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Preparator

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is seeking a Preparator to support and broaden the scope of the Schlessman Family Earth Sciences Laboratory (ES Lab). The ES Lab is inside the museum's Prehistoric Journey exhibit, and supports the research, curation and outreach efforts of the Museum and staff in the Department of Earth Sciences (DES).

Provide supervisory and technical support to the Schlessman Family Earth Sciences Laboratory (ES Lab) in order to ensure that the lab functions efficiently and that Earth Sciences specimens are prepared at the highest professional standards. Coordinate with the Lab Manager and Chief Preparator to supervise and manage volunteers in the ES Lab. Support Earth Sciences curator driven field activities and provide supervision and leadership of volunteer activities while in the field. Provide molding and casting expertise as leader of this portion of the lab and support the discipline of paleontology to maintain the Museum’s efforts to deliver world-class research, curation, and outreach.

Experience/Education

  • BA or BS, preferably in Geology/Paleontology
  • Two years experience in aspects of specimen preparation
  • Two years supervisory experience preferred

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Advanced previous experience in specimen preparation techniques
  • Knowledge and experience in molding and casting of fossil specimens
  • Advanced ability to troubleshoot problems and repair basic equipment in the lab
  • Advanced knowledge of field paleontological techniques
  • Advanced ability to get along with museum members, and the general public
  • Solid ability to work well with a diverse group of volunteers
  • Solid computer skills and MS applications
  • Advanced interpersonal and organizational skills

For details, and to apply, go to http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH06/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=DMNS&cws=1&rid=94

posted by SPNHC 10/30/2014
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Vertebrate Paleontology Curatorial Assistant

The Denver Museum is an exciting place to work with a diverse staff; the Department of Earth Sciences has staff with expertise in geology, paleobotany, invertebrate paleontology and vertebrate paleontology, and an active volunteer and research associate corps with an even broader range of expertise. The museum offers opportunities to engage with the general public through educational programming and exhibits, and to be exposed with staff across a range of scientific disciplines. The museum has strong local public support, is building a new state-of-the-art collections storage facility, and is strategically located at the gateway to the Rocky Mountains.

We are seeking a Vertebrate Paleontology Curatorial Assistant to begin in January 2015.  This is a term position, and the term is currently two years.

The Vertebrate Paleontology Curatorial Assistant will assist in meeting the objectives of the 3-year National Science Foundation funded project: CSBR: Natural History: Uncrowding, rehousing, and digitization of the non-federal fossil vertebrate collection at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.  The Curatorial Assistant will assist with activities related to inventory/data cleanup, uncrowding, and rehousing of non-federal fossil vertebrate specimens associated with, and following, the move to the new collections facility. The Curatorial Assistant will also assist with the digitization of the non-federal fossil vertebrate collection and associated web-related databasing. The Curatorial Assistant will work closely with departmental staff and train and oversee a large team of volunteers.

Experience/Education

  • Master’s Degree in relevant discipline required.
  • At least one year of demonstrated experience handling museum collections preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Working knowledge of vertebrate taxonomy and systematic relationships
  • Working knowledge of vertebrate paleontology collections management and curatorial methods
  • Excellent organization and data management skills
  • Strong hand skills and attention to detail. 
  • Solid verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Solid computer skills and working familiarity with relational databases, spreadsheet, and word processing software.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.

For details, and to apply, go to http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH06/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=DMNS&cws=1&rid=487

posted by SPNHC 10/30/2014
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Research Zoologist

 

AGENCY: Smithsonian Institution
JOB NUMBER:14A-JW-299546-DEU-NMNH
SALARY RANGE: $75,621.00 to $80,662.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Monday, September 29, 2014 to Monday, October 27, 2014
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0410-12
POSITION INFORMATION: Full-Time, TERM Not-To-Exceed 4 Yrs - Federal
PROMOTION POTENTIAL:12
DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or
U.S. Nationals

DUTIES:
Independently initiates, develops, and personally participates in integrative scientific research, fieldwork, and collection growth and maintenance, concerning the systematics, evolution, and general biology of one or more major groups of recent vertebrates (in the disciplines of herpetology, ichthyology, mammalogy, and/or ornithology), particularly herpetology.
Directs an active program of specimen/data exchange and cooperation with other museums, educational institutions, and scholars.
Develops plans, documentation, and conducts attendant research for museum exhibits within the area of specialization as requested.
Serves as supervisor or advisor to interns, students, fellows, short-term scholars, and to scientific institutions and museums.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
A. Degree: zoology; or a related discipline or field of science that included at least 20 semester hours in zoology and related animal sciences.

