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Curatorial Fellowship

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University invites applicants for its next Curatorial Fellow. Curation of the living collections is a fundamental part of the Arboretum’s mission, and detailed plant records have been maintained since 1872. 


This long tradition in collections management allows the Arboretum to provide a unique learning opportunity to an individual interested in a curatorial career at a botanic garden, arboretum, or other public horticulture institution.

During the 6-month long program (flexible start date in May), 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 successful candidate will participate in various research projects and learn 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 will learn field-checking tactics and become proficient in the use of living collections management software (BG-Base) and electronic mapping technologies (GPS and GIS). Working with the curatorial assistant will expose the fellow to methodologies related to nomenclatural verification, accession documentation, and herbarium voucher collection. There will be additional opportunities to interact and collaborate with other Arboretum curation, horticulture, research, library, and education staff. The fellow will also be expected to conduct 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 preferred, as is a desire to choose living collections management and curation as a career. Applicants should also 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.
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