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Assistant Curator (collection manager)

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

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

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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 7/27/2015
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Curatorial Assistant

The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) seeks a self-motivated museum professional with collections management experience for a full-time two-year position as Curatorial Assistant. The MIHS is located at the Marco Island Historical Museum in Marco Island, Florida, TripAdvisor’s #1 island in the world for 2014.

Position Summary
The MIHS maintains an extensive collection of objects, documents, and photographs pertaining to the history of Marco Island and its surrounding community at the Marco Island Historical Museum. The museum, which opened full-time in 2011, is operated jointly by Collier County Museums and the MIHS. The collections are maintained by the MIHS on-site at the museum. Under the direction of the MIHS Curator of Collections, the Curatorial Assistant will be a partner in the implementation of a long-term strategic plan for the collections. The Curatorial Assistant’s primary objectives will be to bring the MIHS collections up to national museum standards through collaborative and independent work on collections care, development of core documents, and general museum registration practices. The
Curatorial Assistant will report directly to the Curator of Collections and assist with exhibits and special projects as needed. This is a two-year salaried position with possibility of renewal.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist Curator of Collections as needed with permanent/temporary exhibits and special projects.
    --Work will begin on a new permanent exhibit, due Fall 2016, on October 1, 2015.
  • Develop/refine core documents in collaboration with Curator.
  • Create comprehensive inventory of collection.
  • Rehouse collections in archival storage materials.
  • Make recommendations for the purchase of archival supplies/materials.
  • Facilitate collections access/use requests.
  • Process incoming/existing accessions, including accessioning, cataloging, labeling, paperwork, data entry, and archival storage.
  • Process incoming/outgoing loans, including packing, shipping, condition reporting, and data entry.
  • Enter all relevant collections data into PastPerfect database.
  • Digitize collections via photography of 3D items and scanning of 2D items.
  • Prepare PastPerfect database for online publication in 2017/2018.
  • Conduct research on collections as necessary and in conjunction with exhibits and special projects.
  • Monitor and regulate environmental conditions in collections storage.
  • Other duties as assigned by Curator of Collections.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Museum Studies, Art History, Anthropology, or a related field. Master’s degree preferred (but not required).
  • Practical experience with museum registration and collections management.
  • Knowledge of current museum collections standards and best practices.
  • Proficient with PastPerfect or a similar museum data management program.
  • Proficient with digital cameras, photographic scanners, and software.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word).
  • Exceptional organizational, interpersonal, and written communication skills.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and a meticulous work ethic.

Details

  • Position start date: Monday, October 5, 2015 (or ASAP thereafter)
  • Position schedule: M-F (9AM to 5PM)
  • Starting salary: $31-35,000K (commensurate with experience)
  • Two-year exempt position with possibility of renewal or permanent hire.
  • Performance review after one year with possibility of pay increase.

To Apply

Submit cover letter, CV or resume, and three references to:
Marco Island Historical Society
c/o Austin Bell, Curator of Collections
180 S. Heathwood Dr.
Marco Island, FL 34145

You may also submit materials (or questions) via email to: austinjbell@gmail.com
Applications must be received no later than Friday, August 21, 2015.
Applicants will receive notification no later than Friday, September 4, 2015.

posted by SPNHC 7/21/2015
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Community Engagement Specialist

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

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

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

Responsibilities

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

Minimum Qualifications

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

Key Attributes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLOSING DATE 03/08/15

INTERVIEWS in week beginning 17/08/15

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

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

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

Basic Qualifications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 7/16/2015
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Registrar, Permanent Collections

American Museum of Natural History
The Registrar, Permanent Collections is responsible for creating, compiling and maintaining legal documentation, histories of use, and accessions/loan documentation concerning the AMNH collections.  Additionally,, the position is responsible for managing incoming and outgoing exhibition loans.  A critical tool for this position is the KeEMU collections database.  As such, the position will set specifications for the accessions, deaccessions and loan modules within the museum wide collection database and will implement its over-arching use in the Office.  The position is responsible for working with and educating museum staff in the required procedures for accessions and loans processing, as guided by the museum collection policy.

