Herbarium Database and Web Developer - NYBG

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The New York Botanical Garden seeks a Herbarium Database and Web Developer to work in the support, management, and dissemination of millions of specimen database records and images for the C. V. Starr Virtual Herbarium. This is an opportunity to enter the emerging field of biodiversity informatics and work on a number of wide-ranging and evolving initiatives to support the way botanical collections and research information is stored, integrated and published online. The Developer will help administer the Herbarium's central database system (KE EMu) and work with the software's vendor on database updates, enhancements and new releases; build mechanisms and APIs for exchanging data between Garden repositories and various biodiversity informatics projects, including GBIF, iDigBio, and various crowdsourcing applications; maintain and develop the Virtual Herbarium website, including search and display of specimen data and images, mapping, web statistics, data downloads, etc.; develop tools for online data entry; implement a content management system for the Virtual Herbarium website and standardize legacy websites. The ideal candidate will be well versed in a range of programming languages, familiar with or interested in learning community standards in biodiversity informatics and able to implement new technologies as they are developed.

Responsibilities will include:

. Database administration for the Herbarium's central database system (KE EMu), including user management, troubleshooting, software updates, bug reporting to software vendor, testing new releases, etc.

. Development of APIs for data transfer between NYBG and other data portals

. Development and maintenance of database-driven websites for the Virtual Herbarium

. Data manipulation and standardization of biodiversity datasets for import/export to/from central database to other projects

. Provide support and tool development for Herbarium digitization projects and workflow analysis, especially related to OCR and text mining


. Bachelor's degree in computer or information science, biodiversity informatics, or closely related technical field. Familiarity with biology a plus.

. Familiarity with PHP, JavaScript and MySQL required

. Facility with Unix/Linux (including shell scripting) and Apache/Tomcat server technologies

. Familiarity with XML-based information technologies (eg. XSD, XSLT, XPath, XQuery)

. Familiarity with online mapping (eg. Google Maps, Google Earth, OpenLayers) and data visualization tools

. Familiarity with HTML, CSS, and web services

. Experience with web content management systems (Wordpress, Drupal)

. Familiarity with KE Software's Electronic Museum database and IMu web publishing tool a plus

. Ability to work effectively with a distributed team of diverse stakeholders

. Exceptional communication and project management skills

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