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DATE ADDED: 16/05/2016

Auckland Museum

Collections Technician, Palaeontology

Reference: 7510

Fixed term: 2.5 years

Part time (0.6 FTE)

You must be eligible to work in NZ

Source: Auckland Museum Jobs

Auckland Museum has launched Future Museum, a high-level strategic and capital investment plan that will guide a process of transformational change. This change spans all the dimensions that the museum works in - onsite, offsite and online - and will ensure the museum can achieve its vision and mission over the next 20 years.

The Collections Cataloguing Project is focused on improving the documentation of objects in the Natural Science collections. Auckland Museum is recruiting now for a highly motivated, enthusiastic museum professional to join the Museum in this project at an exciting time of redevelopment and renewal. The collections, and knowledge about them, are often the essential material for exhibitions, programmes and events for family, formal education, research and tourist audiences. This role will be part of the core team readying our collections for the future.

The museum is seeking a Collection Technician, Palaeontology, for the Collections Cataloguing Project: 0.6 FTE (3 days per week) for 2.5 years on a fixed term contract. We will consider requests to alter the number of days per week which will vary the duration of the contract.

To be successful in these roles, you will have, as a minimum:

  • Demonstrated experience with and knowledge of zoological taxonomy and Linnaean classification
  • Museum object handling skills
  • Collections database experience, preferably in Vernon CMS
  • Ability to confidently deal with new tasks and strong attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal and time management skills
  • Excellent written and/or oral communication skills
  • Evidence of ability to work collaboratively and in cross-functional teams
  • A relevant degree is desirable

Closing date: 29th May

Further information online / Download job specification


DATE ADDED: 16/05/2016

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

Assistant curator

Part time: 14.8hpw week- Mondays & Tuesdays

Fixed Term Contract until 31.03.2018

Salary: 20,512 - 22,212 pro rata

Source: Leicester Museum Studies Jobs Desk

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM), a service of Exeter City Council, reopened after a major redevelopment in December 2011 to much acclaim culminating in the award of the Art Fund prize for Museum of the Year 2012. RAMM, is a much loved institution at the heart of Exeter and Devon's cultural life, telling local stories alongside international ones, through exceptional collections. In 2015 RAMM secured Major Partner Museum funding from Arts Council England's Major Partner Museum programme (2015-18).

The successful candidate will complement, and work closely with, the museum's existing curatorial team.

The jobholder will assist with the management of RAMM's collections (world cultures, natural history, costume and textiles, antiquities and art) to recognised professional standards.

They will contribute to the interpretation of the collections through exhibitions and digital media (such as websites and social media), as well as responding to enquires and requests for access to the collections from the public and researchers.

We are seeking someone with proven collections management experience and, ideally, a background in decorative art.

The postholder will be familiar with writing content for the web and have a very good level of digital skills.

This new 2 day (14 hr 48 mins) a week post is funded through Arts Council England's Major Partner Museum programme until 31 March 2018.


Closing date: 30th May

Further information online / Download job description and person specification


DATE ADDED: 16/05/2016

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh NC

Paleontology Project Technician

Fixed term: 2 years

Full time

Salary: $30,000/year plus benefits

Approximate starting date: 1 September 2016

Source: SPNHC Jobs


The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCSM) is looking to hire a 2 year, full-time project technician for the Paleontology Unit of the Research and Collections Section. This position will be funded via an NSF CSBR grant. The person in this position will work closely with the Paleontology Unit Staff to rehouse the collections into new cabinetry and to help supervise undergraduate and high school interns. Rehousing will include all aspects of curation, such as stabilizing, labeling, databasing etc…, as well as, imaging specimens for the Unit’s online database.

Essential Functions

  • Rehousing specimens into archival boxes
  • Cataloging specimens using an MS Access database
  • Updating taxonomic information
  • Labeling specimens
  • Moving specimens into new cabinetry
  • Moving cabinetry
  • Supervising volunteers and student interns

Qualifications Preferred

  • Bachelor’s Degree in paleontology/biology/geology/ or related field
  • Curatorial experience in natural history collections
  • Databasing experience, preferably with Microsoft Access
  • Efficient attention to detail
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Experience supervising others
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time on concrete floors, to lift 50 lbs, and to work with various chemicals

Closing date: 1st June (5pm)

To apply please submit a cover letter detailing collections experience, and a CV with the names of three references by email to trish.weaver@naturalsciences.org


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


New!DATE ADDED: 28/05/2016

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Museum Documentation Officer

Ref: 123221

Full time

Fixed term: 24 months

Salary: £27,328 - £32,600 p.a.