Major Job Duties Include:

  • Creates, compiles and maintains legal documents, histories of use, and physical histories of permanent collections objects and/or specimens.  This includes legal forms and acknowledgements;, permanent collection accessions; loan, conservation, and condition records; exhibition, insurance and location records.
  • Maintains archives, including photographic.  Researches information requests in archives.
  • Generates annual collection reports foraccessions/deaccessions and annual USFW reports (COSE, Endangered Species).
  • Coordinates database (KeEMU) implementation for the Office of the Registrar setting specifications for accessions and loans.  Sets data standards and ensures ongoing and up to date data input.
  • Manages outgoing and incoming exhibition loans.  Generates loan agreements, insurance certificates, condition records and receipts (as above).  Reviews facility reports, mount/case designs.  Consults with relevantdepartments (conservators, photographers, contractors), as needed.
  • Schedules and supervises packing, shipping (domestic and international), condition reporting, and object movement
  • Applies for Immunity from Seizure and Cultural and Wildlife import and export permits, as needed.
  • Supervises installations and de-installations.  Acts as transit or installation courier (domestic and international), as needed.
  • Trains and educations staff in the best practices for processing accessions and loans.  Develops and runs internship program.

Requirements:

  • Minimum, 7-years museum registration experience; equivalent level of experience using museum databases (KeEMU and FileMaker preferred)
  • Experience with natural science (biological) collections and/or materials
  • Working knowledge of artifact handling standards, artifact condition reporting standards, museum crating standards, domestic and international fine art shipping and conservation standards, existing network of fine art service vendors.
  • Must be able (and open) to transferring standards and processes developed in the field of fine arts registration to the exciting and challenging setting of natural science collections.
  • Cheerful, flexible, professional, communicative, motivated, problem solver; organized; meticulous record-keeping skills; excellent communication and writing skills; excellent time-management skills; ability to manage complex projects and negotiate multiple projects simultaneously; must be able to manage and direct shipping and art handling crews, must be knowledgeable and comfortable with equipment such as dollies, pallet jacks, j-bars, etc.
  • BA in biology, fine art/art history, museum studies, or related field.  MA in museum studies, biology, arts administration or related field, preferred.

Please apply online at the AMNH careers website: careers.amnh.org/applicants/Central?quickFind=51694

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action 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.

posted by SPNHC 6/30/2015
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Executive Director

The Anniston Museum Complex is seeking an Executive Director with the demonstrated ability to create and implement a compelling strategic vision to advance this unique cultural institution. The Complex consists of the Anniston Museum of Natural History; Berman Museum of World history; and Longleaf Botanical Gardens. Anniston is in the Blue Ridge area of northeastern Alabama, 90 miles from Atlanta.

The Museum of Natural History collections include renowned dioramas of specimens from African and North American environments and an outstanding North American ornithology collection. The Berman Museum of World History houses over 6,000 objects in four major areas: North American military, emphasizing the Civil War; Deadly Beauty, showing eight centuries of rare and exotic weaponry; and World War I and II artifacts. Longleaf Botanical Gardens, in formative stages, is 60+ acres with a central activity center.

The Anniston Museum Complex is a valued regional resource and municipal institution. The City funds two-thirds of the $2,000,000 budget, with FT and PT staff of 21. The Executive Director is a City employee, serving as Anniston’s Director of Museum Operations and reporting to the Museum Complex Board and the City Manager.

The individual we seek will be energetic, forward thinking and strategic; will have ten years of related experience and a relevant advanced degree.

The full position description is HERE.
Send resumes, inquiries and recommendations (email preferred) to:
Freda Mindlin or Nancy Kaufman
Opportunity Resources Inc.
New York, NY
212-744-4409
search@opportunityresources.net

posted by SPNHC 6/4/2015
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Project Technician

Description: The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCSM) is looking to hire a 3 year, full-time project technician in the Fishes Unit of the Research and Collections Section. This position will be funded via an NSF CSBR grant. The person in this position will work closely with the Collections Manager of Fishes and Project Manager in the processing of recently-acquired collections. Processing will include all aspects of curation, such as stabilizing, labeling, databasing, etc.

Essential Functions:

  • Stabilizing specimens in ethanol
  • Cataloging specimens using an MS Access database
  • Georeferencing locality information
  • Updating taxonomic information
  • Labeling and shelving specimens
  • Assisting with Citizen Science Curator project
  • Supervising volunteers and student interns

Qualifications Preferred:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in biology or related field
  • Curatorial experience in natural history collections
  • Databasing experience, preferably with Microsoft Access
  • Efficient attention to detail
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs and work with various chemicals

Location: NCSM Research Lab, located at 1671 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh, North Carolina, 27606
Approximate starting date: Mid-July 2015

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Gabriela Hogue (gabriela.hogue@naturalsciences.org) by June 15, 2015.

posted by SPNHC 6/2/2015
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Conservation Intern

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is seeking a part-time Conservation Intern for 9-12 months to assist the conservation team with duties related to an on-going, IMLS-funded research project investigating the conservation treatment of historic taxidermy.

