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Collections Manager

An exciting opportunity exists to join the staff of the Mütter Museum. The College of Physicians of Philadelphia seeks a dynamic and resourceful professional to manage the museum’s collection and assist in a strategic merging of museum and library collections. The Collections Manager must demonstrate flexibility, teamwork, and collegiality essential in a small organization. The Collections Manager will join the College staff at a pivotal time as the institution creates a unified collections management system. The Collections Manager will shape a valuable historical medical collection for the future.

The Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia (Birthplace of American MedicineSM) opened in 1863 and is world-renowned, receiving over 155,000 visitors last year. The collection contains over 35,000 objects, including human remains, medical and scientific instruments and equipment, models, and pharmaceuticals. Visit the museum website: http://muttermuseum.org/

Responsibilities: The College seeks a Collections Manager who has demonstrated a reasonable level of proficiency and knowledge in the core functional areas of CM, current practices recognized by the museum industry for CM, conservation practices, has the administrative and planning capabilities expected of the profession, and has a working knowledge of current and emerging technologies to improve CM practices.

Primary requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in science, history (emphasis on medical), or museum studies with a strong focus on medical and/or natural history museums. Advanced degree or relevant certification preferred.
  • Four or more years’ experience working with medical, natural history, or equivalent collections demonstrating the diversity of objects a medical history establishment collects and maintains.
  • Strong computer skills including: demonstrated working knowledge of computing technologies for CM, and ability to function as a team member in constructing a unified collections management system.
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills, including public speaking, publications, participation at conferences, and social media outreach.

Salary is commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits. This is a full time, regular, exempt position. Full position description available on request.

To apply: Send a cover letter which addresses the requirements listed here, a CV, and names/contact information of three referees. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until position is filled. Electronic submissions only. Submit to: collectionsmanager@collegeofphysicians.org

posted by SPNHC 11/24/2015

Collections Technicians

The New Jersey State Museum, located in Trenton, New Jersey, seeks four part-time collections technicians for a one-year, grant-funded project to review and correct collections records in the Museum’s collections management database (EMu, KE Software).

Under the supervision of the Registrar for each of the Museum’s four collecting bureaus, each technician will work with its accession files and objects to analyze and repair existing electronic records, assist in establishing a standardized protocol for data entry, and provide recommendations for populating the database with the current backlog of collection records as part of a phased database revitalization project.

Successful applicants will have one (1) year of experience, including data entry and record-building, with a relational database (EMu or TMS), as well as a Master’s degree from or current enrollment in an accredited college or university graduate program in Museum Studies or a related discipline. Additional experience with one of the disciplines associated with each collecting bureau is preferred but not required:
Bureau of Archaeology and Ethnography: anthropology or New Jersey archaeology
Bureau of Cultural History: history or material culture
Bureau of Fine Art: art history or visual arts
Bureau of Natural History: geology, paleontology, or zoology

The successful candidate will also demonstrate the following knowledge/abilities:

  • Knowledge of the resources used in a museum serving individuals of varying interests
  • Knowledge of the proper methods of handling scientific, historic and cultural artifacts
  • Knowledge of the scholarly methods used to identify, catalog and inventory museum artifacts
  • Ability to prepare accurate and complete catalog files
  • Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as they can perform essential functions of the job after reasonable accommodation is made to their known limitations. If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Jenny Martin-Wicoff, Registrar for the Bureau of Fine Art, electronically at jenny.martin@sos.nj.gov by Thursday, December 10. If an applicant is interested in a particular Bureau, it should be noted in the cover letter.

posted by SPNHC 11/20/2015

Assistant Director for Horticulture and Collections

Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden - UCLA
Reporting to the Director of the Botanical Garden, the Assistant Director will work with the Garden Director and staff to (i) develop and oversee the horticultural plan for Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden (MEMBG); (ii) administer and curate the complex collection of gardens and plant collections that make up the MEMBG and the UCLA Herbarium; (iii) coordinate the activities of the garden staff of four individuals and technical staff associated with the Herbarium; (iv) update and maintain database collection records for both the Garden and Herbarium. The Assistant Director will also work with faculty and the UCLA development office to seek funding to expand the programs and collections of MEMBG and the UCLA Herbarium, and work with faculty and staff to expand and improve the teaching, research, and extension missions of the Botanical Garden.

Application Instruction

Applicants must submit their qualifications via UCLA's Career Opportunities website at https://hr.mycareer.ucla.edu . Reference position # 22936. AA/EEO
The complete listing of qualifications is available on UCLA's official job posting.

  • Graduation from college with specialization in a relevant discipline and six (6 years ) of experience in horticultural work, including two (2) years in a supervisory capacity; or an equivalent combination of education and experience to be successful.
  • Strong computer skills; knowledge of database management for garden acquisitions; collection database, and mapping.
  • Detailed understanding of horticultural practices for the maintenance and propagation of garden landscape and nursery and plants and extensive knowledge of rare and exotic specialty plants such as cacti, succulents, orchids, ferns, cycads, etc.
  • Practical and current knowledge of plant pests and diseases and their control - preventive, natural and chemical (regulations and use). Significant expertise and experience in designing permanent and temporary plantings with both educational and aesthetic emphasis.
  • Ability to coordinate, prioritize and direct the efforts of staff, docents and volunteers with diverse educational backgrounds, skills sets and interests to accomplish Botanical Garden goals and projects.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills (newsletters, written tour guides, presentations, media articles, tours, etc.).
  • Strong ability to recruit and train volunteers, docents and staff in day-to-day operation and curatorial activities of Botanic Gardens.


