Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Job code: 406
Fixed term: 9th Dec - 31st April
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is seeking an Assistant Preparator for the fossil prep lab in the town of Snowmass Village. This is a term position from 12/9/2013 to 3/31/2014. The successful candidate will be based in Denver from 12/9/2013 to 1/6/2014 then in Snowmass Village from 1/6/2014 to 4/31/2013 when the position term ends. Accommodation will be provided in Snowmass Village and Denver if required.
This position provides supervisory and technical support to the Schlessman Family Earth Sciences Laboratory (ES Lab) at Snowmass Village. This includes making sure that the lab functions efficiently and that specimens are prepared at the highest professional standards. Supervision and management of volunteers will be required. The position will include frequent interactions with the general public to interpret the specimens and work that is taking place.
The successful candidate should have at least one year’s experience, preferred, in aspects of specimen preparation and at minimum BA or BS degree preferrably in Geology or Paleontology
Closing date: 29th November
Please submit cover letter and resume no later than November 29, 2013.
Please apply online
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Natural History Museum
Vacancy reference: DS/PDRADSAV/NHM
Salary up to £29,300 pa plus benefits
Full time 41h per week inc lunch breaks
Start: Late January/Early February 2014
12 months fixed term contract
The postdoctoral research assistant (PDRA) will work in collaboration with Dr Paul Barrett on a major new dinosaur specimen. Work will entail: obtaining and processing µCT scans of a dinosaur skull and its 3D reconstruction and visualisation, 3D laser scanning of individual dinosaur bones and 3D reconstruction of its skeleton. Additional work on the specimen, using either Finite Element Analysis or muscle moment arm analysis, is also planned. The PDRA will also be heavily involved in preparation of the work for publication.
1. MSc or PhD in palaeontology, anatomy, biomechanics, or computed tomography
2. Excellent aptitude with CT 3D reconstruction software
3. Good working knowledge of vertebrate anatomy
4. Good writing skills
5. Strong communication skills
1. CT scanning and 3D reconstruction of a dinosaur skull
2. 3D laser scanning of a dinosaur skeleton
3. Preparation of this work for publication
4. Optional biomechanical analyses (depending on experience)
Closing date: 1st December 2013 (midnight)
Interviews: Wednesday 11th December 2013
Apply on-line before the closing date through the NHM website: www.nhm.ac.uk/jobs.
Complete the on-line application form. In the ‘Other Information’ section, please provide specific examples from your achievements, knowledge, skills or experience to demonstrate how you meet each of the role competences (section 3) for the role. You must complete this section.
- Please use one field per competence and a maximum of 140 words per field
- Tell us what attracted you to the role.
- Tell us about anything else you believe is relevant to your application.
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Scarborough Museums Trust
Full time (37h per week)
2 year contract
Salary: £24,000 pa
Main purpose and scope of the post:
To undertake the management of the collection, ensuring its documentation, conservation and access, including display. Particularly to undertake a retrospective documentation project, working with volunteers, and transfer collections data to an electronic collection management system.
1 To procure and set up, working with external suppliers, an appropriate collections management system with a view to online access
2 Plan and undertake a retrospective documentation project, including working with external suppliers to transfer existing data to the collection management system, and working with volunteers on documentation of the collection
3 Work towards putting collections data on the Web
4 Put in place a programme of photography of collections as appropriate for use in the collections management system
5 Ensure collection management policies and procedures are in line with Accreditation standards.
6 Oversee environmental monitoring of areas in which there are collections
7 Manage day to day acquisitions, disposals, loans, accessioning and cataloguing
8 Actively seek opportunities to develop the collection as appropriate to the Trust’s aims
9 Encourage access to the collections, including display, online use and public enquiries, particularly in conjunction with the Community Curator.
10 Ensure the conservation needs of the collection are met and undertake preventive and remedial conservation as appropriate and as governed by the Collections Care and Conservation Plan and Policy.
11 Maintain statistics on collection issues such as numbers of acquisitions etc and write reports as required.
12 Line manage the Collections Assistant, undertaking appraisals and enabling training.
13 Follow Health and Safety policies and procedures as appropriate
14 As required, attend the Trust’s premises for emergency call outs.
15 Undertake other duties as required
Qualifications and Experience
• First degree
• 2 years experience of museum collection management
Knowledge and Competencies
• An understanding and knowledge of collection management systems and procedures
• An understanding and knowledge of relevant standards such as SPECTRUM
• An understanding and knowledge of electronic collection management systems
• Understanding of the procurement and setting up of an electronic collections management system
• Knowledge of retrospective documentation
• Awareness of new technology and its potential application to collections and access to them
• An understanding and knowledge of working with volunteers
• An understanding and knowledge of conservation issues, including environmental monitoring
• Knowledge of one or more of the subjects of our collections – archaeology, social history, natural history, geology, art
• Manages budgets effectively. Demonstrates a responsible attitude to available resources and uses them efficiently and effectively.
