Research Specialist - Botany

Jul 05 2019
Bishop Museum |Honolulu|Part Time
Job Description


Conducts research, publishes scholarly work, manages and develops collections within own field, and develops a foundation for future funding support.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops collections within area of specialization to improve and enhance the collections; assists in general oversight of collection management procedures (loan processing, accessions, cataloging, etc.); analyzes specimens and provides identifications within specialized scientific discipline.   (All Levels)

  • Conducts original research related to Museum collections within specialized scientific discipline.   (All Levels)

  • Serves the Museum’s public programs goals of collections-based education through planned participation in leading lectures, workshops, field trips, docent training, exhibit planning and through provision of technical information and assistance to Museum and clients.  (All Levels)

  • Maintains an active scholarly publication record.  (All Levels)

  • Maintains affiliations in scholarly and professional organizations through service (e.g., committees, councils, editorial review boards, funding review panels) and participation (e.g. attendance, panel discussions, etc.), including presentation of papers at regional, national or international meetings, symposia, and workshops which enhances their development as a Museum scientific professional.   (All Levels)

  • Participates in general departmental operational planning which includes planning and development of immediate and long-term project goals and objectives within specific field of study.   (All Levels)

  • Designs, coordinates or participates in field studies, surveys and expeditions related to specific research program.   (All Levels)

  • Supervises other personnel engaged in professional and technical activities.  (All Levels)

  • Interacts with staff and Museum clients with tact, courtesy and unqualified respect at all times.  Stays motivated and projects a positive and professional attitude towards fellow workers and clients.  Cooperates and supports teamwork; maintains and strengthens customer relations.  (All Levels)

  • Works in a safe manner so as not to endanger fellow staff members, volunteers and visitors. Complies with safety rules and regulations and establishes safe work practices.  Reads all safety materials received.

  • Promptly reports unsafe conditions and unsafe acts or accidents to appropriate individual.  Maintains assigned work area and equipment free of accident-producing conditions.  (All Levels)

  • Performs other duties as requested to accomplish the goals of the Museum.  (All Levels)



  • RS I :  BA/BS degree (in biology, museum studies or related field preferred)

  • RS II:  MA/MS degree (in biology, museum studies or related field preferred) OR BA/BS AND up to 3 years experience in field, lab, or related science/museum work.

  • RS III:  MA/MS degree (in biology, museum studies or related field preferred) OR BA/BS AND 5 years of experience in field work, systems management, or museum studies/library sciences.


    Other Requirements

  • Professional and appropriate dress for the job at hand (office, laboratory, field)

  • Good attendance

  • Detail-oriented

  • Flexibility in schedule to meet deadlines

  • Desire to learn and work hard

  • Able to communicate verbally with co-workers and others, both in person and over the phone.

  • Read and process information, as well as communicate in writing.

  • MS Word / Excel / Access as well as familiarity with internet and e-mail programs.


    Direct Reports



    Working Conditions

    Lab and typical office settings


    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, hand tools and light power tools to mount and prepare specimens which range in size from small and delicate to very large and heavy.  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.  Must be able to lift at least 25 lbs.  Field duties may involve exposure to high altitudes and wet 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.