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New!DATE ADDED: 07/02/2016

University of Leicester - Geology

Specialist Section Preparation Technician

Full time

Ref: SEN00703

Salary Grade 6 - £26,537 to £30,738 per annum

Permanent

Source: Jobs.ac.uk

You will undertake specialist preparation of various geological and related specimens for both research and teaching. You will provide covering support for the Electron Microprobe/SEM facility in the absence of the lead scientist. You will provide technical support in various other areas to facilitate the smooth running of Analytical Services and the department.

Main Duties

  • Provide specialist advice and guidance to staff, students and external clients on the sectioning of geological samples (but also archaeological and forensic materials) for research and teaching and the fulfilment of commercial contracts. This will include providing practical assistance in the reparation and application of equipment, the setting up of experiments and the deployment of particular techniques.
  • Plan and oversee the technical running of the Rock Sample preparation Suite, allocating resources and providing technical guidance to staff, students and the wider public in order to ensure that services are delivered to the required standard.
  • Monitor and maintain a safe working environment in the Rock Sample Preparation Suite, diagnosing and rectifying faults and problems with equipment.
  • Abide to and maintain protocols and risk assessments, along with the associated health and safety matters, required for teaching and research.
  • Determine the requirements for current and future stock and equipment, advising on the pricing and purchasing of equipment and procuring as necessary.
  • Provision of practical advice and guidance to Staff and Students as cover for absence of lead scientist for electron microprobe and SEM.
  • Participation in undergraduate field course and research based fieldwork acting as Safety Officer and Minibus Driver to ensure the safety and well-being of participants
  • Promotion of Dept and University facilities, ensuring demonstrations and displays are set out for UCAS and open days.
  • Other duties as require by the Head of Technical Services / Operations Manager

Closing date: 10th February 2016 (midnight)

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New!DATE ADDED: 07/02/2016

Department Of The Interior, Petrified Forest National Park, Holbrook, Arizona

Museum Technician (Paleo)

Ref:  AZSHRO 16-079 DEU-TMP

Salary: $15.49 to $15.49 / Per Hour

Full time

Temporary

US Citizens only

Source: USA Jobs

Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service, as we prepare for a second century of Stewardship and Engagement. Become a part of our mission to connect with our past and create important connections to the future by building a rich and lasting legacy for the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates.

This recruitment will be used to fill seasonal appointments. These appointments are not to exceed 1039 hours in a twelve month period, although positions may be terminated sooner or extended depending on management needs.

Major Duties

Assists Curator with re-organization of the collection by geologic strata and by taxon.

  • Identifies and labels museum objects (primarily Triassic paleontology specimens) by matching field numbers with associated data including catalog numbers and accession numbers, comparing related specimens to ensure accuracy, seeks guidance for situations not covered by instructions or guidelines.
  • Carefully packs museum specimens (primarily paleontology specimens) for storage in collections making sure associated labels are in good condition and associated with the specimen.
  • Creates photos documenting the status of each collection drawer or tray upon completion.
  • Catalogs objects entering data into the ICMS museum cataloging database.
  • Surveys accession records to identify and deaccession missing material.
  • Provides advice, assistance and training to student interns and volunteers involved in projects and museum research.
  • Prepares maintains and organizes manual and automated curatorial records including accession records, catalog records, and donation forms.
  • Maintains and organizes other records such as inventories and object lists.
  • Files records in accession folders and affixes catalog numbers to objects
  • Completes or provides assistance to others who complete the Annual Inventory of collections
  • Assists in scheduled cleaning of museum collections, objects and exhibit areas
  • Some routine cleaning and or preparation of museum specimens prior to curation.
    Performs a variety of clerical duties in support the curatorial operation. This includes completing requisitions for supplies and equipment, maintaining computer databases, office files, and records.
  • May assist paleontology field crew with excavation of fossil resources at remote locations

Closing date: 13th February 2016

Further information and application online

New!DATE ADDED: 07/02/2016

Paleontological Research Institution

PRI Graduate and Post-doc Research Opportunity

Source: SPNHC News

The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) invites applications from graduate students and post-doctoral researchers for the 2016 John W. Wells Grants-in-Aid of Research Program to support collections based research in any field of paleontology. The program awards grants of up to $ 500 to visit PRI’s collections.

This grant honors John W. Wells (1907 – 1994), past President of the PRI Board of Trustees, a long-time geology faculty member at Cornell University and one of the world’s leading authorities on fossil and living corals.

PRI houses one of the largest collection of invertebrate fossils in North America, with particular strengths in Cenozoic mollusks from the Western Hemisphere and marine invertebrates on the northeastern U.S., especially the Devonian of central New York. PRI’s collection can be searched online at www.pricollectionsdatabase.org.

