Curatorial Assistant II - Invertebrate Zoology

Organization: California Academy of Sciences (AZA Member)
Location: San Francisco, California, United States
Job or Internship: Job


The principle duty of this position is the curation of invertebrate specimens. Working under the supervision of the Collections Manager of Invertebrate Zoology the incumbent will participate in a wide variety of collection oriented tasks. This is a full-time lab technician position, primarily worked during CAS business hours, aside from special programming requests.


•Curate museum specimens: re-housing, sorting, accessioning, cataloging, shelving, and organizing

•Perform digital data entry in computerized database

•Assist with routine maintenance and organization of departmental collections and files

•Assist with packaging and shipping of loans and assist visitors to the collection as needed

•Assist in monitoring health and safety in the department

•Assist in coordination, training, and supervision of volunteer workers

•Assist with public programs, visitor engagement, and other Academy activities as requested

•Follow all Academy safety regulations

•Other duties as assigned


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The ideal candidate will possess a combination of the following education and/or equivalent experience:

•Bachelor’s degree in biology, zoology, or equivalent combination of education and experience

•Familiarity with computer use, especially word-processing, web searches, and database programs

•Experience working with natural history collections

•Experience in laboratory work, including equipment care


•Ability to responsibly handle valuable, irreplaceable, and delicate materials

•Ability to take direction and work well with others in a variety of situations

•Knowledge of standard library practices

•Experience in specimen preparation and familiarity with basic procedures and materials involved

•Skill in the use of transmitted light and dissecting microscopes

•Valid California driver’s license and clear driving record

•Ability to keystroke 35 wpm accurately

•Experience in digital macro and micro-photography desirable

•SCUBA certification desirable


Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups or individuals.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT: The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, and reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. Must be able to lift 50 lbs, stand for prolonged periods, and climb ladders. Must be able to perform repetitive motions 75 % of the time. Willingness and ability to safely work with chemicals such as ethanol and formaldehyde.


Please submit your cover letter and resume online at Note that the recruitment timeline for positions vary and depend on many factors, so it is impossible to accurately predict when a position will close. We appreciate your patience during this process. No phone calls please.

The California Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

The California Academy of Sciences is a non-smoking facility. Smoking is also prohibited in Golden Gate Park.