9. Staffing

Clearly an archive's staff needs are dependent on many factors, particularly the size and scope of the collection. A suitable complement would be:

(a) Curator:

Responsible for the efficient running of the natural history sound library, the curator should have a zoology degree and experience in bioacoustic research as well as in recording wildlife sounds.

(b) Field Recordist:

Responsible to the curator for carrying out a programme of collecting wildlife sound recordings for the archive, the field worker should be an experienced and competent wildlife sound recordist with good knowledge of the fauna of the areas to be covered. He should also be a reliable identifier of species in the field and have a thorough knowledge of their sound vocabularies.

(c) Technical Assistant:

An assistant would be needed, responsible to the curator, for the processing of acquired recordings and their incorporation in the archive as well as for the preparation of copy recordings for users. He should be a well qualified audio technician with an interest in wildlife sounds.

(d) General Assistant:

Responsible to the curator for documentation, cataloguing, filing, indexing, typing and other routine work, a general assistant should have a good general education, a systematic mind, an interest in wildlife and a knowledge of classification of species.