The Conservation Intern will be trained in a variety of methods in order to assist the team accordingly. These will include: sample preparation, accelerated aging, instrumental analysis, (spectrophotometer, FTIR, etc.), maintenance of equipment, and interpretation of data.

The Intern will also assist in developing content for a conference workshop focused on general care and treatment of historic taxidermy. Work will include the conservation of taxidermy, development of PowerPoint presentations, development of web-based training modules, and investigations into historic and modern taxidermy treatment techniques.

Finally, the Intern will assist in dissemination of content through social media, such as blog posts and website updates.

An individual seeking to broaden her/his conservation experience by combining scientific research with hands-on treatment would be most appropriate for this position. Participation in the social media and dissemination components of the project will give the individual exposure and networking potential. The individual will also gain experience working as part of a large team in a multi-faceted institution.

The applicant should hold a B.A. or B.S. in a related field. At least 1-2 years of previous conservation experience in a lab setting is preferred. It is essential to have analytical and problem-solving skills, good end-use IT skills, organizational and time-management skills and to be an effective communicator and a strong team player. An understanding of the ethics and standards that guide the conservation profession is expected.

Applications must be received by June 30, 2015.

Please apply through the AMNH careers site: https://careers.amnh.org/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=142955 - or search requisition number 91931 

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action 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.

posted by SPNHC 6/2/2015
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Assistant Collection Manager

Requisition Number: 6749

Job Overview: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is searching for an assistant collection manager to help with the day-to-day operations of the Malacology Department. The department houses one of the world's largest collections of mollusks, with about 10 million specimens in 500,000 catalogued samples.

Qualifications:
Bachelor's or Master's degree
Efficient attention to detail
Experience in at least three of the following areas
- natural history collections
- molluscan taxonomy
- using database management software (e.g., FileMaker Pro)
- photography, especially bench photography of specimens and SEM
- supervising volunteers or student interns

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:
- cataloguing molluscan specimens using database software
- rehousing samples in archival materials
- performing systematic updates and inventory of the collection
- handling loan requests, including packing, shipping and permitting
- handling image and data requests
- supervising and assisting visiting scientists in collections and laboratory spaces
- supervising volunteers and student interns
- giving behind-the-scenes tours
- maintaining department library
- 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.
Documents that must be associated with this posting: Resume, Cover Letter


Does this position interact with minors? Yes
If yes, Please provide details museum attendees
Motor Vehicle Check (MVC) required No
Employee Type (5) Full Time
Home Department Name 9560 ANS Malacology
Recruiting Salary Commensurate with expereince
Position Location Academy of Natural Sciences
Salary Grade H
Job Open Date 05-14-2015
Job Close Date 06-14-2015

To apply, go to https://www.drexeljobs.com/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1432172982437

posted by SPNHC 5/20/2015
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Visiting Assistant Data Curator (Digitizer)

Title: Visiting Assistant Data Curator - Illinois Natural History Survey (A1500192)
Open Date: 04/23/2015
Close Date: 06/01/2015

Primary position function: Digitization of microfungi specimens for an online international collection database. Illinois Natural History Survey

Position Description: Manage the workflow of tasks and staff of the digitization project, ensuring each step of the process is efficiently and effectively completed for successful outcome of final product. Supervision, establish taskings, and scheduling of undergraduate students and hourlies. Specimen selection and the photographing of labels, annotation slips and the specimens themselves. Responsible for the organization, backup and transfer of image files to the online portal and a central collection server. Digitize the specimen label information (the what, when, where and by whom collected) of approximately 1.2 million North American microfungi specimens representing well over 95% of all specimens collected in Canada, the United States and Mexico and held by over 38 US non-governmental institutions.

Education Required: BA/BS with specialization in biological science discipline including biology, integrative biology, environmental biology, or plant biology.

Experience Required: Experience in a herbarium, museum, or biological collection/laboratory, or the equivalent combination of education and experience related to the job to total 2 years.

Knowledge Requirements: Demonstrate a well-developed knowledge of systematics and taxonomy; demonstrate an ability to work independently, and also as a team member; demonstrate an ability to seek improved methodds and techniques within the field of data collection; demonstrate an ability to think creatively and ensure the highest possible standards of quality, performance and ethics; demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally.

