Entomology Digitization Technician, Hawaiian Cave Arthropod Collection

May 23 2023
Bishop Museum |Honolulu|Temporary
Job Description
Job Purpose

The Entomology Digitization Technician, Hawaiian Cave Arthropod Collection is responsible for digitization, photography, and maintenance of insect specimens in the Entomology Department’s Hawaiian Cave Arthropod Collection (HCAC) as part of a grant project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Note that this is a grant-associated position and will conclude at the completion of the project at the end of August 2024.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Barcode and photograph/scan arthropod specimens and associated data labels. 
  • Digitize specimens by transcribing and georeferencing their data in the Entomology department’s specimen database. 
  • Process and/or repair specimens for preservation and storage using appropriate methods and techniques to ensure their long-term use in research. 
  • Scan and transcribe handwritten field notes from past research expeditions. 
  • Assist in reintegrating specimens from the digitization lab back into the main collection 
  • In collaboration with Collections Manager, train and supervise volunteers assisting in the digitization process. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 

  • Tech I: High School diploma and a desire to learn science. 
  • Tech II:  AD/BA/BS degree (in biology, museum studies or related field preferred) OR High School diploma AND up to 3 years of experience in field, lab, or related science/museum work. 
  • Tech III:  AD/BA/BS degree (in biology, museum studies or related field preferred) AND 5 years of experience in field, lab, systems management, or museum studies/library sciences. 
  • Experience with collections management software (Specify) and imaging systems is not required but beneficial for job responsibilities.

Other Requirements
  • Previous experience with fragile specimens preferred.
  • Previous experience with data generation and transcription for extended periods preferred.
  • Previous experience with lab and specimen documentation preferred.

Direct Reports

Working Conditions
Laboratory work environment may involve exposure to fumes, noxious odors, and gases from the mounting and preservation media, as well as dust and mold from the specimens themselves. 

Physical Requirements
Primarily light work with periods of sitting, walking, reaching, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling.  A high degree of hand-eye coordination required in using a microscope. Long periods of handling and manipulating specimens and storage containers.  Long periods of data entry and keyboard use. Visual requirements include 20/20 corrected vision, depth perception, a wide field of vision and the ability to distinguish colors.   

Temporary, Not to Exceed August 2024
Full-Time, Hourly, Non-Exempt

Deadline to Apply
The application will remain open until the position is filled.

Equal Opportunity Employer
We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship or immigration status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other protected status.