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RESEARCH LIBRARY CURATOR
The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) maintains the world’s most comprehensive repository of summaries of peer-reviewed scientific research evidence relevant to the children and nature movement. With over 1,300 summaries, the C&NN Research Library and its related monthly Research Digest, are established resources for thousands of individuals and organizations seeking to ground their work in evidence.
Working under the supervision of C&NN’s Research Director Dr. Cathy Jordan and in collaboration with an existing part-time curator, the co-curator shares responsibility for maintaining the quality, relevance, utility and timeliness of information included in the Research Library collection.
Our ideal candidate has a passion for the mission of connecting children to nature; a strong belief in the value of scientific evidence for informing practice and policy; excellent synthesis and writing skills; at least basic academic preparation in research design and methods as well as statistical analysis; and experience in assessing the quality of scientific literature.
SCOPE OF WORK & DELIVERABLES
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Synthesis and Writing Skills: Most importantly, the Curator needs to be able to digest and efficiently synthesize scientific information, pulling out the most important information and translating it into well-crafted prose that facilitates understanding of the research for practitioners in the field.
Scientific methodology: The Curator needs enough scientific background to be able to distinguish research of sufficient quality and rigor (within a variety of methodological approaches, including quantitative, empirical methodology as well as qualitative methods) from research that is poorly designed or executed and does not advance the field.
Excellent work habits: Efficiency, organization, and ability to meet deadlines.
Access to information: Although the student assistant, in our current model, is responsible for monthly literature searches and accessing article PDFs, it is helpful for the Curator to be able to retrieve articles from “behind the firewall.” This may require an academic affiliation with library access that permits retrieval of articles via print or online journal library subscriptions, interlibrary loan, etc. If you do not have access, we will develop a strategy for you to obtain access through our academic partner, the University of Minnesota.
Working remotely: Working with a remote, geographically dispersed team requires good communication, initiative, and a high degree of autonomy, responsiveness and accountability.
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
The Children & Nature Network is a virtual organization with no central office.
COMPENSATION & OTHER
Compensation: $30 per hour
Status: Part-time (up to 14 hours/week)
Period: Contract with potential for annual renewal
1) a cover letter about your interest in the position and its key parameters
2) a resume or CV
3) a writing sample of any type
4) a document with short answers to the questions below:
For the questions, we won’t count, but we recommend no more than 300 words each. We recognize that applying for a position takes effort, and we look forward to reading your materials.
Submit applications to email@example.com. Enter RESEARCH LIBRARY CURATOR in the Subject line.
Application Period: Position open until filled. Applications will be reviewed starting August 29, 2023 and reviewed until the position is filled.
We appreciate that diversity of all kinds contributes to greater impact and innovation. We are striving to build a diverse team that reflects the races, ethnicities, religions, gender identities, cultures, and lived experiences of the international children and nature movement. We are committed to values of equity and inclusion in the way we work with each other, with partners and peers, and in the communities we serve.