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Registrar

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) is seeking a Registrar to join our amazing institution.  This is an exciting opportunity to play an integral part in the continued success of the Museum, with 450+ full-time and part-time employees and more than 1,800 volunteers.  We are building on our already solid foundation with a strong vision and solid strategy to recreate and redefine how we engage our community that loves, understands, and protects our natural world. 

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain region’s leading resource for informal science education. Located in the heart of Denver City Park, and neighbor to the Denver Zoo, the Museum offers a variety of exhibitions, programs, and activities that help Museum visitors experience the natural wonders of Colorado, Earth, and the universe. More than 300,000 students and teachers are served by Museum each year. The Museum houses nearly 1.5 million artifacts and specimens in its collections from around the world.

Job Description:
The Registrar collaborates with Curators, Collections Managers, and the Museum’s legal counsel to ensure documented compliance with policy, procedures, ethics, laws, and regulations to ensure legal rights to collections. The Registrar serves as the collections management system application administrator and coordinates the publication of collections data online.

Essential Functions Include:

  • Monitor and implement best practices for registration.
  • Collaborate with Curators and Collections Managers to create, compile and maintain documentation for accessions, deaccessions, loans, and repository agreements.
  • Monitor the ethical, legal, and regulatory environment surrounding natural history and cultural collections and lead the revision of the Museum’s collection and ethics policies as appropriate.
  • Serve as the point of contact and coordinator for troubleshooting, problem solving, system upgrades, and development of new tools for the collections management system and online delivery of collection data.
  • Generate reports of collection activities to meet a variety of needs.
  • Provide registration services for temporary exhibits and permanent exhibit upgrades.
  • Make arrangements for and coordinate packing, shipping, insurance coverage, and import/export requirements for incoming and outgoing exhibit loans.
  • Maintain the DMNS General Facility Report and review those of borrowing institutions.
  • Develop and manage an annual budget.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences or anthropology. Master’s degree in natural sciences or anthropology with museum concentration or experience preferred.
  • Museum registration experience required.
  • Working knowledge of the legal, regulatory, and ethical environment surrounding natural history and cultural collections.
  • Advanced experience with collections management systems. Experience with KE Emu, KE IMu, Crystal Reports, or Arctos preferred.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and work effectively both independently and as part of a team.

Application Instructions:

Please submit your cover letter and resume by 5:00 PM MST on September 10, 2015 to: http://chj.tbe.taleo.net/chj01/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=DMNS&cws=1&rid=550Resumes will not be accepted after this time.

No phone calls please.  Calls and emails received to follow up on the status of applications will not be responded to.  Please check your email after applying for any positions, to see if you received an automated response to your application.  If you receive that email, then your information has been received.  Please check your spam/junk folder as well.

Applications may only be accepted electronically via the Museum’s website www.dmns.org

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is an equal opportunity employer. The Museum is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff committed to serving the needs of all our visitors and we encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds.

posted by SPNHC 8/26/2015
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Conservator

Salary: £24,018 per annum plus benefits
Contract: Permanent
Closing date: 9am on Wednesday 26 August 2015
Interview date: w/c Monday 21 September 2015

The Natural History Museum is one of the world’s leading museums, internationally recognised for its dual role as a centre of excellence in scientific research and as a leader in the presentation of natural history through exhibitions, public programmes, publications and the web.

The Conservation Centre in our Core Research Laboratories department is looking to recruit a preventive Conservator to assist the Senior Conservator with the implementation of preventive conservation strategies for all NHM sites and collections. The successful candidate will be monitoring environments and therefore maintenance of monitoring systems will be a key part of this role. You will also be expected to support the NHM public engagement program by assisting with all exhibitions related preventive conservation activities.

To be successful, you will have a degree in Conservation or a related science degree with demonstrable collection monitoring experience and understanding, with an ability to interpret data. You will have a keen interest in monitoring systems and software with a willingness to learn how to problem solve issues. You are comfortable with conservation cleaning techniques applicable to Natural History Specimens and have some knowledge of Museum database systems.

To apply for this role, please go to the Natural History Museums website to apply online at: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/about-us/jobs-volunteering-internships/index.html

posted by SPNHC 8/25/2015
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Assistant Collections Manager

Archbold Biological Station, a not-for-profit dedicated to long-term ecological research, education and conservation in south central Florida, is seeking a key team member to meet the objectives of an NSF CSBR award. This is a three-year grant funded position with benefits.