Skills and Attributes
• A demonstrable passion for museums and galleries and a commitment to access to collections
• A commitment to and enthusiasm for working with volunteers and community groups
• Good presentation skills
• Practical skills in handling and cataloguing objects
• Proven project management skills.
• Proven staff management skills
• Post grad qualification in museum studies
Closing date: 2nd December 2013
Interviews are planned for Tuesday 10 December.
Apply by email only - please send a covering letter describing how you meet the requirements detailed in the Person Specification together with your CV to email@example.com
Queries to: Mrs Ruth Lilley (01723 384509) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
The starting date is July 1st, 2014.
This is a full-time position with a salary and title commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County seeks a Curator specializing in the study of marine mammals (living or fossil) to conduct collection-based research in evolutionary biology including taxonomy, systematics, biogeography, and biodiversity science. The NHM, the largest natural history museum in the western United States, has recently finished a dramatic transformation including new ground-breaking exhibitions and a 3 ½ acre wildlife garden. The NHM’s mission is to inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds. The NHM has recently developed a strategic intent—“Be the best at communicating how our planet and life on it changes over time and why this matters”—that will guide the museum’s priorities during the next decade. The successful candidate will have a record of outstanding research and publications as well as excellent communication skills and an innate ability to engage and enthuse the public and stakeholders through his or her work.
The NHM holds one of the world’s best collections of living and fossil marine mammals, with huge potential for a broad array of research and public programs. Through a network of partnerships with local universities, the NHM provides academic mentoring to a diverse community of undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a dynamic, productive, and scientifically significant program of research to build a growing scientific and public profile, overseeing the development and curation of important collections, maintaining and strengthening the NHM’s presence in key professional and governmental networks, and establishing active internal NHM collaborations, especially with the Education and Exhibits, the Marketing and Communications, and the Advancement Departments.
The successful candidate will have a strong track record of published research with strengths in the field of evolutionary biology, and will be expected to develop an active and publically engaging research program, develop working relationships with local universities, mentor students and postdoctoral fellows, and maintain research through obtaining competitive grants and/or funding from other external sources. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D., experience in generating funding to support research, and a demonstrated track-record of peer-reviewed papers; a record of successful public communications in some form would be an advantage. The candidate must have the vision and capability to build a research program that can be integrated within the NHM’s ongoing efforts to understand the evolution of marine ecosystems and organismal adaptation to the ocean, and to shape the collections and research in ways that increase both its scientific and public appeal. Experience in collections management is desirable.
The ability to effectively communicate and engage with a wide variety of audiences, including the public and the NHM’s various stakeholders is paramount. The successful candidate will be expected to oversee and supervise the NHM’s marine mammal program including collections and collections managements staff, to participate actively in a broad range of museum activities, including exhibits, education, outreach and training of educators, public communications including, but not limited to, media interactions, and fundraising activities. More specifically, the successful candidate will be expected to play a key role in the development of content for a new permanent exhibition about the ocean. The curator will also be responsible for building productive ties with local universities, professional associations, educators, and other relevant organizations within the scientific and general community.
Closing date: 1st January 2014
Please don't submit your application through this online tool.
Applicants should email a cover letter, curriculum vitae, salary history, and the full contact information of at least three professional references to email@example.com or by mail Lisa Granados, Research & Collections, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA.
One year full-time contract
Elgin Museum is Scotland’s oldest independent museum. We hold a recognised collection of local
fossils: Middle and Upper Old Red Sandstone fish and Permian and Triassic reptiles.
This project is
100% funded by the Recognition Fund which is administered by Museums Galleries Scotland.
We seek a postgraduate specialist with museum experience to provide a review of this collection,
and to coordinate a review of our other natural history, to facilitate a rationalisation of future access
Elgin Museum does not have a curator - we have an off-site Museum Mentor to fulfil the
requirement of Accreditation. The Museum is run by volunteers (with a part-time Museum
Assistant) and among the volunteers there is a fund of knowledge of the fossils, local geology and
the natural history collection. The Museum is open to the public Mon-Sat from April-October
inclusive, and otherwise by appointment. Curatorial work and arranged visits continue through the
The project has been developed in conjunction with the Keeper of the Natural Sciences Department,
National Museums Scotland, who, together with other palaeobiology staff at NMS, will provide
specialist supervision and mentoring.
For further details, download the advert / job description / person specification / work plan and visit the Museum's website
Closing date: 7th January 2014
Application by letter to the Recognition Fund Project Manager at Elgin Museum, including a C.V.
