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Biodiversity Informatics Technicians (summer positions)

Florida State University's Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium invites applications for two biodiversity informatics technicians. The 13-week, full-time positions begin May 11, 2015, and end August 7, 2015. The two technicians will barcode, digitally image, and database 70,000 herbarium specimens during that time. The targeted specimens are housed at four institutions: Florida State University, University of West Florida, University of Central Florida, and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Approximately 4 weeks will be spent in Tallahassee, 4 in Pensacola, 3 in Orlando, and 2 in Sarasota (not necessarily in that order). Lodging and travel expenses will be provided. Technicians will need to be compatible—there are funds for just one hotel room at locations other than Tallahassee. Lodging is not provided while working in Tallahassee.

The positions are part of the NSF grant "The Keys to the Cabinets: Building and Sustaining a Research Database for a Global Biodiversity Hotspot." See http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1410288&HistoricalAwar ds=false for more information.

Job Requirements: Ability to carefully follow detailed protocols and work collaboratively in an effective and friendly way. At least one technician will need to have a valid drivers license and personal vehicle for transportation (personal vehicle use between work locations will be reimbursed at the state rate).

Qualifications: Experience with digital photography and taxonomy is desired.

Wages: $9 per hour

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references as a single document to Austin Mast at amast@bio.fsu.edu, Subject: Technician Application. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until positions have been filled.

Direct specific questions to Austin Mast (amast@bio.fsu.edu, 850-645-1500).

Florida State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

posted by SPNHC 3/24/2015
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Museum Technician/Specialist (Natural Science)

Agency:Smithsonian Institution
Job Announcement Number:15R-JW-300265-DEU-NMNH and  Job Announcement Number:15R-JW-300265-MPA-NMNH
SALARY RANGE: $43,057.00 to $68,465.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Friday, March 20, 2015 to Friday, April 3, 2015
POSITION INFORMATION: Full-Time, Permanent - Federal
DUTY LOCATIONS: 2 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC

JOB SUMMARY:
This position is located in the National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany, Core Collections Management Unit and exists under the supervision of the Collections Manager. The incumbent performs a variety of duties in connection with the management of the Department’s collections. The incumbent also performs a variety of public service duties.

DUTIES:
Assists with recruiting and overseeing the activities of students and volunteers who contribute to the processing, mounting, repair, and ultimate disposition of herbarium specimens.
Participates in managing specimen preparation activities for both dry and wet collections, working closely with the Collections Manager and research scientists in the Department to set priorities for such activities.
Provides logistical support for the receipt of field collections that result from collecting activities of staff members of the Department.
Responds verbally or in writing to public inquiries regarding the collections furnishing information on specialized subjects.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Experience: For GS-7-You must have one year of full-time experience at the GS-5 grade level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system that is close or similar to the operation or management of a museum or similar collection of valuable objects. For this position specialized experience is defined as herbarium specimen processing, specimen transaction documentation, working with students and/or volunteers, and corresponding with clients.

For GS-9-You must have one year of full-time experience at the GS-7 grade level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system that is close or similar to the operation or management of a museum or similar collection of valuable objects. For this position specialized experience is defined as herbarium specimen conservation and processing, collection registration and specimen transaction documentation, working with students and/or volunteers, and corresponding with clients on use of plant specimens.

Or Education: For GS-7: One full year of related graduate level education or superior academic achievement.
For GS-9: Two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's or equivalent graduate degree related to the position.

Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications. For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

For Complete Details, and to Apply, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/398204300 and https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/398203200

posted by SPNHC 3/23/2015
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Museum Collections Manager Paleontology

Department: Museum
Reports to: Director of Alf Museum
Status: Exempt Staff, Full-time, Benefited

SUMMARY
The Collection Manager is charged with overseeing use and care of the fossil collection at the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology. This involves working with museum faculty and staff to ensure the organization, conservation, and accessibility of a collection totaling over 150,000 individual specimens.

RELATIONSHIPS
The Collection Manager reports to the Director of the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, is supervised by the curator, and must work closely with Alf Museum/Webb staff and faculty.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conservation and curation of fossil specimens and associated documentation
  • Organization and housing of fossil specimens and associated documentation
  • Maintain computer database and digitization of fossil specimens and associated documentation
  • Development and implementation of collections management policies that are aligned with best practices in the discipline
  • Preparing reports of collection activity for government agencies and other organizations
  • Assisting researchers with the use of the collections
  • Managing loans of specimens
  • Providing logistical support for fieldwork
  • Support the museum director, curator, and other staff in educational programs with Webb students and the general public
  • Other duties as assigned

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY
The collection manager is responsible for supervising collection assistants and collection volunteers.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in a related academic discipline; master’s degree or higher in paleontology, geology, natural history museum studies, or a related discipline is preferred. Experience with computer database systems (e.g., Specify or Access) and management, paleontological lab techniques (e.g., basic fossil preparation and repair), museum methods (basic curation and proper handling of fossil specimens), basic ertebrate osteology and identification, paleontological fieldwork, and management of fossils from public lands also preferred.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The physical requirements of this position are those needed to successfully fulfill the job duties and responsibilities articulated above. While performing the duties of this job, an individual may be required to climb up and down stairs and ladders; bend, lift, stoop to move and retrieve material; to push/pull, lift/carry, large items; and to reach above and below shoulder height. The individual must be able to lift up to 40 pounds unassisted. As prescribed by law, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This position will begin in the fall of 2015 Interested candidates should submit a brief letter of interest, a current CV and a list of three references, via email, no later than April 20, 2015, to:

Don Lofgren, Director
Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology
dlofgren@webb.org

The Webb Schools are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, pregnancy, age, marital status, military or veteran status, medical condition, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.

posted by SPNHC 3/13/2015
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Herbarium Assistant Curator

William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, New York Botanical Garden
BASIC JOB FUNCTION:
The Assistant Curator will participate in the management of the Herbarium, providing professional expertise in plant identification and nomenclature; helping to develop projects that further Herbarium goals of making data available for research and conservations; conducting original research; and taking an active role in outreach for the herbarium for a general audience.

SPECIFIC DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITES

  • Identify plant specimens
  • Address nomenclatural issues that arise during specimen loan fulfillment
  • Curation and digitization projects
  • Write grant proposals to support the work of the Herbarium
  • Lead collection improvement activities including specimen digitization projects and rearrangement of the Herbarium
  • Carry out original research
  • Participate in Division-wide activities such as editing, web content development, tours, and courses
  • Represent the Herbarium at nation and international meetings

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Experience with plant identification
  • Defined research objectives
  • Familiarity with specimen digitization and curation techniques
  • Ability to write compellingly for grant proposal and science outreach projects
  • Experience and interest in formal and informal lecturing
  • PhD in Plant Science

Send resumé: http://www.nybg.org/contact/email.php?id_email=7&subject=Resume+for%3A+Assistant+Curator+%28Herbarium+-+Position+Application+Number%3A+SC-1742%29

Herbarium - Position Application Number: SC-1742

posted by SPNHC 3/12/2015
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Collection Management Internships

The Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) is offering two collection management internships that will occur between May 1st and September 30th 2015.  The first review of applications will begin March 30, 2015.

The duration of each internship is flexible but will be for a minimum of 10 weeks and maximum of 6 months.  Housing and a stipend of $300 a week are provided to offset expenses. These internships provide on the job experience to students that are seeking or have recently completed a certificate or masters in archival or museum studies, cultural or natural science, or other appropriate field of study.

Interns will select either an Archives or Natural Science Collections Internship track.

The Natural Science Collections Intern will work with the Natural Science Collections Manager on an IMLS funded project to address environmental improvements in the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Zoology Collections (specifically the avian osteology, mammal osteology, and mollusk and entomology holdings). This internship offers students an opportunity to gain experience rehousing specimens, labeling and inventorying holdings, updating database records, assisting with packing and move of collections into a new collection facility (Easton Collection Center), and participating in policy and procedure development.

The Archives Intern will work with the Archivist and Associate Archivist on an IMLS funded project to address urgent, top priority preservation needs of its photoarchive holdings. The Archives Intern will work on pilot project rehousing of photographic materials to help MNA determine the amount and type of cool and cold storage needed to stabilize this important holding.  As assigned this position will be responsible for gathering, sorting, and appraising archives, and for reviewing legacy finding aids and creating new ones under the guise of DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard) with the eventual goal of making such finding aids available in an online environment.

