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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.

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

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

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

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


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


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

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:


posted by SPNHC 4/10/2015

Curator of Zoology

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


  • 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%

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.

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

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:
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

Biodiversity Informatics Technicians (summer positions)

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

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

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

Qualifications: Experience with digital photography and taxonomy is desired.

Wages: $9 per hour

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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 3/24/2015

Museum Technician/Specialist (Natural Science)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 3/23/2015

Museum Collections Manager Paleontology

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

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

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

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

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

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

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

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

Don Lofgren, Director
Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology

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

posted by SPNHC 3/13/2015

Herbarium Assistant Curator

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


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


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

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

Herbarium - Position Application Number: SC-1742

posted by SPNHC 3/12/2015

Collection Management Internships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 3/9/2015

Invertebrate Zoology Collections Manager

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

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

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

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

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

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


posted by SPNHC 3/4/2015

Entomology Curator

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 2/26/2015

Interships Available

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

NSF Project Summary

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

Project Website

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

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

Interested parties should apply online:

Applications must be received no later than March 31, 2015

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

posted by SPNHC 2/20/2015

Director of Museum Research and Collections

University of Alabama

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

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

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

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

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

Additional Required Department Qualifications: Valid U.S. driver's license.  Must be at least 21 years of age and have an acceptable motor vehicle report as determined by the insurance carrier.

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

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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 2/12/2015

Museum Director

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

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

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

Job Responsibilities

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

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

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

How to Apply

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

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

posted by SPNHC 2/09/2015


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 2/09/2015


Herbarium Technician

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

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

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

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

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

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

English and French are essential
Bilingual Imperative: BBB/BBB

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

Email : kdegrandpr@mus-nature.ca

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

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

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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 1/22/2015


Part Time Crustacean Technician

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

Primary Job Responsibilities include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to:

posted by SPNHC 1/16/2015

MSU Museum Director Position

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 1/14/2015


Mayborn Museum Complex at Baylor University
Waco, Texas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 01/05/2015


Plant Records Intern

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

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

Primary Responsibilities:

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


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

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

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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 01/05/2015