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Assistant Collections Manager

Reports To:  Collections Manager
Department:  Biology – Collections
Status:  Full time, Non-exempt

Summary of Position: 
The Assistant Collections Manager works closely with the Collections Manager to effectively manage, preserve, and provide accessibility to the Museum’s collections and archives.  Significant projects in the near term are identifying and implementing a new collections management database and making the collections data accessible to broader audiences. The collections date to the 1830s and comprise over 280,000 specimens and artifacts, 500 linear feet of papers, and 100,000 images. The focus of the collection is on the Midwest region of the United States, with supplementary material from across North America. The Assistant Collections Manager reports to the Collections Manager and is a part of the Collections team in the Biology Department.  The Collections team consists of three staff:  the Curator of Urban Ecology, the Collections Manager, and the Assistant Collections Manager. This position is stationed at the Museum’s offsite collections facility in the Ravenswood neighborhood and conducts work periodically at the Museum in Lincoln Park. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with accessions and de-accessions.  Assist with cataloguing, condition reporting, internal and external loans, and other documentation.
  • Process and manage digital records (e.g. spreadsheets, databases, metadata, images) and provide quality control of data. 
  • Under the supervision of the Collections Manager, continue to inventory collections as part of the Collections Inventory Project, and conduct periodic inventories of collections.
  • Assist with processing the remaining portions of the archives and creating finding aids.
  • Maintain collection files and institutional records.
  • Assist the Collections Manager with assessing potential databases, cloud storage, consortium sites, and other avenues for providing accessibility to collections data.
  • Under the supervision of the Collections Manager, develop and update collections management procedures and project manuals as necessary.
  • Continue digitization projects, e.g. specimen photography, publication scanning, scanning of photography collections and botany specimens.
  • Continue preservation rehousing of the collections, re-organization/ curation of collections, and improving overall storage conditions. 
  • Assist with monitoring the condition of specimens and artifacts and conduct general specimen preparation, cleaning, and repair.
  • Assist with the supervision of a significant volunteer base (average of 22 volunteers at any given time). Train volunteers on new projects and provide regular review of their work.  Work with the Collections Manager to develop new volunteer and intern projects as needed.
  • Assist the Collections Manager in handling ongoing day-to-day maintenance of the collections facility.
  • Assist the Collections Manager with tasks relating to integrated pest management (IPM) and environmental monitoring at the collections facility and the Nature Museum.
  • Promote the collections to the public and the institution through collection tours, social media, programs, exhibits, and other avenues.
  • Collaborate with Exhibits staff on the development of exhibits at the Nature Museum; includes preparation, installation, de-installation, and transportation of specimens and artifacts.
  • Collaborate with Education staff on program development and to identify specimens for use in programs.
  • Assist the Collections Manager with grants research to support Collections projects.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree required, graduate work in museum studies or related field will be given preference.
  • Two to three years experience working with museum collections.
  • Working knowledge of current best practices in museum collection management and the ability to apply this knowledge across a broad spectrum of disciplines and materials including zoology, earth science, archives, historic artifacts, art, and photography.
  • Have effective time management skills and the ability to multitask.
  • Be highly organized and have an excellent attention to detail.
  • Be able to solve problems creatively.
  • Demonstrated competency with MS Office Suite; familiarity with relational databases and digitization software, and a willingness to learn new technology. Ability to troubleshoot computer issues beneficial.
  • Must have good interpersonal skills and work well with other staff, volunteers, visitors of all ages, researchers, and donors.
  • Possess good communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work within 32-inch aisles, climb ladders, and lift 50 pounds.
  • Have a valid driver's license.

Compensation:  Competitive salary commensurate with experience.  Benefits package includes paid leave and health, dental, vision, and life insurance.  The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please forward resume, cover letter, and three references to:
ACMjob14@naturemuseum.org  or via regular mail to:
Dawn Roberts, Collections Manager
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 North Cannon Drive
Chicago, IL 60614
No phone calls, please.
Applications will be reviewed starting September 2, 2014.