Intern job descriptions are available at http://musnaz.org/about-mna/employment/.  For additional information about MNA visit http://musnaz.org/

Founded in 1928, MNA is an AAM accredited, private 501(c)3 museum. Its mission is to “inspire a sense of love and responsibility for the beauty and diversity of the Colorado Plateau through collecting, studying, interpreting, and preserving the region’s natural and cultural heritage”.  The collections include cultural (ethnology, archaeology, and fine art) objects and natural science (botany, zoology, geology, and paleontology) specimens, archives and a Library. In 2009 MNA completed the construction of the new Easton Collection Center (more information at http://www.musnaz.org/) a platinum level LEED certified building.

MNA is located in Flagstaff, AZ (pop. 61,270) at an elevation of 7000’ in the cool Ponderosa pine forests at the base of the San Francisco Peaks. The area includes several national forests (Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott), National Parks and Monuments (Grand Canyon, Wupatki, Walnut Crater, and Sunset Crater), a ski resort (Snow Bowl), Arboretum, Lowell Observatory, Northern Arizona University, and numerous other attractions.

To apply submit a letter of interest, resume, and 3 letters of recommendation to:

Human Resources Manager
Museum of Northern Arizona
3101 N. Fort Valley Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

or email in PDF or MS Word Format to mcampbell@musnaz.org

posted by SPNHC 3/9/2015
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Invertebrate Zoology Collections Manager

The University of Washington Burke Museum invites applications for the full-time position of collections manager of invertebrate zoology, with an emphasis on malacology.  The museum, located on the university campus in Seattle, is a repository for research collections and has substantial exhibit and K-16 outreach programs.  Currently the biology department includes five curators, four collections managers, and over 20 adjunct curators and research associates.  Invertebrate zoology collections at the Burke Museum include over 600,000 specimens distributed in several subdisciplines: malacology, entomology, and arachnology.

The successful candidate will manage day-to-day operations.  Specific responsibilities include: managing collections budgets, including ordering supplies and equipment; scheduling and monitoring of visiting researchers; processing loans; processing new acquisitions; maintaining lab and field equipment; preparing collections-related grants, permits, and subsequent reports; training and supervising volunteers and students; managing digital resources, including the digitization of collections data and its dissemination on the internet.  In addition, educational responsibilities include facilitating use of the collections in undergraduate and graduate courses as well as in exhibit and public programs.

Requirements: 
•     Bachelor's degree in relevant branch of invertebrate zoology 
•     At least 3 years of related work experience 
•     Proficient experience with computer databases and online access of natural history collections     

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration. 
  
Desired:    
•     Master's or PhD in invertebrate zoology or related field 
•     Experience with MySQL, FileMaker Pro, or related relational database systems 
•     Experience writing funded grant proposals 

Please submit: 1) a cover letter detailing skills and previous experience, 2) resume or curriculum vita, and 3) list of references.

Please reference UW requisition #116963 when searching for this position.

https://uwhires.admin.washington.edu/eng/candidates/default.cfm?szCategory=jobprofile&szOrderID=116963&szCandidateID=0&szSearchWords=&szReturnToSearch=1

posted by SPNHC 3/4/2015
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Entomology Curator

The Royal British Columbia Museum is one of Canada’s greatest cultural treasures. Our collections, research and presentations enable us to tell the stories of BC in ways that enlighten, stimulate and inspire. The Knowledge, Academic Relations & Atlas department has an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and creative person with a desire to share the Entomology collection with the world!

The Entomology Collection is among the most active and growing collections in the Royal BC Museum holdings: containing approximately 600,000 specimens and specimen lots. It is estimated that there are 35,000 insect species in British Columbia, yet fewer than half have been recorded. We are still at a very early and exciting stage of discovery of new species in entomology in this region.

Museum curators conduct original and general research on the collections emphasizing the value of specimens, objects and records in creating new knowledge and understanding about British Columbia’s natural and human world in relation to national and global contexts.The Curator plans and participates in public programming through curating exhibits, popular writing and public speaking. As a key member of a team, the successful candidate will serve on a variety of committees involved in advancing the Museum’s mission.

An advanced degree with an emphasis on taxonomy or systematics is required. Candidates at the Doctoral level are encouraged, but exceptional Master’s level candidates may be considered. The ideal person will have a minimum of 4 years museum experience (or similar) and proven experience conducting original research in entomological systematics with emphasis on public outputs to research. You will have knowledge of exhibition development methodology and museum practices, including documentation standards. You will have excellent communication skills and be comfortable delivering presentations and providing information, identifications and expertise relating to Entomology and the museum across a wide diversity of audience. 

This position requires Criminal Records Checks and all applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada (be Canadian citizens or have landed immigrant status).

We are accepting applications for this opportunity until midnight, March 24, 2015. Please refer to the job description to ensure your application addresses the areas we will be looking at when assessing suitability for this opportunity. The job description, can be found at http://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/assets/Posting3.pdf

Please submit your application to the Human Resources branch quoting Competition RB2015:03, via email to: humanresources@royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

posted by SPNHC 2/26/2015
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Interships Available

The Division of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History is offering a small number of full-time, 8-week internships for graduate or undergraduate students in geology, invertebrate paleontology, life sciences, museum studies, or related fields (June 22, 2015 start). The interns will participate in an NSF-funded project to upgrade the microfossil collections in the Invertebrate Paleontology collection at AMNH. A summary of the project can be found here:

NSF Project Summary

A website documenting the progress of this project, including a blog by summer 2013 and 2014 interns can be found here:

Project Website

The interns will work with collection management staff to rehouse, conserve and catalog specimens, to digitally image and CT-scan primary type specimens and upgrade on-line collections data. A stipend will be provided as support over the internship period.

Required Qualifications:
Applicants should be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree course, or about to apply to a graduate course in invertebrate paleontology, life sciences, museum studies, or related fields. Ability to work with paleontological research collections, ability to perform tasks requiring physical strength and high manual dexterity, proficiency in the use of Mac and PC based software, good organizational, excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to work independently. Experience working in museum collections a plus.

Interested parties should apply online:
careers.amnh.org/applicants/Central?quickFind=51588

Applications must be received no later than March 31, 2015

****Applications cannot be accepted via email or snail mail. Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot respond to email inquiries about application status.****

posted by SPNHC 2/20/2015
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Director of Museum Research and Collections

University of Alabama

Note to Applicants: Submit a letter of interest, resume, and names, addresses and phone numbers of at least three references when applying.

Job Summary: The Director of Museum Research and Collections is responsible for facilitating and promoting the pursuit, discovery and dissemination of knowledge through museum-based research conducted by University faculty, curators, and students as well as outside researchers. The Director will provide oversight for the acquisition of objects for the UA Museums collections and for the management of the collections, including necessary and appropriate documentation, conservation, preservation, protection, preparation, research, exhibition, and interpretation of collections objects belonging to or in the temporary custody of UA Museums.

Additional Department Summary: The Director will facilitate the activities of the UA Museums Council of Curators as the Chief Curator and will encourage collaborative research efforts and interdisciplinary grant proposals by Museum Curators. The Director is expected to develop and conduct research in his/her own academic discipline and secure external grant funds. Results of research/scholarly work should be published, disseminated in peer-reviewed journals, and/or presented at conferences or symposiums. The Director will serve as a Curator in a museum-related discipline such as paleontology, biology, geology, or archaeology.

The Director will supervise staff in carrying out collections care and management.  The Director is expected to remain current with regard to developments in the field including relevant state and federal statutes and professional ethical standards.

Required Minimum Qualifications: Doctorate in Biology, Geology, Anthropology, Archaeology, or related field and extensive experience in collections-based research and museum collections management.

Additional Required Department 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: Must have strong record of scholarly research and publication in high-quality peer-reviewed academic journals.  Must have knowledge and skills in collections management policies and procedures and collections database management. Must have good organizational skills to maintain collections data, loans, general inventory, condition reports, and conservation needs. Ability to organize and direct the work of others and train staff for program specific requirements.

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity: The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more. "EEO is the Law" Poster

For complete details and to apply go to http://staffjobs.ua.edu/?&job=498895

posted by SPNHC 2/12/2015
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Museum Director

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln seeks a Director for the University of Nebraska State Museum (UNSM). This is an opportunity to advance a major natural history museum with significant collections and strong research and public programs. UNSM has an annual budget of $3M, faculty and staff of 40, and visitation of 100,000 at its campus headquarters and two remote locations. The Museum will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2021.