Source: jobs.ac.uk

We are seeking a highly organised team player with excellent documentation skills to oversee the documentation of the collections at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History in accordance with internal, national and international standards, including SPECTRUM and International Standard for Archival Description (ISAD).

The successful candidate will have first-rate IT skills with experience in programming scripts in MS Excel and Access. Comprehensive knowledge of Collections Management Systems, specifically KE Emu, is essential. A degree in life or earth sciences and experience with Crystal Reports is highly desirable.

Specific Duties

Complete an audit of current collections documentation
Ensure all documentation is to established procedures, drafting procedural guidelines and manuals, and providing training to staff where necessary.
Assess current Documentation Backlog Policy, and redraft if necessary
Reconcile documentation with collections and create object and collection history files
Provide support in preparing collections data for migration to integrated CMS (KE Emu)
Provide support, help and training to other KE EMu users in the Museum.
Management, administration and development of KE Emu, with support of IT staff
Manage the development of web interface and publication of collections data to the web.
Provide interpretation and advice on legal and regulatory issues applicable to the sector and provide policy advice on these matters
Participate in public engagement activities in the Museum, as appropriate for collections staff
Manage documentation of external loans for exhibitions
Management of volunteers and interns as appropriate


Closing date: 9th June (noon)

Further information online


DATE ADDED: 16/05/2016

The Field Museum, Chicago

The John Caldwell Meeker Postdoctoral Research Fellow

2 years maximum duratyion

Starting Fall 2016

Source: global museum

Applications are invited for the position of the John Caldwell Meeker Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Earth Sciences Section, Science & Education, at The Field Museum. 

The successful candidate will be expected to complement, and/ or participate in any one of the ongoing research programs in the Section.  Research projects are being pursued in the areas of Vertebrate Paleontology, Invertebrate Paleontology, and Meteoritics.  Applications will be reviewed both for merit and suitability with the research and collections strengths of the department. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact curators they are interested in collaborating with prior to submitting an application.

Individual curators and their research programs are featured on the Field Museum website: 

A Ph.D. in a field of research represented in the Earth Sciences Section is required.  The term for this position is for a maximum of two years. The fellowship is anticipated to begin in the fall of 2016 or soon thereafter.


Closing date: 15th June

Further information online

Please send a statement of research interests and experience, a curriculum vitae including publications list, and names of three referees (with e-mail addresses) to:  Olivier Rieppel, Head of Earth Sciences Section, The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lakeshore Dr., Chicago, IL 60605-2496 USA; e-mail: rieppel@fieldmuseum.org


New!DATE ADDED: 28/05/2016

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke Museums, Stoke-on-Trent

Curator (Natural History)

Salary: £24,472 - £27,123

Full Time


Source: Leicester Museum Studies Jobs Desk

A vacancy has arisen for this key post in the curatorial team within Stoke Museums' service due to the retirement of the current post holder. The curator will care for the large and well-documented natural history collections, and continue developing partnerships with national, regional and local organisations.

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery is seeking a Curator (Natural History) to join the curatorial team. This post will assist in the provision of an effective collections development service and facilitate public access to the Museum's collections by maintaining the care, storage, documentation and conservation of the nationally significant and regionally important Natural History Collections and by preparing displays and exhibitions, in line with Museum Accreditation scheme standards. The post will contribute to fundraising targets. The applicant should provide evidence of relevant Degree, plus AMA or working towards AMA and/or at least three years appropriate postgraduate experience in a museum/gallery or similar environment

Post Objective:
To assist in the provision of an effective collections development service and facilitate public access to the Museum's collections.