Incumbent’s primary responsibility will be to work extensively with the Archbold arthropod collection, databasing and imaging specimen data, and moving the digitized data to the Internet via Symbiota-linked and other on-line portals under supervision of Entomology Program Director and Data Manager. Will also work with digital databases for herbarium, birds, mammals, herptiles, fishes and bryophytes collections, imaging specimens, and moving the digitized data to internet.

Bachelor’s Degree in Entomology or related field in biology with 2-3 years’ experience working with entomology collections, or a Master’s Degree and 1 year of experience preferred. Experience with curation of entomology collections critical, including identification, labeling specimens, barcoding and QR readers, and specimen imaging. Strong computing skills required, especially in relational databases such as Specify or other collections management databases.

Additional information at http://www.archbold-station.org/html/aboutus/employ.html.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and three professional references, to hr@archbold-station.org. Deadline October 2, 2015 or until filled, with anticipated early December to January start date.

EOE/AA Employer

posted by SPNHC 8/24/2015
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Marine Vertebrate Museum Scientist

Institution: University of California, San Diego
Location: San Diego, California
Closing date: 15, September, 2015

Under Curator general supervision, maintain collections of fishes, identify and accession new specimens into the SIO Marine Vertebrates collection, and maintain existing and create new data records. Develop and maintain computer databases of holdings. Process approved loan requests. Supervise and train visitors, students, volunteers and limited employees. Advise researchers and graduate students on the best techniques and selection of material. Prepare exhibits and make presentations to the public. Assist with grant proposal preparation and special projects. Ensure commonly accepted EH&S protocols are followed for collection lab spaces. Maintain emergency systems for collection spaces. Purchase equipment and supplies. Serve as liaison with other institutions to facilitate research projects. Prepare and present collection activities and research at group meetings and conferences.

  • Must be able to work with samples preserved in formalin, alcohol, or other preservatives. Must be willing to go to sea on an occasional basis. Must be able to open and secure jar lids, lift up to 50 lbs, and climb ladders.

More information on duties, requirements and how to apply is available at http://jobs.ucsd.edu/bulletin/job.aspx?cat=search&sortby=rank&jobnum_in=77881&search=77881

posted by SPNHC 8/21/2015
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Herbarium Collection Manager

The herbarium of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (PH) is seeking a full time Collections Manager. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter at www.drexeljobs.com.  Click on “search postings” and type in “herbarium” as the key word to find this position. Review of applications will begin September 30 and continue until the position is filled.

Job overview: The Botany Department of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is searching for a Collection Manager for the Herbarium to manage specimen care, data, and daily operations. Research in biodiversity informatics is encouraged.

Qualifications: Candidates should have a Master's Degree (Ph.D. desirable) from a recognized college or university, with training in botany, biology, or environmental science. Candidates with a Bachelor's degree and extensive experience will also be considered. A background in research in plant science, experience in museum operations, and biodiversity informatics are desirable. The candidate should be detail-oriented and a problem-solver, with excellent organizational and communication skills. The candidate should have the ability to work independently, be an effective team-leader, and supervise a diverse community of volunteers and students. 

Essential Functions:

  • Manage the curation, loan activity, and organization of a large herbarium with over 1.2 million specimens of plants collected worldwide.
  • Act as liaison with international and national scientific community, responding to requests for information, hosting visitors, and facilitating use of specimens for research and education.
  • Maintain records of loans and other collection activities.
  • Coordinate curation and routine care of the collection (integrated pest management, specimen repairs, facility trouble-shooting, oversee routine maintenance).
  • Supervise a cohort of volunteers, interns, and students working on collections care.
  • Participate in public education, museum programs, donor cultivation and other Academy service, including service on committees.
  • Maintain and help develop databases and online portals for specimen images and data.
  • Maintain and develop catalogs and other documentation of collections to monitor importance of herbarium for education and research missions of the institution.
  • Assist in planning and policy development for the collection. 