Applications should include a brief (1 page)description of the research project, a budget justification and a letter of recommendation.

Closing date: 15th February 2016

Further information online

New!DATE ADDED: 07/02/2016

Horniman Museum, London

Deputy Keeper of Natural History

Full time

Salary £36,400 pa

Ref: CPE1.16

Source: museumjobs.com

Description

The Horniman Museum and Gardens in south east London has been open since Victorian times, when the tea trader and philanthropist, Frederick John Horniman first opened his house and extraordinary collection of objects to the local community. Since then, our collection has grown significantly and includes internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed aquarium and natural history gallery – all surrounded by 16 acres of beautiful Gardens offering breathtaking views across London.

The Horniman’s Natural History collection contains over a quarter of a million biological and geological specimens of local, national and worldwide origin. We continue to develop the collection through research and acquisition, focussing on its potential to engage audiences with science and encourage a deeper understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the natural world. Each year the Horniman welcomes over 860,000 visitors and we deliver a wide range of events and innovative displays as part of a popular and imaginative public programme and lively digital engagement strategy.

Following the recent review of our Natural History collections and major improvements to our exhibitions and displays, we are looking for a committed and forward-thinking Deputy Keeper of Natural History with the skills and experience to help us develop, preserve and interpret our collections and communicate Natural Science-based subjects to the broadest audience.

Required Skills:

You will be an enthusiastic and confident communicator, an excellent team player and have a strong affinity with the Horniman’s mission and values. You’ll have a relevant degree, a good track record of curating Natural History collections across a range of disciplines, extensive knowledge of the natural sciences and experience of conducting collections based research. You’ll work with your museum colleagues and external project partners to support and deliver a range of collections-based projects and public programmes.

Closing date: 17th February 2016 (10am)

Further information and application online

New!DATE ADDED: 07/02/2016

American Museum of Natural History

Scientific Assistant

Reference: 92077

Full time

Source: AMNH Careers

https://careers.amnh.org/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=144555


Position Summary

The Division of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History is seeking a full-time Scientific Assistant in the Invertebrate Paleontology preparation lab.

The responsibilities and duties of the position include preparation and restoration of invertebrate fossils, including detailed microscope-based preparation using a full range of mechanical and chemical methods; creating molds and casts; polished and thin section preparation; and digital preparation, such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and computerized-tomography (CT) image processing. Will also be responsible for general lab operations, including equipment and supply maintenance; provide research support, including data collection and management; interact with and support students and visiting scientists as appropriate; and be responsible for other divisional tasks as assigned. May have opportunities to participate in fieldwork.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree and some professional experience in specimen preparation required. Demonstrated high level of professional skill, innovation, and cooperativeness. Outstanding manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination, attention to detail, and patience. Knowledge of invertebrate fossils desired. Good organizational skills and ability to work independently.
Preferred Qualifications

Applications cannot be accepted via email or postal mail

**Please Note: Due to the volume of applications, we are not able to respond to email inquires regarding the status of an application. Applicants will only receive notification if they qualify for an interview.**
Quicklink for Posting

Closing date: Open until filled

Review of applications will begin February 8th, 2016. Position will remain open until filled.

Further information and application online

DATE ADDED: 25/10/15 (still open 07/02/16)

University of Kansas, Lawrence

Assistant Researcher

Job ID: 4566BR

Position number: 00005310

Pay commensurate with experience

Source: SPNHC jobs

The Collection Manager (Assistant Researcher ) for the Division of Invertebrate Paleontology of The University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute administers a world-class collection.

The collections consist of extensive invertebrate fossil and micro-fossil specimens, along with archives and library holdings. The collections have strengths in Cambrian, Carboniferous, and Cretaceous fossils, microfossils, echinoderms, brachiopods, and arthropods, and fossils from Antarctica. University curators and students, and national and international scholars use the collections extensively for research and education.

The collection manager is responsible for day-to-day activities in the collection and reports to the curator-in-charge.

Job Description

20% Collection management and conservation:

  • Ensure long-term integrity and preservation of collections and collection-storage environment.
  • Maintain and improve collection-care protocols.
  • Develop and maintain collection database.
  • Maintain and organize records of collection activity, use, and status for annual reports, grant submissions, and other documentation.

30% Acquisition and collection development:

  • Oversee the preparation and staging of newly acquired specimens for their integration into the collection.
  • Organize and prepare documentation necessary for specimen accession, including state, national and international permits and associated documentation.
  • Digitize museum specimen information for global discoverability.
  • Participate in acquisition of specimens for the Division by facilitating donations and by occasional fieldwork and expeditions at the direction of the curatorial staff.