OR
B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in zoology, or in a related discipline that included course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to Basic Requirements above, you must have following:
Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position specialized experience is defined as conducting natural history and scientific collections-based research in areas of systematic biology and Recent vertebrates (in the disciplines of herpetology, ichthyology, mammalogy, and/or ornithology), as evidenced by one or more peer-reviewed scientific publications in taxonomic specialization; and using collections for research or planning the maintenance of such collections. Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week. Or Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. 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 have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and completed proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.

NOTE:
Unofficial school transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) must be submitted with your application package by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
If you have foreign education, you must show proof by the closing date of the vacancy announcement that education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials. Transcripts and proof of the evaluations should be submitted within your application package as indicated under “Required Documents”. Applicants may use the following websites http://www.naces.org/, http://www.fceatlanta.com/, or www.ies.aacrao.org to obtain these evaluations.

For complete details, go to: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/382299100

posted by SPNHC 10/22/2014
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Research Entomologist

AGENCY: Smithsonian Institution
JOB NUMBER: 14A-JW-299547-DEU-NMNH
SALARY RANGE: $75,621.00 to $80,662.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Friday, October 10, 2014 to Friday, December 5, 2014
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0414-12
POSITION INFORMATION: Full-Time, TERM Not-To-Exceed 4 Yrs - Federal
PROMOTION POTENTIAL:12
DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.

DUTIES:
Initiates, develops, and personally participates in integrative scientific research, field work, and collection growth and maintenance concerning the biology, evolution, systematics, and classification of one or more groups of terrestrial arthropods and/or aquatic insects.
Serves as a consultant and expert advisor on professional matters in this area to colleagues, Federal agencies, other governments, institutions, organizations, and the general public.
Develops plans, documentation, and conducts attendant research for Museum exhibits within the area of specialization as requested.
Assumes the management and administration of the Department or areas within it for temporary periods as requested.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Degree: entomology; or a related discipline of the biological or physical sciences that included at least 16 semester hours in entomology.
OR

Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major that included course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Evaluation of Education: Applicants with major fields of study in biology, zoology, or invertebrate zoology may fully meet the basic educational requirements if their academic preparation included substantive instruction (including appropriate laboratory and field work) in basic general entomology, taxonomy, physiology, ecology, general and organic chemistry, general physics, and mathematics or statistics that provided some training in the analysis of variables.

In addition to Basic Requirements above, you must have following:
Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position specialized experience is defined as conducting natural history and scientific collections-based research in areas of systematic biology and recent terrestrial arthropods or aquatic insects, as evidenced by one or more peer-reviewed scientific publications in taxonomic specialization; and using collections for research or planning the maintenance of such collections. Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week. Or Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. 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 have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and completed proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.

NOTE:
Unofficial school transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) must be submitted with your application package by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
If you have foreign education, you must show proof by the closing date of the vacancy announcement that education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials. Transcripts and proof of the evaluations should be submitted within your application package as indicated under “Required Documents”. Applicants may use the following websites http://www.naces.org/, http://www.fceatlanta.com/, or www.ies.aacrao.org to obtain these evaluations.

For complete details, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/382649800

posted by SPNHC 10/22/2014
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Natural Science Research Curator II


POSITION NUMBER: 60034991
DEPARTMENT: Department of Environment & Natural Resources
DIVISION/SECTION: NC Museum of Natural Sciences/Research and Collections
SALARY RANGE:
$42,667.00 - $69,177.00 Annually
RECRUITMENT RANGE: $42,667 - $53,437
SALARY GRADE / SALARY GRADE EQUIVALENT: 72
COMPETENCY LEVEL: Not Applicable
APPOINTMENT TYPE: Permanent Full-Time
WORK LOCATION: Wake County
OPENING DATE: 10/09/14
CLOSING DATE: 10/22/14 5:00 PM Eastern Time

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

THIS IS A REPOST. PREVIOUS APPLICANTS MUST RE-APPLY TO BE CONSIDERED.