Summary of Institution:
The Chicago Academy of Sciences was founded in 1857 from a desire to understand nature and science.  The Academy has a lengthy connection to the region’s naturalists and its natural history.  A scientific institution, the Academy conducted explorations throughout the Midwest region and across North America, creating collections that provide baseline data for researchers using our collections.  In 1999, the Academy opened the doors to its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Today, the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (CAS/PNNM) continue the charge to study local ecosystems and educate our visitors about the natural landscape of the Chicago region. Focusing on the Midwest allows us to more fully understand the intricacies of the environment and the role we play in nature.  More information about the history of the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its museum collections can be found on the museum’s website, http://www.naturemuseum.org/.

posted by SPNHC 8/20/2014
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Program Manager
25127
Library Administrator III - Band F
Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is the world's leading resource for conservation, research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. The Lab is a vibrant unit within Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), where twelve world-class, mission-driven programs are directed by full-time faculty and other renowned professionals. Lab staff teach undergraduate courses, advise graduate students, collect and disseminate world-famous digital resources on biodiversity, and engage with partner organizations and citizens around the world to conduct scientific research and conservation actions. Our management and staff are committed to the highest standards of ethics and excellence in all areas of our work, and our Board leadership includes faculty from Cornell and other universities, successful entrepreneurs and managers from the business and non-profit sectors, and conservation-minded citizens from the United States and beyond.

The Macaulay Library (ML) at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (the Lab) is the world’s largest (over 250,000 media assets) and oldest (started in 1929) scientific archive of biodiversity media recordings (audio, video and photos); it is the most heavily used archive of its kind in the world. ML assets are media-based biological specimens, much like the specimens in more traditional biological collections, but that uniquely capture the behavioral traits of living organisms. ML media specimens are used extensively in scientific research, having been cited for use in over 600 scientific publications. They are also used for a diversity of non-scientific purposes, including museum exhibits, educational resources, phone/tablet “apps”, commercial products and numerous artistic productions (e.g., Hollywood and documentary films, broadcast television, musical compositions and other high-visibility endeavors). Altogether, ML processes over 350 requests for media per year from outside clients (scientists, educators, museums, artists, etc.), with many of the requests custom tailored and being for hundreds, sometimes thousands, of individual media assets. ML media assets are also used extensively by other units within Cornell University and other Lab programs, for example in media-rich websites. With an annual operating budget that exceeds $1.5 million, ML is involved in a complex mixture of organized and departmental collection, production, outreach, educational and research activities.

The Macaulay Library Program at the Lab is currently seeking a Program Manager. Duties include:
· Oversee the continued development and implementation of ML’s overall collection strategy and will supervise and lead the management of all administrative, operational and collection activities of ML.
· Represent ML from a management perspective in meetings and other interactions within the Lab and the University.
· Ensure that the management, administrative and collection functions of ML operate smoothly and according to Lab and University policy.
· Collaborate with other ML Leadership Team members to implement and communicate the vision of the Program Director and the objectives of ML’s strategic plan into a formulated operating plan, including annual and long-term goals, strategies and finances.
· Collaborate on the setting of activities, projects and strategies that align with ML’s mission and Lab priorities.
· Provide direction and accountability for all day to day collections operations.
· Ensure that priorities are set and met for the development of ML collections, management of media submissions, management of media-specimen preparation and preservation, metadata record creation and enhancement and media distribution.
· Facilitate interdisciplinary dialog and collaboration among the multiple functional areas of ML, such as collections development, collections management, research and interpretation, media engineering, and software/database development.
· Working with the Senior Director of Administration and Operations, oversee the creation, planning, scheduling, and coordination of program and project budgets, the monitoring of expenses, and the facilitation of long-term financial planning which includes assessing risks and benefits of expending program funds with regards to personnel, research, training, productions, collection initiatives, technology, and general program management.
· Collaborate with other Program Directors and Administrators in the Lab to meet the goals and objectives of Lab’s strategic plan and explore opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.
· Provide regular and accurate administrative and financial status reports on program operations to the Lab Administration.
· Collaborate with Human Resources and other supervisors in ML to oversee personnel needs and manage personnel issues including conflict resolution and performance improvement plans.
· Represent and act as programmatic liaison for ML with other institutions, organizations and individuals, within and outside of the United States.

Annual term appointment with possibility of renewal based upon performance and availability of funding.

Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.