UCLA offers a comprehensive benefits package, including an average of three weeks' vacation per year; an average of 12 days per year sick leave; 12 paid holidays per year; health, dental and optical benefits; life insurance; disability insurance; the University of California Retirement Plan with 5 year vesting and various voluntary UC Savings Plans. There are also special programs and privileges available, such as accessibility to cultural and recreational programs, athletic events, and the University Credit Union.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy - http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

posted by SPNHC 11/18/2015


Assistant Collections Manager, Invertebrate Paleontology

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) seeks an Assistant Collections Manager (ACM) in Invertebrate Paleontology for 2 years of an NSF-awarded multi-institutional collections digitization grant: Documenting Fossil Marine Invertebrate Communities of the Eastern Pacific (EPICC)-Faunal Responses to Environmental Change over the last 66 million years. 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 1/2 acre wildlife garden. The Museum’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 NHM’s East Pacific Cenozoic invertebrate collection is among the largest and finest in the United States and is richest in molluscs from the California Neogene and Pleistocene. Digitization of these collections affords a huge potential for a broad array of research and public programs.

The successful candidate will have a B.S. or M.S. in biology, geology, paleontology, or a related discipline, experience working with natural history collections, competence using computer databases (KE-Emu) of natural history collections, and knowledge of fossil invertebrates. The ACM will be responsible for supervising and training part-time interns, volunteers, and work-study students, implementing and adjusting an efficient digitization work flow, pre-digitization specimen curation, specimen photography, georeferencing, data entry and species verification, coordinating the integration of specimen records into iDigBio, and presenting progress reports to the Invertebrate Paleontology Collections Manager. The ACM will work primarily with collections at the NHM’s off-site invertebrate paleontology facility in Carson, CA.

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

Application deadline is Nov 25th, 2015. The position will be available as early as January 1, 2016. Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the full contact information of at least three professional references to thayden@nhm.org, Invertebrate Paleontology Assistant Collections Manager Search, Research & Collections, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA.

Details at http://www.nhm.org/site/about-our-museums/working-at-nhm/jobs-nhm

posted by SPNHC 11/17/2015

Director, Gantz Family Collections Center, The Field Museum

The Field Museum collections are among the top natural history collections in the world for their breadth, scope, and quality. The Field is one of the few institutions with collections that cover planetary origins and the full history of life on Earth with botanical, zoological, geological, and anthropological specimens and artifacts. The Museum’s strategy in Science and Education (S&E) creates a strong opportunity for the Museum to increase the impact of its collections.

The Director of The Field Museum’s Collections Center (the Gantz Family Collections Center) will expand and shape the role that these collections play in global efforts to explore the past, understand the present, and ensure a future rich with biological and cultural diversity. The Director focuses the strategic growth of the collections, broadening their relevance and increasing their accessibility. This leadership position provides general oversight for the Museum's holdings of close to 30 million specimens and objects, in addition to the library and archive collections. The Director works closely with the Center’s leadership (heads of the Anthropological, Botanical, Geological, Zoological, and Library collections) to supervise personnel in collections management, oversee collections-related policies and procedures, and develop the Center’s annual budget. The Director will have active programs in one or more of the Museum’s collection areas, interact with members of the other S&E centers on collaborative initiatives, and develop strong ties with academic institutions locally and worldwide.

This position reports to the Vice President of S&E and works as part of a team with the Directors of the Integrative Research, Science Action, and Learning centers to set the vision and agenda for Science and Education at The Field Museum.


1. Provides strategic vision and direction for the Gantz Family Collections Center by

  • making museum collections more relevant to research, conservation action, and
  • identifying and promoting priorities for Field Museum collections in consultation with
  • developing and overseeing implementation of innovative approaches for increasing
  • identifying global priorities for natural history collections in cooperation with other

2. Provides oversight for collections growth, care, and use by

  • supervising Center’s leadership and overseeing Center’s personnel
  • overseeing strategic growth of the collections and collections staff
  • overseeing deaccessions, including repatriation
  • ensuring the highest standards of collections management
  • overseeing adherence to the Museum’s Collections Management Policy and regularly learning worldwide
  • S&E leadership and committees of the Board of Trustees
  • accessibility and use of Field Museum collections and museums
  • reviewing and updating policies for approval by Board of Trustees

3. Serves as the face of collections at The Field Museum by

  • fostering relationships with scholars, conservation professionals, and educators
  • supporting collaborations with exhibitions, marketing, and public relations staff
  • building networks with museums for training in collections management
  • fostering collaborations between Collections Center staff and communities, citizen

4. Oversees finances for the Center by

  • developing the annual budget for the Center with S&E and Center’s leadership
  • supporting fundraising for the Center
  • helping secure grants for projects that improve the care, growth, access, and use of


  • An accomplished leader with keen knowledge of natural history collections and collections management, and deep appreciation for collections-based science and science communication
  • A respected scientist with an advanced degree in the biological, geological, or social sciences, or equivalent
  • At least six years of managing natural history collections with a sound knowledge of best practices, ethics, and AAM accreditation standards
  • Experience managing a diverse team of professionals in a results-oriented setting
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to build, lead, and sustain effective teams and collaborations
  • Experience writing proposals and administering grants
  • Superb organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated familiarity with museum collections databases.

