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DATE ADDED: 22/08/2016

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Earth Sciences Collections Manager

Source: CAM

We are seeking a Collections Manager in Earth Sciences. This is a full-time, exempt position, supported by endowment. The Collections Manager is responsible for the continued development of the geology and paleontology collections as well as promoting their study and appreciation through the Museum's nature education programs and exhibits. The Museum seeks an energetic candidate with broad interests in these disciplines and a passion for science outreach and education.

Essential Requirements

  • Master’s degree in geology, paleontology related discipline, or commensurate experience
  • Experience working with geology and paleontology collections, knowledge of vertebrate fossils desired
  • Experience in museum techniques and collections management
  • Experience in original scientific research and subsequent distribution of information through publications
  • Experience in the supervision and training of volunteers or related experience
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills including an ability to interact with the general public
  • Strong working knowledge of computer software, including database management

Closing date: 15th September

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New!DATE ADDED: 11/09/2016

National Park Service: Petrified Forest National Park, AZ

Physical Science Technician (Paleontology)

Reference: AZSHRO 16-193 DEU TRM

Full Time

Fixed Term: 13 months

Salary: $40,033.00 to $52,043.00

United States Citizens

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. For more information about the National Park Service, click http://www.nps.gov/index.htm.

Open to all qualified U.S. citizens. You do not have to be a current or former government employee to be considered for this position.
This is a Full time, term position. Initial appointment is 13 months with possible extensions up to 4 years.

Major duties:
-Conducts baseline inventory of paleontological sites.
-Develops and implements monitoring system for known sites following NPS policy (NPS 77)
-Documents fossiliferous areas through field mapping techniques and GPS.
-Conducts paleontological excavations of vertebrate material.
-Ensures that accurate notes and documentation accompany all fieldwork.
-Writes summaries and briefings of ongoing events.
-Consolidates and prepares fossil specimens, adaptively using manual, electrical, and air-powered tools.
-Identifies paleontological specimens for accession into museum collections.
-Provides advice, assistance and training to student interns and volunteers involved in projects and field research.
-Provides information to other employees and visitors about park resources and the paleontological program.
-Develops and presents paleontological themed interpretive programs to the public.
-Writes paleontological resource management plan for park, which should include all paleontological research conducted by park staff.
-Performs a variety of administrative duties in support of resource management and research projects. This includes completing requisitions for supplies and equipment, maintaining computer databases, office files, and records.

Special Qualifications or Requirements
-Best applicants will possess a Master's degree in either the Geosciences or Biology with an emphasis in Paleontology (desired).
-Incumbent must have experience in identifying and excavating fossil material, with an emphasis on fossil vertebrates.
-Experience with Late Triassic or later Mesozoic vertebrate fossils is highly desirable.
-Individual should be highly motivated and comfortable speaking to groups.
-Incumbent is required to carry packs up to 30 pounds over rough terrain in a hot, dry climate.
-Work is primarily performed outdoors, often under adverse weather conditions.
-Work requires long periods of bending, stooping, walking, climbing and working in cramped conditions.
-Work is often performed in backcountry or wilderness areas of the park.


Closing date: 23rd September

Further information online


New!DATE ADDED: 11/09/2016

University of Alberta Museums

Museum Collections Manager

Reference: A106630152

Salary: $65,286 to $108,806.

Full time

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

Source: CHIN Jobs

The University of Alberta is seeking a dynamic museum professional for the leadership position of Museum Collections Manager, University of Alberta Museums. The University of Alberta located in Edmonton, Alberta, is one of the largest collecting institutions in Canada with more than 17 million objects and specimens in disciplines ranging from art to zoology. There are 29 academic museum collections that comprise the University of Alberta Museums which are integral to the University's teaching, research, discovery learning and access programs. Museums and Collections Services leads the development and implementation of a campus-wide operational, administrative (policy) and exhibition/program delivery framework for the University of Alberta Museums.

Reporting to the Executive Director, Museums and Collections Services/University of Alberta Museums, the Museum Collections Manager is accountable for leading and shaping the U of A Museums Collections Management area including:

  • Leading, planning and managing the Collections Management Program for the U of A Museums
  • Planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating collections management services and policies in compliance with legislation, and in accordance with established museum standards
  • Ensuring the Collections Management Program and the U of A Museum’s collections management system and web strategies are aligned and integrated
  • Ensuring the University of Alberta Museums are compliant with regulatory areas such as the Cultural Property
  • Export and Import Act, CITES (endangered species legislation) and Copyright legislation
  • Identifying and securing significant new resources to support the Collections Management Program and strategies
  • Leading the development and implementation of a museum emergency/disaster preparedness and prevention strategy for the U of A Museums
  • As a member of the U of A Museums leadership team, contributing to planning major strategic initiatives within the University of Alberta Museums vision
  • Oversees Collections Management Team