Recruiting salary: $46,000

Contact Tatyana Livshultz for information.

posted by SPNHC 8/21/2015
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Assistant Professor/Curator - Avian Genetics/Genomics

POSITION AVAILABLE: Tenure-track Assistant Curator of Ornithology and Assistant Professor of Biology, Sam Noble Museum and Department of Biology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma.
SALARY: Negotiable (9-month appointment). Tenure will be in the Department of Biology.
BEGINNING DATE: 16 August 2016

DESCRIPTION OF POSITION: We seek a creative, collaborative thinker with a collection-based research program involving molecular approaches to studying avian systems. We are especially interested in candidates who use genomic tools and datasets in combination with innovative computational, ecological, behavioral and/or comparative approaches to address important biological questions ranging from the origin and maintenance of organismal diversity, adaptation to changing environments, and human health and disease. Areas of research interests include, but are not limited to: comparative genomics, landscape/population genetics, geographical ecology, global change biology, evolutionary genetics, and mechanisms of evolution. Preference will be given to biologists with a documented record of collections-based research in natural history who also clearly demonstrate cross-disciplinary research programs. A Ph.D., teaching experience, and field and museum research experience in ornithology are required.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will be expected to: (1) develop and maintain an innovative, extramurally-funded research program in avian systems; (2) oversee care and obtain support for a collection of more than 26,000 specimens by maintaining records, identifying and cataloging specimens, supervising preparators and assistants, expanding and preserving the collections, and developing long-range plans for collection maintenance and development; (3) contribute to museum public exhibit development and support; (4) develop and contribute to museum-related outreach activities; and (5) contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching, including instruction of one course per year (one-half the regular department teaching load) in ornithology, animal behavior, biogeography, genetics, evolution, ecological modeling, or bioinformatics. A full-time collection manager is funded in this collection (50% collection, 50% Genetic Resources Core Facility), and a rotating graduate assistant appointment is assigned to the collection.

GENERAL INFORMATION: The Sam Noble Museum is an organized research unit of the University of Oklahoma and is one of the finest university museums in the world. The museum has an outstanding curatorial, collections, education, exhibits, and support staff that serves the museum’s mission from research to preservation to education at all levels. The Department of Biology is a leading academic department with a tradition of excellence in organismal biology. It is home to 20 of the 44 faculty in the University's graduate program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and it is currently in the process of hiring several new faculty in the next two to three years to expand on its strengths in geographical ecology and the biology of behavior.

APPLICATIONS: Send cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of experience and goals (including teaching, research, and curation), and representative pdf reprint examples to Dr. Michael A. Mares, Director, mamares@ou.edu. Applicants should also arrange to have three signed letters of reference sent to mamares@ou.edu or to Genetic Ornithologist Search Committee, Sam Noble Museum, 2401 Chautauqua Ave., Norman, Oklahoma, 73072-7029. Visit us at http://snomnh.ou.edu and http://biology.ou.edu.

CLOSING DATE: Screening of candidates will begin 1 October 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND ENCOURAGES DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE. PROTECTED VETERANS AND INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

posted by SPNHC 8/17/2015
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Collections Manager

The Delaware Museum of Natural History is hiring a Collections Manager to work in the Mollusk Collection. We are looking for a detail-oriented person who will be both a caretaker of and advocate for the collection. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • maintaining and conserving the Mollusk and other non-vertebrate collections
  • responding to research inquiries regarding the collection
  • working with Curator to maintain and improve the collections databases
  • overseeing and documenting outgoing and incoming loans and new specimen donations
  • assisting visitors in use of collections and library, and providing tours of the collections
  • managing requests for the du Pont Trophy awarded at various shell shows
  • facilitating training and management of departmental volunteers and interns

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BA / BS in Biology or other scientific fields including Computer Science and Museum Studies required. MA/MS preferred
  • 1 – 2 years’ experience in natural history collection management; interest in bioinformatics and digitization of natural history collections
  • Familiarity with relational databases, Excel spreadsheets and imaging software
  • Familiarity with natural history, geography, and taxonomy of mollusks preferred

Qualified candidates should email their letter of application, CV or resume, and three professional references to treed@delmnh.org or submit them to Delaware Museum of Natural History, ATTN: Human Resources, P.O. Box 3937, Wilmington, Delaware 19807.  Salary requirements must be included.  The deadline for submission is Monday August 31, 2015.  EOE.  If you have any questions, please contact Liz Shea via email at eshea@delmnh.org.  

posted by SPNHC 8/14/2015
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Burke Museum – EPICC TCN Coordinator

The Burke Museum invites applications for a part-time position as a Burke Museum EPICC TCN Coordinator. Funding for this position is for a 4-year period.

