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The Arnold Arboretum Curatorial Fellowship

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The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University invites applicants to its Curatorial Fellowship program, a unique opportunity and experience in living collections management and curation. During the 12-month long appointment (flexible start date in May 2014), the fellow becomes competent in the core areas of curation through formal training, experiential learning, and self-guided project work. In collaboration with the curator of living collections, 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 and plant evaluation tactics, and becomes proficient in the use of living collections management software (BG-Base) and electronic mapping technologies (GPS and GIS). Work with the curatorial assistants exposes the fellow to methodologies related to nomenclatural authentication, accession documentation, herbarium voucher collection and assessment, and collections scholar support. There are countless additional opportunities for curatorial fellows to interact and collaborate with other Arboretum curation, horticulture, research, library, and education staff. The fellow also conducts independent projects that relate to and rely upon the unique living, preserved, library, and archival collections of the Arboretum.

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