The successful candidate will have:

  • A graduate degree in a discipline familiar with object-based research and/or museum collections management
  • Five years of progressively responsible leadership experience in a museum/university museum setting or museum management and advisory settings
  • Excellent writing, planning, research, communication, organizational and project management skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the museum community, not-for-profit sector and government services, locally, nationally and internationally including funding sources available for museums and related projects
  • Evidence of ability to interact effectively with all levels of campus personnel and especially academic curators, faculty, and senior administrators
  • Comprehensive and current knowledge of museum theory and practice
  • Core competencies including: achievement orientation, analytical thinking, conceptual thinking, flexibility, impact and influence, organizational awareness, business insight, planning and initiative, self-confidence, self-development, sense of urgency, and team leadership and team cooperation

This regular continuing position is in accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer agreement and offers a comprehensive benefits package (which can be viewed at www.hrs.ualberta.ca) and an annual salary of

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, CV and a list of 3 professional references addressed to Janine Andrews, Executive Director, University of Alberta Museums.

If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.


Closing date: 9th October 2016

Further information online


New!DATE ADDED: 11/09/2016

Illinois State Geological Survey, Prairie Research Institute: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Assistant or Associate Mineralogist

Reference: A1600432

Full time

Starting date is negotiable after the closing date

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Full time

Source: GSA Today

The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) is a premier state geological survey, with over 200 scientists and technical support staff, serving the needs of the public, government, and industry with earth science information and research relevant to natural resources, environmental quality, economic vitality, and public safety. ISGS is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis.  PRI houses five large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology and archaeology.  The University is a land-grant institution that provides access to world-class laboratory and academic facilities, Big Ten athletic events, and internationally acclaimed cultural opportunities.

We are seeking an individual to direct and manage the clay mineralogy, XRD, XRF and other material characterization laboratories and perform related responsibilities, and design, initiate, and complete investigations related to clay mineralogy and mineral resources research.  This position is based in Champaign.

Major Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Direct and manage daily operations of the clay mineralogy, XRD, XRF and other material characterization laboratories including sample receiving, sample processing, quality control of analytical results, operation and maintenance of analytical equipment reporting analytical results, preparation of invoices, managing laboratory inventory, and purchasing supplies.
  • Establish and implement scientific methods, protocols, and procedures through research and laboratory experiments for clay mineralogy and mineral characterization.
  • Establish laboratory quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) standards through laboratory experiments and testing and, where appropriate, involve interlaboratory proficiency assessments. 
  • Train and supervise laboratory assistants including task assignments, performance evaluation, and mentoring.
  • Develop and maintain records (including electronic databases and paper files) with results of laboratory analyses and appropriate ancillary data for purposes including the storage, maintenance, tracking, reporting and archiving of sample related information. Introduce new computer software and technology to laboratory operation to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of laboratory processes, enhance data quality, and reduce operational cost.
  • Prioritize equipment needs of the laboratories including maintenance and acquisition.
  • Prioritize replacement of laboratory equipment and make decisions on or recommendations for replacement and new acquisition of equipment according to purchasing guidelines.
  • Acquire and assemble analytical equipment required to carry out functions of the material characterization laboratories. 
  • Evaluate and set service fees with Survey financial staff in accordance Survey and University guidelines.
  • Manage financial and budgetary resources of the material characterization account (which is funded by XRD, XRF, and other analytical work) with assistance from finance staff.
  • Ensure that the laboratory operates in a fiscally responsible and financially stable condition.
  • Prioritize and manage laboratory workflow based on staff needs and laboratory efficiency.
  • Periodically evaluate staffing needs of the laboratory for efficient and effective operation.
  • Conceive, plan, coordinate, and conduct research related to clay mineralogy, diagenesis, and mineralogical investigations.
  • Carry out research appropriate for characterizing Illinois’ rocks/sediments and developing new techniques.
  • Critically review grant proposals and proposed publications such as maps, abstracts, journal articles, and databases submitted by Survey staff and outside individuals for publication by the Survey or other professional organizations or publishers. 
  • Publish results of investigations in ISGS publication series and other venues and formats, which include, but are not limited to, geologic maps, journal articles, web pages, scientific abstracts, and databases. Compile, utilize, and maintain databases relevant to research. Independently plan and perform data collection and field work.
  • Respond to requests for information by and provide technical expertise to staff, government agencies, academia, industry, and the general public.  Responses include written memorandum reports, public presentations, telephone conversations, and occasional field work.
  • Attend, participate in, and contribute to meetings, conferences, and workshops. 
  • Participate in professional organizations.
  • Communicate results of investigations as presentations and lectures to a wide variety of audiences in a variety of venues including public lectures and meetings, educational settings, field trips, professional organization conferences and meetings, and academic or research seminars. 
  • The assistant level will provide support to research and projects including management of grant funding and production of project, grant, or contract reports and deliverables as well as provide data and support to proposal submissions seeking external funding.
  • The associate level will serve as principal investigator, lead research and projects, and perform tasks in that capacity including management of grant funding and production of project, grant, or contract reports and deliverables as well as pursue externally funded research projects by preparing and writing contract and grant proposals to provide external funding.


