Otis Douglas Hyde Herbarium

Herbarium Specimen Collector

Are you looking for an excuse to wander through the Washington Park Arboretum a few times a month, in search of botanical inquiry and fresh air? If so, this position may be a good fit. The Otis Douglas Hyde Herbarium has a collection of pressed and dried plant specimens that are used for identification and research.Herbarium Specimen Collectors use maps and lists to locate and collect specimens in the Washington Park Arboretum, which are eventually deposited in the Hyde Herbarium. Collecting focuses on plant specimens that are in flower or fruit, as these characteristics are essential for plant identification. Collectors may work independently or with the Herbarium Committee, a group of volunteers that meets every first and third Tuesday of the month from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Duties include:

Herbarium Assistant

The Otis Douglas Hyde Herbarium's plant specimen collection is constantly expanding. Herbarium specimen collections are primarily comprised of plants from the University of Washington Botanic Gardens' Washington Park Arboretum and Center for Urban Horticulture, other horticulturally significant plants, common weeds and noxious weeds. These plant specimens are used for plant identification and research. Herbarium Assistants help process plant specimens by participating in data entry, filing plant specimens, updating collecting lists, and other activities that provide hands on experience in the workings of a herbarium. Duties include:

Herbarium Plant Identifier

Plant Identifiers work with the Collections Manager to identify unknown herbarium specimens and plant specimens brought in for identification. They must be familiar with plant identification terms and the use of a key for plant identification, but will receive ample help and guidance from the Collections Manager. Duties include: