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Museum Collections Manager - U of A Museums

Competition No. - A106623238
Posting Date - April 7, 2014
      First Review Date - May 3, 2014 (will remain open until filled)

The University of Alberta is seeking a dynamic professional for the position of Museum Collections Manager, University of Alberta Museums. The University of Alberta is one of the largest collecting institutions in Canada with more than 17 million objects and specimens in disciplines ranging from art to zoology. Reporting to the Executive Director, Museums and Collections Services, the Museum Collections Manager is accountable for leading and managing the Collections Management Program for the UofA Museums within the Museums and Collections Policy and the strategic plans. The Museum Collections Manager works as part of the MACS Team and in conjunction with the U of A Museums Curators and staff.

For more information and to apply go to http://www.careers.ualberta.ca/Competition/A106623238/


Biodiversity Informatics Advisor - U of A Museums

Competition No. - S106623298
Posting Date - April 11, 2014
Closing Date - May 2, 2014

The University of Alberta is seeking a dynamic professional for the position of Biodiversity Informatics Advisor, University of Alberta Museums. The University of Alberta is one of the largest collecting institutions in Canada with more than 17 million objects and specimens in disciplines ranging from art to zoology. Reporting to the Museum Collections Manager, Museums and Collections Services, and working collaboratively with the Collections Management Team, the Biodiversity Informatics Advisor is responsible for providing collections management advice, support, and training to the Curators and Collections Staff of the specimen-based teaching and research collections within the University’s Natural and Earth Science collections.

For more information and to apply go to http://www.careers.ualberta.ca/Competition/S106623298/


Collections Management Assistant - U of A Museums

Competition No. - S106623296
Posting Date - April 11, 2014
Closing Date - May 2, 2014

The University of Alberta is seeking a dynamic professional for the position of Collections Management Assistant, University of Alberta Museums. The University of Alberta is one of the largest collecting institutions in Canada with more than 17 million objects and specimens in disciplines ranging from art to zoology. Reporting to the Museum Collections Manager, the Collections Management Assistant is responsible for leading and implementing preventive conservation strategies (including collections moves); assisting with implementing the emergency preparedness plans and responses; managing the processing of loans and shipping; assisting with processing cultural property applications; assisting with implementing export permits and copyright processes; project managing collections management special projects; and assisting with all other aspects of collections management implementation where appropriate.

For more information and to apply go to http://www.careers.ualberta.ca/Competition/S106623296/

 posted by SPNHC 4/14/2014


Job description: Successful candidate will be responsible for the day to day operations of the vascular plant and mycological herbaria, under the supervision of the Director of Herbaria. Duties will include:
 Plant identification (including fresh and herbarium specimens) of the wild and cultivated
flora of our area, using expertise in plant systematics, taxonomy and nomenclature
 Preparation of specimens; manage loans, exchanges, and gifts with other herbaria
 Maintain and update database initiatives utilizing current technologies
 Manage projects, budgets, and staff effectively (in scope, on time) including supervision of student and academic hourlies, ensuring productivity and efficiency of hourly employees
 Assist with providing information for technical reports in collaboration with other scientists
 Communicate the uses and importance of our collections effectively, both orally and in writing, to a broad spectrum of stakeholders
 Work effectively in a fast-paced, challenging university setting

Qualifications: The preferred candidate will have a M.S. degree in botany, plant biology, or closely related field with emphasis in vascular plant taxonomy and systematics. Must have experience in curating, developing, and promoting herbarium collections and their use in research and outreach; experience with associated desktop and online database management, georeferencing, digitization, and imaging software; experience in preparing content for and delivering training workshops in plant identification or collections management techniques; and excellent interpersonal / supervisory and public relations skills. Must have strong knowledge in plant identification; expertise in Illinois plants preferred. Strong knowledge of and skills in the curation of specimens and collection management software.

Salary: $38,000 - $42,000 per year commensurate with experience and education. This is a regular, academic professional, full-time, 12-month position renewable annually upon success in the position and continued funding. The estimated starting date is June 1, 2014 (negotiable).

Benefits: Generous vacation and sick leave. State Universities Retirement System. Group health, dental, vision and life insurance.

Applications must be received by April 30, 2014. To apply, all candidates must submit an online profile through https://jobs.illinois.edu by the close of the posting period. Qualified candidates must upload a cover letter detailing qualifications noted above, curriculum vitae, working e-mail address, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applications may be reviewed prior to closing.

For further information please contact Erica Hanson, Human Resources, Illinois Natural History Survey, 217-333-6897, elhanson@inhs.illinois.edu. For technical questions, please contact: Dr. Andrew Miller, Search Committee Member, amiller7@illinois.edu.

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The administration, faculty, and staff embrace diversity and are committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. Visit www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.

  posted by SPNHC 4/7/2014

Curator I, Natural History, Ohio Historical Society, January 2014

The Ohio Historical Society is seeking a full-time Curator I in its Museum & Library Services Division.

The position works in the Archaeology and Natural History Unit. Examples of job responsibilities include:
    *Assist in management of museum collections in natural history; including cataloging, data entry, and
*Specimen acquisition and preparation.
*Interpretation of natural history through publications, exhibits, and public programming.
*Implementation of land and natural areas management at OHS sites, including management plans
for protected species.
*Act as liaison for OHS natural areas.
*Work with site partners to manage and interpret OHS natural history sites, including trail planning
and repair, deer management, and conducting educational programs.
*Research and communication of research findings through exhibits, multi-media scripts, reports, and
on-line projects.
*Responds to public, professional and scholarly inquiries.
*Working with volunteers, interns, and visiting researchers.
*Other duties as assigned.

The Ohio Historical Society’s natural history collections currently include more than 29,000 specimens in our direct care, plus 215,000 specimens on long-term loan to the Ohio State University. Our natural areas include several Dedicated State Nature Preserves and National Natural Landmarks. More information on the collections and natural areas is available on the OHS website at: http://www.ohiohistory.org/collections--archives/natural-history

Applicants should have a Master’s degree from an accredited university in a discipline of natural history (botany, ecology, natural resource management, entomology, geology, museum studies, etc.), or a Bachelor’s degree and equivalent work experience, plus a minimum of one to three years’ experience in natural history museum work, research, or public education.

A knowledge of the natural history of Ohio or equivalent region as well as computer skills with word processing and databases is desired. Strong organizational skills and ability to handle fragile museum specimens required. Ability to work well with a variety of people, such as co-workers, site partners, museum visitors, and researchers is essential. The applicant should be accustomed to and capable of field work in all sorts of weather conditions. The primary work site will be the OHS center in Columbus, with occasional travel and work at OHS sites around Ohio.

For more information or to complete an online application go to: http://www.ohiohistory.org/about/jobs , or contact the OHS Human Resource Office at:

800 East 17th
Columbus, Ohio 43211-2474
Fax: 614-297-2293
Email: applicant@ohiohistory.org

The Ohio Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer. The Ohio Historical Society does not discriminate in its employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, and veteran status, or any other basis that would be in violation of any applicable federal, state, or local law.

 posted by SPNHC 2/4/2014


The Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeological Laboratory invites applications for a position as Curator of Collections. 


Posting Number: 6000692

The Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeological Laboratory invites applications for a position as Curator of Collections. The Curator of collections will maintain archaeological collections, facilitate collection research, respond to professional and public research requests, and develop and maintain educational programming.

We are seeking candidates with a Master's Degree in Anthropology, Museum Science, or closely related field. Applicants with three years of work experience in an archaeological laboratory with specific experience in collections management and one year of field experience are encouraged to apply. Knowledge of methods and techniques of processing, conserving, and curating archaeological collections is critical. Applicants should also be familiar with computer database programs (e.g., Microsoft Access). We also seek applicants with knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to the curation and management of archaeological collections and knowledge of educational programming and development. Responsibilities include, coordinating and supervising all curation procedures, maintaining all curation and laboratory records, including fiscal records, and coordinating and facilitating professional research access to curated collections, including the execution of approved loans.

Interested candidates should apply online at the following link:

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Please submit a cover letter describing your experience, CV, and names of three references in the online application.

Interested candidates can contact Ms. Jill Berntsen, Waring Department Assistant, at jberntse@westga.edu or 678-839-6303 with any questions regarding the application process.

Posting Date:

Closing Date:
Applicants encouraged to apply by 3/28/2014, but position will stay open until filled.
 posted by SPNHC 2/4/2014

Milwaukee Public Museum- Collection Manager - Botany

The Milwaukee Public Museum has a full-time career opportunity for a Collection Manager in its Life Sciences Department. We are seeking to fill this entry level position with an assertive and dependable individual with previous experience in Botany collection care.
Education: The Collection Manager must hold a graduate (Masters) degree in their respective discipline or, in exceptional circumstances, may demonstrate equivalent academic and professional achievements, competencies and experience in museum techniques or collections-based research.
Care of Botanical Collections: Assist with direct care and organization of collections, and their management based on both the best practices of individual disciplines and fundamental principles of conservation, security, housing and environmental control. Data & Records Management: Inventory/digitization and continuing documentation of collections including databases, correspondence, archives, publications and loan records. Processing & Preparation: Conduct or coordinate the appropriate processing of new collections or existing collections including physical preparation, labeling, cataloguing, accessioning and loans. Access & Interpretation: Provide collection access to the research community; content and advice on MPM exhibit projects; assist in the development of exhibits and interpretive programs. Professional Services: Provide scholarly guidance to students, may participate in graduate student committees, and serve as reviewers of manuscripts and grant proposals as appropriate.
MPM is a natural history museum with Herbarium Collections totaling about 250,000 specimens including ca. 70 type specimens with over 50% of the material from Wisconsin and another 30% from the rest of North America. The collections are divided into vascular (107,000 records) and nonvascular (17,000 records) plants with associated data digitized for 200,000 specimens. This position offers a competitive wage and benefit package. If interested, please visit www.mpm.edu and go to the careers tab to review open positions and to apply on-line. In addition, please submit a current resume and/or Curriculum Vitae. Review of applications will begin April 1.

Questions can be directed to Susan Borkin: borkin@mpm.edu
posted by SPNHC 2/3/2014


ield Museum: Collection Manager for Fishes 

The Field Museum is searching for a Collections Manager for the Fishes collection.
Here is the link- http://fieldmuseum.org/about/employment

re-posted by SPNHC 1/31/2014

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Malacology Section: Research Malacologist

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) Foundation has an immediate opening, the Twila Bratcher Endowed Chair in Malacological Research, for an accomplished malacologist to conduct collection-based research on the Museum’s extensive collections of mollusks. The Museum has world-class malacological holdings and a rich history of collections-based research on marine invertebrates. Neontological holdings have a special emphasis on shelled mollusks of the eastern Pacific. The Museum also holds extensive collections of fossil mollusks, especially Cretaceous and Cenozoic gastropods and bivalves.

We seek an early career scientist who will implement an internationally recognized, modern and integrative research program in the evolutionary biology of mollusks, including taxonomy, systematics, biogeography, and biodiversity science. The successful candidate will have a PhD, a track record of research productivity, evidence of the ability to generate external funding, a strong interest in science communication and engaging the public in malacological research, and the ability to effectively communicate and engage with a wide variety of audiences, including the public and the NHM’s various stakeholders. The successful candidate also will be expected to help develop the collections and contribute to the Museum's public programs (education and exhibits).

This is a full time, untenured position of limited duration. The current expectation is that funding for the position will be available for two years, depending on performance evaluations and available resources; performance evaluations and available resources may also allow the position to be extended beyond two years.

The NHM, the largest natural history museum in the western United States, has recently finished a dramatic transformation including new ground-breaking exhibits and a 3 ½ acre wildlife garden. The NHM’s mission is to inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds. The NHM has recently developed a strategic intent – “Be the best at communicating how our planet and life on it changes over time and why this matters” – that will guide the museum’s priorities over the next decade.

Applications, including a cover letter, CV, statement of research, statement of science communication interests, and the names and contact information for three potential professional references, should be sent by March 15, 2014, to: lgranado@nhm.org - Lisa Granados, Research & Collections, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please, No Phone Calls, No Fax. 

 posted by SPNHC 1/21/2014

Cleveland Museum of Natural History: Collections Manager – Invertebrate Zoology

Summary: The Collections Manager of Invertebrate Zoology will oversee the general management of Entomology, Malacology and other invertebrate collections within the department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Manage the modern curation of entomological, malacological, and general invertebrate zoological specimens for the collection.
Manage access to collections by students, visiting scientists and volunteers.
Oversee management of the Museum DNA Lab including student training, data generation, and supplies management;
Participate in curator research projects as well as develop an independent research program including fieldwork, securing external funding, and writing manuscripts for publication.

Education and/or Experience:
The Collections Manager must hold a graduate degree (Masters or higher) in Invertebrate Zoology, Entomology, or related field. Priority will be given to applicants with taxonomic expertise in non-holometabolous terrestrial arthropods including Polyneoptera, Paraneoptera, non-neopteran hexapods, and arachnids.
Experience in biological collections management and DNA Lab management and data generation required.
Experience in field and laboratory research including publications on original research in peer-reviewed scientific journals required.
Experience planning, directing and reporting on research of self and staff.
Must have the ability to deal effectively with public and private agencies and individuals in matters relating to invertebrates and the Museum.
Experience with computer operating systems and database management required.

