders) that is a valuable tool for education and research as it documents biotic changes during a great phase of anthropogenic and natural changes including coastal loss, hurricanes, and oil spills, among others. Due to the sensitive location and damage to the roof recently sustained during Hurricane Ida, the collections are particularly vulnerable. This position will aid in securing LUMCON’s natural history collections in a safe temporary location before permanent relocation into a new secure facility in late 2022.

Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium

LUMCON promotes, facilitates, and conducts research and education in marine and coastal sciences relevant to the sustainability of coastal and marine environments in the Gulf of Mexico. In this aim, LUMCON strives to provide innovative models of scientific and educational programs and answers to scientific questions relevant on the national and international stage. In 1979, the Louisiana State Legislature created LUMCON with 2016 legislation placing LUMCON as a division of the Louisiana Board of Regents. The DeFelice Marine Center is located in Cocodrie, 85 miles southwest of New Orleans. By design, LUMCON’s location serves as an ideal and immersive location for research and education. The Marine Center is situated in the heart of the estuarine wetland complex. The Marine Center is a modern complex of research, instructional, residential, and support facilities. This includes 26,000 usable square feet of laboratory, classroom, office, and library space. Dormitory rooms and apartments provide Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium housing for up to 80 people. LUMCON operates and maintains one of the largest fleets of research vessels along the Gulf of Mexico. The icon of marine operations and the fleet is the 116′ R/V Pelican. The 58′ R/V Acadiana is well suited for both education and research in Terrebonne Bay and nearby coastal waters. The research vessels are complemented by a fleet of 14 small vessels. With nearly 100 staff, LUMCON encompasses an intrepid and resilient group from diverse backgrounds and with broad expertise. Each staff member is integral to the education, research, and consortium missions of LUMCON. The research conducted by the scientists is internationally recognized and impactful. Marine operations and vessel crews are known for their proficiency, professionalism, and determination. Administrative and facilities staff have weathered hurricanes, flooding, and variable funding cycles. These challenges, in conjunction with the Marine Center’s remoteness, have created deep and lasting connections between the staff. LUMCON’s staff is not so much a collection of employees as a cohesive community and family.

Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.

LUMCON is an AA/EO employer.

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