This is a regular, academic professional, full-time grant supported 12-month position, renewable annually based upon satisfactory progress in the position and continued funding. Anticipated funding for two years. The estimated starting date is June 16, 2015 (negotiable). A valid driver's license is required for this position.

Salar: 31,000 - 32,000 per year

Benefits: Generous vacation and sick leave. State Universities Retirement System. Group health, dental, vision and life insurance.

Application must be received by June 1, 2015. To apply, all candidates must submit an online profile through https://jobs.illinois.edu by close of the posting period. Qualified candidates must upload a cover letter detailing qualifications and skills, curriculum vitae or resume, working e-mail address, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete information will not be reviewed. Applications may be reviewed prior to closing.

For further information please contact Erica Hanson, Human Resources, Illinois Natural History Survey, 217-333-6897, elhanson@inhs.illinois.edu. For technical questions, please contact Dr. Andrew Miller, Search Committee Member, at amiller7@illinois.edu.

posted by SPNHC 4/30/2015
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Associate Data Curator (Project Manager)

Title: Associate Data Curator - Illinois Natural History Survey (A1500191)
Open Date: 04/23/2015
Close Date: 06/01/2015

Primary function: Responsible for the management and workflow associated with the digitization of microfungi specimens. Illinois Natural History Survey

Position Description: Provide technical assistance by training staff on digitization protocols within the project. Provide management support for the NSF funded Microfungi Collections Consortium (MiCC) project, which aims to digitize information from specimens in fungal collections at 38 institutions across the United States by closely monitoring progress, and effectively communicating with lead Principal Investigator to inform and resolve any issues. Manage data produced through the project as well as digitization workflows at INHS to ensure continued progress amongst all collaborators. Coordinate with our national collaborators in making data available through the project's data portal (http://mycoportal.org) and the central hub at iDigBio (Florida) including functionality of website uploads from various collaborators. Edit data contributed to the project to ensure it conforms to the Darwin Core format, add collections as well as datasets to the portal, and develop/manage specimen-based resources for the MiCC data portal. Communicate with Principal Investigator and collaborators including (but not limited to): attending and participating in project related meetings in person (or via video-conferencing); being available to respond to questions on the phone or through email during normal business hours; attending seminars and conferences pertaining to projects; providing data for, and assisting with the preparation of, project reports. Oversee training, supervision, and scheduling of undergraduate student and hourly workers involved in digitizing fungal specimens at INHS and providing general training (in person or remotely) to project participants.

Education:  Required: BA/BS with specialization in a biological science discipline including plant biology, biology, integrative biology, or environmental biology.

Experience: Required:  Required: Work in a herbarium, museum, or biological collection/laboratory, or the equivalent combination of education and experience related to the job to total 4 years. Database management experience. Course work in mycology, museum studies, or related fields. Computer skills (e.g., Excel, Word, PowerPoint) including some experience with software for databasing (e.g., MySQL) and imaging (e.g. Photoshop, Lightroom). Experience training and supervising undergraduate students.

Knowledge Requirements: Basic knowledge of biological classification. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Strong organizational skills. Ability to multitask with experience prioritizing multiple projects.

Salary:   Commensurate with experience and education

Benefits: Generous vacation and sick leave.  State Universities Retirement System.  Group health, dental, vision and life insurance.

Applications must be received by June 1, 2015. To apply, all candidates must submit an online profile through https://jobs.illinois.edu by the close of the posting period. Qualified candidates must upload a cover letter detailing qualifications and skills, curriculum vitae or resume’, working e-mail address, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references.  All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete information will not be reviewed. Applications may be reviewed prior to closing.

For further information please contact Erica Hanson, Human Resources, Illinois Natural History Survey, 217-333-6897, elhanson@inhs.illinois.edu.  For technical questions, please contact: Dr. Andrew Miller, Search Committee Member, at amiller7@illinois.edu.

posted by SPNHC 4/30/2015
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Herbarium Research Botanist
 
The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) seeks a full time Herbarium Research Botanist that will be a split appointment emphasizing the utilization, improvement, and growth of the BRIT herbarium collection. Equal time will be spent on (1) herbarium curation and management and (2) conducting original research focused on botanical and ecosystem exploration in Texas and elsewhere. Research projects must either utilize existing collections or result in the acquisition of additional collections to be deposited in the BRIT herbarium. Candidate must have experience in the herbarium and a record of successful grant-writing, project management, and publishing. The ideal candidate is self-motivated, demonstrates the ability to disseminate one’s scientific work effectively to various audiences, and has been trained to analyze biological data. Strong interpersonal skills, organizational and planning skills, and ability to communicate effectively are a must.
 
