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New!DATE ADDED: 24/04/2016

University of Birmingham, Lapworth Museum of Geology

Learning & Community Development Officer

Reference: 51783

Salary: Starting salary is normally in the range £25,769 to £28,143. With potential progression once in post to £31,656 a year.

Contract: Fixed term for a period of 3 years

Full time

Source: GEM Job Ads


To use the museum’s collections and exhibitions to support the development, delivery and promotion of innovative and inspirational learning and participation opportunities for a wide range of formal and informal learners as set out in the Lapworth Museum Activity Plan.

To work with the line manager, the University Outreach teams and the other University cultural assets to develop key markets, and deliver learning both onsite and as outreach. This includes overseeing the development of the talks, events and activities programmes along with developing education activities, devising and promoting a broader outreach programme with formal and informal learners, including community groups, and providing INSET training for teachers.

In addition, the post holder will support the growth of volunteers, and assist with the creation of in-house and external temporary exhibitions.

The position will be subject to a DBS check. The post holder would be required to be willing to work evenings, weekends and public holidays as required, on and off-site. The post holder will also be required to travel offsite with regards to outreach work. This post is funded initially for the first two years by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


• A relevant qualification at degree level in a related discipline (geology/ environmental/ museums/ education) or equivalent professional qualification and/ or significant experience in a related discipline.
• Experience of developing strategies, policies and action plans for learning and community engagement.
• Experience of planning and delivering training and education programmes and developing learning resources and interpretation material.
• Experience of undertaking community consultation and engagement activities.
• Experience of training staff and volunteers.
• Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of groups and organisations.
• The ability to organise and manage time, and can prioritise time when faced with conflicting demands.
• Competence in using IT and Microsoft Office products.
• Significant and demonstrable experience gained in museum/learning environment and or/using nature environments/museums in teaching.
• Involvement in networks and evidence of working with stakeholder and user groups, including local communities.
• Ability and expertise in applying for and securing external funding and sponsorship for education projects.
• Working knowledge of marketing and promotion techniques.
• Knowledge of current good practice and policy within the education/museums/learning sectors.
• Awareness of issues relating to access, social inclusion, cultural diversity and disability.
• Understanding of the Health and Safety issues and risk assessment procedures associated with working with young people, volunteers and the local community.
• Project Management – including development of work programmes, managing budgets and monitoring progress.
• The ability to work independently or as part of a team.
• Interest in Geology/Nature Conservation/Heritage.
• Self-motivated and able to work un- supervised.


Closing date: 5th May

Further information online / download job description


New!DATE ADDED: 24/04/2016

The Kimmeridge Trust: Museum of Jurassic Marine Life / Etches Collection, Kimmeridge, Dorset.

Interim General Manager

8 month contract

Source: personal communication

While we recruit a new CEO the Kimmeridge Trust urgently requires an Interim General Manager to cover until the end of 2016, who, if successful, could become our new CEO.

You will be expected to lead, plan, organise and manage phases 1 & 2 of the plan to launch the operation, and establish management systems for the routine operation of the Kimmeridge Trust’s museum and community centre in Kimmeridge.

We are seeking a self-motivated enthusiastic leader with initiative, able to develop an all-encompassing launch plan as well as the routine procedures for the operation of the museum and its facilities. The ability to relate to Kimmeridge Village is very important and the scope of the role will sometimes require working out of hours and supporting weekend activities on and off site.

Ideally you should have business experience in the running of a visitor focused operation in the tourism sector where maximising income and the use volunteers are critical.


Closing date: 6th May

Further information online / download job advert / job description

To apply, please send your covering letter and CV to the registrar


New!DATE ADDED: 24/04/2016

University of St Andrews - School of Geography and Geosciences

GeoBus Education Officer

Reference: CG1163SB.

Full time

Fixed term contract (until May 2017)

21,605 per annum pro rata

Start as soon as possible

Source: jobs.ac.uk

We are seeking an individual to fulfil the role of GeoBus Education Officer. GeoBus is a major outreach project that has been run by the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences for over 4 years, and it is funded by RCUK and industry. The project provides teaching support for STEM subjects under a framework of Earth and environmental science, and it brings new and novel resources to schools (specimens, equipment, and research-led teaching packages). It is directed by Dr Ruth Robinson, and the daily running of the project is undertaken by three staff: the GeoBus Coordinator (Ms Kathryn Roper), an Education Officer (this post), and an Assistant Education Officer (Mr Sean Doherty). The Education Officer and Assistant Education Officer provide support to the GeoBus Coordinator in organizing school visits and teaching workshops in schools around Scotland. The Education Officer also has full responsibility for all social networking to broadcast GeoBus activities. We seek an enthusiastic and motivated person for this post who has a BSc degree in Geology, Earth Sciences or Geosciences, experience working with pupils of secondary school age, and a Full and clean UK Driving License.