This position is located in Raleigh, North Carolina at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, an award-winning major institution with a prominent State-wide, national and international profile. This key position is in the Museum’s Research & Collections section and is located at the Museum’s Research Laboratory, approximately 15 minutes away from the downtown Raleigh Museum buildings.
This position of Research Curator, Ichthyology, has several areas of responsibility, including: 1. Development of original scientific research programs in ichthyological systematics (taxonomy, phylogenetics), genomics, ecology, and/or related fields; research programs may have local, regional, and/or international focus and will include pursuit of external research funding, data generation and analyses, and publication/dissemination of results; some aspects of this research should, ideally, include collaborations with other agencies, universities, and/or citizen scientists. 2. Curatorial responsibilities for the Ichthyology Research Collection, including maintenance and growth of collection, migrating collections data to database format, specimen loan activities, and setting curatorial best-practice guidelines for collection. 3. Operational management and administration of the Ichthyology unit, a subdivision of the Research & Collections section; duties include supervision of laboratory with oversight of equipment, budgets, and personnel. 4. Participation in science communication initiatives, including participation in Museum educational programming, delivering public science-based presentations, interacting with Museum visitors, serving as a role model for students and citizen scientists, and creating programmatic themes that raise the science literacy of visitors.

This posting has been extended to close on October 22, 2014

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES / COMPETENCIES:

**To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit**
A successful candidate will have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

(1) Taxonomic/systematic expertise in Ichthyology
(2) Experience applying principles and practices of research, with special expertise in at least one aspect of fish systematics (taxonomy, phylogenetics), genomics, ecology, and/or related fields.
(3) Experience with specimen collections and/or curatorial activities.
(4) Experience in science communications to diverse audiences (i.e., academic and/or public presentations, academic journal publications and/or experience with popular media).
(5) Experience in preparing grant proposals to fund biological research and/or administering budgets supporting research or collections-related activities.

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

Possession of a master's degree in biology, zoology, or a science curriculum related to area of expertise and three years of experience in specialty area; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred: A Ph.D. in biology, zoology, or related science field.

SUPPLEMENTAL AND CONTACT INFORMATION:

To apply for this position, please click APPLY link above. All relevant experience must be included on application to receive proper credit. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of state application.
Persons eligible for veteran preference must submit a copy of Form DD-214.
DENR uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified applicants. When a salary range is posted, the actual salary will be based on relevant competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position. The State of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
For additional information, please contact: Eileen Head(919) 707-9819 or Eileen.head@naturalsciences.org

posted by SPNHC 10/14/2014
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Curatorial/Research Associate - Ornithology and Mammalogy Collections

 

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Cornell University

The Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates (CUMV) is seeking an ornithologist or mammalogist to curate and grow the collections through an organized program of accession in-volving Cornell students in all aspects of museum-based activities. We are interested in a leader for all aspects of the program, from field collections through specimen preparation and curation, to use of the collections in modern specimen-based research. The successful candidate will curate the Ornithology and Mammalogy Collections (including co-supervision of a full-time collections manager) and maintain an active research program in collections-based research. 

The CUMV is a unit of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and is housed in the modern Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity, along with the Lab of Ornithology and its 200 plus faculty and staff. The CUMV holdings include over 1.25 million specimens, including over 60,000 bird and 38,000 mammal specimens and a substantial tissue collection. The CUMV includes space for teaching, specimen preparation and molecular work; a walk-in freezer; X-ray lab; dermestarium; etc. Cornell supports a diverse community of faculty, staff and students pursuing an uncommonly large number of programs and projects in vertebrate biology, ecology and evolution. 

Qualifications: Applicants should have a Ph.D. in ornithology, mammalogy, or related area, have broad knowledge of birds and/or mammals, have experience working with natural history collections, and display an interest in interacting with students and the broader scientific communities at the Lab, Cornell and beyond. 