To Apply: please send a cover letter, resume, and references to Dawn Martin (dmartin@fieldmuseum.org), Operations Manager for Science & Education, The Field Museum.

posted by SPNHC 11/13/2015

Invertebrate Paleontology Internship

The Division of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History is offering 1 part-time (18 hours per week), 20-week internship for graduate or undergraduate students in geology, invertebrate paleontology, life sciences, museum studies, or related fields (Feb 1, 2016 start). The intern 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:
A website documenting the progress of this project, including a blog by summer interns can be found here:

The intern 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. Of particular advantage is experience with CT-scanning and post-processing, and data entry and verification.

Interested parties should apply online:

Applications must be received no later than December 4, 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. Applicants will only receive notification if they qualify for an interview.

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since it’s 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 is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity 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. 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 11/13/2015


Collection Manager


The collection manager for the University of Texas at El Paso Biodiversity Collections (UTEP-BC, natural history collections) will administer a world-class collection of specimens. The collections consist of fluid-preserved specimens, study skins, herbarium specimens, invertebrate collections, Cenozoic fossils, frozen tissues, wet and dry skeletons, acoustical recordings, digital and film-image archives, and extensive library holdings. The collections have an historical strength in Chihuahuan desert extant and extinct invertebrate and vertebrate specimens, and recent collections have focused on this region, Central and South America, and Central Africa. University curators and students, and national and international scholars use the collections extensively for research and education. The collections manager is responsible for day-to-day activities in the collection and reports to the director.


1. Collections management and conservation (40%)

  • Develop and maintain collection database (Arctos), including data migration from other computer programs to Arctos
  • Ensure long-term integrity and preservation of collections and collection-storage environment.
  • Maintain and improve collection-care protocols.
  • Maintain and organize records of collection activity, use, and status for annual reports, grant submittals, and other documentation.

2. Acquisition and collection development (10%)

  • Oversee the preparation and staging of newly acquired specimens for their integration into the collection.
  • Organize and prepare documentation necessary for specimen accession, including national and international permits and associated documentation.
  • Electronically catalog specimens and their associated information.
  • Participate in acquisition of specimens for the UTEP-BC by facilitating donations and by occasional fieldwork and expeditions at the direction of the curatorial staff.

3. Museum operational service (30%)

  • Process all specimen loans, exchanges, and gifts; incorporate received specimens into the collection; maintain appropriate records of such activities.
  • Collaborate with curators to plan and implement divisional goals, priorities, and programs.
  • Collaborate with other museum collections managers to achieve high quality collections care and economy of scale in all collections-related activities. Work proactively to place specimens from the UTEP-BC collection into the hands of qualified researchers for study.
  • Assist and supervise users of the collections.
  • Respond to inquiries from scientists, governmental and consulting agencies, the public, and other users.
  • Participate in the museum’s public programming by providing information and specimens and assisting in exhibit design; assist in museum public functions.
  • Conduct tours for visiting scholars, students, and the public.

4. Supervision (10%)

  • Hire, train, and supervise undergraduate assistants.
  • Train and supervise volunteers working in the collection.

5. Professional development (5%)

  • Work closely with the curators to ensure consistency of practice.
  • Participate in collection management training and development through professional societies.
  • Undertake research in area of expertise when not in conflict with collection management duties.
  • Participate in professional scientific societies.

6. Other duties as appropriate. (5%)


Required qualifications:

  • A Master's degree or Ph.D. from an accredited university in museum studies, systematics, botany or invertebrate/vertebrate zoology or bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of 2 years experience working with museum collections in a position with similar responsibilities.
  • Familiarity with biodiversity informatics, including the database Arctos, web-based applications, and distributed networks.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of care and management of natural history collections, with a special emphasis on preventative conservation, collection-storage environments, and techniques pertaining uniquely to fluid-preserved, skeletal, and dry skin collections.


Preferred qualifications:

  • Expertise in one or more taxa that constitute divisional strengths and programmatic priorities.
  • Working knowledge of the taxonomy and identification of plants, invertebrates, or vertebrates from the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.
  • International field experience with knowledge of numerous techniques for the collection of botanical, invertebrate, or vertebrate specimens.
  • Experience handling cryogenically stored tissue samples.



The following application materials should be sent in one PDF file via email to: Cinthia Acuna, UTEP Human Resources, ccacuna@utep.edu

1. Cover Letter
2. Collections Experience Statement (1–2 pages), including any experience with Arctos
3. Academic CV
4. The names and contact information for 3 references

For full consideration, applications should be received by December 4, 2015

posted by SPNHC 11/10/2015

Vertebrate Paleontologist

Qatar Museums, Doha, Qatar

Job description: The successful candidate will coordinate and conduct research on Qatar’s paleoenvironment and associated fossil plant and animal assemblages, and on QM’s dinosaur collection for scientific input into exhibition planning. He/she will take curatorial responsibility for QM’s global collections of fossils and their conservation, build and maintain a national paleontological collection, plan the conservation of Qatar’s fossil wealth, as part of a national heritage conservation program, and organize temporary and permanent exhibitions. He/she will plan and deliver paleontological training to docents and other natural history staff.

