Museum Scientist


UCI Series Concepts - UCI SIZE-NEUTRAL SUPPLEMENTAL GUIDELINES

Class Specifications - I.25
Principal Museum Scientist (9721) SIZE-NEUTRAL
Senior Museum Scientist (9722) SIZE-NEUTRAL
Museum Scientist (9723) SIZE-NEUTRAL
Assistant Museum Scientist (9724)

November, 1976 -- SIZE-NEUTRAL MARCH 1995


SERIES CONCEPT

Museum Scientists perform and/or manage the curatorial, preparatory 
and clerical work in general museums, research collection repositories, 
botanical gardens, art galleries, fine arts related collections, 
aquariums or similar areas with collections of natural, historical and 
anthropological material that is educational, scientific or aesthetic 
in purpose; and perform other related duties as required.

In the specific references to a complex museum or similar area within 
the class concepts that follow, these definitions will serve as 
guidelines: A complex museum or similar area is one that is multi-
operational covering research performed by faculty, scholars and/or 
qualified students in many disciplines; formalized teaching programs; 
publications; and public education programs.  A general museum is one 
dealing with several or all fields.  A research collection repository 
is one where materials or specimens, which have been the subject of 
past or current research, are stored. The examples cited in the Class 
Concepts are illustrative and do not preclude allocation to the series 
of positions in museums not described within the disciplines given as 
examples.

CLASS CONCEPTS

Principal Museum Scientist

Under general direction, incumbents are assigned responsibility for 
the administration of complex general museums, research collection 
repositories, botanical gardens, art galleries, aquariums, fine arts 
related collections, or similar areas; and participate with the 
curators, faculty or scientific community in formulating policy.

In a complex general museum or similar area, Principal Museum Scientists 
coordinate the activities of the curatorial and technical staff in 
accessioning and cataloguing, collections organization, inventory and conservation/preservation programs, and administrative support 
activities; establish priority of work assignments for curatorial and 
technical staff, and supervise the preservation and restoration projects; 
direct library research relating to collections material; and supervise 
the training and instruction of museum employees. 

Additionally, Principal Museum Scientists represent the Museum Director 
and the University in negotiating with donors, and independently examine 
and accept donations on behalf of the museum; consult with the Director 
as necessary on matters involving the formulation of museum policy; assist 
in the planning and compilation of budgetary data, and make recommendations 
to the Director for purchasing or collecting to meet the museum's needs;
conduct studies and prepare reports on all aspects of the museum's 
operations; and serve as consultants to other professional museum personnel 
on problems and projects requiring an extensive background in museology and 
a detailed knowledge of museum administration and organization. Incumbents 
also work directly with curators, faculty, scholars and/or qualified students 
in planning and designing research and study projects to be carried out 
using museum facilities; work directly with field collectors in establishing 
types of specimens available for the museum's collections; and prepare research 
outlines and maintain research bibliographies.

In a research collection repository, incumbents coordinate the 
administrative aspects of instructional, research and public 
service activities of a scientifically significant  research 
collection of materials or artifacts; make independent decisions 
in implementing administrative policy; are assigned considerable 
fiscal responsibility; and establish professional contacts with 
other institutions and scientists, correspond and exchange data, 
attend meetings, and otherwise seek the exchange of scientific 
information. 

In addition, incumbents may organize and conduct field parties or 
oceanographic expeditions, oversee the research as well as other 
scientific aspects of the work, gather scientific papers, select 
personnel, secure support, and make necessary contacts with 
officials of other jurisdictions; and oversee the assembly and 
dissemination of data resulting from research done upon the 
collection for which responsible.

Principal Museum Scientist positions are distinguished from Senior 
Museum Scientist positions In that in addition to performing the 
duties of a Senior Museum Scientist, incumbents are assigned 
responsibility for the administration of complex general museums, 
research collection repositories, or similar areas; and participate 
with the curators, faculty or scientific community in formulating 
policy.

Senior Museum Scientist

Under direction, incumbents oversee the curatorial, preparatory 
and clerical work in complex general museums, research collection 
repositories, botanical gardens, art galleries, aquariums, fine 
arts related collections, or similar areas; or perform difficult
curatorial work in a museum or similar area and may take charge 
of field parties; or organize and develop a departmental museum.

In a general museum or similar area, Senior Museum Scientists 
ensure the quality and accuracy of overall collections documentation 
through the design and implementation of specific ongoing library 
and archival research projects (or in an aquarium, are assigned 
responsibility for the maintenance and accuracy of acquisition, 
mortality and longevity records and other specimen maintenance 
records such as disease treatment,water quality and feeding); 
assist Principal Museum Scientists or, in the absence of a Principal 
level position, work with curators, faculty, scholars and/or students 
in planning and designing research and study projects to be carried 
out within museum facilities; train and orient museum employees; and 
advise faculty of the potentialities of various collections or
specimens for study and research projects.

Incumbents may also select appropriate specimens for thematic or 
topical display or loan; contribute to exhibition programs by 
writing texts, and carrying out research in fields of specialized 
knowledge; suggest exhibit themes, and in fields of specialized
knowledge prepare exhibit outlines for personnel involved in 
exhibition programs; interpret and analyze materials sent to the 
museum for that purpose by scholars and academicians; assist 
Principal Museum Scientists or, in the absence of a Principal 
level position, determine the need for new acquisitions of both 
collections and individual specimens to be obtained in the field 
or by purchase, and outline the substance and form of documentation 
desired; represent the museum to the general public in matters 
concerning the museum and its collections, operations and facilities; 
or may direct field parties, taking complete charge of all material 
aspects of field work other than research.