Assistant level requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) in geology, chemistry, or related discipline and the Associate level requires a minimum of a master’s degree (Ph.D. preferred) in geology, chemistry, or related discipline.

  • Four years of related mineralogical industry, academic, or research experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in laboratory management skills including problem solving, QA/QC practices, data management, and supply management.
  • Database utilization and development, budget management, and invoicing experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience with a range of material characterization techniques (e.g., XRD, XRF, microscopy).
  • Mechanical ability applicable to the upkeep of laboratory analytical equipment.
  • Experience and proficiency with operation and maintenance of XRD, XRF, and other equipment used for material characterization highly preferred. 
  • Ability to critically review existing methods and research and develop new laboratory methods, procedures, and standards.
  • Demonstrated skills in research related to clay mineralogy, mineral identification and material characterization.
  • Demonstrated record of presenting and publishing research results.
  • Experience in proposal writing and submission and subsequent project management highly desired.
  • Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, and analytical equipment specific software.
  • Experience with database or laboratory information management system software desired.
  • Effective communication, organizational, and personal relations skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a professional demeanor as both a team member/leader and independently with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment with multiple and changing priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to train and supervise the work of laboratory assistants, including students. 

Closing date: 14th October 2016

Further information online


New!DATE ADDED: 11/09/2016

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Collections Manager of Paleobotany and Paleoecology

Reference: 16A25

Part time

Source: CMNH Employment

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH), founded in 1920, is located in the heart of University Circle, five miles east of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Considered one of the finest institutions of its kind in North America, the Museum offers an incredible visitor experience, attracting roughly 275,000 visitors a year. There are more than 140 public education programs and over 80,000 students served annually. The Museum employs about 160 people.

Building on its strong foundation of excellence in education and research, the Museum is poised to transform itself. The Museum will invite and engage a broader audience in the exploration of science and the natural world by revolutionizing the way it presents natural history. The Museum has launched a capital campaign to support a dramatic renovation and expansion of its facilities and exhibits. This ambitious plan will position the Museum to play a leading role in regional and national efforts to improve science education and increase scientific literacy. The Museum is seeking a dynamic, creative, organized and energetic individual who is passionate about science education in our region and beyond.

Under the general supervision of the Curator and Head of the Paleobotany and Paleoecology Department, the Collections Manager of Paleobotany and Paleoecology will oversee the general management of paleobotanical and pollen collections within the department. Although the main role will be supportive in growth, management and protection of the collections, this position will be required to pursue research and educational opportunities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Management of Paleobotanical and Pollen Collections:
Responsible for the management and proper curation of paleobotanical and pollen specimens in the collection.
Responsible for the management of the systematic arrangement and proper storage of specimens.
Responsible for the acquisition of new material through research and other accessions and tracking collection growth.
Responsible for the identification of new material and producing labels.
Responsible for computer database development of new and existing material and entering the data into the database.
Responsible for the management of the departmental loan program and filing loan paperwork with the Registrar.
Responsible for ordering supplies and equipment.

Assist curator in research projects and encouraged to develop an independent research program.
Present research at regional and national meetings.

Responsible for offering departmental services to museum members, the general public, and businesses based on current departmental fees to provide specimen identification and biological background of paleobotanical specimens.
Responsible for engaging with the general public through participating in museum outreach activities, giving presentations to schools and other non-profit organizations, and other activities that will raise the visibility of the department and the museum.

Other Responsibilities
Performs other duties as assigned by the Curator of Paleobotany and Paleoecology or a member of the senior management team as required.

Education and/or Experience
Master’s degree (M.S.) in paleobotany, palynology, or related field with 3-5 years of experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience and knowledge of paleontological collections management and digital data management.
Database management experience.
Experience working with Microsoft Office Suite products to include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Advanced knowledge and ability working with computers and computer systems, particularly those on Macintosh platforms.