Desired Skills and Experience:
Education and certification requirements - Advanced degree, usually Ph.D. in geological and/or biological sciences with specialization in vertebrate paleontology

Experience required

  • At least five years work experience as a palaeontologist (paleontological field and laboratory research, museum exhibitions and fossil conservation)
  • Innovative research agenda in vertebrate palaeontology
  • Outstanding research record, documented by publication
  • Experience of working with museum collections, including paleontological curation

Necessary knowledge to be able to do the job

  • Paleontology of vertebrates
  • Dinosaur evolution
  • Paleontological field research
  • Fossil conservation

About Qatar Museums - http://www.qm.org.qa/en
If you have further questions, please contact: Ms. Neetha Thomas (nthomas@qm.org.qa) and/or Dr. Friedhelm Krupp (fkrupp@qm.org.qa)

Please submit your job application to Ms. Neetha Thomas (nthomas@qm.org.qa /cv@qm.org.qa) and attach:

1. Updated CV
2. List of publications
3. Copy of certificates (highest degree)
4. Passport copy

Application Deadline: 30 November 2015

posted by SPNHC 11/09/2015

Curatorial Associate, Vertebrate Paleontology

The Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology invites applications for a full time managerial position in the museum’s world-class VP collection.

The Curatorial Associate (CA) is responsible for managing the curation of existing and new collections. Oversees and processes all incoming/outgoing loans of specimens. Identifies new acquisitions and oversees the proper accessioning with the appropriate legal documents. Provides oversight and is responsible for the accurate digitization of specimens in the museum-wide database. Maintains VP departmental collection files, prepares and monitors departmental budgets, and orders collection-related supplies. May assist in preparation of grant proposals for collection or facilities improvement. In conjunction with the Director, Collections Operations and the Faculty Curator, the CA will determine short- and long-term collection priorities. Assists with development of policies and processes conforming to best practice standards for the long term preservation and conservation of specimens within the collections. Supervises the daily curatorial activities of the curatorial staff and students assigned to the collections, as well as work with the VP Preparation Technician. The CA also oversees the activities of academic and non-academic visitors, researchers and students using the collections. Management responsibilities include planning and delegating work effectively and ensuring compliance with Harvard-wide, FAS and MCZ policies and procedures, as well as local, state and federal laws and regulations.
Basic Qualifications Master’s Degree required. At least 7+ years of fossil handling/curation/preparation experience in a paleontology collection; knowledge of vertebrate systematics; 3-5 years of supervisory experience.

Additional Qualifications Master degree in specialized area related to paleontology and/or natural history museums preferred. Demonstrated writing, public speaking, and organizational skills; excellent computer skills, including database management. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required, as well as the ability to both work independently and in a busy team environment.
Additional Information When applying for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter in our preferred format as one combined document (resume followed by cover letter).

With rich collections comprised of more than 21 million extant and fossil invertebrate and vertebrate specimens, the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard University has been a center for research and education focused on advancing evolutionary biology and biodiversity science since its founding in 1859.

Harvard University is unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship for this staff position.

For details and to apply, go to https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGWEbHost/jobdetails.aspx?partnerID=25240&siteID=5341&AReq=37614BR

posted by SPNHC 11/04/2015

Anthropology Collections Manager

Museum of Northern Arizona
Position Description: The Anthropology Collections Manager is responsible for the professional care, daily management, access, and maintenance of MNA’s anthropology collections, including its organization, preservation, and storage. This position supervises and trains anthropology collection associates, collections assistants, interns, students and volunteers. As available, this position will respond to other needs relating to the Museum’s Collections.

 Major Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Supervises and trains collections associates and assistants, and other staff, students, and volunteers that work on Anthropology Collections.
  • Manages archaeological collections contracts and curation agreements. Creates and maintains project budgets, work expectations and schedules; purchases supplies; hires staff.
  • Coordinates and facilitates collections access requests by researchers, research associates, and the public, as well as responding to collections information inquiries and requests.
  • Evaluates and coordinates the re-housing of anthropology collections.
  • Coordinates the move of collections into new or improved storage conditions.
  • Ensures compliance with government regulations related to anthropology collections, including reports and permits.
  • Ensures accurate and up-to-date inventories and reconciliation of objects and records, including spot check inventories.
  • Responsible for cataloguing anthropology collections.
  • Maintains records of and prioritizes cataloguing backlog.
  • Works with Collections Director in preparation of proposals, reports, and other associated documents.
  • Responsible for implementation of Anthropology Collection grant awards.
  • Advises the Department in the creation, development, and implementation of collections management policies; collection procedures; procedures manual; departmental goals and preservation planning.
  • Coordinates and facilitates collections use in public programs.
  • Provides public tours and assists with other programs.
  • Oversees housekeeping and IPM related activities, as pertains to anthropology collections.
  • Ensures object handling procedures are recorded, enforced, and maintained up to current museum standards.
  • Works with Natural Sciences Collections Manager on development of Emergency and Disaster Response plan and risk assessment.
  • Coordinates loans with Registrar.
  • Purchases archival supplies.
  • Other duties as needed, which may include fieldwork.
  • Fills in on all related tasks for ethnology collections, until such time as additional collections staff is hired.
  • Acts as an enthusiastic advocate and personal representative for the Museum in the community by promoting its resources, programs and services.