Job Summary:
Reporting to the Paleontology Collections Manager, the Burke Museum EPICC TCN Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the Burke Museum’s segment of the NSF Digitization Thematic Collections Network (TCN) Collaborative: Documenting Fossil Marine Invertebrate Communities of the Eastern Pacific (EPICC). The Burke Museum EPICC TCN Coordinator is tasked with digitizing appropriate collections to increase availability of the collection to researchers and the public.

The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, located on the University of Washington campus is a repository for research collections and has substantial exhibit and K-16 outreach programs. Currently the paleontology division includes three curators, one full-time collections manager, one full-time fossil preparator, and more than 20 adjunct curators and research associates. Fossil collections at the Burke Museum are actively growing and include over three million specimens distributed in several subdisciplines: vertebrate paleontology, paleobotany (including pollen and phytoliths), invertebrate paleontology, and micropaleontology.

Basic Functions:
The successful candidate will be responsible with coordinating the digitization of fossil marine invertebrates. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Image capture and processing
  • Georeferencing
  • Pre-digitization curation and preparation
  • Complete data entry of collections
  • Schedule, train and supervise student and hourly employees
  • Create digital catalogues of selected collections
  • Provide written and oral reports related to grant implementation to Curator and Collections Manager
  • Manage work flow to meet grant and reporting deadlines

Required Qualifications:

  • B.S. in paleobiology or related discipline
  • Experience in collections management
  • Experience with computer databases and online access of natural history collections

Desired Qualifications:

  • M.S. in paleobiology or related discipline
  • Experience with photographic image capture and manipulation
  • Experience with GPS mapping and GIS technoology
  • Experience with MySQL or related relational database systems
  • Familiarity with invertebrate fossils

Applicants should apply on UW hires using UW requisition # 122247 https://uwhires.admin.washington.edu/eng/candidates/default.cfm?szLocationID=88

posted by SPNHC 7/29/2015
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Museum Director

Biology/Hefner Museum of Natural History: Director with overall responsibility for the museum and its educational goals and strategic plan, and is responsible for all matters concerning personnel, space, budget, and the search for external funding to support museum outreach. 

The Director is expected to teach a minimum of two courses per year within the Department of Biology. Courses might include Vertebrate Zoology, Environmental Education with an Emphasis on Natural History, Local Flora and Fauna, Museum Studies, and Exhibit Development.

The Museum Director is a staff member within the Department of Biology; the Director reports to the department chair. Starting date is January 1, 2016.

Require: At least a Master's degree in an appropriate disciplinary or museum field; candidates who hold a BA/BS and have significant, wide-ranging experience as a museum professional will be considered. Particularly important is a background in exhibit creation and development and the management of collections, especially vertebrates and mollusks. 

Desire: experience as a naturalist, project manager, and environmental educator. Applicants should submit letter of interest, resume, and list of three references to https://miamioh.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=1458.

Direct inquiries to Darlene Davidson at davidsmd@miamioh.edu. Screening of applications begins August 10, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. Miami University, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with smoke- and tobacco-free campuses, is committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report with information on campus crime, fires, and safety may be found at: http://www.MiamiOH.edu/campussafety/annual-report/index.html Hard copy available upon request. Employment will require a criminal background check according to University guidelines.

posted by SPNHC 7/28/2015
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Assistant Curator (collection manager)

The Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University seeks an Assistant Curator (collection manager) for the Texas A&M University Insect Collection. This is a full-time, base-budgeted, staff-level, position with benefits located on the main campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The position reports to the faculty Curator of the collection and is available 1 September 2015.

The TAMUIC is a land grant university-based collection of insects and related arthropods specializing in the fauna of the south-central and southwestern United States and the northern Neotropical region (especially Mexico). The primary mission of the collection is to build and maintain a comprehensive collection of insects and related arthropods from these regions for research, reference and educational purposes. Containing approximately 2.7 million curated specimens, the TAMUIC supports a diverse range of activities in the TAMU Department of Entomology, Texas AgriLife Research, and Texas AgriLife Extension; serves the worldwide entomological community as a source of high-quality specimens for systematics research; and provides a focal point for the activities of a dedicated group of entomologists in Texas and adjacent states.

The position’s responsibilities include: management of the day-to-day operations of the TAMUIC; recruitment, training, and supervision of personnel to assist in carrying out collection operations; coordination with and general supervision of the curatorial activities of the departmental teaching collection manager; promotion of collection development through collection-based research in arthropod faunistics and systematics; and maintenance of the departmental arthropod identification and information service.