Required Qualifications:
· Bachelor’s degree; 3 to 5 years of experience or equivalent.
· Proven project management, resource management, and supervisory experience and the ability to coalesce staff and resources around a common goal.
· Prior experience working in a library, museum, or similar setting with understanding of the importance of collections and collections management procedures/technology.
· Significant knowledge of, and experience using, media technology; including audiovisual collection development, editing and manipulation technology.
· Must have excellent time-management and negotiation skills.
· Must have a record of successfully meeting schedules and milestones of projects involving multiple stages, participants and stakeholders.
· Must provide high level customer service skills and demonstrated ability to develop effective working relationships with a diverse clientele.
· Proven ability to work in a team environment and independently to accomplish required tasks to achieve program objectives while creating a high-quality and respectful work environment.
· Demonstrated ability to present ideas clearly and concisely in oral and written form to a broad range of people.
· Ability to establish and maintain a safe, productive and respectful working environment.
· Demonstrated ability to organize and facilitate meetings.
· Proven ability to work effectively with researchers, curators, and archivists in a dynamic, creative, multi-disciplinary environment.
· Must be logical and analytical with ability to develop new or revised systems, procedures and work flows.
· Experience working on multiple projects on tight timeframes with multiple stakeholders and ability to hold people accountable for expectations.
· Demonstrated ability to assess the risks and benefits of different options and using sound business practices, make decisions that protect the interest and further the mission of ML and Lab.
· Ability to quickly understand and translate business needs as expressed by stakeholders.
· Ability to balance the goals of the Program with financial stability and sustainability of the Program.
· Must be fluent with modern computers and applications including project management tools, report generation, presentation graphics tools, word processing, spreadsheets and graphs, email, internet browsing.
· Proven budget and grant management skills.
· The ability to obtain and maintain a valid NYS driver’s license.
· Ability to work weekends or evening when required in order to meet pressing deadlines.
· Ability to travel when necessary.

Preferred Qualifications:
· Advanced degree with at least 6 years of management and collections experience.
· Advanced knowledge of digital media technology and digital asset management.
· Strong interest in advancing the cause of scientific conservation and the Lab of Ornithology’s mission of applying research to interpret and conserve the earth's biological diversity.
· Experience in managing scientific or research projects.
· Working knowledge of accounting and other administrative functions.

To Apply, go to https://cornellu.taleo.net/careersection/10164/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=25127

posted by SPNHC 8/18/2014
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Director, Alabama Museum of Natural History

Job no: 498040
Appointment type: Regular Full-time (Benefits eligible)
Categories: Director/Executive
Department: 200901 - Museums
Pay Grade/Pay Range: 59 Monthly (exempt): - Minimum - $ 42265.56 Midpoint - $ 59592.00

Job Summary: The Director, Alabama Museum of Natural History is responsible for the operations of the museum to include delivery of public programs, collections management, and exhibits.
Additional Department Summary: As one of the oldest university museums in the U.S., the Alabama Museum of Natural History strives to be a national leader among museums at institutions of higher education. The AMNH is dedicated to facilitating collections-based research in the natural sciences by faculty and students and presenting the state's natural history, including its extraordinary biodiversity as demonstrated in the fossil record, to the UA community and the general public through quality educational programs and state-of-the-art exhibits.
Required Minimum Qualifications: Master's degree in museum studies, biology, geology, anthropology, natural science, education, or other relevant field and at least two (2) years experience working in a museum or similar educational setting, or other relevant experience; OR Ph.D. in biology, geology, anthropology, natural science, education, or other relevant field and at least one (1) year experience working in a museum or similar educational setting, or other relevant experience

Additional Required Department Minimum Qualifications: Valid U.S. driver's license. Must be at least 21 years of age and have an acceptable motor vehicle report as determined by the insurance carrier.
Skills and Knowledge: Ability to work independently or as a team. Effective communication skills, both verbal and written. Ability to work with a diverse population and excellent interpersonal skills. Knowledge of personal computers and standard software applications. Ability to understand basic budgeting and accounting procedures.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience working at a museum, historic site or environmental organization. Experience in the development and implementation of exhibits and public programming in a museum setting. Record of publication in peer-reviewed journals. Experience in writing and submitting grant proposals. Supervisory experience.
Background Investigation Statement: Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction before a hiring decision is made. EOE/AA
Apply at http://staffjobs.ua.edu/?job=498040

Advertised: 28 Jul 2014 
Applications close: 25 Aug 2014  

posted by SPNHC 8/11/2014
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Assistant Curator – Paleontology
(Role Title: Scientist II)

Salary Range: Pay Band 5 Location: Martinsville, VA
Minimum Starting Pay: $42,000-$44,000

Position #00089

An exceptional job opportunity with the Virginia Museum of Natural History is now available. The mission of the Virginia Museum of Natural History is to interpret Virginia’s natural heritage within a global context in ways that are relevant to all the citizens of the Commonwealth.