 Education and Experience Requirements:

  • MA in Museum Studies, Anthropology, or other appropriate discipline preferred, with training in collections management and anthropology.
  • Five years of museum collections management experience preferred.
  • Experience with professional collections management software applications required.
  • Familiarity with governmental regulations and legal requirements related to collections, and experience in compliance with same.
  • Experience in supervising Anthropology Collections assistants, students, interns, and volunteers.

For details, and to apply, go to http://musnaz.org/about-mna/employment/

Deadline: Open until filled with the first review of applications occurring on December 4, 2015. Please submit your application materials by December 3, 2015 to be included in the first review of applications.

posted by SPNHC 11/03/2015

Collections Manager of Minerals

Perot Museum of Science and Nature
Position Summary: Manage the acquisition, care, and use of mineral collections according to the highest professional standards of conservation as well as maintain complete and accurate records of the museums’ holdings and all collections’ activities.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage all aspects of the storage, maintenance, use, security and preventive conservation of collections stored at the museum and its facilities
  • Manage documentation associated with the acquisition, care, exhibition, and loan of collections
  • Responsible for the coordination of developing and implementing an Integrated Pest Management program
  • Implement policies and procedures for collections care and use (with curator consultation)
  • Manage mineral collections budgets and business functions (with curator consultation)
  • Coordinate collections’ activities with other departments (e.g. risk management issues with
  • Supervise and train collection volunteers in the methods and procedures relating to collections’ preparation and care

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

Education/Experience: The job requires general knowledge equivalent to a bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in an earth science field (e.g., geology); with 2 years work experience in museum collections’ management, care, and documentation or over 5 years extensive experience in a managerial position of a natural history collection; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Visit http://www.perotmuseum.org/about-the-perot/working-at-the-perot/index.html for more details on applying.

posted by SPNHC 11/02/2015

Exhibits Developer

The University of Kansas Natural History Museum’s exhibits inform and inspire visitors about natural history and related science topics. The responsibilities of the exhibits developer include the planning, tracking, design, fabrication, installation and maintenance of exhibits, as well as related administrative support. This position is a key staff member in a small department with responsibility for permanent and temporary exhibit production and for all exhibit elements used by visitors and in programs. The exhibits developer is expected to work independently, as well as part of a team, and will participate in every aspect of the exhibit process, including planning and design, fabrication, research, graphic development, installation, maintenance and evaluation. This person should be creative, enthusiastic and curious about natural history and science, highly organized with a close attention to detail, have strong communication skills, the ability to work on and complete multiple projects simultaneously, and be motivated and willing to learn. Some travel to obtain constructions materials is required.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field such as industrial or graphic design, fine arts, architecture, museum studies, science communication, science education or other related fields.
  • Three years' professional experience working in exhibit department or other interpretive development environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in performing all aspects of exhibit/interpretive development from conception to completion.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management, e.g. planning, tracking.
    Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (e.g. Word, Excel), and design programs such as Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Experience with exhibit construction tools (e.g. hand tools, power tools) and methods (e.g. carpentry skills, technologies, electronics).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in relevant field such as industrial or graphic design, fine arts, architecture, museum studies, science communication, science education and other related fields.
  • Five+ years professional experience working in exhibit department or other interpretive development environment.
  • Knowledge of materials (wood, steel, and plastics), uses (applications), and processes for construction (fabrication, wielding, casting, and molding) and graphics production.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in communicating ideas visually through prototyping, models, sketches, and detail drawings for exhibit fabrication (plan, elevation, section, perspective).
  • Demonstrated strong creative problem solving abilities for interpreting and translating concepts, content and activities into three-dimensional interactive experiences.
  • Knowledge of museum standards and practices for creating dynamic and memorable learning experiences.
  • Knowledge of exhibit security, lighting, and conservation requirements.
  • Knowledge of media production software such as Final Cut Pro and Macromedia.

In addition to the KU application form, applications should include the following documents submitted online (1) a cover letter that summarizes your interest in this position, experience and qualifications, (2) a CV with details of your experience (e.g. projects, role), and (3) the names and contact details for three professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications must be submitted through the KU website.

contact Info: Teresa MacDonald, tmacd@ku.edu, 785-864-2371

Details at https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGWEbHost/jobdetails.aspx?partnerid=25752&siteid=5541&AReq=4682BR

Application review begins November 30, 2015. To ensure consideration for the position, application should be completed prior to November 30, 2015.

posted by SPNHC 11/02/2015

Collections Assistant

Overview: The staff of the Buffalo Museum of Science accomplishes its goals through the implementation of strong team processes and procedures. All staff are recruited, trained, directed and developed with this in mind. While staff will have position descriptions and well-defined reporting responsibilities, they are required to be flexible in both. They will at times be asked to perform as part of project teams or task forces, where their reporting responsibility and work requirements may be different from, while related to, their basic position description. BMS senior staff is committed to identifying, nourishing, and employing the unique strengths and interests each person brings with them to their position here.

