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New!DATE ADDED: 25/07/2016

Museum of Geology, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City  

Assistant Director of the Museum of Geology  

Ref: 0008268  

Full time

Fixed term contract: 12 months

Source: HigherEdJobs

Established in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, South Dakota. South Dakota Mines is a public university offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in engineering and science. Known for our academic rigor, we maintain a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and numerous nationally competitive engineering teams. Our graduates have a 98% placement rate and an average starting salary of over $63,000. Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science. South Dakota Mines is a growing university that enrolls over 2800 students from 47 states and 46 countries.


The Museum of Geology at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology invites applications for an Assistant Director. The Museum of Geology consists of two distinct but interrelated components: the public museum, and the James E. Martin Paleontology Research Lab. The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall administrative duties associated with the public floor of the Museum of Geology.


These duties include managing the gift shop, gift shop accounts, and 10-12 student workers. This position also is responsible for managing museum operating budgets and making all purchases for the gift shop and museum, which includes both product and advertisements. In addition to hiring and managing student workers, this position may oversee volunteer workers. This position also maintains museum exhibits and coordinates marketing and educational outreach for the museum.


A bachelor's degree in Geology or related field is required. Knowledge of geology and paleontology at a level to assist visitors and train student workers is required. Bookkeeping skills to keep records on museum budgets, placing orders, making purchases, inventory and pricing museum store stock, and keeping the cash register functioning properly also are required, as is the ability to work with the media relations office to design promotional materials and keep the Museum of Geology webpage up to date.


Closing date: 29th July (or until filled)

Further information online


DATE ADDED: 14/06/2016

Canadian Museum of Nature

Research Scientist, Mineralogy

Ref: NO.2090-16-CMN-OC-019.


Salary: $70,801 to $85,450 per year

Location: Gatineau (Aylmer area), Québec

Candidates must legally entitled to work in Canada.

Source: CMN Jobs

The Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN) in Ottawa, Canada is seeking an innovative entry-level mineralogist to conceive, design and conduct a program of independent and collaborative hypothesis-based research; to publish results of scientific research; to provide advice on the development and use of the CMN’s mineralogy collections and to work with other museum staff on the development and production of exhibits. The candidate will be expected to undertake significant outreach and use various media to actively promote mineralogy research and the Earth Gallery at the CMN to the public in the National Capital Region, nationally and internationally.

English essential; conversational French an asset.

Ph.D.in Earth Sciences (Geology) with a specialization in mineralogy.

This is an entry-level museum research scientist position. Candidates will be trained and have experience in mineralogy, crystal chemistry, crystallography and analytical methods. Knowledge of mineral collections, mineral nomenclature and mineral identification techniques is required. The candidate’s research program at the CMN must include a Canadian component and the potential for field work. Research projects must not only utilize the existing national mineral collections but also contribute to their growth.

The candidate will have a proven publication record and should have experience in raising grants and external funds for research projects. The candidate must be able to present scientific results and explain mineralogical and geological concepts clearly and succinctly to a variety of audiences (i.e. scientific peers, amateur mineral collectors, general public of all ages, CMN staff, government officials, potential donors) and by using a variety of communication tools (i.e. social media, presentations, and conferences). Candidates must be comfortable with working in a multi-disciplinary environment where they will be called upon to interact with a variety of other scientists, education and exhibit experts, as well as development staff.


Closing date: 31st July

Further information online


New!DATE ADDED: 25/07/2016

Natural History Museum

Project Coordinator (Dippy on Tour)


Full time

Fixed term contract until 31 December 2020

Salary: 27,467 pa

Source: NHM Current Vacancies

Role description:

The Natural History Museum is one of the world’s leading museums, internationally recognised for its dual role as a centre of excellence in scientific research and as a leader in the presentation of natural history through exhibitions, public programmes, publications and the web.

The Natural History Museum will tour its iconic Diplodocus cast Dippy to 8 venues as part of our new strategic focus working nationally to engage audiences with culture, nature and science and build capacity in natural history museums across the UK.

The project aims to inspire the next generation of scientists across the UK, challenge the way people think about the natural world, past, present and future, provide opportunity to celebrate UK Collections and natural history and deliver a legacy for the host venue and region.

We are looking for a Project Co-ordinator, to be primarily responsible for working with the Museum’s regional partners to coordinate the Dippy Tour. The postholder will be based within the NHM National Public Programmes team, while working alongside the Touring Exhibitions team.