30% Museum operational service:

  • Process all specimen loans, exchanges, and gifts; incorporate received specimens into the collection; maintain appropriate records of such activities.
  • Collaborate with curators to plan and implement divisional goals, priorities, and programs.
  • Collaborate with other museum collection managers to achieve high quality collection care and economy of scale in all collection-related activities.
  • Work proactively to place specimens from Division of Invertebrate Paleontology’s collection into the hands of qualified researchers for study.
  • Assist and supervise users of the collection.
  • Respond to inquiries from scientists, governmental and consulting agencies, the public, and other users.
  • Participate in the museum’s public programming by providing information and specimens and assisting in exhibit design; assist in museum public functions.
  • Conduct tours for visiting scholars, students, and the public.

10% Supervision

  • Train and supervise graduate student curatorial assistant(s).
  • Hire, train, and supervise undergraduate assistants.
  • Train and supervise volunteers working in the collection.

5% Professional development:

  • Work closely with the entire collection management staff to ensure consistency of practice.
  • Participate in collection management training and development through professional societies.
  • Undertake research in area of expertise when not in conflict with collection management duties.
  • Participate in professional geological and paleontological societies.

5% Other duties:

As appropriate.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree or Ph.D. in museum studies, geology, systematics, or paleontology from an accredited university or a bachelor’s degree plus 5 years experience working with museum collections in a position with similar responsibilities.
  • Working knowledge of the taxonomy and identification of invertebrate fossils.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of care and management of natural history collections, with a special emphasis on preventative conservation, collection-storage environments, and techniques pertaining uniquely to invertebrate fossil collections.
  • Familiarity with biodiversity informatics, including relational databases (e.g., Specify), web-based applications, and distributed networks.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous collection-management experience in a natural history collection, with a special emphasis on invertebrate paleontology collections.
  • Expertise in one or more taxa that constitute divisional strengths and programmatic priorities.
  • Field experience collecting invertebrate fossil specimens.
  • Experience preparing invertebrate fossil specimens.

Closing date: Open until filled

Further details online

DATE ADDED: 28/12/2015 (still open 17/01/2016)

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: 08/12/2015 (still open 07/02/16)

EcoTarium, Worcester, MA

Collections Specialist

Part time - 15 hours per week

Start date: January 2016

Source: Museum Studies at Tufts Jobs

The Collections Specialist is responsible for helping to improve collection care and management, at the EcoTarium, a museum of science and nature.

This individual would be responsible for aspects covering registration and collections management. The job would involve work in dusty conditions and would require the ability to lift and move collections objects of various sizes. The museum’s collections house a very diverse range of materials including: natural history specimens, rocks and minerals, books and scrap books, glass lantern slides, technology, and ethnographic materials. Some specimens date back to the early years of the museum, which was founded in 1825.

The museum’s collections include items of considerable scientific interest, beauty and historical value, as well as other items with no provenance or exhibit potential. We have not been actively adding to the collection, except for occasional exceptional items.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 5 years of related work experience, preferably in a natural history museum.
  • Experience in collections care and conservation for a wide range of materials as noted above
  • Knowledge of current best practices in museum collections management
  • Experience with museum collections management data base software, knowledge of PastPerfect a plus
  • Knowledge of proper paper file management for 3D collections records, archival experience a plus
  • A genuine interest in natural history, background in working with natural history specimens and basic knowledge of natural history classification preferred
  • Professional demeanor with the public and with other staff
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of the exhibit team
  • Proven ability to manage and train volunteers
  • Ability to do physical labor, including climb a 7 foot ladder, lift 80lbs., reach overhead, push and pull objects and to work in cramped, dirty or awkward spaces, including crawling or kneeling.
  • Ability to wear a respirator, no existing dust allergies
  • Experience handling delicate collections materials and ability to work safely with specimens that may have been preserved with toxic materials
  • Previous work experience with loan and donation paperwork as a primary or assisting role at another institution
  • Highly organized
  • Knowledge of proper routine cleaning procedures a plus
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Pass a CORI background check according to EcoTarium guidelines

Responsibilities:

  • Regular inspection/monitoring of collections storage areas and collections on exhibit
  • Routine housekeeping in collections storage areas
  • Implementation of an integrated pest management program
  • Conduct high-priority preventative care measures for collection materials
  • Help staff identify and access collections for exhibit and programmatic needs
  • Identify and work with outside specialists and consultants, as necessary
  • Review, help update, and implement improved collections policies
  • Assist in implementation of the museum’s 2016-2017 Collections Inventorying grant
  • Help plan and manage inventory and cataloging efforts
  • Purchase and manage the inventory of supplies
  • Serve on the museum’s Collections Committee
  • Manage and train volunteers
  • Maintain collections object files
  • Process loan, donation and transfer paperwork
  • Answer research requests
  • Assist with maintaining the museum’s institutional archives
  • Other duties as required

Non-Essential Functions:

  • Work with other members of the Exhibit team on brainstorming and developing future exhibit plans involving collections
  • Help improve collections displays in the museum
  • Other duties as assigned

Closing date: None stated

Further details online

DATE ADDED: 27/11/15 (still open 07/02/16)

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

Qualifications

  • 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

DATE ADDED: 11/11/15 (still open 07/02/16)

Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University

Curatorial Associate, Vertebrate Paleontology

Ref: 37614BR

Full time

Source: Leicester Museum Studies Jobs Desk

With rich collections comprised of more than 21 million extant and fossil invertebrate and vertebrate specimens, the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard University has been a center for research and education focused on advancing evolutionary biology and biodiversity science since its founding in 1859.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology invites applications for a full time managerial position in the museum's world-class VP collection. The Curatorial Associate (CA) is responsible for managing the curation of existing and new collections.

- Oversees and processes all incoming/outgoing loans of specimens.

- Identifies new acquisitions and oversees the proper accessioning with the appropriate legal documents.

- Provides oversight and is responsible for the accurate digitization of specimens in the museum-wide database.

- Maintains VP departmental collection files, prepares and monitors departmental budgets, and orders collection-related supplies.

- May assist in preparation of grant proposals for collection or facilities improvement.

- In conjunction with the Director, Collections Operations and the Faculty Curator, the CA will determine short- and long-term collection priorities.

- Assists with development of policies and processes conforming to best practice standards for the long term preservation and conservation of specimens within the collections.

- Supervises the daily curatorial activities of the curatorial staff and students assigned to the collections, as well as work with the VP Preparation Technician.

- The CA also oversees the activities of academic and non-academic visitors, researchers and students using the collections.

- Management responsibilities include planning and delegating work effectively and ensuring compliance with Harvard-wide, FAS and MCZ policies and procedures, as well as local, state and federal laws and regulations.

Basic Qualifications:

- Master's Degree required.

- At least 7+ years of fossil handling/curation/preparation experience in a paleontology collection; knowledge of vertebrate systematics; 3-5 years of supervisory experience.

Additional Qualifications:

- Master degree in specialized area related to paleontology and/or natural history museums preferred.

- Demonstrated writing, public speaking, and organizational skills; excellent computer skills, including database management.

- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required, as well as the ability to both work independently and in a busy team environment.

Closing date: None stated

Further information online

DATE ADDED: 11/11/15 (still open 07/02/16)

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.

Qualifications

  • 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: 25/10/15 (still open 07/02/16)

George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

Paleobiology Database Programmer

Full time

Salary commensurate with education and experience.

Source: AAPG Career Centre

Paleobiology Database Programmer

The George Mason University Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences (AOES) in the College of Science invites well-qualified applicants to apply for a full-time Paleobiology Database Programmer position. This position is fully funded by sponsored program funding and is expected to continue for two years, subject to satisfactory performance and continued funding. The position reports to the Principal Investigator of the sponsored project, the objective of which is to improve the accessibility, interoperability, sustainability and governance of paleobiological data and cyberinfrastructure resources.

From improving numerical model predictions of next year’s atmospheric temperature to explaining geological strata laid down in previous eras, from monitoring water transport through the atmosphere to modeling water movement at the bottom of the ocean, scientists and students in AOES are working to better understand our planet in myriad ways. AOES activities include research and a doctoral program in Climate Dynamics; research and undergraduate degrees in Atmospheric Science, Earth Science, and Geology; and undergraduate minors in Atmospheric Science, Earth Science, Ocean and Estuarine Science, and Paleontology.

Responsibilities:

The primary responsibility of the Paleobiology Database Programmer will be programming some of the basic structure of the Paleobiology Database (PBDB); creation of an Application Programming Interface (API) that will combine data from the PBDB and the Neotoma database in a logical and consistent fashion; and some processing of scientific data for inclusion in the PBDB.

The PBDB programming will be in Perl. Additional HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and R programming will also be required. Additional duties will include updating existing Web sites, and creation of new ones based on current Web site design modalities with provided content and specified functionality.