General inquiries about the position may be sent to:
Mr. Robert Jensen
Department of Entomology
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-2475
U.S.A.
E-mail: r-jensen@tamu.edu

A complete description of the position and duties, and the portal through which all applications must be received, can be found here: https://greatjobs.tamu.edu – search and apply for NOV number: 08731. Follow website directions for completing an on-line application, and uploading and attaching cover letter, resume, etc. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their applications by 15 August 2015. Contact Robert (above) if you experience problems.

posted by SPNHC 7/27/2015
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Community Engagement Specialist

Department: Joseph Moore Museum
Status: Part-time (28 hours/week)

The Joseph Moore Museum of Science and Nature at Earlham College seeks a part-time (28 hours/week, 12 months) qualified and dynamic Community Engagement Specialist for immediate hire.

The JMM is a thriving place focused on forging connections among science, nature, and society. We strive to combine the strengths of our natural history collections, the scholarly research of Earlham College faculty, and the passions of our museum faculty and ~20 undergraduate student staff into engaging community programs and exhibits. First publicly opened in 1887, the JMM has been long-known as the regional natural history museum and is located in Richmond, Indiana on the campus of Earlham College.

Responsibilities

  • Plan and implement community programs for the Joseph Moore Museum in line with the museum’s mission and vision, including designing, scheduling, staffing/leading, publicizing and promoting educational tours that meet state standards throughout the school year and in summer.
  • Plan and implement special events to connect Earlham community members with each other and the broader Wayne County community around topics of importance to science and society.
  • Supervise and train Earlham College student staff in outreach (i.e. interacting with the public through tours, events, and museum hosting)
  • Assist with exhibits, including maintenance, refurbishment and design.
  • Assist with fundraising for community engagement.
  • Assist with developing and implementing a Community Engagement Plan for JMM.
  • Prepare an annual report documenting and critiquing community engagement at JMM.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Previous experience in leading educational programming for children pre-k-12th grade.
  • Either have current Interpretive Guide Certification through NAI, or be available August 25th-28th to complete training and have personal transportation during that time period.

Key Attributes

  • Either a degree in a scientific field or substantial experience in science or nature programs for children
  • Ability to connect with people of diverse ages and backgrounds
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail, logistics and daily planning
  • Dedication to working enthusiastically as part of a team of faculty and students
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to supervise and organize college students
  • Strong commitment to community engagement
  • Passion for communicating science

More information
Potential applicants are encouraged to contact JMM Director, Heather Lerner, at 765-983-1402 or lernehe@earlham.edu

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Position will begin as early as August 15th and prior to August 30th, 2015. Announcement posted July 17, 2015.

Application
Please send a cover letter detailing qualifications for the position, CV, a list of references and a detailed sample plan for a science or nature-based elementary school tour as a single electronic file to: leama@earlham.edu.

posted by SPNHC 7/17/2015
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Grant Museum Curator
UCL Public and Cultural Engagement

Duration of post: Permanent, full time
Salary: Grade 7: £33,353 - £40,313 (Inclusive of London weighting; annual cost of living increase pending)

UCL Museums and Collections is a dynamic and growing service that has won national awards. The museums are part of the UCL Public and Cultural Engagement (PACE) department that also includes the university’s Public Engagement Unit and the Bloomsbury Theatre. The collections house over half a million outstanding artefacts and specimens across arts and science disciplines. Promoting research and teaching with these collections is a high priority, and the museums play a key role in engaging new audiences with UCL’s academic work.

The Grant Museum is one of the UK’s foremost zoology museums, with a reputation for innovative and experimental work. It is named after its founder Professor Robert Edmond Grant, who was the country’s first Professor of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy. The collection comprises around 68,000 skeletal, taxidermy, fossil and wet specimens, covering the whole of the animal kingdom. It is accredited by Arts Council England and works to influence the museum sector in areas of audience engagement and collections management. Alongside a lively public events programme, the Museum is used daily in academic programmes across the disciplines at UCL and other Higher Education Institutions.

The Grant Museum Curator’s primary responsibility will be to undertake curatorial work and collections care and management for the Grant Museum collection, including documentation, imaging, storage, collections development and databases. The post-holder also plays an active role in the development and delivery of appropriate university teaching, and encourages and facilitates research and teaching use of the collection. The Curator participates in the development of new exhibitions and displays, and will participate fully in the Department’s public engagement programmes.