To request further information or arrange an informal visit, please email to Janet Trythall
(Recognition Fund Project Manager at Elgin Museum): firstname.lastname@example.org
/13 (still open 25/11/13)
Bruce Museum, Grenwich CT
Position and Responsibilities:
The Bruce Museum is seeking an experienced and hardworking Curator of Science, reporting to the Deputy Director, who is responsible for documentation, interpretation, and maintenance of the museum's permanent collection.
- The Curator of Science will develop and implement two to four temporary science exhibitions each year.
- S/he will also be part of a team planning programming about the environment of Long Island Sound at the Bruce Museum Seaside Center at Greenwich Point and coordinating joining projects with partners such as the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University.
- S/he is the primary liaison between the Museum's Education Department and local schools in instituting new STEM initiatives in educational programs.
- S/he serves on the Science Committee and the Collection Committee, advising and making recommendations about acquisitions to the science collections.
- S/he is a critical member of the executive team, working with the Board, Science Committee, and staff in a supportive, direct, collegial, and congenial manner.
- Master of Science with a thesis in a natural science field, PhD and publications strongly preferred
- 3-5 years curatorial experience
- Working knowledge of curatorial practices and the natural sciences
- Experience managing a departmental budget and restricted funds
- Demonstrate excellent writing and speaking skills
- Ability to supervise part-time science curatorial staff, volunteers, and interns
- Ability to handle collection objects without supervision and travel
- Independent judgment, common sense, and authority in making decisions
- Ability to eloquently and dynamically foster and advise local collectors and cultivate donors and sponsors
Closing date: None stated
Send resume & cover letter attention Science Curator Job to: email@example.com
Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr, Greenwich CT 06830.
No phone calls, please.
DATE ADDED: 20/10/13 (still open 25/11/13)
Perot Museum of Nature and Science, TX
Manage the acquisition, care, and use of multiple earth sciences collections according to the highest professional standards of conservation as well as maintain complete and accurate records of the museums’ holdings and all collections’ activities.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- Manage all aspects of the storage, maintenance, use, and preventive conservation of collections stored at the museum and its facilities
- Manage documentation associated with the acquisition, care, exhibition, and loan of collections
- Responsible for the coordination of developing and implementing an Integrated Pest Management program
- Develop and implement policies and procedures for collections care and use (with curator consultation)
- Manages collections related budgets and business functions (with curator consultation)
- Coordinates collections’ activities with other departments
- Supervise and train collection volunteers in the methods and procedures relating to collections’ preparation and care
- Assist curator in carrying out long-term collections’ goals
Education/Experience: The job requires general knowledge equivalent to a bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in an earth science field (e.g. Geology, paleontology); with 2 years work experience in museum collections’ management, care, and documentation or over 5 years extensive experience in a managerial position of a natural history collection; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Skills and Abilities:
• Demonstrate a knowledge of basic museum procedures
• Ability to work well with staff and public
• Be able to manage a small staff of volunteers
• Have a valid TX driver’s license
• Experience with Re: Discovery database software
Essential Physical Requirements
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee may be occasionally required to climb up and down stairs and ladders; bend, lift, stoop to move and retrieve material; to push/pull, lift carry, large items; and to reach above and below shoulder height. Frequently required to walk, climb or balance, and talk or hear. Must be able to bend, stoop, crouch, kneel, climb, reach, grasp, and stand for periods of time. Must be able to lift 30-40 pounds unassisted. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Frequently uses computers, printers, fax machine, copier, small power tools, digital camera, and temperature and humidity monitors.
Work is performed in a variety of locations. Work occurs mostly in office, gallery, and collections’ room. Some overnight and day trip travel may be required.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Closing date: None stated
Please apply online
DATE ADDED: 7/09//13 (still open 25/11/13)
Burke Museum, University of Washington, Seattle
Requisition number: 98464
Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Burke Museum - Paleontology Collections Manager
The University of Washington Burke Museum invites applications for the
full-time position, collections manager of paleontology. The museum, located
on the university campus in Seattle, is a repository for research
collections and has substantial exhibit and K-16 outreach programs.
Currently the division includes three curators, one full-time collections
manager, one full-time fossil preparator, and more than 20 adjunct curators
and research associates. Paleontological collections at the Burke Museum are
actively growing and include more than three million specimens distributed
in several subdisciplines: vertebrate paleontology, paleobotany (including
pollen and phytoliths), invertebrate paleontology, and micropaleontology.
Smaller collections of minerals and meteorites are also included in the
The successful candidate will assist the curators in day-to-day operations.
Specific responsibilities include:
- managing collections budgets, including
ordering supplies and equipment; scheduling and monitoring of visiting
- processing loans
- processing new acquisitions
- maintaining lab
and field equipment
- preparing collections-related grants, permits, and
- training and supervising volunteers and students
- managing digital resources, including the digitization of collections data
and its dissemination on the internet.
