Each year, the Arnold Arboretum offers a term appointment to a qualified individual to assist with the functions of the curatorial department. Through formal training, experiential learning, and self-guided project work, the curatorial fellow participates in the horticultural mission of the Arboretum while gaining critical experience in documentation, mapping, and systematic assessment of the living collection.
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University invites applicants to be its next Curatorial Fellow. During the 12-month long program (flexible start date from April through May of each year), the fellow will become competent in the core areas of curation through formal training, experiential learning, and self-guided project work. Through collaboration with the curator of living collections (the fellow’s direct supervisor), the successful candidate participates in various research projects and learns the essentials of basic museum practice, curatorial review, collections development planning, and approaches to taxonomic verification. Working with the manager of plant records, the fellow learns field-checking tactics and becomes proficient in the use of living collections management software (BG-BASE) and electronic mapping technologies (GPS [global positioning system] and GIS). Working with the curatorial assistants exposes the fellow to methodologies related to nomenclatural verification, accession documentation, and herbarium voucher collection. There are additional opportunities to interact and collaborate with other Arboretum curation, horticulture, research, library, and education staff. The fellow also conducts an independent project of their interest and appropriate to the Arboretum’s curatorial needs.
Successful applicants must have a strong knowledge of temperate woody plants, as well as an undergraduate degree in botany, horticulture or related field, or a minimum of five years experience working in one of these fields. Previous work experience in a botanic garden or arboretum is not required but is strongly preferred, as is a desire to choose living collections management and curation as a career. Applicants should have strong written and oral communication skills, competency using Microsoft Office Suite software, the ability to work outdoors in all New England weather conditions, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
Inquiries and questions can be directed to:
Michael S. Dosmann, PhD
Curator of Living Collections
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Boston, MA 02130