Other Qualifications
Ability to communicate a passion or science to diverse audiences.
Ability to be an outstanding ambassador for the Museum.
Ability to research scientific information, ideas and methods.
Ability to deal effectively with public and private agencies and individuals in matters relating to paleobotany and the museum.
Ability to speak effectively with groups or donors, communicating the museum’s mission as well as why collections are necessary.
Ability to multi-task and efficiently prioritize assignments while working independently.
Professional demeanor, tact, diplomacy, discretion, good judgment, strong insight and instinct, maturity and sophistication.
Ability to work with an interdisciplinary professional team, including high-level division and department directors.
Demonstrated knowledge of writing clearly and informatively with a high level of sophistication; ability to vary writing styles to meet needs.
Advanced knowledge and ability working with computers and computer systems, particularly those on Macintosh platforms.
Ability to travel and engage with volunteers and community outside of the normal office environment.


Closing date: Open until filled

Further information online


New!DATE ADDED: 11/09/2016

Des Moines University, Iowa

Paleobiology Postdoctoral Researcher

Full time

Fixed term: 1 year

Source: Vitae Careers


Applications are now being accepted for a postdoctoral scholar for an NSF-funded project on Natural Trap Cave to start immediately, but consideration will be given to candidates that can start as late as January 1, 2017. This 1-year postdoctoral position (plus health benefits) will be based in Des Moines, IA at Des Moines University with PI Julie Meachen. The postdoc will be working with the field site of Natural Trap Cave, Wyoming. Duties will include an independent research project related to Natural Trap Cave, helping the PI with fossil curation duties, and assisting in the field for 2-3 weeks in the summer of 2017. The postdoc will also travel to Lawrence Livermore Laboratories in the Bay Area of California to analyze AMS radiocarbon samples (this will be about 2-3 weeks per year on-site in Livermore), a living stipend will be offered to defray these costs. There will also be time for the postdoc to work on independent research projects and with students. If desired, the candidate may also obtain some human gross anatomy laboratory experience.


A Ph.D. in a paleo-related field (Biology, Geology, or Anthropology), with a degree in hand no later than the start date. Field experience is preferred, and the candidate should have the ability to do rigorous fieldwork (rappelling and ascending 85 feet). Experience with AMS radiocarbon dating is a plus, but not a requirement. Experience using R programming language is also viewed positively. The candidate must be willing to travel for approximately 1 month a year and be able to work independently.


Closing date: Open until filled

Further information online

Questions about the position can be directed to Julie Meachen at julie.meachen@dmu.edu. Initial screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


New!DATE ADDED: 11/09/2016

American Museum of Natural Hsitory

Collection Assistant, Minerology

Reference: 92392

Fixed Term

Full time

Source: AMNH Careers

Position Summary

The Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at the American Museum of Natural History seeks an individual to assist in the management and documentation of its world-class mineral and gem collections for a period of approximately 3.5 years.

Experience with mineral nomenclature, use of spreadsheets and relational database systems and collection management, as well as photography and mineral care and conservation are desirable.

The successful applicant will work with and under supervision of the Curator of Minerals and the mineral collection manager.

Required Qualifications

Applicants should have obtained a bachelor's degree in an area of geoscience or have equivalent experience knowledge and be competent and interested in mineralogy and related fields in geoscience and/or gemology.


Closing date: Open until filled

Further information online


New!DATE ADDED: 11/09/2016

American Museum of Natural Hsitory

Content Assistant, Minerology

Reference: 92393

Fixed Term

Full time

Source: AMNH Careers

Position Summary

The Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at the American Museum of Natural History seeks an individual to assist with the development of content for the revision of the Halls of Minerals and Gems for a period of approximately 3.5 years.

The successful candidate should have a breadth of knowledge in mineralogy, mineral systematics, mineral resources, and related topics, be able to research and write short reports on topics for inclusion in the new halls or related on-line resources, and preferably have familiarity with specimen mineralogy and Earth system science. The content assistant will work with and under supervision of the Curator of Minerals.

Required Qualifications

Applicants must have obtained a bachelor's degree in an area of geoscience and be competent and interested in mineralogy and related fields in geoscience and/or gemology.


Closing date: Open until filled

Further information online


DATE ADDED: 22/08/2016 (still open 11/09/16)

American Museum of Natural History

Scientific Assistant for Earth and Planetary Sciences

Full time

Ref: 92349

Source: AMNH Careers

Position Summary

The Scientific Assistant for Earth & Planetary Sciences is responsible for the following:

Collection Responsibilities:

1. Oversee maintenance and organization of the mineral deposits collection.
2. Accession donated and collected samples with the museum's registrar.
3. Arrange and file paperwork for loans.
4. Maintain electronic database for the collection.
5. Write up the annual collections report for the mineral deposits.