- In addition, educational
responsibilities include facilitating use of the collections in undergraduate and graduate courses as well as in exhibit and public programs.
- M.S. in paleobiology or related discipline and at least five years’ experience in paleontology collections management
- Proficient experience with computer databases and online access of natural history collections is essential.
- Ph.D. in paleobiology or related discipline
- Experience with GPS mapping and GIS technology
- Experience with MySQL or related relational database systems
- Experience writing funded grant proposals
Closing date: Open until filled
Please apply online. Part of the application process for this position includes completing an online cover letter assessment, as well as the Employment Eligibility Assessment to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.
DATE ADDED: 7/09/13 (still open 25/11/13)
Paleoservices, San Diego Natural History Museum
Salary: Anticipated pay range is $18 to $23 per hour and based on individual qualifications and experience
The San Diego Natural History Museum is run and operated by the San Diego Society of Natural History, a non-profit scientific organization incorporated 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. Within the Museum, the Department of PaleoServices specializes in paleontological resource management. Our focus is on the recognition, recovery, and preservation of the significant and unique paleontological resources that occur in this region. Equal opportunity employer.
Position responsibilities include field monitoring of construction-related exposures of potentially fossil-bearing sedimentary rocks (Cenozoic and Mesozoic marine and/or non-marine rock units) in the southern and central California region.
Field monitors will be expected to collect exposed fossils and record relevant stratigraphic and taphonomic data.
Opportunities for fossil preparation are also possible.
Depending on experience, the field monitor may also be involved in preparing final reports of findings.
Qualified candidates must have a minimum of a B.S. in geology or a related discipline with an emphasis in paleontology/paleobiology (extensive operational experience may be substituted for academic experience).
Experience in field paleontology and stratigraphy is preferred. Must be able to coordinate and assist in fossil salvages.
Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs and have a valid Driver’s License. This position is a regular, full-time hourly position with a generous benefits package (e.g., medical and 403B retirement plan).
Closing date: None stated
DATE ADDED: 7/09/13 (still open 25/11/13)
Paleoservices, San Diego Natural History Museum
Salary: $56,000 to $63,000 based on individual qualifications and experience.
The San Diego Natural History Museum is run and operated by the San Diego Society of Natural History, a non-profit scientific organization incorporated 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.
Within the Museum, the Department of PaleoServices specializes in paleontological resource management. Our focus is on the recognition, recovery, and preservation of the significant and unique paleontological resources that occur in this region. Equal opportunity employer.
Position responsibilities include
- determining daily field schedules for paleontological monitoring field staff
- managing field staff
- maintaining regular communication with construction superintendents regarding earthwork schedules and monitoring results
- maintaining compliance with City, County, State, and Federal defined mitigation requirements
- reporting fossil discoveries to appropriate agencies
- ensuring completion of field work and daily/weekly reports as needed
- conducting follow-up investigations
- summarizing field data and interpretations
- developing operating procedures
- providing customer service
- must have a minimum of a M.S. Degree in Geology or a related discipline with an emphasis in paleontology/paleobiology (extensive operational experience may be substituted for academic experience)
- must have 3 to 5 years of relevant experience, experience in field paleontology and stratigraphy is preferred
- must have excellent supervisory/managerial, verbal, written, and interpersonal skills
- must have a strong work ethic and desire for high quality customer service.
- must be able to coordinate and assist in fossil salvages.
- must be able to lift at least 50 lbs and have a valid Driver’s License.
Closing date: None stated
DATE ADDED: 12/05/13 (still open 25/11/13)
The Field Museum, Chicago
Start date 5th August 2013
Full time (35 hours per week)
Fixed term: 2 years
The Field Museum seeks a vertebrate paleontologist for a two-year position focused on collections management in the fossil synapsid and mammal collection. The position is funded by an NSF Collections in Support of Biological Research grant that will integrate a large number of collected specimens into the fossil mammal collection. The postdoctoral researcher will take the lead in unpacking, organizing, accessioning and cataloging the material in the collection, and physically integrating it into the fossil mammal collection. She or he will also oversee associated inventorying, re-padding, relabeling, and rehousing of the nonmammalian synapsid collection, and will supervise undergraduate interns working on the project.
The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. and experience in collections-based paleontological research. Familiarity with the taxonomy and diversity of Eocene mammals from the western interior of North America, and Eocene stratigraphy and biostratigraphy in Wyoming are strongly desired. Prior experience with collections management and the design and use of relational databases are desirable, but not required. The planned start date for the position is August 5, 2013.
Closing date: None stated
Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a statment of research experience and objectives, a statement of collections experience, and the names of three recommendations, electronically, to Ken Angielczyk, firstname.lastname@example.org
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