In a research collection repository, incumbents oversee sample 
distribution, loans, public service and other activities, 
receiving supervision only in matters of policy and fiscal 
limitations; plan and assign tasks, advise on difficult scientific 
problems other than research, check scientific accuracy of results, 
serve as liaison between the technical workers and academic staff 
workers, and secure equipment and supplies; supervise data
reduction and encoding so that data derived from research can be 
processed into the data bank; coordinate work of investigators 
and programmers to assure that the best data is available to the 
scientific community; and conduct investigations with other repositories 
regarding methods of curating, storage and data handling.

Incumbents may also assist senior scientists at sea or may serve as 
delegated substitute Chief Scientists for specified oceanographic 
collecting; supervise junior scientists or students and/or
technicians in the collecting and curating aspects of oceanographic 
expeditions; or may serve as business managers and scientific 
directors of field trips.

Museum Scientist

Under general supervision and at the operational level, incumbents 
perform professional curatorial duties relating to incumbents' 
field of specialized knowledge in general museums, research 
collection repositories, botanical gardens, art galleries, 
aquariums, fine arts related collections or similar areas.

In a general museum or similar area, Museum Scientists perform 
independent research on collections material (in an aquarium 
this includes research on problems relating to the health and 
exhibition of living animals and plants); produce professional 
reports, and prepare drafts for exhibition programs; accession 
and catalogue any type of material, and assign and direct 
activities of Museum Preparators in these activities; maintain 
assigned collections; keep records current and in conformity 
with museum standards; oversee conservation and restoration 
projects; make recommendations for new acquisitions (in an 
aquarium this includes the purchase or collection of living 
specimens); select specimens for loan at the request of museum 
officials; present lectures to various groups, and may serve as 
docents for special visitors and groups; and may plan the routine 
maintenance and activity of a museum, art gallery, or similar area.

In a research collection repository, incumbents study collection 
material and organize reports of such study for use in research; 
prepare indicies of available literature relating to collections 
for use by students and other researchers; assist students in the 
use of research tools, collections and related literature; perform 
routine maintenance such as accessioning, filing, loans, exchange 
and data management; answer request for  identification and 
information from other institutions, industrial organizations, and 
the scientific community; and may assist senior scientists and/or 
oversee junior scientists or technicians in the collecting and 
curating aspects of oceanographic expeditions. In addition, 
incumbents may be assigned responsibility for performing or 
overseeing all internal handling, preparation, storage, sampling 
and cross-content description of a division of a research 
collection of marine geological core samples.

Assistant Museum Scientist

Under supervision, incumbents perform curatorial work, or work 
relating to incumbents' field of speciality that requires a 
definite though limited degree of independent judgment.  The 
duties are performed in general museums, research collection 
repositories, botanical gardens, art galleries, aquariums, 
fine arts related collections or similar areas.

In a general museum or similar area, Assistant Museum Scientists 
accession, identify, classify and catalog specimens, with review 
by and general assistance from the supervisor; answer requests 
from the public or other institutions for identification or other 
information concerning material or specimens; collect or assist 
in the collection of material or specimens, and assemble the 
collections for class use; send and receive loan collections; 
recondition specimens; perform simple illustrating and map 
making; and may assist students in the use of materials and 
specimens, and related literature.

In a research collection repository, incumbents perform curatorial 
work such as the preparation of storage areas, maintenance of 
material containers, preparation of specimens, monitoring of use 
rates of consumable supplies, and maintenance of equipment; assist 
visitors desiring to inspect or view the collection, or requesting 
information concerning sample distribution policies and procedures; 
and participate aboard research vessels in the capacity of Curatorial 
Representative.

Assistant Museum Scientist positions are distinguished from Museum 
Preparator Positions in that incumbents apply a specialized academic 
knowledge in the discipline involved, and perform curatorial work 
involving identification, classification and cataloging of materials. 
This is the entry level class for college graduates with specialization 
in the discipline involved. Assignments are structured to provide 
training experience under the supervision of higher level Museum 
Scientists.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Principal Museum Scientist

Graduation from college with specialization in the discipline involved 
and six years of experience in curatorial work, including two years in 
a supervisory capacity; or an equivalent combination of education and 
experience; and knowledges and abilities essential to the successful 
performance of the duties assigned to the position.

Senior Museum Scientist

Graduation from college with specialization in the discipline involved 
and four years of experience in curatorial work, including one year in 
a supervisory capacity; or an equivalent combination of education and 
experience; and knowledges and abilities essential to the successful 
performance of the duties assigned to the position.

Museum Scientist

Graduation from college with specialization in the discipline involved 
and one year of experience in curatorial work; or an equivalent 
combination of education and experience; and knowledges and abilities 
essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the 
position. 

Assistant Museum Scientist

Graduation from college with specialization in the discipline involved; 
or an equivalent comb.ination of education and experience; and knowledges 
and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties 
assigned to the position.