An advanced degree in Botany or a closely related discipline is required, with knowledge of regional/southwest flora preferred. The Herbarium Research Botanist must be able to work in varying conditions indoors as well as outside in the Texas climate. BRIT strives to maintain a positive work environment focused on growth and success of individuals working together in a collaborative, professional manner with communication a priority. To apply, please submit a cover letter with salary requirements and a resume to: Brithr@brit.org. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Selection of applicants will be made through assessment of necessary skills, related experience, and applicable education/plant knowledge. BRIT is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Full Position Description: http://www.brit.org/webfm_send/1394

posted by SPNHC 4/28/2015
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Herbarium Assistant 
 
The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) seeks a temporary, full time Herbarium Assistant to assist the Collections Manager in the processing, preparation, and filing of plant specimens and in maintaining the BRIT-SMU-VDB herbarium collections and associated databases. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively are required. The ideal candidate is self-motivated with attention to detail, has strong organization skills, and can work independently and take on supervisory and organizational responsibilities.
 
Candidate must have a degree in Botany, Biology, or a related field, with experience working with scientific collections. BRIT strives to maintain a positive work environment focused on growth and success of individuals working together in a collaborative, professional manner with communication a priority. To apply, please submit a cover letter with salary requirements and a resume to: Brithr@brit.org. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. BRIT is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Full Position Description: http://www.brit.org/webfm_send/1393

 posted by SPNHC 4/28/2015
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Director of Research

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) seeks a full time Director of Research. This position oversees the Research program at BRIT, which includes the library and herbarium collections, the press, biodiversity informatics, and research projects. The Director of Research conceptualizes a broad vision for the overall program, aligned with the Institute’s strategic goals, and leads the program in annual and long-range strategic planning. In this leadership position, the director will work collaboratively with cross-departmental teams on projects that build the organization’s standing in the field of botany and conservation. Candidate must have a minimum of 10 years experience to include a combination of conducting research and managing research programs, along with a strong record of successful grant-writing and project management.
 
A Ph.D. in botany, ecology, or conservation biology, with publications, is required. Strong oral and written communication skills are necessary and supervisory experience is preferred. BRIT strives to maintain a positive working environment focused on growth and success of individuals, working together in a collaborative, professional manner, with communication a priority. To apply, please submit a cover letter with salary requirements and a resume to: Brithr@brit.org. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.  BRIT is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Full Position Description: http://www.brit.org/webfm_send/1392

posted by SPNHC 4/28/2015
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Scientific Assistant in Invertebrate Zoology

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) houses one of the world's largest collections of biodiversity, including over 32 million biological specimens and 4 million fossils. The Division of Invertebrate Zoology is conducting a search for a Scientific Assistant to assist in the growth, use, and management of major portions of the insect collections (Lepidoptera, Diptera, Isoptera: comprised of pinned and alcohol-preserved specimens) and a very comprehensive collection of amber fossils, a total of some 6 million specimens.

Duties: The successful applicant will assist the Curator-in-charge with management of the collections including: specimen sorting, labeling, preparation, accessioning and databasing of loans and visitors; submitting USFWS forms; systematic arrangement, storage and organization of the collections; conservation (ethanol levels, rehousing into better containers, etc.); assisting visitors, responding to requests for collection information; retrieving, packing and shipping loans to other institutions; occasional collection tours; training and supervision of students, volunteers, and part-time assistants.

Qualifications: BS in Biology or related field of natural sciences.  Candidates with a general knowledge of terrestrial arthropods are preferred; organizational skill, attention to details, experience with large natural history collections, command of MS Word and Excel, and good interpersonal skills are required; databasing and photomicrography experience desirable.

All applications must be submitted through the AMNH Careers website using the following link:

https://careers.amnh.org/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=142648

posted by SPNHC 4/10/2015
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Curator of Zoology

DEPARTMENT: Collections and Research Cincinnati Museum
REPORTS TO: Assistant Vice President for Collections & Research

