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Assistant Curator of Herpetology - AMNH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 12/12/2014
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e-Communications Assistant - CETAF

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

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

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

MAIN REQUIREMENTS

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS

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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 12/11/2014
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International Affairs and Networking Officer - CETAF

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

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

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

MAIN REQUIREMENTS

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS

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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 12/11/2014
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Casting Technician

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 11/26/2014
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Museum Scientist

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

Applications received by January 16 will receive priority attention.

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

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

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

DESCRIPTION:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

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

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

QUALIFICATIONS:

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

APPLICATION REQUIREMENT:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plant Resources Center, The University of Texas at Austin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 11/10/2014
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Museum Collections Manager

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

The University of Alberta is seeking a dynamic museum professional for the leadership position of Museum Collections Manager, University of Alberta Museums. The University of Alberta located in Edmonton, Alberta, is one of the largest collecting institutions in Canada with more than 17 million objects and specimens in disciplines ranging from art to zoology. There are 29 academic museum collections that comprise the University of Alberta Museums which are integral to the University's teaching, research, discovery learning and access programs. Museums and Collections Services leads the development and implementation of a campus-wide operational, administrative (policy) and exhibition/program delivery framework for the University of Alberta Museums.

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

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

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

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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 11/03/2014
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Preparator

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

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

Experience/Education

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

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

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

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

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

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

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

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

Experience/Education

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

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

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

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

posted by SPNHC 10/30/2014
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Research Zoologist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 10/22/2014
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Research Entomologist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Natural Science Research Curator II


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

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

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

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

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

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES / COMPETENCIES:

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

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

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

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

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

SUPPLEMENTAL AND CONTACT INFORMATION:

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

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

 

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Cornell University

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Collection Manager, Natural Sciences

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

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

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

To be successful in this role, you will have:

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

Closing Date: 5pm Sunday 12 October 2014

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

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

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

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

Qualifications:

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

Hours: 35 hours/week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Required Qualifications:

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

Preferred Qualifications:

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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 9/08/2014
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Director of Collections

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

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

DUTIES

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

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

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

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

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

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

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES / COMPETENCIES:

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

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

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 8/22/2014
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Program Manager

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 8/18/2014
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Assistant Curator – Paleontology

(Role Title: Scientist II)

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

Position #00089

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

posted by SPNHC 8/07/2014
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