Inquiries are encouraged to either of the co-chairs of the search committee: Prof. David W. Winkler (dww4@cornell.edu) or Prof. Jeremy B. Searle (jbs295@cornell.edu). Please submit (as a single pdf file) a CV, a letter describing your vision for future collections-based research and education, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three individuals who can serve as references to: curator_search@cornell.edu. Review of applications will begin 27 October 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

Cornell University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Applications from women and minorities are encouraged. 

posted by SPNHC 10/06/2014
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Curator, Dinosaur Institute

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) seeks a Curator (Assistant or Associate level) specializing in the study of non-avian dinosaurs to conduct collection-based research in evolutionary biology including taxonomy, systematics, ontogeny, functional morphology, and biogeography. The NHM, the largest natural history museum in the western United States, has recently finished a dramatic transformation including new ground-breaking exhibitions and a 3 ½ acre wildlife garden. The NHM’s mission is to inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds. Our strategic intent—“To be the best at communicating how our planet and life on it changes over time and why this matters”—guides our priorities for the next decade. The successful candidate will have a record of outstanding research and publications as well as excellent communication skills, a talent for collaboration across disciplines and an innate ability to engage and enthuse the public and stakeholders through his/her work.

The NHM holds important collections of non-avian dinosaurs and other Mesozoic tetrapods. These collections afford a huge potential for a broad array of research and public programs and are continuously growing through ongoing field efforts. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a dynamic, productive, and scientifically significant program of research to build a growing scientific and public profile, overseeing the development and curation of important collections, maintaining and strengthening the NHM’s presence in key professional and governmental networks, and establishing active internal NHMcollaborations, especially with the Education and Exhibits, Marketing and Communications, and Advancement Departments.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D., a strong track record of published research, and experience in generating funding to support research. His/her demonstrated talent for successful public communication will enhance collaborations with non-scientists in the NHM’s Education and Exhibits, Marketing and Communications, and Advancement Departments. Experience in collections management would be an advantage, as would an interest in creative ways of engaging the public in research (e.g., citizen science). The Curator will be expected to develop an active and publically engaging research program, develop working relationships with local universities, mentor students and postdoctoral fellows, and maintain research through obtaining competitive grants and/or funding from other external sources. The candidate must have the vision and capability to build a research program that can be integrated within the NHM’s ongoing efforts to understand the evolution of dinosaurs. He/she will manage the collection’s growth and undertake research in ways that increase both its scientific and public appeal.

The ability to communicate effectively and engage with a wide variety of audiences, including the public and the NHM’s various stakeholders is paramount. The successful candidate will be expected to help oversee staff and supervise the NHM’s dinosaur programs including collections and field efforts. He/she will actively participate in a broad range of museum activities, such as exhibits, education, outreach, training of educators, public communications including, but not limited to, media interactions, and fundraising. The Curator will also be responsible for building productive ties with local universities, professional associations, educators, and other relevant organizations within the scientific and general community.

This is a full-time position with a salary and title commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.

Application deadline is December 1st, 2014. The starting date is July 1st, 2015. Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, salary history, and the full contact information of at least three professional references to thayden@nhm.org, Dinosaur Institute Curatorial Search, Research & Collections, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA.

posted by SPNHC 10/06/2014
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Curator, Rancho La Brea

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) seeks a Curator for its renowned late Pleistocene Rancho La Brea collections housed at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. The successful candidate will conduct collection-based research in evolutionary biology and paleoecology including systematics, biogeography, climate change, and biodiversity science. The NHM, the largest natural history museum in the western United States, has recently finished a dramatic transformation including new ground-breaking exhibitions and a 3 ½ acre wildlife garden. It anticipates completing a similar transformation at the Page Museum facility and adjacent La Brea Tar Pits during the next decade. The NHM’s mission is to inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds. Our strategic intent—“To be the best at communicating how our planet and life on it changes over time and why this matters”— guides our priorities for the next decade. The successful candidate will have a record of outstanding research and publications as well as excellent communication skills, a talent for collaboration across disciplines and an innate ability to engage and enthuse the public and stakeholders through his/her work.