Research Assisting Responsibilities:

1. Prepare rock or experimental samples for analysis.
2. Perform microprobe analyses on samples.
3. Use the scanning electron microscope to identify and characterize samples.
4. Perform FTIR analysis on samples

Electron Microphobe and FTIR Laboratory Responsibilities:

1. Teach new users how to operate instrument for quantitative and/or qualitative analysis.

Required Qualifications

1. Bachelor's degree in in geology or a related field is required.
2. Experience in geochemistry or planetary science is required.
3. Basic office and organizational skills (filing, working with computers, and document software) required.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Experience with electron microprobe/SEM desirable
2. Candidate should possess strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to work well with others.


Closing date: Open until filled

Further information online


DATE ADDED: 25/07/2016 (still open 11/09/16)

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: Open until filled

Further information online


DATE ADDED: 03/04/2016 (still open 11/09/16)

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: 27/08/2016 (still open 11/09/16)

Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Curatorial Assistant II

Full time

Ref: 40335BR

Fixed Term until 30th June 2017

Source: Harvard Recruitment

The MCZ was founded in 1859 by an act, signed into law, of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts primarily through the efforts of Louis Agassiz, a brilliant lecturer and scholar from Switzerland. The museum established 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

  • This position supports the NSF-funded, Thematic Collections Networks (TCN) project awarded to digitize the MCZ’s fossil insect collection, with more than 30,000 catalogued specimens.
  • The Curatorial Assistant (CA) will assist with taking photographs of fossil insect specimens (both rock compressions/impressions and amber inclusions) and obtaining stacked images through specialized software.
  • Once the CA has become familiar with the collection’s unique material, routine rough (pre)identification of specimens will be expected.
  • The CA will also assist with databasing and labeling of fossil insect specimens. Assist with basic curation of damaged amber pieces to make the inclusions within them photographable (polishing of cracked surfaces, restoration with synthetic resin).
  • Other duties as required.

Basic Qualifications

  • College courses in biology or museum studies.

Additional Qualifications

  • One to two years of collections-related experience.
  • At least one year of experience working with PC computers.
  • Knowledge of collection databases and programs preferred.
  • Strong interest in natural history.
  • Ability to work independently and with a team.

Closing date: None stated

Further information online


DATE ADDED: 10/08/2016 (still open 11/09/16)

The Field Museum Chicago, IL

Director, Gantz Family Collections Center

Source: SPNHC Jobs

The Field Museum ("Field," or "Museum"), one of the world's preeminent natural history museums, seeks a dynamic, imaginative, and collaborative science professional as its next Director of the Gantz Family Collections Center ("Director"). The Director will provide strategic vision and direction for the Museum's collections and programs, overseeing maintenance, use, and growth of what is currently 30 million specimens and artifacts that are studied by the national and international scientific community and serve as the basis for the Museum’s conservation action, public education, permanent and traveling exhibitions.

A private institution, The Field Museum is considered one of the premier natural history museums in the United States. The Field Museum is distinctive in its encompassing the fields of anthropology, botany, geology, and zoology under a single roof; its collections are among the world's largest, rich in both historic and modern material. Research and environmental conservation techniques and standards developed at the Museum have become definitive and authoritative. The Field attracts up to 2 million visitors annually and interacts digitally with ever increasing numbers around the world.

Reporting to the Vice President of Science and Education, the Director will be a trusted colleague and partner for the directors and staff of other departments throughout the Museum. With them, the Director will continue The Field Museum's work of collecting, cataloging, and researching specimens and artifacts, while envisioning future directions and opportunities for collections to play increasingly central roles in our lives and society. The Director leads a staff of more than 50 accomplished professionals and distinguished scientists.

The new Director of the Gantz Family Collections Center will join The Field Museum at a pivotal point in its history. Reorganization in 2012 has reinforced the central role that the collections play in inspiring and supporting the scientific, educational, and programmatic work of the Museum. The Director will be a passionate champion of collections management, research, education, and conservation action in the biological, geological and cultural sciences; a thoughtful manager of people, processes, and systems; a compelling public advocate for the Museum and its collections; and an energetic presence and partner in the Museum's broader community.


Closing date: None stated

Please direct all inquiries, expressions of interest, and nominations in confidence to: Anita Tien, Vice President; Ben Tobin, Managing Associate; and Cortney Tunis, Associate at Isaacson, Miller: www.imsearch.com/5888.

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DATE ADDED: 16/05/2016 (still open 11/09/16)

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: 03/04/2016 (still open 11/09/16)

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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