If you meet the qualifications for Assistant Curator – Paleontology, we invite you to apply to join our staff. The starting date for this position is 1 July 2015.

We seek a dynamic individual to conduct integrative, field- and collections-based research in paleontology. The successful candidate will be expected to obtain external funding to support their research efforts. Area of specialization is open, but an active interest in extant museum collections (Cenozoic marine vertebrates and/or invertebrates, Triassic vertebrates and/or insects, paleobotany) is a plus. VMNH is located in Martinsville VA, close to an important Triassic lagerstätte (Solite Quarry). VMNH is also actively involved in the excavation of an important Miocene marine mammal location on the Coastal Plain.

The state-of-the-art fossil preparation lab has full-time technical support and an active core of trained volunteers. VMNH also maintains a range of sterographic and petrographic microscopes, modern collections databases and a research library. Additional facilities are available at Virginia Tech less than 2 hours away. Most curators maintain active adjunct faculty appointments at Virginia Tech. This allows, among other things, internet access to the Virginia Tech library.

General competence in field collection, preparation, care, and management of fossil collections is required, along with the ability to interface with outside scientists requesting access to the collections. Ph.D. in paleontology required.

Duties for this position also include interaction with other museum departments such as education, outreach, exhibits, and advancement. The ability to effectively communicate scientific knowledge to a wide spectrum of audiences is an important qualification.

For more information about VMNH, visit our website at www.vmnh.net.

Only online applications are accepted. In addition to the online application, applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research and curatorial interests and goals, a list of publications relevant to the application, and names and contact information of at least three references. These documents may be attached to the online application.

The Commonwealth of Virginia online employment application is available at http://jobs.agencies.virginia.gov.

Application review will begin 1 November 2014 and continue until the position is filled.  

 posted by SPNHC 8/11/2014
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Assistant Curator – Paleontology
(Role Title: Scientist II)


Salary Range: Pay Band 5 Location: Martinsville, VA
Minimum Starting Pay: $42,000-$44,000
Position #00089

An exceptional job opportunity with the Virginia Museum of Natural History is now available. The mission of the Virginia Museum of Natural History is to interpret Virginia’s natural heritage within a global context in ways that are relevant to all the citizens of the Commonwealth. 

If you meet the qualifications for Assistant Curator – Paleontology, we invite you to apply to join our staff. The starting date for this position is 1 July 2015.

We seek a dynamic individual to conduct integrative, field- and collections-based research in paleontology. The successful candidate will be expected to obtain external funding to support their research efforts. Area of specialization is open, but an active interest in extant museum collections (Cenozoic marine vertebrates and/or invertebrates, Triassic vertebrates and/or insects, paleobotany) is a plus. VMNH is located in Martinsville VA, close to an important Triassic lagerstätte (Solite Quarry). VMNH is also actively involved in the excavation of an important Miocene marine mammal location on the Coastal Plain.

The state-of-the-art fossil preparation lab has full-time technical support and an active core of trained volunteers. VMNH also maintains a range of sterographic and petrographic microscopes, modern collections databases and a research library. Additional facilities are available at Virginia Tech less than 2 hours away. Most curators maintain active adjunct faculty appointments at Virginia Tech. This allows, among other things, internet access to the Virginia Tech library.

General competence in field collection, preparation, care, and management of fossil collections is required, along with the ability to interface with outside scientists requesting access to the collections.

Duties for this position also include interaction with other museum departments such as education, outreach, exhibits, and advancement. The ability to effectively communicate scientific knowledge to a wide spectrum of audiences is an important qualification.

For more information about VMNH, visit our website at www.vmnh.net.

Only online applications are accepted. In addition to the online application, applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research and curatorial interests and goals, a list of publications relevant to the application, and names and contact information of at least three references. These documents may be attached to the online application.