The Page Museum is the site museum for the La Brea Tar Pits, one of the world’s richest Ice Age fossil sites that has to date yielded an estimated 5 million specimens representing more than 600 species of animals and plants of Late Pleistocene age. These collections afford a huge potential for a broad array of research and public programs and are continuously growing through ongoing excavations. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a dynamic, productive, and scientifically significant program of research to build a growing scientific and public profile, overseeing the development and curation of important collections, maintaining and strengthening the NHM’s presence in key professional and governmental networks, and establishing active internal NHM collaborations, especially with the Education and Exhibits, Marketing and Communications, and Advancement Departments.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D., a strong track record of published research, and experience in generating funding to support research. His/her demonstrated talent for successful public communications will enhance collaborations with non-scientists in the NHM’s Education and Exhibits, Marketing and Communications and Advancement Departments. Experience in collections management would be an advantage, as would an interest in creative ways of engaging the public in research (e.g., citizen science). The Curator will be expected to develop an active and publically engaging research program, develop working relationships with local universities, mentor students and postdoctoral fellows, and maintain research through obtaining competitive grants and/or funding from other external sources. The candidate must have the vision and capability to build a research program that can be integrated within the NHM’s ongoing efforts to document and interpret biotic responses to environmental change. He/she will manage the collection’s growth and undertake research in ways that increase both its scientific and public appeal.

The ability to communicate effectively and engage with a wide variety of audiences, including the public and the NHM’s various stakeholders is paramount. The successful candidate will be expected to help oversee staff and supervise the NHM’s Rancho La Brea program including the collections and excavations. He/she will actively participate in a broad range of museum activities, such as exhibits, education, outreach, training of educators, public communications including, but not limited to, media interactions, and fundraising. More specifically, the successful candidate will be expected to play a key role in the ongoing transformation of the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. The Curator will also be responsible for building productive ties with local universities, professional associations, educators, and other relevant organizations within the scientific and general community.

This is a full-time position with a salary and title commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.

Application deadline is December 1st, 2014. The starting date is July 1st, 2015. Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, salary history, and the full contact information of at least three professional references to thayden@nhm.org, Page Museum Curatorial Search, Research & Collections, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA.

posted by SPNHC 10/06/2014
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Collection Manager, Natural Sciences

Auckland Museum is an influential, much-loved organisation at the centre of Auckland's identity, committed to outstanding management of its extensive collections and the permanent and volunteer staff who tell the Museum's stories.

The Natural Science department currently has an opportunity for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Collection Manager, Natural Sciences to join the Museum on a fixed term basis (12 months). Our Natural Science Collection Manager who has primary responsibility for our Marine collections is going on parental leave, and we are looking for a person who will provide the balance of expertise in the team.

This position is part of the wider Collection and Research team which are responsible for the expert physical care, processing and documentation of collection items and for providing access to collections, through visitors, loans, responding to enquiries and contributing to exhibitions and public programmes. 

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • A degree relevant to the Museum's natural sciences collections and activities
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Linnaean classification and taxonomic systems
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas; mounting of herbarium sheets, pinning of insects and other dry specimens, fixing of specimens in liquid preservative, elementary taxidermy, freeze-drying, vertebrate autopsy and sexing, and bone-preparation by maceration.
  • Experience working in a laboratory environment including knowledge of chemicals and laboratory procedures
  • Database experience highly desirable, preferably in Vernon CMS
  • Excellent interpersonal and time management skills
  • Relevant museum experience including object handling and packing
  • Understand the principles of equal opportunities, diversity management and the Treaty of Waitangi as they relate to the Museum environment
  • A current driver's licence.
  • An ability to work flexible hours, including evenings, holidays and/or weekends
  • Evidence of ability to work collaboratively and in cross-functional teams

Closing Date: 5pm Sunday 12 October 2014

You must be eligible to work in NZ to apply for this position. 
To apply, go to http://careers.aucklandmuseum.com/jobdetails?ajid=WHXf7

This is a great opportunity for someone looking to be part of a fabulous New Zealand organisation committed to telling our national and Auckland stories and reflecting our unique place in the South Pacific.

posted by SPNHC 10/03/2014
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Scientific Assistant, Department of Ichthyology, American Museum of Natural History

The Department of Ichthyology at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, seeks a full time Scientific Assistant who will contribute to collection care and maintenance. Primary responsibilities will include identifying, accessioning, and cataloguing incoming marine and freshwater fish collections, assisting with the department’s frozen tissue collection, and database entry. Other duties include specimen preservation, assisting with dry and wet skeletal preparations, loan processing, radiography, and general collection care and maintenance. Additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • BA/BSc in biology or related field is required.
  • Museum experience, specifically a background in fish systematics, anatomy, and specimen preparation, and computer skills are highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with integrated pest management techniques is a plus.
  • The successful applicant will be expected to have good manual dexterity and time-management skills.