Key Opportunities
The opportunities of the position include the chance to:

  • Direct a large highly-respected AAM-accredited natural history museum with regionally and internationally significant collections and strong research, education, and outreach programs
  • Develop a new vision for the Museum and oversee its implementation
  • Advance a museum that is on an upward trajectory and ready to move forward under a dynamic and visionary new leader
  • Oversee a major redevelopment of the fourth floor of Morrill Hall for new Museum exhibits. A campaign to raise $11.4 million is in progress.
  • Lead a museum that enriches the lives of a broad public audience, including many children (future scientists and policy makers), as well as serving the University community
  • Oversee important research in your academic field
  • Be tenured in an appropriate department, if merited

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide vision and dynamic leadership to continue to elevate the Museum’s national and international standing
    -- Develop a vision for the Museum, and, with partners, create and implement a strategic plan
    -- In keeping with the vision and plan, oversee and expand facilities, including Morrill Hall redevelopment
  • Enhance and expand relationships within the University, including relevant academic departments and University administrators
    -- Serve as the Museum’s liaison to academic departments, UNL administration, University of Nebraska (NU) Foundation, and Friends of the University of Nebraska State Museum
  • Develop a sustainable long-term funding model for the Museum, including for exhibits, education, staffing, and research
    -- Develop external funding sources, including identifying potential corporate sponsors, grant-making agencies, and individual donors
    -- Work with the UNL Foundation to cultivate donors and secure donations
  • Enhance collections-based research in the Museum
    -- Work with curators and their departments to set goals for their work with the Museum
    -- Facilitate scholarly research utilizing the collections
    -- Integrate Museum activities, such as exhibits and programs, with academic research to increase the public’s awareness, understanding, and support of research at UNL
    -- Oversee care of and, as appropriate, expansion of collections
  • Develop new external partnerships while building on existing ones
    -- Utilize the Museum’s position as a major component of the public face of UNL in the community to engage new audiences and supporters
  • Enhance/expand current education programs and develop new ones
  • Collaborate on exhibitions and programs with other UNL museums and, as appropriate, with partners in the community
  • Oversee annual operating budget of $3M
  • Supervise staff of 40
  • Oversee the Museum’s remote locations near Royal and Crawford

Required Knowledge, Experience, and Abilities
The successful applicant will have:

  • An earned doctorate in science, in a field related to the Museum’s collections
    -- The Director may be tenured in an appropriate department, if merited. 
  • Leadership experience in a natural history or science museum
    -- Knowledge of how academic museums are organized and function
    -- Experience in an academic museum setting desirable, but not required
  • Proven track record of forming a vision for one’s museum or department and working with appropriate stakeholders to implement it
    -- Experience in strategic and/or institutional planning a plus
    -- Experience in building renovation/expansion a plus
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
    -- Ability to unite the Museum staff and the University faculty in a shared vision for the museum and to communicate that vision to University administration and supporters
    -- Ability to balance the needs of multiple constituents, ranging from families with children to school groups to  University students, faculty, and visiting scholars
    -- Willingness to think creatively
    -- Ability to meet the challenge of guiding an organization to its full potential
  • Demonstrated fundraising skills and track record of fundraising successes
    -- Knowledge of how research grants work, and the ability to facilitate applications and monitor projects
    -- Track record of identifying and cultivating external funding sources, including individuals, government agencies and corporations
    -- Experience working in tandem with a Friends’ group, Foundation, or similar group a plus
  • Strong interpersonal skills
    -- Ability to work with a variety of people, including museum staff, faculty curators, UNL administrators, Friends of the Museum, NU Foundation, community partners
    -- A sociable personality that enjoys interacting with other people
    -- Track record of engaging new external partners
    -- Successful at managing people, relationships, and, on occasion, conflict
    -- Strong verbal and written communication skills

How to Apply

  • Apply in confidence.  Send résumé (Word document preferred), cover letter, desired salary range, and names and contact information for 3 references to retained search firm: Gail Nessell Colglazier, searchandref@museum-search.com by February 24, 2015. 
  • Nominations welcome. Please send name and contact information of nominee(s) to Gail Nessell Colglazier, searchandref@museum-search.com
  • References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant.
  • Screening of applications will continue until the completion of the search process.  Position open until filled.
  • The University of Nebraska is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers.

For complete details go to http://research.unl.edu/museumdirector/

posted by SPNHC 2/09/2015
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Director

Job Title: Director, McDowell Sonoran Field Institute
Status: Full or part time (negotiable), Salary, Exempt

Summary: 
The McDowell Sonoran Field Institute, research center of the MSC, is looking for a Director who will be a visionary leader responsible for expanding the influence, visibility, and research capacity of the MSFI.

The Director of the McDowell Sonoran Field Institute (MSFI) is a visionary leader responsible for expanding the influence, visibility, and research capacity of the MSFI. The Director will bring a high level of experience in natural area management, ecological research and administering a program or agency. The Director will have broad knowledge of the people and organization involved in ecological research and land protection in the Sonaran desrt and elsewhere, and will bring senior level experience securing funding for scientific activities, publishing articles in both professional and popular journals, public speaking, and other activities that move organizations forward.

The Director is responsible for builidng upon the existing structure of the MSFI and its Citizen Science Program while working to professionalize the MSFI, draw in new resources, and position MSFI as a leader within the broader scientific and land management community.

The Director is expected to take a lead role in deepening existing relationships, bringing together partner organizations, and harnessing new funding and partner resources.

Duties:

  • Lead and fully establish the MSFI as a regional and national expert in urban natural-area management
  • Serve as the senior manager of the McDowell Sonoran Field Institute
  • Identify and help solicit diverse funding sources for MSFI
  • Serve as the highest-level public face of MSFI

Qualifications

  • A minimum of 10 years experience in a senior level position in natural areas management, an environmentally focused NGO, or a scientific enterprise.
  • Advanced degree in a physical science, biology, life science, natural resource management or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience applying science to natural resource management questions.
  • Demonstrated personal or professional relationships with members of the scientific and land management community.
  • Ability to persuasively convey scientific projects and findings to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Experience workimg with volunteers in a professional setting.
  • Strong commitment to the protection and the safe and respectful use of the unique ecological, scenic and historical natural resources of the Sonoran Desert and mountains.
  • Strong commitment to MSC's mission, and desire to ensure science-based management of the Preserve and be the leader in urban natural areas management.

For complete details, go to http://www.mcdowellsonoran.org/newsItem/displayNewsItem/58#sthash.pgoI2fak.dpbs

To apply, send a cover letter and resume or CV to Mike Nolan, MSC Executive Director, at mike@mcdowellsonoran.org by February 20, 2015

posted by SPNHC 2/09/2015
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Herbarium Technician

The Canadian Museum of Nature is looking for a permanent, full-time technician for the National Herbarium (CAN, CANA, CANL, CANM).

Collection Technician - Botany
Research and Collections
ME-04
$52,351 to $63,629 per year
Permanent full-time position
Work location is in Gatineau, Québec (Aylmer Sector)

DUTIES: As a growing public collection of over one million preserved specimens of plants, lichens and algae, the National Herbarium of Canada safeguards a significant part of the hard evidence through which our nation’s natural history and future are understood. Within this incredible “plant library”, the Botany Technician works closely with the Botany Curator and a vibrant community of research staff and associates, visitors, volunteers, and interns, to build, preserve, and share the collection as productively as possible. Handling a dynamic array of concurrent projects, from meticulous repairs of fragile objects to preparing specimen loans to providing young visitors with memorable first introductions to botany, the Botany Technician maintains rigorous standards of organization, conservation, and documentation, and flexibly responds to changing needs and priorities. He or she comfortably interacts with the public and with clients representing academic, government, and public sectors, and effectively works independently and in a wide array of teams. Those passionate and curious about nature are especially well-suited for this rare opportunity.

OPEN TO: *All individuals who meet the following qualifications:

*Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and individuals who are legally entitled to work in Canada. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada: Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit.

EDUCATION: Completion of a post-secondary degree or diploma in Biological Sciences, Museum Studies, or a related field.

LANGUAGE EQUIREMENTS:
English and French are essential
Bilingual Imperative: BBB/BBB

EXPERIENCE: 
Experience in activities related to collection development, care or management.
Experience working with collection data and images.
Experience in secure handling of fragile, valuable objects, and dangerous goods.
Experience in providing high quality service to both external and internal clients.
Botanical experience is an asset.

SEND YOUR APPLICATION BY E-MAIL TO:
Email : kdegrandpr@mus-nature.ca

State competition NO.2090-14-CMN-OC-021. Statement of qualifications is available by contact the above e-mail address.

NOTE
All candidates must submit a cover letter outlining how their experience and training meet the basic requirements listed above. 

Please note that only candidates who are selected for the next stage of the selection process will be contacted. As a result of this competition, we may establish an eligibility list of potential candidates that may serve to staff similar positions. 

The Canadian Museum of Nature is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted regarding this competition, please advise the Advisor, Human Resources of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.

The Museum supports employment equity. CLOSING DATE: February 9, 2015

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Part Time Crustacean Technician

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences seeks a detailed individual to fill the position of Crustacean Technician.  This position is for 20 hours per week.