The Commonwealth of Virginia online employment application is available at http://jobs.agencies.virginia.gov.

posted by SPNHC 8/07/2014
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Museum Collections Technician

Job no: 498038 

Appointment type: Regular Full-time (Benefits eligible) 
Categories: Management/General Business, Other, Technical/Paraprofessional
Department: 200901 - Museums
Pay Grade/Pay Range: 55 Hourly (non-exempt) - Minimum - $ 12.42 Midpoint - $ 16.52

Job Summary: The Museum Collections Technician is responsible for functions primarily in the area of museum collections, computer based data entry, maintain inventory, storage locations, preservation relating to collections, exhibit planning and assistance, and implementation of management and federal curation policies.
Additional Department Summary: This position is a non-routine position. The individual in this position must be able to communicate effectively in person and by correspondence on a variety of topics. The incumbent must be able to be flexible and adapt to changing situations.
Required Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or higher and three years of experience in collections care and/or management.

Additional Required Department Minimum Qualifications: Valid U.S. driver's license. Must be at least 21 years of age and have an acceptable motor vehicle report as determined by the insurance carrier.
Skills and Knowledge: Effective organizational and time management skills. Effective verbal and written communication skills. Problem solving skills. Knowledge of personal computers and standard software programs to include database management. Ability to lift, handle, and maneuver the materials and supplies of the job.
Preferred Qualifications: A degree in museum studies, library science, history, anthropology, geology, biology, or other sciences is preferred.

Background Investigation Statement: Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction before a hiring decision is made. EOE/AA

Apply here: http://staffjobs.ua.edu/?job=498038
Applications close: 25 Aug 2014 

posted by SPNHC 8/05/2014
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Paleontologist, NDIC Department of Mineral Resources-North Dakota Geological Survey, Bismarck, North Dakota

Posting Date: 31 July 2014
Closing Date: 15 September 2014

Salary: $5,625 - $7,083/month plus benefits including fully paid family health insurance

Successful applicant will responsible for: the performance of the duties of the North Dakota State Paleontologist including the management of the Johnsrud Paleontological Laboratory and curation of the North Dakota State Fossil Collection at the North Dakota Heritage Center; the management of the North Dakota Geological Survey paleontological resources regulatory program and supervision of paleontology staff during office, lab, and field work; responding to public inquiries regarding paleontology in the state and acting in an advisory capacity to other governmental entities regarding paleontological resources in North Dakota; the management of the review, approval, and issuing of paleontological collection permits within the state and supervision of the NDGS public fossil digs program; and, the creation and development of paleontological exhibits for the North Dakota Heritage Center and other public areas across the state.

Minimum qualifications will include: a Doctoral degree in paleontology (preferred) or a Master's degree in paleontology and ten years of related experience, experience managing personnel and volunteers on field paleontological investigations and fossil digs, experience in curating fossil collections and managing paleontological laboratory resources, effective verbal and written communication skills are essential as evidenced through a continuous and comprehensive paleontological publication and presentation record. Applicant must have a valid driver's license.

Preferred qualifications will include: a strong background in the conduct of geologic and paleontological public outreach programs, a background in the paleontology of Cenozoic vertebrates in the upper Midwest and Mesozoic and Paleozoic invertebrates, experience conducting paleontological assessments and managing paleontological resources on government lands, experience creating and developing paleontological exhibits for the public, extensive knowledge of the geology and paleontology of North Dakota and its context within the regional geologic setting, experience acting in a paleontological advisory capacity to state and federal agencies, computer experience with working knowledge of; Excel, Outlook, Word, Access, and other applicable programs.

Apply by submitting qualifications online through the nd.gov recruiting solutions system:

https://www.cnd.nd.gov/psc/recruit/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=11000&

Include, as attachments, a cover letter and resume, official college transcripts, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references (faculty as well as past or present work supervisors).

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. All application material must be submitted online on or before the closing date.

For More Information, assistance or accommodation contact: Fred Anderson, GeoTech Support Staff Officer, 701-328-8000 or via e-mail: fjanderson@nd.gov

As employers, the state of North Dakota and political subdivisions prohibit smoking in all places of state and political subdivision employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

Equal Opportunity Employer - The state of North Dakota and this hiring agency do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, genetics, religion, age, or disability in employment or the provision of services, and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.

posted by SPNHC 7/31/2014
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University of Alberta Museums-Collections Management Advisor (Natural Sciences)

Competition No. - S10662308
Posting Date - July 4, 2014
Closing Date - August 4, 2014

The University of Alberta is seeking a dynamic professional for the position of Collections Management Advisor (Natural Sciences), 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 Collections Management Advisor (Natural Sciences) 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/S106623804/

posted by SPNHC 7/10/2014
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The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Paleobiology informatics specialist.