GeoBus is a mobile teaching resource reaching around 10,000 – 12,000 pupils and about 100 schools around Scotland in urban, rural and remote areas each year. In addition to the support role for project coordination and delivery of teaching, the Education Officer will participate in workshop development with the Education coordinator, Director and academic staff at the University of St Andrews; a sister project has recently been launched at UCL and GeoBus resources will be co-developed with staff there. The position involves travel around Scotland with overnight stays in hotels, and the successful candidate must be able to spend up to 4 nights a week away from home. The position may also involve travel to conferences in Europe and the USA.

For further details about the project and post please contact Dr Ruth Robinson in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences via email at rajr@st-andrews.ac.uk or by telephone at 44 (0)1334 463996.

This post requires the successful candidate to become, or be, a member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme for regulated work with children. Employment in this post is conditional on the successful candidate holding or being able to obtain PVG Scheme membership. Assistance in obtaining membership will be provided by the University.


Closing date: 13th May

Further information online / download further particulars

Interview Date: Monday 23 May 2016.


New!DATE ADDED: 24/04/2016

Canadian Museum of Nature, Gatineau, Québec, Canada

Curator, Mineralogy Section

Reference: CMN-2090-16-OC-003

Salary: $74,707 to $93,382 per year

Permanent position

Candidates must legally entitled to work in Canada.

Source: Canadian Museum of Nature Careers

The Curator of the Mineralogy Collections is responsible for the effective management of five, national, earth-sciences sub collections: minerals, gems, mineral deposits / occurrences, rocks and meteorites. The Curator will work in collaboration with staff of the Mineralogy Section on the development of the collections, but is the main person responsible for the development of the display portion of the collections. The goal of all of this is to ensure maximum long-term value of the collections for Canada and to contribute to corporate objectives. As part of the responsibility for the display portion of the collections, the Curator will be expected to cultivate external working relationships with influential museum curators, dealers and potential patrons. Up to but no more than 20% of time may be spent in research activities.


A formal procedure for promotion based on achievements is in place to develop the career path of CMN’s curators.  An excellent benefits package comes with the position.


Employees of the Canadian Museum of Nature and the general public who meet the following qualifications.  Candidates must legally entitled to work in Canada.


English and French are essential
Bilingual non-imperative:  BBB/BBB
(A non-imperative appointment means that the position can be staffed with a person who makes the commitment to become bilingual within a specified timeframe through language training at the CMN’s expense).


Graduation with a Master of Science degree from a recognized university with a demonstrated concentration in Mineralogy. Priority consideration will be given to candidates with a diverse, practical knowledge of mineral groups and species; other areas of specialization within Geology may also be considered.


  • Experience working in  a museum/scientific environment;
  • Experience working with Mineralogy collections and a variety of geological materials;
  • Experience in the supervision and management of staff, in the development of work programs and budgets, in setting priorities and carrying out revenue-generating activities;
  • Experience with geo-informatics and the use of data management systems;
  • Experience with analytical techniques involved in mineral identification;
  • Experience using a variety of office software including: word processing and presentation applications; spreadsheets; databases; and electronic mail.

Closing date: 1st June 2016

Further information online


DATE ADDED: 03/04/2016 (still open 24/04/16)

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Research Assistant Professor

Reference: 496762

Full time

The salary is commensurate with experience

Source: Inside Higher Education Careers


The Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida in association with the Florida Museum of Natural History, invites applications for a Research Assistant Professor with expertise in micropaleontology, especially Foraminifera. The successful candidate will be expected to improve the stratigraphic and systematic microfossil collections at the Florida Museum of Natural History, develop independent research projects utilizing those collections, and teach one undergraduate paleontology course one other course as appropriate. This is a twelve-month, full-time, time-limited, non-tenure track position. It is renewable annually upon successful review, with an expected maximum term of three years.

Minimum Requirements:

A Ph.D. in geology or a closely related field is required.

Additional information

Please contact Dr. John Jaeger, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida, P.O. Box 112120, Gainesville, FL 32611-2120.


Closing date: Open until filled

Review of applications will begin on April 18, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

Further information online


DATE ADDED: 28/12/2015 (still open 24/04/16)

American Museum of Natural History

MAT Senior Scientist, Paleontology

Full time

Requisition Number 92162

Desired start date is June 1, 2016.

Source: AMNH Jobs

Position Summary

The MAT Senior Scientist, Paleontology will fill a three-year term position at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, devoting 50% effort to science research and 50% to science education.

Applicants must have their PhD in the paleontological sciences with a strong background in geoscience as well as a strong publication record and a proven track record for garnering competitive funding for their research.