Primary Job Responsibilities include:

50%     Process Specimens and Data: Sort mixed lots of specimens to the appropriate taxonomic level. Record appropriate data from specimens (identifications, measurements, weights, morphology notes, stomach contents, sex, collectors, localities, dates, habitat, etc.); catalog specimens; file data.  Enter specimen data into ACCESS-based, relational database.  Prepare specimens, including chemically preserved specimens, skeletal preparations, and other preparations, for research collections according to published professional guidelines and information provided by other curators.  Acquire and maintain inventories of specimen containers and other equipment and supplies.  Prepare appropriate labels and storage containers for specimens.  Properly incorporate prepared specimens into research collections.  Monitor research collections, maintaining proper ambient and fluid-level conditions, organization, and security, and protecting against damage.  Assure proper care of specimens awaiting preparation.  Help maintain order and cleanliness in preparation areas and other work areas, controlling odors and disposing of waste properly; maintain order, condition, and security of tools and equipment used; and safely use, store, and dispose of dangerous chemicals. 

25%     Build Collections: Conduct and assist with field work, including specific research projects; assist in the collection of data and specimens, and in the acquisition of associated materials (field data, catalogues, etc.). Assist other agencies and research institutions by providing information, assist with research and specimen loans.

15%     Research and Special Projects Assistance: Provide support services (mapping, data entry, slide preparation, document preparation) for research projects and other museum-wide special projects.  Train interns and volunteers for support in daily responsibilities and special projects.  Respond to public requests in person or via written or telephone correspondence.  Assist with educational programs such as public field trips and classes outside the museum. 

10%     Prepare, review and resolve transaction requests/disseminate information: properly receive, document, sort, and house incoming donations, loans, exchanges, etc., and properly invoice, pack and ship outgoing donations, loans, exchanges, etc.  Review all donation and loan papers and review transactions for completeness.  Communicate with Collections Manager to accession incoming materials. 

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree in Biology preferred
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and other basic computer programs.
Excellent organizational, analytical and problem solving skills.

QUALIFICATIONS
Ability to follow precise directions for safe and accurate curation/preservation of specimens.
Ability to work with an interdisciplinary professional team.
Ability to exercise initiative and good judgment in anticipating problems before they arise.
Ability to effectively coordinate and track multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize, work well under pressure with a high degree of accuracy, and meet stringent and overlapping deadlines.
Ability to be an outstanding ambassador to the Museum.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to:
Jamie.Smith@naturalsciences.org

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MSU Museum Director Position

Michigan State University seeks a dynamic leader with the ability to generate and execute a vision for the future to serve as director of its AAM-accredited science and culture museum.  Founded in 1857 as part of the university’s land-grant mission, the MSU Museum museum.msu.edu serves university and worldwide academic communities, scholars, and public audiences through research, exhibitions, public programs, and services.  MSU itself began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life.

The director will advance the Museum’s mission of scholarly research and public engagement, provide sound management and fiscal direction, and balance the needs and interests of multiple constituencies. The director will engage in fundraising as part of the University’s Capital Campaign, and seek external support from public and private foundations that advance scholarship, technology, education, exhibitions, and distance learning activities at the Museum. The director will enhance partnerships between the MSU Museum and other academic units on campus as well as regional and national organizations where interests align in research, teaching, exhibits, and public programs.

The MSU Museum has significant science and culture collections that include approximately one million specimens and objects in Anthropology, Natural Science, Folk Arts and History. It is comprised of 30 full-time and part-time administrative, faculty, curatorial and support staff.  The museum building contains exhibits, natural science collections, and office space.  Additional science and culture collections are housed in three other campus buildings. The collections are accessible through multiple national and international electronic databases. Staff members are engaged in exhibition development, including a traveling exhibition service. They are involved locally, nationally and internationally in research, scholarship, development of collections, and electronic access to collections data. Staff members also work with diverse communities on research and programming. The MSU Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate, a CITES-registered scientific institution, and a partner with the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs in select statewide programs.

The Office of the Provost administers the MSU Museum; the director reports to the Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement. MSU Colleges of Arts and Letters, Social Science, Natural Science, Education, and Agriculture and Natural Resources/Extension provide funding and staff to the Museum.  The Museum cultivates and maintains interdisciplinary linkages across campus, particularly in college-based programs in the sciences, arts and humanities, and international studies. The MSU Museum Council includes members of the community and campus who facilitate public engagement and serve as an advisory group to the director.

The ideal candidate will have:
- a vision for an innovative trans-disciplinary university museum
- executive leadership experience, including experience with accreditation and/or best practices in professional museum standards
- a proven track record of sound fiscal management
- demonstrated success in fundraising and attracting new membership
- evidence of successful collaboration with diverse stake-holders
- a terminal degree in a discipline related to Museum collections or comparable work experience
- a record of scholarship and research.

Position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2015. To apply, please submit a cover letter of interest, a full curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and three representative scholarly publications through the MSU COMPASS application system https://jobs.msu.edu for job posting #0659.

For inquiries and additional information, contact the chair of the search committee, Professor Margaret Crocco (croccom@msu.edu).

Michigan State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and members of minorities are strongly encouraged.  Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

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Director
Mayborn Museum Complex at Baylor University
Waco, Texas

Founded in May 2004, Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum Complex assembles three distinct entities: the Harry & Anna Jeanes Discovery Center, the Sue and Frank Mayborn Natural Science and Cultural History Museum, and the Governor Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village. The Mayborn Museum Complex Collection contains over 171,000 cataloged objects and specimens representing the natural science and cultural history of central Texas. Additionally, the museum is the physical home of the Department of Museum Studies at Baylor University, housing faculty, administration offices, and classrooms.

Reporting to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Policies, the Director is responsible for the overall planning, development, and management of the Mayborn Museum Complex’s human, fiscal, and physical resources to ensure the accomplishment of goals and achievement of a positive image.

We seek a proven leader whose experience in organizations with multiple and diverse internal and external constituencies has been characterized by a passion for and commitment to service to community. This person must be an exceptional communicator and a visible presence in the Waco community as well as Baylor University. She or he will demonstrate past success in utilizing an inclusive, participatory leadership approach to vision setting, strategic planning, and goal attainment. The Director is expected to be actively engaged with internal stakeholders and external constituents in constructive dialogue and activities that support the museum. Ideally, this person will have a proven track record in successfully guiding an organization through substantive strategic planning to further strengthen museum activities, management and operational functionality. We seek a leader who can demonstrate success in overseeing exhibit planning, development, and management. Additionally, we seek an individual experienced in facilitating contributed, philanthropic income, particularly major gifts from individuals. This person should also possess significant financial management experience, preferably in a higher education environment, but at minimum in the public or nonprofit.

It is expected that the qualified candidate will actively participate in and support Baylor University’s Christian mission. A master’s degree is required; a doctorate is preferred. At least 7 years of work experience relevant to the field is required; 10 years of relevant work experience is preferred.

Applications for the position are being received exclusively by Kittleman & Associates, LLC. Please send a letter of introduction and a current resume to: resumes@kittleman.net

For more information about this position, please visit www.kittlemansearch.com. For more information about the Mayborn Museum Complex, please visit: www.baylor.edu/mayborn

Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicant’s religion as selection criteria. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply.

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Plant Records Intern

Date: December 22, 2014
Department: Horticulture
Reports to: Director of Collections Management
Duration: Full-Time, 12-Month Paid Internship

Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s (BBG’s) Plant Records internship is a hands-on opportunity to work alongside professional staff involved in maintaining the living collection of a botanic garden.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Update plant inventory records and plant identification in FileMaker Pro database.
  • Produce signs and accession tags to map and label plants.
  • Participate in general horticultural internship program, including hands-on training directly with plants.

Qualifications:

  • Enrollment in college or graduate program and completion of second year of study
  • Maintenance of a 3.0 GPA in area of study
  • Successful completion of basic botany or introduction to horticulture class and one plant identification class, or equivalent familiarity with scientific and common names of plants and plant families
  • Ability to lift and carry loads of up to 35 pounds
  • Ability to keel, bend, stoop, grasp, and reach in the course of work
  • Experience with computer databases including FileMaker Pro, CorelDRAW, and AutoCAD preferred, though training may be provided to the selected candidate
  • Ability to perform garden-related tasks in all weather conditions

Work Environment Issues: Potential exposure to poison ivy, poison sumac, or other rash-causing plants and to biting insects such as mosquitos and wasps

How to Apply: Please send a résumé and cover letter indicating the title of the position desired, along with a copy of an official college transcript detailing classwork, including cumulative GPA, and two letters of reference that reflect academic and work experience to:

Human Resources
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
1000 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Fax: 718-622-7826
Email: personnel@bbg.org

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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Senior Curator, Natural Sciences - Oakland Museum of California

Organization: The mission of the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is to inspire all Californians to create a more vibrant future for themselves and their communities. The Oakland Museum of California’s values are fundamental to our institutional culture and guide our work together.