Duties & Responsibilities
1. To assist in the planning and realisation of the Collections Team objectives contributing to the annual team plan and meeting agreed performance targets.
2. To maintain the care, storage, documentation and conservation of appropriate collections and advise on insurance values, in line with Museum Accreditation scheme standards.
3. To assist with the preparation and implementation of the requirements of the Arts Council England, Museum Accreditation Scheme.
4. To encourage interest in the Museum's collections and facilitate public access through research, display, learning activities (including lectures, talks and study days) guided tours, publication and on-line information.
5. To initiate, organise and maintain permanent or long-term displays from material in the collections, in liaison with the Exhibition and Interpretation and Visitor Services teams.
6. To initiate, organise and evaluate short-term exhibitions and displays, from material in the collections or from other sources, one-off special events, activities and workshops, in liaison with the Exhibition and Interpretation and Visitor Services teams.
7. To assist in the provision of a public enquiry and identification service relevant to the appropriate specialism.
8. To arrange loans to and from the Museum, in liaison with the Collections Registrar and Exhibition and Interpretation staff when appropriate.
9. To assist in the implementation, monitoring and review of the Museum's Collections Management Policy.
10. To supervise the work of volunteers, work placements and equivalents.
11. To assist the Principal Curator in the collation of statistics and preparation of information and reports and to attend meetings as directed.
12. To assist the Principal Curator in the preparation of annual estimates, ordering of equipment and materials as necessary and manage the delegated budgets allocated for collections-related functions.
13. To meet income targets and raise income from appropriate sources whenever possible.
14. Contribute to fundraising bids to support collections development and assist in the development of strategic partnerships with stakeholders, internal external organisations to develop services and opportunities.
15. To liaise with other officers of the Department, the City Council and appropriate outside bodies as necessary.
16. To utilise ICT applications and equipment as appropriate in the delivery of the service.
17. To undertake any other duty, appropriate to the post.


Closing date: 24th June

Further information online / download job description


DATE ADDED: 03/04/2016 (still open 28/05/16)

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: 16/05/2016 (still open 28/05/16)

Oakland Museum of California

Director of Curatorial Affairs

Reference: 2016-1146

Full time

Targeted start date: 1st July 2016

Source: AAM Jobs


The Director of Curatorial Affairs provides leadership to OMCA in directing and supporting a team of Curatorial and related staff, working across disciplines to develop and implement gallery and exhibition experiences that engage the diversity of Oakland audiences in conversation and exploration of issues and ideas that matter, and help the Museum achieve its mission and business goals. This position also directs OMCA’s collecting activities, working closely with the Collections Team to establish priorities and plans for collection care, research, documentation and access.



The following reflects OMCA’s definition of essential functions for this position, but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. OMCA may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.


  • Support the Museum’s mission, values, vision, and core commitment to the visitor experience, community engagement, and institutional relevancy for the future
  • Contribute to and support the OMCA strategic plan, annual priorities, and institutional initiatives such as diversity advancement
  • Contribute to a positive organizational culture based on mutual respect, a spirit of collegiality, cooperation, and openness to many perspectives
  • Participate in a culture of ongoing learning, collaboration, innovation, creativity, and community engagement


Collection Responsibilities

  • Lead OMCA’s collecting activities in keeping with the goals, protocols and guidelines articulated in the Museum’s Collecting Plan and Policies including chairing regular collection and acquisition review meetings with LAB colleagues; collaborating with LAB Administrative Coordinator to prepare agendas and documentation for Collections Committee meetings; partnering with Collections colleagues to ensure the high quality and consistency of collection research and documentation
  • Collaborate with colleagues in Collections to develop multi-year and annual priorities and plans for collection care, research, documentation, digitization and access
  • Lead annual planning, and direct process and protocol for acquisitions and de-accessions in keeping with OMCA’s Collecting Plan and Policies; prepare justifications and presentations related to proposed acquisitions/de-accessions as required
  • Direct and supervise the activities of interns and volunteers, as required

Core Gallery and Exhibition Responsibilities

  • Lead the creation of the vision and strategy for the core galleries in collaboration with the Center Director and Director of Exhibition Strategy and Senior Curator of Art
  • Lead the development of both multi-year and annual plans for core gallery activities that meet OMCA’s business and mission priorities – includes balancing the creation of compelling visitor experiences with responsible collection management/care and meeting the mission and business needs of the organization; collaborating with leadership in Public Programs and Learning Initiatives to develop core gallery related programming; collaborating with colleagues in Collections and Production to ensure activities can be achieved within institutional resources
  • Develop, in partnership with the curatorial team, experience developers and outside collaborators, new models of participatory, visitor-centered gallery experiences and exhibitions based on research, evaluation, and visitors’ diverse learning styles and motivations; partner with leadership colleagues in Lab to develop and exhibition ideas that will meet institutional priorities, and to prepare and assess proposals and business cases for major projects
  • Supervise and support curatorial participation throughout the process of exhibition proposal development and implementation