Preference will be given to applicants with 3-5 years of post-doctoral experience as well as prior teaching experience for undergraduates and/or graduates in paleontological and/or Earth science.

The successful applicant will be appointed to the Science Faculty in the AMNH Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Earth Science program with responsibility for co-teaching a 36 contact hour course Earth Evolution and the Earth System, and co-teaching a six-week summer Science Practicum to pre-service Earth science teachers. They will be housed in, and an intellectual contributor to, the AMNH Division of Paleontology. They will have access to extensive scientific resources available at AMNH including outstanding scientists, world-class collections, a wide range of analytical and genomics tools, and a program supporting scientific expeditions.

The successful applicant is expected to independently maintain a vigorous research program, to publish in peer-reviewed journals, and to travel to meetings and conferences to present research results. They will be able to apply for external funding for research.

The AMNH embraces collaboration with colleagues within AMNH and the regional academic community, including Columbia University and the Graduate School of CUNY.

Further relevant information may be accessed at: http://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/master-of-arts-in-teaching http://www.amnh.org/our-research/paleontology

Required Qualifications

Applicants must have their PhD in the paleontological sciences with a strong background in geoscience as well as a strong publication record and a proven track record for garnering competitive funding for their research.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to applicants with 3-5 years of post-doctoral experience as well as prior teaching experience for undergraduates and/or graduates in paleontological and/or Earth science.


Closing date: Open until filled

Further details and application online


DATE ADDED: 03/04/2016 (still open 24/04/16)

The University of Texas at Austin, TX

Paleontology Laboratory Manager

Reference: 16-03-17-01-4210

Monthly Salary: $3,210+ depending on qualifications

Full time

Immediate start

Authorization to work in the United States is required

Source: Global Museum Jobs


To improve the Jackson School Museum of Earth History Paleontology Collections and contribute to the Jackson School of Geosciences graduate program in paleontology.

Essential Functions

Prepare and conserve micro- and macro- fossil specimens and recent vertebrate skeletons for research, assist in curatorial care, and assist in computational tasks and infrastructure maintenance for teaching and research. Mold and cast specimens for research and exchange. Make specimen cradles for storage and research, using gypsum, fiberglass, and other materials. Assist in all aspects of the physical maintenance of the fossil and recent collections. Train and supervise staff, students, and volunteers in various techniques of fossil and sample preparation and in the techniques and hazard-avoidance in preparing recent vertebrate skeletons for study. Maintain EHS compliance of laboratory spaces. Oversee the security and general maintenance and cleanliness of the fossil conservation laboratory, including interfacing with Facilities Services staff. Maintain laboratory tools and equipment and make them available to all laboratory users. Assist in maintaining the existing database for fossil and recent specimens and in managing digital images and records for use in an online database. Assist in preparation of histological specimens without compromising their integrity. Organize and execute, or assist in, field work in vertebrate paleontology, adhering to all permitting and legal requirements for each field area.

Other related functions as assigned.

Licenses: Operator's Driver's License. Applicant selected must provide a current three year Driving Record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, must obtain a Texas Driver's License within 30 days after entering Texas as a new resident.

Required qualifications

Candidates must demonstrate mastery of fossil preparation materials and methods and an understanding of the basic competencies involved (see: Defining the Professional Vertebrate Fossil Preparator). BS or BA degree, with a major in paleontology, biology or geology. Three years of experience in fossil preparation, with thorough knowledge of standard procedures and best practices; experience with a variety of tools and techniques, including air scribes and acid preparation. Ability to interpret CT data as applicable to fossil preparation and collections activities. Experience with museum collections, including various conservation methods and collection databases. Knowledge of preparation and curatorial standards for fossil and Recent skeletons. Keen attention to detail for accurate record keeping, cataloging, and documentation. Experience organizing and participating in field work under demanding conditions. Excellent communications and interpersonal skills to facilitate work with faculty, students, volunteers, and activities with the public. Ability to work as part of a team or individually. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree in geology, biology, paleontology, or museum science is preferred. Highly desired attributes: Experience preparing delicate fossil specimens from extremely hard matrices; advanced knowledge of vertebrate taxonomy; knowledge of and experience with federal and state permits for field work and collecting; teaching experience in an informal setting. Helpful attributes: Knowledge of maintenance and operation of modern skeletal preparation facilities and some experience in making recent osteological preparations. Ability to drive 4x4 vehicle in difficult terrain safely; basic vehicle maintenance skills.

Working conditions

May work in all weather conditions May work in extreme temperatures May work around chemical fumes May work around standard office conditions May work around chemicals Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity Lifting and moving Field work (combinations of hot, dry, wet, cold, and few physical amenities). Must be able to lift 75 pounds and operate lifting equipment such as fork lifts, pallet jacks, and winch hoists. Security sensitive - background check required.