It is an exciting role, which will work closely with the National Programmes Manager, and take a lead on project coordination, working with staff from other departments to organise the logistics of the tour. You will coordinate the content and support the regional programming partners where necessary, to ensure the delivery of distinct experiences and narratives while creating a compelling story across the whole tour.

This role is critical to the delivery of the Museum’s strategy to 2020, where national activity is one of four strategic areas of focus over the coming years.

Role competences:

1. Degree in natural science, education or relevant discipline
2. Experience of touring exhibitions
3. Evident experience of developing, delivering and evaluating high-quality, innovative formal and preferably science-based programmes in a museum or similar institution
4. An understanding of the museum sector
5. Experience of working collaboratively with multiple external stakeholders
6. Experience of project planning and management
7. Excellent programme development skills
8. Excellent organisational skills and a highly proficient user of Microsoft Office software, particularly Excel, Word and Powerpoint
9. Strong communication skills; including the capability to be an experienced communicator at all levels in English with the confidence to communicate openly and with sensitivity both verbally and in writing
10. An excellent and supportive team worker, able to motivate and collaborate with others in small project teams
11. Strong negotiation skills together with perseverance, persuasiveness and discretion when working with internal and external stakeholders


Closing date: 3rd August (9am)

Further information online / download role specification


New!DATE ADDED: 25/07/2016

Nottinghamshire Biological and Geological Record Centre (NBGRC)

Geological Site Recorder

Invitation to tender: freelance contract

Source: GCG Jisc Mailing List

Invitation to tender for a freelance contractor to undertake scanning data collation and field recording of Regionally Important Geological and Geomorphological Sites [RIGS] in Nottinghamshire during 2016.

 The project comprises a number of separate tasks of which two principal elements consist of recording, with associated fieldwork, to undertake the following:

Consolidate existing paper, cartographic and photographic records [ca. 274 in total] into a digital record of geological sites for the County, using a Microsoft Access Database for the purpose. The contractor will scan all original documentation into the consolidated record on NBGRC premises and archive the original records for efficient future retrieval as part of the historical record of the database created.

The second element comprises taking the data collated to develop clear principles for the creation of a robust set of criteria for designation of RIGS sites within the County of Nottinghamshire, taking account of known criteria of partner organisations and adapting any relevant national criteria for the purpose. This will provide a strong basis for inclusion with local planning policies for partners, as currently exists for Local Wildlife Sites recorded by the Centre. Partners would require the criteria to be sufficiently robust to withstand challenge in the event of any future planning appeal or dispute.

The task of development of those criteria is to be supplemented by site inspection of all of the potential 274 sites listed, with detailed field recording, mapping and photography of each to show the diagnostic features. All data recorded in the field is to be subsequently mapped to Ordnance Survey Mastermap, using the City Council approved GIS platform.

These two tasks will be preceded by the development of a revised work programme to be agreed with the client, while regular reporting [on a monthly basis] will form an essential component of the programme.


Closing date: 8th August (noon)

Further information online / download the project brief


New!DATE ADDED: 25/07/2016

Natural History Museum

Research Assistant, LODE


Full time

Fixed term contract until 31 July 2018

Salary: £24,500-£28,865 pa

Source: NHM Current Vacancies

Role description:

The Natural History Museum is one of the world’s leading museums, internationally recognised for its dual role as a centre of excellence in scientific research and as a leader in the presentation of natural history through exhibitions, public programmes, publications and the web.

The Core Research Laboratories (CRL) Department houses state of the art analytical chemistry facilities within its Imaging and Analysis Centre (IAC) Division. The facilities are staffed by experts in analytical chemistry and geochemistry as well as other areas and provide chemical analyses for internal researchers and users, external visitors and commercial clients. The London Centre for Ore Deposits and Exploration (LODE) is a joint initiative between the NHM and Imperial College, which seeks to undertake research of the highest international quality into the mineralogy and geochemistry of ore deposits. In 2012 the LODE group secured funding from industry partners to set up a second LA-ICP-MS system at the NHM, dedicated primarily to Mineral Deposit work. Funding from industry partners has subsequently been extended/generated until 2018, with the LODE group providing reciprocal commercial analyses according to an agreed schedule to the sponsoring parties.

We are now looking for a Research Assistant who will be responsible for analysing samples within this schedule. The postholder will conduct mineral analyses by LA-ICP-MS and analytical SEM primarily, and will be responsible for a large sample throughput, and the collection, processing and collation of large datasets. You may also be involved in sample preparation where necessary.