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • The Curator of Zoology administers the research and curatorial activities of the Department of Zoology and will oversee collections primarily in the areas of entomology, herpetology, ichthyology, malacology, mammalogy, and ornithology.
  • The Curator will establish an innovative, specimen-based research program, while also making use of or promoting the Department’s existing molecular genetics laboratory.
  • The Curator will also coordinate the collecting/research activities of the 16,000 acre Richard and Lucile Durrell Edge of Appalachia Preserve System in Adams Co, Ohio.
  • The Curator is responsible for fostering the research, collections, data, curation and technical services of the Department and in facilitating their use by internal and external audiences.
  • The Curator works closely with Museum staff to communicate and promote the research and preservation activities of the Department and to integrate them into CMC operations.
  • The Curator promotes departmental activities to ensure accurate and engaging public science programming, including oversight of CMC’s animal resources program.
  • The Curator is responsible for staffing, budget development/management and administration of the Department and interacts with external audiences as an advocate for CMC.
  • The Curator is expected to contribute to the overall development of CMC through participation in relevant project teams and committees.
  • The Curator is expected to raise research and curation funds via grant writing and donor cultivation and to be familiar with a broad range of research, museum, and collection management practices.

The anticipated time spent on various duties is generally expected to be as follows:

Curatorial Duties-30%
Research Functions-30%
Educational/Exhibit Duties-25%
Administrative Functions-10%
Fiscal Responsibilities-5%

QUALIFICATIONS
The Curator will have a Ph.D. in the biological sciences and museum experience suitable for oversight of the Museum's collections of zoological specimens. The Curator will also have an established program of original, specimen-based research and publication and have familiarity with field collection methods. A demonstrated ability to raise research and curation funds via grant writing and/or donor cultivation is desirable, as is experience with museum collections, public education, and/or exhibits. The Curator should be a good communicator, dynamic, dedicated, and able to work with a broad range of people.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Full-time position. Valid driver’s license required. Applications should be submitted through the on-line process.

For complete details, and to apply, go to: http://www.cincymuseumgroup.org/

posted by SPNHC 4/3/2015
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Preparation Facility Manager for Vertebrate Paleontology

Auto req ID: 35233BR
Location: USA - MA - Cambridge
Time Status: Full-time
Schedule: Monday - Friday 9-5pm
Department Museum of Comparative Zoology
Salary Grade: 056

The Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) was founded in 1859 by an act, signed into law, by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts primarily through the efforts of Louis Agassiz, a brilliant lecturer and scholar from Switzerland. The museum established and served as a training ground for professional zoologists and influenced many budding US museums through this new generation. Research at the MCZ continues to follow Agassiz’s vision to illuminate the structures of living things, their natural classification and relationship with their surroundings, while remaining a leading institution for modern zoological research. The present-day MCZ collections are comprised of approximately 21-million extant and fossil invertebrate and vertebrate specimens and associated object collections (such as the Blaschka glass invertebrate models), which continue to be a focus of research and teaching for MCZ, Harvard and outside students and researchers.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Operates the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology preparation laboratory within the MCZ Paleontology Preparation Facility, providing preparation for the faculty curator. Supervises the training of graduate students in the techniques of fossil vertebrate preparation. Assumes a major role in planning field expeditions, including bibliographic searches, preparation of materials/data for grant proposals, map and aerial photo surveys, and testing and purchase of field equipment. Assumes responsibility for geographical sectors and expeditionary personnel in the field, including supervision and training of graduate students in the specialized techniques of collecting fossil vertebrates. Authorizes purchases of VP laboratory supplies, especially those necessary to develop new techniques of preparation.

Basic Qualifications:

  • BA/BSc or equivalent in geology with emphasis on vertebrate paleontology (anatomy and taxonomy).
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in vertebrate paleontology preparation.
  • Specialized technical skills required in preparation of fossil vertebrates, including microscopic dissection; sound knowledge of vertebrate skeletal anatomy, as well as fundamental concepts of stratigraphy, sedimentology and vertebrate evolution.
  • Experience conducting field work, including excavating, consolidating, collecting and documenting fossil discoveries.
  • Experience using manual and mechanical fossil preparation techniques, including use of air scribes, air abrasives, rock saws, etc.
  • Experience molding, casting, restoration, and conservation of fossils (including all related materials).

Additional Qualifications:

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

A submission of a portfolio detailing preparation projects is required at time of application.

Additional Information:
When applying for this position please submit your resume and cover letter in our preferred format as one combined document (resume followed by cover letter). A submission of a portfolio detailing preparation projects is required at time of application.

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

***All formal offers will be made by FAS Employment
 

Please refer to additional competencies here:
http://vertpaleo.org/PDFS/36/36fc51ea-dce6-403d-9b58-cb5d606780f0.pdf
EEO Statement We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

Details and to apply: https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGWEbHost/jobdetails.aspx?partnerID=25240&siteID=5341&AReq=35233BR

posted by SPNHC 4/1/2015
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