Closing date: None stated

Further information online


DATE ADDED: 17/03/2016 (still open 24/04/16)

San Diego Natural History Museum

Lead Fossil Preparator

Begins April 2016

Full time

Salary is dependent upon applicant’s experience.

Source: CAM Jobs

The San Diego Natural History Museum is operated by the San Diego Society of Natural History, a private not-for-profit scientific organization founded in 1874. 

The Museum’s mission is to interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits; to promote understanding of the evolution and diversity of Southern California and the peninsula of Baja California; and to inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment. 

Position Summary:

The Lead Fossil Preparator is responsible for overseeing and conducting all laboratory based preparation of fossil remains.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assessment and preparation of vertebrate, invertebrate, and botanical fossil remains and traces
  • Screenwashing of matrix and picking/sorting of microfossils
  • Constructing fiberglass-reinforced plaster specimen cradles
  • Maintenance and care of all laboratory equipment; ordering of supplies
  • Development and management of fossil preparation budgets
  • Supervision and training of laboratory volunteers
  • Supervision and mentoring of high school interns
  • Conduct tours of the preparation laboratory for school groups, VIP guests, and the public
  • Assistance in transportation of large specimens throughout the department; and aid in field salvage of specimens. Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • B.S. in geology or a related discipline with an emphasis in paleontology
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in fossil preparation
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and competence with relevant mechanical tools, adhesives, and consolidants
  • Proven organizational ability; and attention to detail

Closing date: None stated

Further information online


DATE ADDED: 11/11/15 (still open 24/04/16)

San Diego Natural History Museum

Invertebrate Paleontologist

Full time

Temporary (approximately 6 months)

Starting late Spring 2016

Salary: $21.00 per hour

Source: theNAT employment

Position Summary:

The Invertebrate Paleontologist will increase the scientific significance of the SDNHM paleontology collection by applying his/her knowledge of marine invertebrate taxonomy to curate uncatalogued Baja California, Mexico fossil invertebrates as part of a grant funded, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Collections Stewardship project.

Primary Functions and Major Responsibilities:

The Invertebrate Paleontologist will curate (identify, organize, and database) marine invertebrate fossils from Baja California, Mexico. The collections are mostly restricted to marine Cenozoic, molluscan faunas of the northeastern Pacific region. The successful candidate will need to be familiar with molluscan taxonomy and be experienced with using appropriate library and internet references to assist in taxonomic identification.

Duties Include:

  • Identifying marine invertebrate fossils from Baja California and utilizing relevant resources to assist in taxonomic identification.
  • Using geological maps and literature of Baja California to become acquainted with relevant sedimentary rock units.
  • Assisting collection managers with compiling and databasing SDNHM Baja California fossil localities.
  • Becoming familiar with department procedures for curating fossils.
  • Learning and becoming proficient with the department’s current collection data entry program (dbaseIII) and future collection data entry program (Specify)
  • Working with the curator, collections managers, and other department staff to produce a quality curation product.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor of Science in geology, biology, or related field
  • Masters of Science preferred
  • Academic emphasis in paleontology, sedimentary geology, or marine invertebrate biology
  • Background in marine Cenozoic molluscan taxonomy of the northeastern Pacific region
  • Experience working in a museum paleontology department
  • Strong verbal and communication skills, including scientific writing
  • Proven organizational ability and attention to detail ·
  • Experience using Microsoft Excel and Word, and Adobe Photoshop
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds

Closing date: None stated

Further information online


DATE ADDED: 27/11/15 (still open 24/04/16)

The Field Museum, Chicago, IL

Director, Gantz Family Collections Center

Source: SPNHC jobs

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

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

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

Duties and Responsibilities

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

  • making museum collections more relevant to research, conservation action, and learning worldwide;
  • identifying and promoting priorities for Field Museum collections in consultation with S&E leadership and committees of the Board of Trustees;
  • developing and overseeing implementation of innovative approaches for increasing accessibility and use of Field Museum collections;
  • and identifying global priorities for natural history collections in cooperation with other museums

Provides oversight for collections growth, care, and use by:

  • supervising Center’s leadership and overseeing Center’s personnel;
    overseeing strategic growth of the collections and collections staff;
  • overseeing deaccessions, including repatriation;
  • ensuring the highest standards of collections management;
  • and overseeing adherence to the Museum’s Collections Management Policy and regularly reviewing and updating policies for approval by Board of Trustees

Serves as the face of collections at The Field Museum by:

  • fostering relationships with scholars, conservation professionals, and educators worldwide;
  • supporting collaborations with exhibitions, marketing, and public relations staff;
  • building networks with museums for training in collections management;
  • and fostering collaborations between Collections Center staff and communities, citizen scientists, members of the public, and other stakeholders

Oversees finances for the Center by:

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


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

Closing date: None stated

Further details online


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