Excellence: We are committed to excellence and working at the highest standards of integrity and professionalism
Community: We believe everyone should feel welcome and part of our community, both within the Museum and with our visitors and neighbors
Innovation: We embrace innovation and calculated risk-taking to achieve our mission.
Commitment: Our work at the Museum demonstrates a sense of purpose and a shared accountability for the institution’s success

When OCMA, nestled between Lake Merritt and downtown Oakland, first opened its doors in 1969 it brought together three historically independent disciplines — art, history, and natural sciences — under one roof, to celebrate the many facets of California. The Museum’s collections — comprising more than 1.9 million objects including seminal art works, historical artifacts, ethnographic objects, natural specimens, and photographs — and programs explore and reveal the factors that shape California character and identity, from its extraordinary natural landscapes, to successive waves of migration, to its unique culture of creativity and innovation.

Following the conclusion of a successful $66 million capital campaign, the museum reopened in 2010 with the launch of the newly imagined and installed art and history galleries, plus a refurbished 10,000 square foot temporary exhibition space. In 2014, OMCA concluded the reinstallation of the natural history gallery. The transformation touches almost every aspect of the 300,000 square-foot Museum and improves integration of OMCA's collections and programs, strengthening its role as a public forum, and creating new opportunities for visitor participation.

The collections are animated by innovative interpretive strategies and interactive features, and new gathering spaces and program areas engage visitors and encourage them to share their own perspectives, questions, and stories. OMCA is committed to working with diverse communities to incorporate multiple voices and perspectives into the stories told in exhibits. Upcoming exhibits include:

  • Bees: Tiny Insects, Big Impact, which explores how one of the most important creatures to human agriculture and the natural environment is under threat and what we can do to protect bees
  • Pacific Worldsa new major exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California, explores California's historical and contemporary place in the Pacific region, through rarely-seen objects from the Pacific Islands
  • Black Panther Exhibit, in the fall of 2016, a major exhibition to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party’s founding in Oakland, presenting a contemporary view of the Black Panther Party legacy from multiple perspectives and show how the Party continues to inspire grassroots social justice and community empowerment efforts locally, nationally and internationally

Shaped by an ambitious and creative mission, OMCA nurtures its deep ties to a diverse community by offering many educational and outreach programs, including the popular Friday Nights at OMCA, which combines music and dance, story time and art-making classes for the whole family. OMCA welcomes school children, scholars, local audiences, and all visitors to participate in events and activities and to discover their place in California's past, present, and future.

Community: California’s Bay Area is one of the most vibrant and exciting regions in the United States, and the City of Oakland, just 12 minutes from San Francisco, offers a cutting-edge art and music scene, hip international dining experiences, and world-class sports teams, including the Oakland A’s and the Oakland Raiders. In 2012, Oakland was named the top North American city to visit by The New York Times. Oakland has a Mediterranean climate, with warm and dry summers and mild winters. The mild climate and the proximity to the Berkeley hills and Napa, Sonoma and Marin counties make the East Bay a paradise for both outdoor activities and gastronomic tourism. Lake Merritt, the nation’s first official wildlife refuge, is a focal point for family and outdoor activities.

Oakland is also at the leading edge of California’s changing demographics, mixing age, ethnic, and lifestyle diversity. Oakland is home to Mills College (6th among colleges and universities in the West, US News & World Reports) and is minutes away from the University of California, Berkeley, one of the nation’s top research institutions, and is just an hour’s drive from the famed Silicon Valley. Oakland is home to the headquarters of Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation’s pre-eminent not-for-profit medical systems. Oakland and the East Bay also provide excellent K-12 educational opportunities with a diverse offering of public and private schools. Sources: www.visitoakland.orgwww.oaklandnet.com

Position Summary: Reporting to the Director of the OMCA Lab, the Senior Curator, Natural Sciences (Senior Curator) is a public-facing position overseeing the Gallery of Natural Sciences and related functions intended to make California’s environmental heritage and current environmental issues accessible and engaging to a diverse communities both onsite and online. The position develops and directs curatorial content, artifact and specimen research, acquisition and documentation, and exhibition and gallery projects in the fields of California biology, ecology, environmental studies, and environmental history. The Senior Curator helps to engage multiple communities in dynamic conversations and explorations of content, linking California’s natural environment and biological sciences to the diversity and complexities of the California experience. The Senior Curator determines the collections, stories and experiences by which Californians come to understand and appreciate their natural environment and their place within it.

Institutional Responsibilities:

  • Support the Museum’s mission, values, vision, and core commitment to the visitor experience, community engagement, and institutional relevancy for the future
  • Contribute to and support the OMCA strategic plan, annual priorities, and institutional initiatives such as diversity advancement
  • Promote a positive organizational culture based on mutual respect, a spirit of collegiality, cooperation, and openness to many perspectives
  • Participate in a culture of ongoing learning, collaboration, innovation, creativity, and community engagement

Position Duties and Responsiblities:

Collections, Exhibition, and Program Development

  • Lead the development of new, visitor-centered ideas for natural science gallery and exhibition projects that meet the content, audience and business objectives of the Museum; think strategically about the timing, scale and positioning of projects to serve the Museum’s objectives; foster collaboration across OMCA curatorial team to create multi-disciplinary projects
  • Develop, in partnership with experienced developers and designers, new models of participatory, visitor-centered, gallery and online experiences and exhibitions based on research, evaluation, and visitors’ diverse learning styles and motivations; be the advocate and lead on scholarship, content research and development
  • Participate in the research and planning of touring exhibitions that meet OMCA’s mission and, when feasible, create additional elements to enhance the California experience for visitors
  • Contribute to the development and execution of interpretive plans for gallery and exhibition rotations
  • Support the Director with original research, writing and presentations
  • Collaborate on the development and implementation of collections management systems, collection policies and procedures, and conservation activities; monitor and ensure Lab compliance with Museum policies and procedures, and professional standards regarding the acquisition, documentation, care, and presentation of collections
  • Conduct research on OMCA collections; develop collecting and de-accession priorities and strategies based on OMCA’s collecting plan; oversee de-accession processes as needed
  • Research, document, and develop collections and exhibit elements related to the natural sciences that reflect California’s biodiversity and environmental issues
  • Facilitate and manage collection acquisitions, both donations and purchases, in consultation with collections and resource and enterprise teams
  • Cultivate networks of California historians, curators, collectors, scientists and special interest organizations, in particular those in the Bay Area, as potential future collaborators and partners
  • Keep abreast of developments in the fields of natural science and education studies, exhibitions, and related events; stay current on general museum news nationally and internationally
  • Contribute to the development and writing of public relations and external communications materials as needed and engage in public outreach in the form of lectures, tours, research assistance and media appearances and serve as a spokesperson for Museum with general public and media

Facilitation of Content

  • Conduct research to develop content for implementation of exhibitions, public programs, publications, and online activities
  • Develop and conduct activities for engaging the public in dynamic conversations and explorations of content relevant to the California experience, both historical and contemporary, through such formats as OMCA advisory councils, community partners, professional peers and scholars
  • Collaborate with staff in developing strategies for, and producing, a seamless integration of content with interpretation across diverse platforms such as exhibition text, web content, articles, public presentations, and programs
  • Work collaboratively with outside museums and educational institutions, environmental organizations, state and federal agencies, science advisors, and citizen science programs

Project Management and Administration

  • Participate in visitor evaluation at all stages of exhibit or project development
  • Contribute to cross-functional project teams for exhibitions and other activities
  • Manage projects including the preparation and administration of related budgets, timelines, and reports
  • Partner with the Development team related to grant writing, administration of grant requirements, and donor cultivation
  • Develop, negotiate, and monitor professional services contracts in conjunction with the Institutional Support Center
  • Recruit, supervise, mentor and coach staff, volunteers, docents and interns
  • Direct the performance and priorities of the natural science curatorial team, in consultation the Director, OMCA Lab
  • Participate in donor cultivation and stewardship; identify new donor prospects amongst local collectors, businesses and philanthropist

Traits and Characteristics: The Senior Curator will be an expert in a natural science discipline who is passionate about using that expertise to translate the relevance of natural sciences to the Museum’s community. The successful candidate will be a collaborative leader, able to build consensus across disciplines and to lead cross-functional teams to the successful attainment of goals. The Senior Curator will demonstrate a high level of personal accountability, and express the ability to manage time, tasks and talent. The successful candidate also will greatly value and respect the insights and input of others – from museum colleagues to the adults and children who make up the Oakland Museum’s most important stakeholders. The Senior Curator will be able to effectively and eloquently communicate about the Oakland Museum and the Gallery of California Natural Sciences exhibits, activities and goals, building bridges between a broad array of California natural sciences and the broadly diverse populations of visitors

Education and Experience:
The successful candidate will possess a combination of experience and education that demonstrates the necessary knowledge and abilities for this position:

  • M.A./M.S. or PhD degree in relevant field such as science, environmental studies, ecology or a related field required
  • 7-10 years of related experience and 4+ years supervisory experience
  • Professional work experience in a museum or related institution working with natural sciences or related fields including developing collections, exhibitions, publications, programs, outreach, citizen science projects, and other content platforms supported by research and collections preferred

Competitive compensation and benefits that include: health, vision, dental, acupuncture, life insurance; employer contributed 403b plan, vacation, holiday and sick leave, museum membership and discounts, and the pleasures of life in the Bay Area.

