Research Specialist I (Malacology)

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Under the direction of the Malacology Researcher, the research specialist’s primary responsibilities are performance of tasks associated with a research grant to provide housing, databasing, digitizing and accessibility upgrades to the Bishop Museum malacology collection. The researcher will work with the Malacology Researcher to supervise assistants, volunteers and interns in completing the objectives of the research grant and will complete other museum curatorial tasks as assigned. Work hours not to exceed 40 hours per week.

  • Develops collections within area of specialization to improve and enhance the collections; assists in general oversight of collection management procedures; analyzes specimens and provides identifications within specialized scientific discipline.
  • Designs, coordinates or participates in field studies, surveys and expeditions related to specific research program.
  • Maintains affiliations in scholarly and professional organizations which enhances their development as a Museum scientific professional
  • Serves the Museum’s public programs goals of collections-based education.
  • Stays motivated and projects a positive and professional attitude towards fellow workers and clients. Cooperates and supports teamwork; maintains and strengthens customer relations.
  • 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.
  • May conduct original research related to Museum collections within specialized scientific discipline.


  • MA/MS degree (in biology, museum studies or related field preferred) OR BA/BS AND up to 2 years’ experience in field, lab, or related science/museum work.
  • Must have at least one year of experience in a museum collection setting working with a variety of equipment, including microscopes and digital cameras.
  • As most of the land snail collection is comprised of Hawaiian material, prior work experience and knowledge of native Hawaiian land snails (all ten native families) and non-native land snails (e.g. the 40+ established invasive land snail species) of Hawaii, and the techniques used for classification and identification is desired.
  • Machines and equipment used: Stereo dissecting microscope, compound and/or phase-contrast microscope, plastic heat sealer, large hand tools (e.g., hammer, pliers), small hand tools (e.g., forceps, scalpel), various electrical tools, typewriter, computer, scanner, and photocopier.
  • Software used: MS Word / Excel / Access as well as familiarity with internet and e-mail programs.

Other Requirements

  • Flexibility in working hours, as some evening and weekend work is required.
  • Professional business like appearance
  • Good Attendance
  • Detail oriented
  • Desire to learn and work hard

Compensation: $15/hour
Hours: Casual; Weekday evenings and weekends as needed.
Deadline to Apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.

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