The Curator will work closely with colleagues across UCL Museums and Collections and PACE and will report to the Grant Museum Manager. The post-holder will play an active role in the Grant Museum team and will work closely alongside the Museum Manager, Learning and Access Officer and UCL Museums Collections Management team in developing and delivering the overall strategic aims of the Grant Museum and wider UCL PACE services.

The role requires very good levels of subject-specific knowledge and collections management experience, as well as a track record in public engagement and advocacy within the museum sector.

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

For a FULL JOB DESCRIPTION and TO APPLY, please follow the instructions on our web site

CLOSING DATE 03/08/15

INTERVIEWS in week beginning 17/08/15

posted by SPNHC 7/17/2015
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Vertebrate Paleontology Technician and Preparator

Department: Museum of Comparative Zoology
Auto req ID: 36448BR
Location: USA - MA - Cambridge
Time Status: Full-time
Schedule: Monday - Friday 9-5pm
Salary Grade: 056
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

This is a reposting by the Department - new closing date: July 31, 2015
Duties & Responsibilities
Operates the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology preparation laboratory within the MCZ Paleontology Preparation Facility, providing preparation for the faculty curator. In order to foster the scientific and educational components of our preparation facility, the position will provide supervision and training of graduate students in the scientific techniques of fossil vertebrate preparation. Will serve as the primary contact for researchers and students to provide a high level of support for the collection and study of fossil vertebrates. Advises and assumes a major role in planning field expeditions, including bibliographic searches, preparation of materials/data for grant proposals, map and aerial photo surveys, and testing and purchase of field equipment. Assumes responsibility for geographical sectors and expeditionary personnel in the field, including supervision and training of graduate students in the specialized scientific techniques of collecting fossil vertebrates, with the clear ability to apply all basic and research skills necessary in providing leading care for all specimens. Authorizes purchases of VP laboratory supplies, especially those necessary to develop new techniques of preparation.

Basic Qualifications

  • BA/BSc or equivalent in geology with emphasis on vertebrate paleontology (anatomy and taxonomy).
  • Specialized technical skills required in preparation of fossil vertebrates, including microscopic dissection; sound knowledge of vertebrate skeletal anatomy, as well as fundamental concepts of stratigraphy, sedimentology and vertebrate evolution.
  • Experience conducting field work, including excavating, consolidating, collecting and documenting fossil discoveries.
  • Experience using manual and mechanical fossil preparation techniques, including use of air scribes, air abrasives, rock saws, etc.
  • Experience molding, casting, restoration, and conservation of fossils (including all related materials).

Additional Qualifications
MSc in a related discipline preferred. 5+ years of experience is preferred in vertebrate paleontology preparation. Hands-on experience using acid preparation methods. Experience organizing the logistics of field expeditions, including permits and mapping. Familiarity with x-ray and CT scanning technology. Experience presenting preparation techniques at local and/or national conferences. Competence with a wide range of mechanical devices is helpful. Good organizational skills and ability to handle a variety of administrative duties. Member of a scientific society is preferred.

A submission of a portfolio detailing preparation projects is required at time of application.
Additional Information Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until July 31, 2015. Interviews will be conducted shortly thereafter. When applying for this position please submit your resume and cover letter in our preferred format as one combined document (resume followed by cover letter). A submission of a portfolio detailing preparation projects is required at time of application.

The portfolio should include a minimum of 2-3 photographic and written narratives which explain how a specimen was prepared and/or conserved and the techniques and materials used. If the technique was novel and/or presented at a workshop or conference, this should also be noted.

***All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

The MCZ was founded in 1859 by an act, signed into law, by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts primarily through the efforts of Louis Agassiz, a brilliant lecturer and scholar from Switzerland. The museum established and served as a training ground for professional zoologists and influenced many budding US museums through this new generation.

Research at the MCZ continues to follow Agassiz’s vision to illuminate the structures of living things, their natural classification and relationship with their surroundings, while remaining a leading institution for modern zoological research. The present-day MCZ collections are comprised of approximately 21-million extant and fossil invertebrate and vertebrate specimens and associated object collections (such as the Blaschka glass invertebrate models), which continue to be a focus of research and teaching for MCZ, Harvard and outside students and researchers.

Please refer to additional competencies here:
http://vertpaleo.org/PDFS/36/36fc51ea-dce6-403d-9b58-cb5d606780f0.pdf

To apply, go to https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGWEbHost/jobdetails.aspx?partnerID=25240&siteID=5341&AReq=36448BR
Closing date: July 31, 2015

posted by SPNHC 7/16/2015
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