Project Management and Administration

Lead and serve on cross-functional teams and committees

  • Participate in Center and cross-institutional priority setting, and strategic and annual business planning
  • Direct and supervise the day-to-day activities of the curators including priority setting, coaching, and performance management; participate in OMCA’s performance management and staff development programs
  • Develop, negotiate, and monitor professional services contracts
  • Recruit, supervise, coach and train project collaborators, staff, volunteers and interns
  • Develop and steward collection donor relationships in partnership with Center Director, CEO and leadership in Development and Enterprise departments; identify new donor prospects amongst local collectors, businesses and philanthropists
  • Contribute to the development, writing, implementation and reporting of major grants; participate in the development of corporate and other partnership proposals
  • Contribute to the development and writing of public relations and external communications materials as needed
  • Cultivate a network and community of experts, thought and cultural leaders, and change makers as potential future collaborators and partners
  • Keep abreast of developments in the fields of California history, art, natural science exhibitions, museums and related events; stay current with general museum news nationally and internationally
  • Engage in public outreach in the form of lectures, tours, research assistance and media appearances and serve as a spokesperson for the Museum with general public and media



A combination of experience and education that demonstrates possession of the necessary knowledge and abilities for this position is required as noted:

  • M.A. degree in relevant field such as museum studies, art, art history, cultural studies, history or equivalent work experience required
  • 7-10 years of related experience required
  • 4+ years leadership experience required


  • Demonstrated leadership in museum field specifically related to curatorial, collections and exhibition development work;
  • Demonstrated ability to direct, coach and motivate teams of both direct reports and other colleagues;
  • Exceptional communication skills and experience with general public, donor groups, press, external and internal stakeholders;
  • MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); Google Apps


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently exposed to the following:

  • Noise, such as groups of people working in enclosed areas
  • Typical office environment
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds

Closing date: None stated

Further information online


DATE ADDED: 16/05/2016 (still open 28/05/16)

Sam Noble Museum, University of Oklahoma

Museum Registrar

Reference: 160910 

Full time

Salary Range:$31,000 - $40,000

Source: global museum


The Registrar is the legal officer of the Museum and is responsible for the documentation, safety, and security of objects in the Museum's care, including the collection, loaned objects, and exhibitions. The registrar is expected to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the methods and procedures required to perform the job, including the practices, standards, philosophy, and theory of registration; (2) improve their knowledge, experience, skills, and/or abilities; and (3) participate in service to the Museum, museum community, university, and professional organizations at the local, state, regional, and national level. The Registrar receives supervision from the Head Curator. 

Duties are varied, but typical job functions include (but are not limited to):
Act as legal officer of the Museum. 
Responsible for documentation, safety, and security of objects in the Museum's care. 
Assist in the development and implementation of collection policies and procedures, including security, disaster, and emergency plans. 
Create and maintain all collections documentation and files, including deeds of gift, accessions, deaccessions, appraisals, incoming/outgoing loans, and permits and reports. 
Maintain the museum archives and media collections. 
Maintain the Museum's facilities reports and review borrower's facilities reports, and review contracts and policies. Assist with installation, deinstallation, condition reporting, packing, and shipping of objects. 
Manage requests for images, rights, and reproductions. 
Coordinate insurance requirements for objects on loan or special exhibition, or recommends insurance coverage on parts of or entire collection, programs, and/or operations. 
Maintain and develop the departmental databases and website. 
Participate in museum programs and outreach activities, the museum profession, and workshops, seminars, and other forms of professional development. 
Train and work with assistants, undergraduate and graduate student assistants, interns, and volunteers to carry out registration activities.  

Required Education:

Bachelor's degree in museum studies, anthropology, geology, biological sciences, or related field OR an equivalent combination of education/job related experience. 

Required Experience:

18-36 months museum registration and/or collection management experience in a natural history museum encompassing biological, paleontological, and cultural collections.  


Advanced knowledge of museum registration methods, standards and practices for collection care, collections management, and conservation. 
Demonstrated knowledge of materials handling, packing, condition reports, collection's insurance, storage maintenance, transportation, collection's care and storage requirements, and collection management. 
Demonstrated knowledge of laws and regulations relating to wildlife and objects, copyright, and rights and reproduction. 
Must be proficient in MSWord, Excel, and FileMaker Pro or other database management software. 
Must be detail oriented for accuracy of data and information. 
Must be highly organized and able to handle multiple projects. 
Must be able to communicate well and build rapport with students, faculty and staff. 
Must be able to complete work within deadlines. 
Must have strong initiative to solve problems. 
Must be able to work independently and with interdepartmental teams and initiatives. 
Must have good oral and written communication skills and be able to communicate effectively. 
Must use established occupational health and safety practices.  


Closing date: None stated

Further information online


DATE ADDED: 03/04/2016 (still open 28/05/16)

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 28/05/16)

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: 27/11/15 (still open 28/05/16)

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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