Send letter and resume (electronic submissions preferred) with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments to:

Ms. Laurie Dowling, Senior Consultant
Arts Consulting Group, Inc.
8581 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 406
Los Angeles, CA 90069-4120
Tel (323) 721.0141 ext. 10
Fax (323) 936.1196
Email OaklandMuseum@ArtsConsulting.com

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Assistant Collection Manager - Invertebrates Research and Collections

ME-05 $58,552 to $71,568 per year Permanent position Work location is in Gatineau, Québec (Aylmer sector)

DUTIES: As a very active public collection of over 1.5 million preserved invertebrate specimen lots with a history of about 150 years, the Invertebrate Collection of the Canadian Museum of Nature provides the physical and data records of a significant portion of our Canadian and global biodiversity. Within the Zoology Section, the Assistant Collection Manager works closely with the Curator of Invertebrate Collections, as well as the research staff, associates, visitors, volunteers, and interns, to build, preserve, and share this collection as productively as possible. Handling a wide range of concurrent projects, from meticulous care of fragile specimens to providing museum visitors with a memorable introduction to the collection and the natural history of the many species represented within, the Assistant Collection Manager must both maintain rigorous standards of organization, conservation, and documentation, and remain flexible in response to changing needs and priorities. The successful candidate comfortably interacts with the public, our exhibit team and with a diversity of internal and external clients and effectively works both independently and within teams.

OPEN TO: All individuals who meet the following qualifications.

EDUCATION: Completion of a Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences, with concentration in Zoology, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

LANGUAGE EQUIREMENTS: English or French essential

EXPERIENCE: * Experience in managing natural history collections, including care, development and organization. * Experience in taxonomic classification and identification of invertebrates. * Experience with managing data in natural history collection databases. * Experience in handling preserved natural history specimens with appropriate health and safety procedures and safe operation of laboratory equipment.

SEND YOUR APPLICATION BY E-MAIL TO: Email : kdegrandpr@mus-nature.ca

State competition NO.2090-14-CMN-OC-022. Statement of qualifications is available by contact the above e-mail address.

NOTE: All candidates must submit a cover letter outlining how their experience and training meet the basic requirements listed above.

Please note that only candidates who are selected for the next stage of the selection process will be contacted. As a result of this competition, we may establish an eligibility list of potential candidates that may serve to staff similar positions. The Canadian Museum of Nature is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted regarding this competition, please advise the Advisor, Human Resources of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.

The Museum supports employment equity. CLOSING DATE: January 12, 2015

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Assistant Curator of Herpetology - AMNH

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York is inviting applications for an assistant curatorial position in the Division of Vertebrate Zoology, Department of Herpetology.  This is a tenure track position with the salary and duration of review for tenure being negotiable depending on the candidate’s professional experience and accomplishment.

We seek candidates whose research addresses fundamental questions involving the systematics and evolutionary biology of living amphibians and/or reptiles. The successful candidate will have an accomplished record of scholarship and publication as well as capabilities for leadership within the Division and Department. Candidates who can contribute to Museum initiatives in genomics, phenomics (large-scale phenotypic analysis), and to the global exploration of amphibian and/or reptile diversity are especially encouraged to apply. Collection and/or field-based research and demonstration of completed published research and grantsmanship are highly desirable. The ability to communicate effectively within the scholarly community and to a larger public is important. AMNH curators are expected to maintain a high level of productivity in original research, to provide curatorial oversight of relevant collections, and to develop a competitive research program for extramural funding. Other responsibilities may include serving on committees and participating in Museum-sponsored exhibits and educational programs, and in the Comparative Biology Ph.D. program at the Richard Gilder Graduate School of AMNH. Candidates should have postdoctoral or professional employment experience.

Interested candidates should submit electronically, via a single email message, the following materials (the first three combined into a single PDF):
a) complete curriculum vitae,
b) a statement detailing research interests, accomplishments, future research plans, and how you envision contributing to the Department of Herpetology and to graduate and postgraduate research and education,
c) a list of dissertation advisors, committee members, co-authors, and co-PIs on funded grants during the preceding five years, and
d) up to five relevant publications (pdf files).

In addition, each applicant should have three letters of support sent to the Search Committee.

All materials should be submitted electronically to:
Herpetology Search Committee, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024-5192, to: jlc@amnh.org (Subject line: Herpetology Search Committee: your name). Inquires should be directed to Joel Cracraft, Chair of the Search Committee: jlc@amnh.org. Applications and letters of support should be received no later than January 10, 2015.

Employer Information:
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition. The Museum has one of the largest vertebrate collections in the world and is nearly completely digitized. The collection of the Department of Herpetology is globally significant.  The Department has access to molecular genetic facilities that can support an active graduate and postdoctoral training program.

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Museum does not discriminate due to age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

If special accommodations are needed in applying for this position, please contact the Office of Human Resources at hrdesk@amnh.org or 212-768-5108.

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e-Communications Assistant - CETAF

The Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF) is the leading European network of
Natural History Museums, Botanical Gardens, Natural Science Museums and Research Centres
that house natural history collections and conduct systematics based research. CETAF aims to
promote training, research and understanding in systematic biology, palaeobiology and Earth
sciences, and facilitate access to our rich natural heritage via the sharing of the information
held in the collections and the expertise of its member institutions from across Europe.

JOB DESCRIPTION
The e-Communications Assistant will be joining our small team at the General Secretariat, in
Brussels. S/He will be in charge of supporting and implementing CETAF communications
pathways, mainly through the CETAF website. Tasks will include reinforcing CETAF’s existing
connections, expanding the CETAF network and updating the Consortium’s website. The
selected candidate will be working closely with the Officer for International Affairs and
Networking, under the supervision of the General Secretary.
 

    Specific Tasks:
  • Contribute to developing and implementing a communication plan that will define and
    enhance the connections within the CETAF membership, and between CETAF and
    related actors in Europe and beyond
  • Update, improve and encourage the use of CETAF communication channels (distribution
    lists, blogs, internet forums, project websites, etc.) and social media platforms (twitter,
    etc…)
  • Maintain and update CETAF’s website (Drupal management system)
  • Propose means for increasing the presence, visibility and use of the CETAF site
  • Upload information on the Consortium members on the website
  • Report on matters related to communication activities relevant to CETAF
  • Other tasks may also arise, as requested by the General Secretary, for the adequate
    functioning and development of the General Secretariat office

MAIN REQUIREMENTS

  • University degree or equivalent experience.
  • Professional Background: A background in the field of Communications in an
    international environment. Experience in international associations and/or in the EU
    policy environment would be highly appreciated.
  • The ideal candidate will have the following specific competencies:
    Excellent writing skills, analysis capabilities and reporting experience,
    Advanced computer skills including ICT support: web maintenance (Drupal management system), database management, comfortable use of various communication tools and platforms, experience in social media management, proficient user of Microsoft package and Adobe Acrobat, ability to use Photoshop or similar graphics editing software. Well-organised with an eye for detail. Self-sufficient. Strategic and objective oriented.
  • Languages: English is CETAF’s working language. Good knowledge of French, written
    and spoken. Dutch valuable. Other languages an asset.

GENERAL CONDITIONS

  • Start date: February 2015
  • Full time (38 hrs/week)
  • Work time: Part Time (30 hrs/week)
  • 1 year contract renewable (3 months trial period)
  • Workplace: CETAF General Secretariat
    c/o Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences
    Rue Vautier, 29
    B-1000 Brussels, Belgium.