The role often involves relatively routine analyses of a set group of minerals, but sample material is variable, the procedures are complex and data quality control under time pressure can be a significant challenge. Meticulous attention to detail is required even for routine work. New analytical challenges are regularly encountered and there are also opportunities to engage in instrument developments, prototype hardware and software testing, analytical protocol developments and the enhancement of workflow patterns. This role has varied components, and would suit anybody embarking on a career in Geochemical research or looking to gain more experience in these areas. You must have a first degree (or Masters) in Geochemistry, Earth Sciences or Analytical Chemistry (inorganic) to be considered.

Role competences:

1. First degree (or Masters) in Geochemistry, Earth Sciences or Analytical Chemistry (inorganic)
2. Proven knowledge of analytical chemistry techniques
3. Proven experience in the application of one or more of the following techniques: LA-ICP-MS, analytical SEM and/or EPMA
4. Demonstrable knowledge of basic mineralogy and petrology
5. Experience of methodical data collection, treatment, handling and database management
6. Ability to plan and organise own time to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines
7. Ability to communicate effectively and willingness to work within a team as well as of own initiative
8. Knowledge and experience of sample preparation of geological materials, ideally involving cutting, grinding, polishing, crushing, picking and mounting
9. Experience of contributing to laboratory based research


Closing date: 8th August (9am)

Further information online / download role specification


New!DATE ADDED: 25/07/2016

Royal Ontario Museum, Canada

Technician - Palaeobiology

Full time

Starting: October 2016

Salary: $61,591- $70,390 pa

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. However, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority

Source: Employment at ROM


The ROM currently seeks a Collection Technician to assume responsibility for the day to day management of the Invertebrate Palaeontology collections under the supervision of the Curator in charge. You will develop a consistent approach for liaising with other Palaeobiology staff and interested parties (e.g. students, visitors, volunteers); prepare, clean, conserve, identify and rationalize the storage of a wide range of invertebrate and plant fossil specimens; manage and maintain the fossil storage/preparation/visitor facilities, develop supplies and equipment budgets; monitor visitors, casual staff, students and volunteers; participate in field expeditions and public programs as required by the Curator in charge.


Msc in Palaeontology/Biology with a strong background in evolutionary/organismal biology in addition to a minimum of two (2) years related experience OR an acceptable equivalent in education and experience;
Experience in collection management, preparation of fossils, and fieldwork;
Strong familiarity with relevant palaeontological literature and digital resources for the identification of fossils;
Ability to work independently with little direct supervision;
Strong supervisory and organizational skills, good judgement, reliability and manual dexterity;
Excellent communication, research and report writing skills. The candidate must demonstrate a firm grasp of English spelling and grammar. Experience in publishing academic or other materials will be considered an asset.
High degree of accuracy and attention to detail. Excellent planning and organizational skills as well as the ability to manage many concurrent projects and ability to meet deadlines;
Ability to undertake fieldwork under isolated conditions;
Computer experience including use of databases and spreadsheets;
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with all levels of Museum staff.


Closing date: 25th August (or until filled)

Further information online


New!DATE ADDED: 25/07/2016

University of Oxford, Department of Earth Science

PDRA in Evolution/Palaeobiology

Full time

Ref: 124626

Fixed term for 2.75 years

Salary: £30,738 - £37,768 pa

Source: jobs.ac.uk

The department seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the Vertebrate Palaeobiology research group led by Dr Roger Benson. The Postdoctoral Research Assistant will implement research in collaboration with the PI. This involves initially generating a large, detailed morphological database using 21st century 3D data-capture methods such as micro-CT and structured light scanning on extant and fossil specimens from the mammalian and bird/crocodile evolutionary lineages, targeting approximately 5,000 species. This data will be used to address long-standing questions about the mode and tempo of morphological evolution on long evolutionary timescales.

The successful candidate will be expected to scan the osteology of extant bird, mammal and crocodilian skeletons, and their fossil relatives including dinosaurs and therapsids (mammal-like ‘reptiles’) in museum collections in the UK and worldwide, collect 3D landmark data using geometric morphometrics, and apply phylogenetic comparative methods to address questions about the evolution of aspects of morphology from cross the skeleton, including how rates and constraints on phenotypic evolution have changed over 300 million years. Writing and contributing to scientific articles and attending conferences to report findings of the project are also essential aspects of the job.