Hours: 35 hours/week

Interested applicants should upload electronic copies of their CV, a cover letter describing their interest in this position and any special qualifications, and two letters of reference to the following link no later than 10/21/14:

careers.amnh.org/applicants/Central?quickFind=51339

If you encounter trouble uploading your files, please contact Danielle Silverman (dsilverman@amnh.org), Budget Administrator, Departments of Ichthyology and Herpetology.

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Please be advised that due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the open position.

posted by SPNHC 9/26/2014
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Two curatorial positions at the Florida Museum of Natural History

The University of Florida is launching a cross-disciplinary Biodiversity Initiative that will improve our understanding of biological diversity and its impacts on human society.  As part of this initiative, two curatorial positions will be filled at the Florida Museum of Natural History at the level of Associate or Full Curator (equivalent to Associate or Full Professor).  The anticipated start date is August 2015.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Successful applicants will be expected to conduct dynamic, externally funded research programs incorporating biodiversity collections-based data or other ‘Big Data’ and models to improve our understanding of conservation biology or other environmental issues such as climate change, invasive species, habitat modification, and ecosystem services; or improve our understanding of the history of life and our ability to address questions in comparative biology such as those related to the origin, persistence and extinction of lineages and biogeographic patterns; or improve our ability to provide data on species identifications and distributions, habitat preferences, and other information to resource managers, agricultural scientists, and industry.    

Preference will be given to applicants working with collections-based data on fishes, amphibians or reptiles, but those with other taxonomic interests are welcome to apply.  Successful candidates for these positions will have a proven track record of publications in top scientific journals, an independently established research program and significant evidence of success in obtaining extramural funding. The positions require a Ph.D. degree in the biological sciences or related field.  Experience with building and curating museum collections is preferred.

Applications are due by November 2, 2014.  To be considered, all applications must be submitted on-line at https://jobs.ufl.edu/postings/57038.  The application, submitted entirely as a pdf file, must include: (1) cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) statement of research, collections, teaching, and outreach experiences, visions, and goals; (4) reprints of no more than five publications; and (5) the names and email addresses of three colleagues who might be contacted for letters of recommendation.  

The University of Florida is one of the most comprehensive high-quality public universities in the country. UF is a land grant, sea grant, and space grant university and on-campus home to the most comprehensive academic health center in the southeastern US. The Biodiversity Initiative will leverage extraordinary data resources, one of the nation’s largest natural history museums, and a strong collaborative culture across all disciplines. UF counts among its greatest strengths -- and a major component of its excellence – that it values broad diversity in its faculty, students, and staff and creates a robust, inclusive and welcoming climate for learning, research and other work.  UF is committed to equal educational and employment opportunity and access and seeks individuals of all races, ethnicities, genders and other attributes who, among their many exceptional qualifications, have a record of including a broad diversity of individuals in work and learning activities.  The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution.

For additional information, please contact David L. Reed (dlreed@ufl.edu), Chair, Department of Natural History.

posted by SPNHC 9/22/2014
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Program Manager-25127
Library Administrator III - Band F
Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University

The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Program Manager. Duties include:

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

Annual term appointment with possibility of renewal based upon performance and availability of funding.
Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.

Required Qualifications:

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

Preferred Qualifications:

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

Background check may be required. No relocation assistance is provided for this position.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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

posted by SPNHC 9/08/2014
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Director of Collections

Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium
1302 Main Street
St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819

Reporting to the Executive Director, the full-time Director of Collections has responsibility for the care, presentation and interpretation of all collections in the Fairbanks Museum’s trust. 