For Complete Details, go to http://www.cetaf.org/sites/default/files/cetaf_vacancy_2015_e-communications_dl31dec2014.pdf

If interested, please send your CV and motivation letter to Ana Casino (ana.casino@cetaf.org),
with a subject line “e-Communications Assistant”, by the 31st December 2014. Interviews will be
held in January-February of 2015. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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International Affairs and Networking Officer - CETAF

The Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF) is the leading European network of
Natural History Museums, Botanical Gardens, Natural Science Museums and Research Centres
that house natural history collections and conduct systematics based research. CETAF aims to
promote training, research and understanding in systematic biology, palaeobiology and Earth
sciences, and facilitate access to our rich natural heritage via the sharing of the information
held in the collections and the expertise of its member institutions from across Europe.

JOB DESCRIPTION
The International Affairs and Networking Officer will be joining our small team at the General
Secretariat, in Brussels. S/He will be in charge of promoting the Consortium and its members
within and across Europe, fostering links with other European or international organisations and
initiatives, maintaining or creating links within the EU institutions, identifying funding
opportunities, collaborating with the e-Communications Assistant on the development of the
content of the CETAF website and networking activities via the website. The selected candidate
will be supervised by and work closely with the General Secretary.
 

    Specific Tasks:
  • Monitor, analyse and report on the activities and policies of relevant EU and
    international organisations
  • Establish, promote and maintain connections with major representatives within EU
    institutions and research agencies
  • Identify key funding instruments that could sustain the provision of services to CETAF members
  • Provide content for the participation of CETAF in collaborative projects and actions
  • Help in the development and implementation of the CETAF communication plan
  • Help to maintain and update CETAF’s website (Drupal management system)

MAIN REQUIREMENTS

  • University degree or equivalent experience.
  • Professional Background: A scientific background, preferably in biodiversity related
  • fields. Thorough knowledge of EU institutions and decision making processes, and communication experience in the international domain would be highly valued.
  • The ideal candidate will have the following specific competencies:
    Good knowledge of the EU structure and funding programmes (Horizon 2020 in
    particular),
    Experience in proposal writing and project management,
    Computer skills including proficient user of Microsoft package and Adobe Acrobat,
    and able to use Photoshop or similar graphics editors (ICT support, web
    maintenance (Drupal), database management experience a plus),
    Able to work well in an international environment,
    Well-organised with an eye for detail,
    Self-sufficient. Strategic and objective oriented.
    Excellent writing skills,
    Collaborative in nature and works well as part of a team.
  • Professional experience of min. 3 years
  • Languages: English is CETAF’s working language. Good knowledge of French, written and spoken. Dutch valuable. Other European languages an asset.
  • Availability to travel

GENERAL CONDITIONS

  • Start date: February 2015
  • Full time (38 hrs/week)
  • 1 year contract renewable (3 months trial period)
  • Workplace: CETAF General Secretariat
    c/o Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences
    Rue Vautier, 29
    B-1000 Brussels, Belgium

For Complete Details, go to http://www.cetaf.org/sites/default/files/cetaf_vacancy_2015_international_affairs_dl31dec2014.pdf

If interested, please send your CV and motivation letter to Ana Casino (ana.casino@cetaf.org)
with subject line “International Affairs and Networking” and name, by the 31st December 2014.
Interviews will be held in January-February 2015. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

posted by SPNHC 12/11/2014
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Casting Technician

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH), founded in 1920, is located in the heart of University Circle, five miles east of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Considered among the top 10 institutions of its kind in North America, the Museum offers an incredible visitor experience, attracting roughly 275,000 visitors a year. There are more than 140 public education programs and over 80,000 students served annually. The Museum employs about 160 people.

Building on its strong foundation of excellence in education and research, the Museum is poised to transform itself. CMNH will invite and engage a broader audience in the exploration of science and the natural world by revolutionizing the way it presents natural history. The Museum has launched a capital campaign to support a dramatic renovation and expansion of its facilities and exhibits. This ambitious plan will position the Museum to play a leading role in regional and national efforts to improve science education and increase scientific literacy.

CMNH is seeking a dynamic, creative and energetic individual who is passionate about the Museum and its mission; exhibits strong project management and organizational skills; is looking for new challenges; and enjoys working in an enthusiastic and fast paced environment.

SUMMARY
The Casting Technician’s primary duty is to mold and cast biological and archaeological specimens of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for research and exhibits and per requests from staff members of the department and other academic institutions around the world upon approval by the Curator of Physical Anthropology.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
(Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with our without reasonable accommodation)
Provide education to Museum volunteers and interested staff members on molding and casting.
Help and support coworkers and make maximum efforts to fulfill the mission of the Museum.
Mold and cast skeletal specimens from the Hamann-Todd collection for Museum use or for sale or trade to universities and other educational institutions around the world.
Participate in public relations events of the Museum.
Provide Museum visitors with hands-on experiences.
Supervise non-professional volunteers helping in the casting lab.
Responsible for the maintenance of the lab while the Curator and/or Collections Manager are away on Museum business.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Either a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Anatomy, Physical Anthropology or Fine Arts and a minimum of five (5) years experience in casting and molding OR a minimum of ten (10) years experience in casting and molding biological and paleontological specimens.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and other basic computer programs.
Excellent organizational, analytical and problem solving skills.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS
A passion for science, nature and conservation.
Ability to work with an interdisciplinary professional team.
Ability to exercise initiative and good judgment in anticipating problems before they arise.
Ability to effectively coordinate and track multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize, work well under pressure with a high degree of accuracy, and meet stringent and overlapping deadlines.
Ability to work a flexible schedule which may include evenings and weekends.
Ability to be an outstanding ambassador to the Museum.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to:
Human Resources
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
One Wade Oval Drive, University Circle
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
hr@cmnh.org
No phone calls, please.

posted by SPNHC 11/26/2014
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Museum Scientist

Job number: 201411180601
UC Riverside Earth Sciences Department seeks a Museum Scientist to conserve, oversee, and utilize departmental research, reference, and teaching collections; manage the museum outreach program, and serve as Lab Safety Officer (LSO) and Departmental Safety Coordinator. The position is 85% time with flexible Monday through Friday hours and will be at starting Museum Scientist level. Candidates seeking external research or outreach funding that may supplement salary while pursuing departmental goals are particularly encouraged to apply. The department, which is rapidly growing in faculty, is within the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, has strong specimen-based research in fault petrology, geochemistry, and paleontology. Such research complements departmental research foci in Organic and Paleoenvironmental Evolution, and Earthquake Processes (see http://earthscience.ucr.edu/). We are looking for individuals with a strong background in specimen-based earth-life history research, familiarity with a broad range of geological materials, and an active interest in Museum Science. The new hire will engage with UCR's Center for Integrative Biological Collections, a rapidly evolving college-wide initiative. A Ph.D. is preferred, along with experience of and/or qualifications in collections management.  The University of California is an affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Please visit http://jobs.ucr.edu/ for more information and to apply for this career position. 

Applications received by January 16 will receive priority attention.

posted by SPNHC 11/25/2014
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Associate Research Scientist - FWC

Position Number: 77070377-51188975
Annual Salary Range: $50,426.00
Announcement Type: Open Competitive
City: SAINT PETERSBURG
Facility: FISH AND WILDLIFE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Pay Grade/ Pay Band: BB012
Closing Date: 12/5/2014

Position is currently classified as Associate Research Scientist. Pending reclassification approval to Research Administrator I – SES.

DESCRIPTION:

This is a supervisory position within the Information Science and Management (IS&M) section of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI).

The successful candidate will serve as the leader of the Specimen Collections Department within the Research Information Services subsection of IS&M. Duties include: supervising the operations of the collections of Ichthyoplankton, Fish and Invertebrates, and ensuring their orderly arrangement to phylogeny. Supervises and may participate in data entry; error checking and corrections; data manipulation and storage; and report writing. Supervises the process for electronic data storage and retrieval of other pertinent Collections records. Recommends and implements policies for the maintenance of specimens and data records associated with the Collections. May conduct searches of records and prepares replies to outside inquires about Collections data or holdings.

Duties also include preparation of manuscripts for publications, preparation of internal reports, and cooperation with outside investigators and agencies. Identifies opportunities for enhancing the operations and effectiveness of the Collections and recommends and implements enhancement measures. Such measures include seeking out and coordinating research programs, funding, contracts, or projects that enhance communication of specimens’ information among researchers and managers throughout the state and improves Collection holdings consistent with the existing Florida Museum of Natural History/FWC Memorandum of Understanding.

Directs preparation of specimens and records for storage; schedules work on routine Collections maintenance; oversees preparation of loans and associated records; schedules purchases of recurring supplies; directs special projects that enhance the Collections; and assigns general housekeeping chores performed by staff.