A PhD relating to Palaeontology, Macroevolution, Comparative Anatomy or a cognate discipline is required at the time of starting the post. The successful candidate must have the ability to conduct quantitative research on morphology and evolution, experience of specimen-based research using museum collections of fossil or extant animals, ability to plan and manage travel commitments and conduct data collection, a track record of research publication in international, peer reviewed journals.

The successful applicant will have an option to engage in teaching. This may include lectures and small-group teaching of undergraduates and graduate students. There is also scope for the PDRA to supervise Masters projects.


Closing date: 7th September (noon)

Further information online / download job specification


New!DATE ADDED: 25/07/2016

Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Curatorial Assistant II

Ref: 39847BR

Full time

Fixed term contract until 30-Jun-2018

Source: HigherEdJobs

The Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard University is a center for research and education focused on the comparative relationships of animal life. The MCZ was founded in 1859 and served as a training ground for professional zoologists and influenced many budding US museums through this new generation. Research at the MCZ continues to follow Agassiz’s vision to illuminate the structures of living things, their natural classification and relationship with their surroundings, while remaining a leading institution for modern zoological research. The present-day MCZ collections are comprised of approximately 21-million extant and fossil invertebrate and vertebrate specimens, which continue to be a focus of research and teaching for MCZ, Harvard and outside students and researchers.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) is seeking a Curatorial Assistant in it's Vertebrate Paleontology (VP) collection. Reporting to the Curatorial Associate of Vertebrate Paleontology (VP) in Museum of Comparative Zoology, and work closely at times with the VP Preparator. The curatorial assistant will be responsible for assisting the VP Curatorial Associate with day-to-day collection activities; update all collection indices as necessary; assists with processing of loans, returns and exchanges; answer pertinent correspondence in consultation with Curatorial Associate; assist visitors with access to collections and department library; may perform clerical duties required by the collection such as ordering or mailings. The curatorial assistant processes data relevant to taxonomic and collection information into our museum database, including accessions. May assist in fossil preparation and preservation, maintenance, renovation of collection, pertinent inquiries and visitors to the MCZ collections and facilities, and executes related duties as assigned. Provides clerical functions incidental to the curatorial activities. Attends regular staff trainings/meetings. Contributes to unit goals by accomplishing related duties as required.

Basic Qualifications

High School Diploma or equivalent required, in addition to 1+ years of experience working in a museum collection, or a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with coursework in geology, paleontology, or other closely related fields (e.g. zoology, evolution, etc.) Experience with data processing, spreadsheet and database software.

Additional Qualifications

College background in geology, biology or museum studies. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Experience working with collection database management programs, and web interface required. Knowledge PC computers, including Microsoft Word and Excel in addition to demonstrated comfort with learning new software applications. Must be flexible and willing to take on new assignments. Ideal candidate will have great attention to detail, be self-motivated, and the ability to work as part of a team. Should be able to demonstrate good written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to lift 30 lbs. Vertebrate Paleontology experience preferred.


Closing date: None stated

Further information online


DATE ADDED: 27/06/2016 (still open 25/07/16)

American Museum of Natural History

Confocal Microscopy Specialist

Ref: 02319

Full time

Source: AMNH Careers

Position Summary

The Confocal Microscopy Specialist position is a grant funded research position analyzing high resolution 3D Laser Confocal Scanning Microscope (LCSM) image stacks of samples returned from the NASA Stardust mission.

Responsibilities include LCSM microscope and attached Raman spectrometer operation, data collection and analysis, synchrotron x-ray fluorescence (XRF) measurement and analysis of XRF results, handling of very large image data sets, travel to synchrotron facilities (APS and BNL), writing proposals for synchrotron beam time, and writing papers reporting results.

See also: Greenberg and Ebel (2010) Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy of Stardust Material. Geosphere 6: 515-523. & Ebel et al. (2009) 3-dimensional Textural and Compositional Analysis of Particle Tracks and Fragmentation History in Aerogel. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 44: 1445-1463.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a relevant field of physical sciences.
Preferred Qualifications
Computer and programming skills are highly desirable. Confocal microscope experience is desirable but not essential.


Closing date: Open Until filled

Further information online


DATE ADDED: 03/04/2016 (still open 25/07/16)

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 25/07/16)

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 25/07/16)

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 25/07/16)

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


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