Summary of Position: Seeking an organized and energetic individual to manage and develop the Museum’s catalog using PastPerfect Museum Software.

The Collections Assistant will ensure the overall integrity, functionality and security of the Collections Management Database as it relates to the permanent and loaned collection of the Buffalo Museum of Science. In addition to cataloging new acquisitions, the candidate will implement a collection wide inventory and photo documentation project.

Essential Functions:

  • Manage and maintain PastPerfect database
  • Photo document BMS collection items as assigned
  • Implement online access to the Museum’s catalog
  • Work closely with Collections Department staff to ensure the proper and consistent entry of data and to develop internal standards for data entry and reporting utilizing approved museum standards
  • Work closely with the IT Department to ensure the overall integrity, functionality and security of the data stored within
  • Work closely with others utilizing the database to ensure the proper and consistent entry of data
  • In conjunction with IT, coordinate maintenance of files and consistent data backup
  • Data entry as required
  • Perform general administrative duties as required
  • Complete special projects and basic research as assigned
  • Transition older collection databases into pan-collections catalog using PastPerfect Software
  • Supervise volunteers and interns where appropriate
  • Participate in team projects as needed
  • Facilitate and supervise access to the Museum’s collection

Qualifications, Experience, Skills:

  • Minimum of Bachelors degree in museum studies or related field. Masters degree preferred. Advanced coursework in biology or natural sciences recommended.
  • Demonstrated experience with database software, specifically PastPerfect, required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Experience in object photography required
  • Good people skills – speaking, listening, writing, friendly disposition
  • Strong organizational and creative problem-solving skills
  • Self-motivator, ability to work independently

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to move moderately heavy items
  • Position requires sitting at a desk and utilizing a computer for prolonged periods of time and good eye/hand coordination. Vision abilities required by the job include close vision.

Salary: Please include salary requirements with application
Please send cover letter, curriculum vitae, salary requirements and names of three references via USPS or email to:

Kathryn H. Leacock
Director of Collections
Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14211

Applications will be accepted until November 7th 2015.

posted by SPNHC 10/26/2015

Collection Manager (Assistant Researcher )

Position Number 00005310
Position Overview The Collection Manager (Assistant Researcher ) for the Division of Invertebrate Paleontology of The University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute administers a world-class collection. The collections consist of extensive invertebrate fossil and micro-fossil specimens, along with archives and library holdings. The collections have strengths in Cambrian, Carboniferous, and Cretaceous fossils, microfossils, echinoderms, brachiopods, and arthropods, and fossils from Antarctica. University curators and students, and national and international scholars use the collections extensively for research and education. The collection manager is responsible for day-to-day activities in the collection and reports to the curator-in-charge.

Job Description

20% Collection management and conservation

  • Ensure long-term integrity and preservation of collections and collection-storage environment.
  • Maintain and improve collection-care protocols.
  • Develop and maintain collection database.
  • Maintain and organize records of collection activity, use, and status for annual reports, grant submissions, and other documentation.

30% Acquisition and collection development

  • Oversee the preparation and staging of newly acquired specimens for their integration into the collection.
  • Organize and prepare documentation necessary for specimen accession, including state, national and international permits and associated documentation.
  • Digitize museum specimen information for global discoverability.
  • Participate in acquisition of specimens for the Division by facilitating donations and by occasional fieldwork and expeditions at the direction of the curatorial staff.

30% Museum operational service

  • Process all specimen loans, exchanges, and gifts; incorporate received specimens into the collection; maintain appropriate records of such activities.
  • Collaborate with curators to plan and implement divisional goals, priorities, and programs.
  • Collaborate with other museum collection managers to achieve high quality collection care and economy of scale in all collection-related activities.
  • Work proactively to place specimens from Division of Invertebrate Paleontology’s collection into the hands of qualified researchers for study.
  • Assist and supervise users of the collection.
  • Respond to inquiries from scientists, governmental and consulting agencies, the public, and other users.
  • Participate in the museum’s public programming by providing information and specimens and assisting in exhibit design; assist in museum public functions.
  • Conduct tours for visiting scholars, students, and the public.

10% Supervision

  • Train and supervise graduate student curatorial assistant(s).
  • Hire, train, and supervise undergraduate assistants.
  • Train and supervise volunteers working in the collection.

5% Professional development

  • Work closely with the entire collection management staff to ensure consistency of practice.
  • Participate in collection management training and development through professional societies.
  • Undertake research in area of expertise when not in conflict with collection management duties.
  • Participate in professional geological and paleontological societies.

5% Other duties as appropriate.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree or Ph.D. in museum studies, geology, systematics, or paleontology from an accredited university or a bachelor’s degree plus 5 years experience working with museum collections in a position with similar responsibilities.
  • Working knowledge of the taxonomy and identification of invertebrate fossils.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of care and management of natural history collections, with a special emphasis on preventative conservation, collection-storage environments, and techniques pertaining uniquely to invertebrate fossil collections.
  • Familiarity with biodiversity informatics, including relational databases (e.g., Specify), web-based applications, and distributed networks.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous collection-management experience in a natural history collection, with a special emphasis on invertebrate paleontology collections.
  • Expertise in one or more taxa that constitute divisional strengths and programmatic priorities.
  • Field experience collecting invertebrate fossil specimens.
  • Experience preparing invertebrate fossil specimens.