Maintains a professional working environment that promotes teamwork within working units and with other sections in FWRI. Coordinate with other sections of FWRI as it relates to grant funding, outreach and specimen identification.

Reviews internal and outside manuscripts and funding proposals as requested. Provides other information as requested by management, outside agencies and the public. Promotes and participates in public outreach efforts. Performs related work as required.

Develops and monitors annual working budget, ensuring that expenditures do not exceed spending authority. Oversees the purchase of curatorial equipment needed to maintain the Collections.

Develops, coordinates and implements outreach and information programs that present scientific information in suitable formats, such as visual displays, interactive exhibits, videos, brochures and outreach campaigns statewide. Venues for this information include, but are not limited to, the FWC Web pages, social media sites, magazines, professional conferences, classrooms and stakeholder meetings. Must be able to work in a deadline-driven environment.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge of: the ecology and systematics of Florida’s marine animals and of the techniques used in studying those marine species; personal computers and various programs used for word processing, data storage and retrieval, data analysis, principles of statistical design and analysis, and creation of graphs and graphics. Skill in: using equipment customary for field laboratory research on, and curation of marine specimens, interpersonal communication, leadership, budgeting and writing. Ability to: perform independent research and develop collections-related projects; write technical reports and manuscripts, and communicate effectively; to supervise people and establish and maintain effective working relationships; network with scientists and encourage the use of the Collections; formulate policies and procedures relating to the Collections; learn and apply procedures relating to safety, hazardous waste material, and collection maintenance; collect data and utilize problem solving techniques.

The successful candidate will supervise assigned staff. Duties include but are not limited to: recruiting, training, planning and directing work, reviewing employee performance and ensuring compliance with FWRI rules, policies and procedures. Responsible for developing and managing annual working budgets and ensuring that expenditures do not exceed spending authority.

QUALIFICATIONS:

A minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university with experience in Invertebrate Systematic (other disciplines will be considered) and museum operations is required; a PhD (or equivalent work experience) is preferred. Must be able to demonstrate strong writing, editing and speaking skills. Excellent interpersonal, team-working skills and the ability to work in a rapidly changing environment under deadlines are also required.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENT:

Applicants are required to submit a complete, up-to-date, State of Florida Employment Application Form electronically in People First (http://peoplefirst.myflorida.com) by the closing date listed. Resumes and supporting documentation may be submitted in People First, but do not replace the requirement for a completed State of Florida Employment Application Form.

If you experience technical difficulties during the application process or when attaching documents, call People First staffing at 1-877-562-7287. If unable to attach supporting documents to your application, they may be faxed to the People First Service Center at 1-888-403-2110. Be sure to include the Requisition number for the position to which you are applying on each page of your faxed documents.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or the People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

The State of Florida hires only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers. An Employment Eligibility Verification Check will be conducted in the E-Verify System which is a federal government electronic database that confirms the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, applicants eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment and are encouraged to apply. However, applicants claiming Veterans' Preference must attach supporting documentation with each application submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any others documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. All documentation is due by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. For information on the supporting documentation required, click here. Applicants may also fax their supporting documentation to People First at 1-888-403-2110.

posted by SPNHC 11/21/2014
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Curator of Vascular Plants

Plant Resources Center, The University of Texas at Austin

The Plant Resources Center (PRC) of The University of Texas at Austin seeks applications for the Position of Curator of the combined University of Texas (TEX) and Lundell (LL) herbaria that contain over a million vascular plant specimens.  The Plant Resources Center is an independent Organized Research Unit within the College of Natural Sciences with strong ties to the faculty and students in the Department of Integrative Biology, the Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior and the Plant Biology Graduate Programs.  A Ph.D. in Biology or Museum Studies is required by the start date of the appointment. The position is a research staff position.  The duties of the Curator are to:

and Behavior and the Plant Biology Graduate Programs. A Ph.D. in Biology or Museum Studies is required by the start date of the appointment. The position is a research staff position. The duties of the Curator are to:

  • Oversee the day-to-day activities and service functions of the herbaria, supervise the curatorial assistant, part-time student workers, and volunteers, and provide relevant assistance to faculty and graduate students on their research projects;
  • Oversee and develop the PRC website and the maintenance and expansion of existing specimen databases with the ultimate goal of having specimen label data and images for all collections in a central database whose information can be queried and retrieved through the PRC website;
  • Oversee shifting and moving of the collections and participate in UT courses by providing lectures and tours on the functions of an herbarium, and;
  • Help prepare and submit collection improvement grants including those for physical renovations, digitization and imaging, and digital dissemination of specimen data and images.

Applicants should provide pdf files that include the following: (1) Curriculum vitae; (2) Letter of interest that addresses current and previous curatorial experience, future curatorial vision, and research interests; and (3) Contact information for three references.  Applicants will not be formally considered until the online application is completed at https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/141111010606; the job posting number is 141111010606. Application materials must be uploaded to the website.

Review of applications will begin January 1, 2015 and continue until a suitable applicant is identified.  Contact Beryl Simpson (beryl@austin.utexas.edu) for further information.

The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity at all levels. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. (Compliant with the new VEVRAA and Section 503 Rules).

posted by SPNHC 11/21/2014
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Curator, Schlinger Foundation Chair of Entomology

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History seeks applicants for Curator of Entomology. This is a full time, exempt position, supported by endowment. Responsible for the continued development of the entomology collection and the energetic leadership of programs promoting the study and appreciation of insects as well as participation in the Museum's nature educational programs. A doctorate in entomology (or related subject), experience in insect collecting methodology, collection curation, and a record of collections-based research is desired. Should be good communicator and enthusiastic interpreter of general entomology to the public.

Salary DOE. Please submit (1) letter of interest; (2) current CV with list of publications, and up to three PDFs; (3) names of three references to Human Resources Department, SB Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Electronic transmission preferred: hr@sbnature2.org

Detailed job description at: http://www.sbnature.org/about/71.html
Other questions to Dr. Henry W. Chaney at: hchaney@sbnature2.org

Review of applications starts January 5, 2015, until filled. EOE.

posted by SPNHC 11/10/2014
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Museum Collections Manager

Competition No. - A106624368
Closing Date -
Will remain open until filled. Next review date is November 17, 2014.

The University of Alberta is seeking a dynamic museum professional for the leadership position of Museum Collections Manager, University of Alberta Museums. The University of Alberta located in Edmonton, 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. There are 29 academic museum collections that comprise the University of Alberta Museums which are integral to the University's teaching, research, discovery learning and access programs. Museums and Collections Services leads the development and implementation of a campus-wide operational, administrative (policy) and exhibition/program delivery framework for the University of Alberta Museums.

Reporting to the Executive Director, Museums and Collections Services/University of Alberta Museums, the Museum Collections Manager is accountable for leading and shaping the U of A Museums Collections Management area including:

Leading, planning and managing the Collections Management Program for the U of A Museums
Planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating collections management services and policies in compliance with legislation, and in accordance with established museum standards
Ensuring the Collections Management Program and the U of A Museum’s collections management system and web strategies are aligned and integrated
Ensuring the University of Alberta Museums are compliant with regulatory areas such as the Cultural Property Export and Import Act, CITES (endangered species legislation) and Copyright legislation
Identifying and securing significant new resources to support the Collections Management Program and strategies
Lead the development and implementation of a museum emergency/disaster preparedness and prevention strategy for the U of A Museums
As a member of the U of A Museums leadership team contributes to planning major strategic initiatives within the University of Alberta Museums vision
The successful candidate will have:

A graduate degree in a discipline familiar with object-based research and/or museum collections management
Five years progressively responsible leadership experience in a museum/university museum setting or museum management and advisory settings
Excellent writing, planning, research, communication, organizational and project management skills
Demonstrated knowledge of the museum community, not-for-profit sector and government services, locally, nationally and internationally including funding sources available for museums and related projects.
Evidence of ability to interact effectively with all levels of campus personnel and especially academic curators, faculty, and senior administrators
Comprehensive and current knowledge of museum theory and practice
Core competencies including: achievement orientation, analytical thinking, conceptual thinking, flexibility, impact and influence, organizational awareness, business insight, planning and initiative, self-confidence, self-development, sense of urgency, and team leadership and team cooperation
This regular continuing position is in accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer agreement and offers a comprehensive benefits package (which can be viewed at www.hrs.ualberta.ca) and an annual salary of $63,683 to $106,147.

Review of applications will commence November 17, 2014; however, this position will remain open until filled.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, CV and a list of 3 professional references.

For further information and to apply, please go to: http://www.careers.ualberta.ca/Competition/A106624368/

posted by SPNHC 11/03/2014
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