 

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is seeking a paleobiology informatics specialist. The posting closes Friday July 11, 2014.
Duties
Develops, designs, implements and maintains sustainable and extensible database-driven web applications.
Assists research staff in implementing digital collaboration with colleagues outside the Museum and will support a facility for two-way sharing of research data.
Establishes and oversees a georeferencing program to georeference Paleo and historical United States Geologic Survey collecting localities according to best practices and established standards.
Researches and reviews the applicability of new information technologies and processes that improve the efficiency and productivity of Department digitization and research programs.
For full details and to apply:
For all applicants with non-Federal status: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/373760000

For all Federal status applicants: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/373776500
posted by SPNHC 6/30/2014
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Curatorial Assistant - Royal Saskatchewan Museum

The Royal Saskatchewan Museum is seeking an energetic and highly motivated Curatorial Assistant to work in its zoology programs. The successful candidate will be responsible for a wide variety of roles to support the zoology programs at the RSM, including working closely with museum research scientists on the development and implementation of research projects, collecting and preparing specimens, cataloging and recording data, using MS Excel and KE Emu (database), overseeing field and laboratory activities, organizing collections and significantly contributing scientific content in the development of museum exhibits and programs.

The successful candidate must have knowledge and ability in preparing museum-quality animal specimens; the use of large databases; working in a wide variety of laboratory and field settings; cataloging museum collections; and an understanding, appreciation and dedication to disseminating information about Saskatchewan's natural history to public audiences.

The competencies required for this position are typically gained through obtaining a M.Sc. in biological sciences.

Permanent Full-time
Salary range: $21.908-$27.456/hr (= ~ $42,500 to $53,300/year)
Closing date: 22-June-2014

Apply on-line at: http://www.careers.gov.sk.ca/
Position Title = Curatorial Assistant – Zoology
Competition Number = MUS000181
 
posted by SPNHC 6/4/2014
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The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) Sientific Assistant

 

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) houses one of the world’s largest collections of biodiversity, including over 32 million biological specimens and 4 million fossils. The Division of Invertebrate Zoology is conducting a search for a Scientific Assistant to assist the continued growth and management of the collections and associated resources (archives, databases, and tissues) of Arachnida (excluding spiders) and Myriapoda. The Division contains the second-largest collection of scorpions, the largest collection of minor arachnid orders, and one of the largest collections of myriapods, in North America, including a worldwide representation of taxa, with a strong emphasis on material from Africa, North America and elsewhere in the New World. The majority of specimens are preserved in ethanol, although large slide-mounted and frozen tissue collections are also represented.

Duties: The successful applicant will assist the curator in management of the collections including specimen sorting, labeling, preparation, accessioning and databasing new acquisitions; systematic arrangement, storage and organization of the collection; conservation (ethanol levels, pH, rehydration, label integrity, rehousing into better containers, etc.); routine collections tasks (assistance to visitors, response to requests for information, retrieving, packing and shipping loans to other institutions, unpacking and curating loan returns and donations to AMNH, databasing accessions, loan and visitor activity); museum and local community service (collection tours and related activities); training and supervision of students and volunteers; management of frozen tissues and associated data.

Qualifications: BS in Biology, Zoology or Entomology. Candidates with general knowledge of terrestrial arthropod (preferably arachnid and/or myriapod) morphology and systematics, good organizational skills and attention to details, and a good command of MS Word and Excel are preferred, with more experienced databasing ability desirable.


For more information or to apply for this position please visit the following link:

https://careers.amnh.org/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp
 

 posted by SPNHC 5/7/2014
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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/

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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/


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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
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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT HERBARIUM COLLECTIONS MANAGER ILLINOIS NATURAL HISTORY SURVEY, PRAIRIE RESEARCH INSTITUTE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN


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
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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
      preservation.
*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
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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:

Copy and paste this link into browser…

jobs.westga.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=51321


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:
02-03-2014

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