Additional Candidate Instruction
A complete application will include (1) a letter of application addressing qualifications, (2) CV, (3) statement of collection management philosophy, (4) names and email address of three individuals who can write a letter of recommendation, and (5) representative publications (the latter is optional).
Details at https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGWEbHost/jobdetails.aspx?partnerid=25752&siteid=5541&AReq=4566BR

Application review begins February 1, 2016.
Contact Information to Applicants Bruce S. Lieberman blieber@ku.edu

Advertised Salary Range Pay commensurate with experience
Application Review Begins 01-Feb-2016

posted by SPNHC 10/14/2015

Preparation Technician

The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology is seeking an individual to provide technical support to Museum’s preparation program. The Preparation Technician duties will include preparation of fossil specimens using a wide variety of techniques, materials, and equipment. Other duties include: molding, casting, and painting casts as required for research, display, and education; providing assistance with exhibit installations and maintenance as required; responding to public site reports.


  • Collection and preparation of vertebrate fossil material
  • Molding and casting
  • Interacting with Museum visitors while working at the gallery preparation table.


  • Bachelor of Science in palaeontology, biology or geology
  • Experience in the collection and preparation of vertebrate fossil material
  • Strong knowledge of palaeontology especially as it relates to Alberta’s fossil resources
  • Candidates should possess some artistic ability
  • Class 5 driver’s license
  • Knowledge of GIS is an asset

Required skills:

  • Task orientated, ability to meet deadlines in a timely manner
  • Independent worker with strong problem solving skills
  • Must have demonstrated excellent communication skills, working well in a team environment

Salary will be commensurate with education and experience
Group Health Benefits Plan available
Group RSP Plan available

Contact Information
Forward your resume with cover letter include position or positions you would like to be considered for, to:
Kathy Little k.little@drumhellerchamber.com

Details: http://tyrrellmuseum.com/about/preparation_tech.htm

Deadline for Application: Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

posted by SPNHC 10/13/2015

Preparation Technician – Education Liaison

The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology  is seeking an individual to join the preparation program.The Preparation Technician-Education Liaison position is first and foremost a preparation technician, with particular responsibility for assisting in the development, and support, of ongoing educational activities at the Museum.


  • Preparation and collection of vertebrate material
  • Molding and casting for educational use
  • Aiding as a technical consult in the development of Museum education programs, especially citizen science projects
  • Hands on supervision of education staff or program participants
  • Fieldwork duties may include the supervision of participants for the technical aspect of material collection
  • Outreach support; development of activities, and participation in events
  • Co-ordination with the head technician and head of education on the progress of projects, ordering supplies, scheduling, etc.
  • Delivery of tours in the lab


  • Bachelor of Science in palaeontology, biology, or geology. Masters of Science in  palaeontology, or equivalent in research related experience.
  • Experience in the collection and preparation of vertebrate fossil material.
  • A strong understanding of the Museum's mandate and a good knowledge of how and why research is conducted.
  • Strong knowledge of palaeontology especially as it relates to Alberta’s fossil resources
  • Experience in molding and casting is an asset
  • Class 5 driver’s license

Required skills:

  • Task orientated, ability to meet deadlines in a timely manner
  • Independent worker with strong problem solving skills
  • Must have demonstrated excellent communication skills, working well in a team environment

Compensation: Salary will be commensurate with education and experience

Contact Information
Forward your resume with cover letter include position or positions you would like to be considered for, to:
Kathy Little k.little@drumhellerchamber.com

Details: http://tyrrellmuseum.com/about/preptech_ed_liaision.htm

Deadline for Application: Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

posted by SPNHC 10/13/2015

Resource Management Assistant

The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology is seeking a motivated individual with a passion for Alberta’s fossil resources to join the Resource Management Program. The Resource Management Assistant will work as part the of the Resource Management team to preserve the palaeontological heritage of Alberta. The position involves communicating with the public and staff members regarding the laws surrounding the collection, preparation and ownership of fossils in Alberta, assisting in the regulatory role of the RTMP and tracking and mapping applications. Computer knowledge is needed to support staff, researchers and palaeontological consultants in the research and protection of fossil resources.


  • Use of GIS software to ensure information regarding palaeontological sites is accurate and current, support other members in the Museum and consultants outside of the Museum by creating maps and layers
  • File, process and mail various regulatory documents and reports
  • Be a team member for various resource management-related projects
  • Participate in the education of RTMP staff and the public regarding fossil laws and resource management in Alberta
  • Assist in the development of interpretation programs at fossil sites outside of the RTMP


  • Post-secondary degree in palaeontology or closely related subject
  • Excellent writing, communication, and people skills
  • Familiarity with the Alberta Historical Resources Act and associated regulations
  • Strong MS Office computer skills; advanced understanding of Word, Excel, and Access desired
  • Experience with GIS software is an asset
  • Ability to handle multiple project assignments and meeting deadlines
  • Valid Driver’s license and good driving record

Compensation: Salary will be commensurate with education and experience

Contact Information
Forward your resume with cover letter include position or positions you would like to be considered for, to:
Kathy Little k.little@drumhellerchamber.com

Details: http://tyrrellmuseum.com/about/resource_management_assistant.htm

Deadline for Application: Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

posted by SPNHC 10/13/2015

Director of Student Programs

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
General Purpose:  Reporting to the Peabody Director, leads the Museum's engagement with the University's teaching mission. The Director of Student Programs creates and executes strategies to advance the use of the Museum's collections and other resources for teaching by Yale faculty and by Museum staff. This position is responsible for developing and overseeing programs that support engagement by Yale students and the use of Peabody Museum collections and expertise as educational resources.