Please send a cover letter, a one (1) page curatorial and research statement, curriculum vitae (CV), and three (3) professional references to:
Human Resources
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
One Wade Oval Drive, University Circle
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
No phone calls, please.
Review of applications will begin March 1, 2014
Job Announcement Number: 1402
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, ADA EMPLOYER and a SUBSTANCE-FREE WORKPLACE

 posted by SPNHC 1/21/2014

Field Museum: Collection Manager for Fishes

The Field Museum has recently started searching for a Collections Manager for the Fishes collection.
Here is the link- http://fieldmuseum.org/about/employment

 posted by SPNHC 1/9/2014

Director of the University of Nebraska State Museum

Job Summary:

The Director will provide administrative leadership and is responsible for developing external funding and partnerships, enhancing and expanding physical facilities, and visioning and implementing a strategic plan to facilitate the growth of the Museum’s research, education and outreach programs.If you are interested in applying for this position, you can apply on our UNL Online Employment site at:
 posted by SPNHC 1/9/2014

Royal Alberta Museum, Assistant Curator, Ornithology
Information and Creative Technical Services 5, Heritage Division

Open Competition

Culture, Edmonton – The Royal Alberta Museum is committed to building and preserving collections documenting Alberta's biodiversity, landscapes, and human history. We currently have an opportunity for a skilled Assistant Curator to support our Ornithology Program.

Reporting to the Curator of Ornithology, the successful candidate will act to increase knowledge of Alberta’s natural heritage through preparation, analysis and preservation of materials related to birds. The position is responsible for the development and enhancement of the Ornithology Program’s collections (study skins, skeletons, tissues, eggs, mounts, audio and video recordings), maintenance of the program’s databases, and communication of information about birds to Albertans.

As the successful applicant, you will support and provide input to a program that communicates information about birds to diverse audiences through permanent and temporary exhibitions, publications, other forms of outreach, and one-on-one interaction with the public. Specific responsibilities will include:

- Assisting with research initiatives to enhance knowledge and acquire new information on Alberta birds.
- Undertaking fieldwork, and collecting, preparing and accessioning specimens,
- Taking detailed measurements and recording pertinent information on collected material following standard ornithological practice, and subsequently carrying out various analyses (polymerase chain reaction, spectrophotometry, HPLC, TLC, gel electrophoresis, sound analysis) to characterize it.

In your role assisting the Curator, you will also be required to obtain and maintain necessary permits and file permit reports, train and supervise students and temporary employees in specimen preparation and curatorial methods, enter data into relevant databases, process specimen loans and exchanges and contribute to Royal Alberta Museum education and outreach programs.

The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to participate in museum redevelopment activities, including new gallery development and readying collections for moving. The ideal applicant will be meticulous, have excellent organizational skills, and good laboratory and communication skills. He or she must also be able to work effectively in a team setting and a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment.

Qualifications: A Master’s degree in Biology or a related natural science from an accredited university and a minimum three years’ museum-related experience are required. Equivalencies will be considered. Demonstrable knowledge of Alberta’s avifauna and experience with ornithological curatorial techniques is essential. Experience with biochemical or molecular techniques would be an asset.

Salary Range: CDN $2,428.11 - $3,188.38 bi-weekly ($63,373 - $83,216 annually).

Notes: Travel and fieldwork (often under difficult conditions) are required in this position. Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. Successful candidates will be required to undergo security screening.

Competition No: 1020968 Closing Date: January 19, 2014

How to Apply: Online applications are preferred. To apply online, please visit https://www.jobs.alberta.ca/. Note: As only one file can be uploaded, please ensure your cover letter, resume and any other related documents are submitted in one file. If you are unable to submit an electronic version of your resume, please submit your resume, quoting the Job ID, to: Linda Yan, Alberta Culture, 7th floor Standard Life Centre 10405 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T5J 4R7. Fax: (780) 422-3142. Applicants who apply online will be able to track the status of their application.

If you require any further information on this job posting, please contact Alex Rayner or Linda Yan at ctpr.jobpostings@gov.ab.ca . We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates’ education and experience best meets the needs of the position. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.
 posted by SPNHC 1/8/2014

Natural History Curator

The Charleston Museum (Charleston, SC) seeks an experienced team player with a can-do, positive attitude for the full-time position of Natural History Curator.

Required: M.A. in biology or related field and three or more years experience in a museum setting; general knowledge of the natural history of the southeastern U.S.; background in the curation of natural history specimens and fossils; experience in planning and conducting public programs; and familiarity with exhibition planning and production. Primary responsibilities include management and care of the Museum’s natural history collections (ranging from vertebrate and invertebrate marine fossils to ornithological and botanical specimens); direct experience with the recordkeeping and cataloguing of such collections; development of public programs and exhibition that highlight the collections; and associated duties.

Note: This is not a research position.

Send resume and cover letter with a vision statement concerning the value of natural history collections to museums to Director, The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403; or e-mail to jobs@charlestonmuseum.org. Application deadline: January 20, 2014, after which review of applications will begin and continue until the position is filled.
posted by SPNHC 12/19/2013