DUTIES

  • responsibility for the application of collections management policies, plans, and practices, including, but not limited to: accession and deaccession, registration and documentation, cataloguing, preservation, conservation, access, risk management, storage, handling, and inventory;
  • responsibility for data standards and systems for the input, maintenance, and preservation of collections records;
  • directs staff in the use of the Museum’s collections for exhibits, education, research, and public information;
  • consults conservators, curators and researchers to advance the preservation, interpretation, and cataloguing of the collections;
  • organizes, supervises and evaluates departmental staff and volunteers;
  • presents collections stewardship requirements to staff, volunteers, and trustees;
  • obtains funds and other forms of support for stewardship, development, and interpretation of the collections;
  • promotes the importance of the Museum’s collections through presentations and programs delivered to Museum visitors, community organizations and school groups;
  • drafts, implements and monitors policies and budgets for the Collections Department;
  • serves on the Museum’s management team.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s in curatorial, museum studies, or related discipline required and 4 years’ related experience or Master’s in curatorial, museum studies, or related discipline with 2 years’ related experience. Experience with natural history collections preferred.  Ability and willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends, as needed.  Eagerness to live in Vermont’s beautiful and rural Northeast Kingdom.  Send cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to akane@fairbanksmuseum.org. EOE.

posted by SPNHC 9/03/2014
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Research Curator, Ichthyology

TITLE: Natural Science Research Curator II
POSITION NUMBER: 60034991
DEPARTMENT: Dept of Environment & Natural Resource
DIVISION/SECTION: NC Museum of Natural Sciences/Research and Collections
SALARY RANGE: $42,667.00 - $69,177.00 Annually
RECRUITMENT RANGE: $42,667 - $53,437
SALARY GRADE / SALARY GRADE EQUIVALENT: 72
COMPETENCY LEVEL: Not Applicable
APPOINTMENT TYPE: Permanent Full-Time
WORK LOCATION: Wake County
OPENING DATE: 08/21/14
CLOSING DATE: 09/19/14 5:00 PM Eastern Time

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

This position is located in Raleigh, North Carolina at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, an award-winning major institution with a prominent State-wide, national and international profile. This key position is in the Museum’s Research & Collections section and is located at the Museum’s Research Laboratory, approximately 15 minutes away from the downtown Raleigh Museum buildings.
This position of Research Curator, Ichthyology, has several areas of responsibility, including: 1. Development of original scientific research programs in ichthyological systematics (taxonomy, phylogenetics), genomics, ecology, and/or related fields; research programs may have local, regional, and/or international focus and will include pursuit of external research funding, data generation and analyses, and publication/dissemination of results; some aspects of this research should, ideally, include collaborations with other agencies, universities, and/or citizen scientists. 2. Curatorial responsibilities for the Ichthyology Research Collection, including maintenance and growth of collection, migrating collections data to database format, specimen loan activities, and setting curatorial best-practice guidelines for collection. 3. Operational management and administration of the Ichthyology unit, a subdivision of the Research & Collections section; duties include supervision of laboratory with oversight of equipment, budgets, and personnel. 4. Participation in science communication initiatives, including participation in Museum educational programming, delivering public science-based presentations, interacting with Museum visitors, serving as a role model for students and citizen scientists, and creating programmatic themes that raise the science literacy of visitors.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES / COMPETENCIES:

**To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit**
A successful candidate will have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

(1) Considerable taxonomic/systematic knowledge in Ichthyology, in general, and of North Carolina and South Eastern United States fishes, specifically
(2) Experience applying principles and practices of research, with special expertise in at least one aspect of fish systematics (taxonomy, phylogenetics), genomics, ecology, and/or related fields
(3) A demonstrated mastery of materials, equipment, and techniques used in relevant research (laboratory based protocols and fieldwork) and specimen collection curatorial activities
(4) A demonstrated track record of effective and creative science communication to diverse audiences
(5) Experience managing/supervising research projects, a research laboratory, and/or personnel
(6) Experience in preparing grant proposals to fund biological research and/or administering budgets supporting research or collections-related activities
(7) Experience in publishing technical science papers in peer-reviewed journals

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

Possession of a master's degree in biology, zoology, or a science curriculum related to area of expertise and three years of experience in specialty area; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred: A Ph.D. in biology, zoology, or related science field.

To apply, go to: http://tinyurl.com/p69lpyj

posted by SPNHC 8/22/2014
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Program Manager

25127
Library Administrator III - Band F
Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Advertised: 28 Jul 2014 
Applications close: 25 Aug 2014  

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

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

Position #00089

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 8/07/2014
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Museum Collections Technician

Job no: 498038 

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

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

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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 8/05/2014
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