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include three major museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

 Required Education and Experience:  Master’s degree in a relevant scientific field and 3-5 years of experience in a scientific and educational setting or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Ability to act independently and think strategically to advance the Museum's programs and offering oriented toward Yale students.
  • Ability to establish and maintain relationships and partnerships with collaborators inside and outside the Yale community.  Strong interpersonal skills and ability to relate to diverse constituencies.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities.
  • Demonstrated excellence as a teacher.
  • Specialized knowledge in a field relevant to the Museum's collections and resources.  General proficiency in the sciences.
  • Preferred:  Advanced degree in a relevant scientific field.  Relevant experience as evidenced by progressive roles in museum or teaching environment.

 Application: For more information and immediate consideration, please apply online at www.yale.edu/jobs - the STARS req ID for this position is 33967BR. Please be sure to reference this website when applying for this position.

posted by SPNHC 10/13/2015

Herbarium Collections and Outreach Administrator

Botanical Science - Position Application Number: S-1755

The New York Botanical Garden Herbarium Collections and Outreach Administrator will manage the Garden’s Visiting Scientist program, oversee documentation and distribution of NYBG staff collections and administer the Herbarium’s quickly growing volunteer program.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the orientation of Herbarium visitors
  • Administer the Herbarium’s volunteer program
  • Manage and process incoming new collections
  • Oversee distribution of duplicate specimens to sister herbaria
  • Number, digitize, and file newly mounted specimens as needed


  • M.S. in Botany or Biology preferred
  • Experience with herbarium management and curation
  • Experience with specimen digitization and curation techniques
  • Knowledge of plant taxonomy and nomenclature
  • Familiarity with science/museum volunteers preferred
  • Familiarity with Spanish and/or Portuguese preferred

Send Resumé
posted by SPNHC 10/07/2015

Curatorial/Research Associate

The Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates (CUMV) is seeking an ichthyologist or herpetologist to curate and grow the collections through an organized program of accession involving 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 Ichthyology and Herpetology Collections (with the collaboration 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 faculty and staff. The CUMV holdings include over 1.25 million specimens, including over 1.25 million fishes, 30,000 amphibian and reptile 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 ichthyology, herpetology, or related area, have broad knowledge of fishes and/or amphibians and reptiles, have experience working with natural history collections, and display an interest in interacting with students and the broader scientific communities at Cornell and beyond.

Inquiries are encouraged to either of the co-chairs of the search committee: Prof. Amy R. McCune (arm2@cornell.edu) or Prof. Kelly Zamudio (krz2@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 15 November 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

posted by SPNHC 9/17/2015

Malacology Project Manager

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is searching for a Project Manager for the rehousing of the alcohol-preserved collections of the Malacology Department. The position is initially for two years, and requires efficiency, organization and above-average attention to detail.


  • Minimum Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline
  • Experience in supervising volunteers or student interns is required.
  • In addition, experience in the following areas is desirable:
  • natural history collections
  • molluscan taxonomy
  • using database management software (e.g., FileMaker Pro)
  • fluid preservation techniques

Also helpful

  • ability to work independently and as part of team
  • knowledge of world geography
  • ability to decipher handwriting
  • knowledge of European languages
  • willingness to ask questions

Essential Functions

  • inspection and remediation of approximately 50,000 containers of alcohol-preserved samples
  • cross-checking against collection database and carrying out fixes where necessary
  • partial dismantling and reassembly of steel shelving system
  • remediation of mold, dirt, rust and other surface conditions
  • supervising volunteers and student interns
  • monitoring stocks of materials and fluids
  • documenting operating procedures

Supplemental Posting Information
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful environment enriches the University community and the educational and employment experience of its members. The University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and any other prohibited characteristic. Please visit our website to view all University Policies and Workplace Postings. Background investigations are required for all new hires as a condition of employment, after the job offer is made. Employment will be contingent upon the University's acceptance of the results of the background investigation.
To apply for this position go to drexeljobs.com and enter keyword “malacology”

Application deadline: 9/27/2015
posted by SPNHC 9/8/2015


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

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

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

Essential Functions Include:

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


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

Application Instructions:

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

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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 8/26/2015


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

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

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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 8/25/2015

Assistant Collections Manager

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

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

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

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

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

EOE/AA Employer

posted by SPNHC 8/24/2015

Marine Vertebrate Museum Scientist

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

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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 8/21/2015

Herbarium Collection Manager

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

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

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

Essential Functions:

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

Recruiting salary: $46,000

Contact Tatyana Livshultz for information.

posted by SPNHC 8/21/2015

Assistant Professor/Curator - Avian Genetics/Genomics

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

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

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

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

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

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


posted by SPNHC 8/17/2015

Collections Manager

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

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

Minimum Qualifications:

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

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

posted by SPNHC 8/14/2015