Required Qualifications:

A bachelor’s of science, or equivalent life/work experience, in computer science or a related field is required. Knowledge and experience in the Perl programming language, along with HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and R programming proficiency are also required.

Preferred Qualifications:

A master’s of science or equivalent experience is preferred.

Closing date: Open until filled

Further details online

DATE ADDED: 25/10/15 (still open 07/02/16)

Royal Tyrrell Museum, Alberta

Preparation Technician

Salary will be commensurate with education and experience

Source: SPNHC jobs

The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology is seeking an individual to provide technical support to Museum’s preparation program.

Preparation Technician

The Preparation Technician duties will include preparation of fossil specimens using a wide variety of techniques, materials, and equipment. Other duties include: molding, casting, and painting casts as required for research, display, and education; providing assistance with exhibit installations and maintenance as required; responding to public site reports.

Responsibilities:

  • Collection and preparation of vertebrate fossil material
  • Molding and casting
  • Interacting with Museum visitors while working at the gallery preparation table

Requirements:

Bachelor of Science in palaeontology, biology or geology
Experience in the collection and preparation of vertebrate fossil material
Strong knowledge of palaeontology especially as it relates to Alberta’s fossil resources
Candidates should possess some artistic ability
Class 5 driver’s license
Knowledge of GIS is an asset

Required skills:

Task orientated, ability to meet deadlines in a timely manner
Independent worker with strong problem solving skills
Must have demonstrated excellent communication skills, working well in a team environment

Closing date: Open until filled

Further details online

DATE ADDED: 25/10/15 (still open 07/02/16)

Royal Tyrrell Museum, Alberta

Preparation Technician - Education Liaison

Salary will be commensurate with education and experience

Source: SPNHC jobs

The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology  is seeking an individual to join the preparation program.

Preparation Technician – Education Liaison

The Preparation Technician-Education Liaison position is first and foremost a preparation technician, with particular responsibility for assisting in the development, and support, of ongoing educational activities at the Museum.

Responsibilities:

  • Preparation and collection of vertebrate material
  • Molding and casting for educational use
  • Aiding as a technical consult in the development of Museum education programs, especially citizen science projects
  • Hands on supervision of education staff or program participants
  • Fieldwork duties may include the supervision of participants for the technical aspect of material collection
  • Outreach support; development of activities, and participation in events
  • Co-ordination with the head technician and head of education on the progress of projects, ordering supplies, scheduling, etc.
  • Delivery of tours in the lab

Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science in palaeontology, biology, or geology. Masters of Science in  palaeontology, or equivalent in research related experience.
  • Experience in the collection and preparation of vertebrate fossil material.
  • A strong understanding of the Museum's mandate and a good knowledge of how and why research is conducted.
  • Strong knowledge of palaeontology especially as it relates to Alberta’s fossil resources
  • Experience in molding and casting is an asset
  • Class 5 driver’s license

Required skills:

  • Task orientated, ability to meet deadlines in a timely manner
  • Independent worker with strong problem solving skills
  • Must have demonstrated excellent communication skills, working well in a team environment

Closing date: Open until filled

Further details online

DATE ADDED: 25/10/15 (still open 07/02/16)

Royal Tyrrell Museum, Alberta

Resource Management Assistant

Salary will be commensurate with education and experience

Source: SPNHC jobs

The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology is seeking a motivated individual with a passion for Alberta’s fossil resources to join the Resource Management Program.

Resource Management Assistant

The Resource Management Assistant will work as part the of the Resource Management team to preserve the palaeontological heritage of Alberta. The position involves communicating with the public and staff members regarding the laws surrounding the collection, preparation and ownership of fossils in Alberta, assisting in the regulatory role of the RTMP and tracking and mapping applications. Computer knowledge is needed to support staff, researchers and palaeontological consultants in the research and protection of fossil resources.

Responsibilities:

  • Use of GIS software to ensure information regarding palaeontological sites is accurate and current, support other members in the Museum and consultants outside of the Museum by creating maps and layers
  • File, process and mail various regulatory documents and reports
  • Be a team member for various resource management-related projects
  • Participate in the education of RTMP staff and the public regarding fossil laws and resource management in Alberta
  • Assist in the development of interpretation programs at fossil sites outside of the RTMP

Requirements:

  • Post-secondary degree in palaeontology or closely related subject
    Excellent writing, communication, and people skills
    Familiarity with the Alberta Historical Resources Act and associated regulations
    Strong MS Office computer skills; advanced understanding of Word, Excel, and Access desired
    Experience with GIS software is an asset
    Ability to handle multiple project assignments and meeting deadlines
    Valid Driver’s license and good driving record

Closing date: Open until filled

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