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NewDATE ADDED: 04/04/2015

The Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida

Collections Assistant

Ref: 0907880

Position number: 00025222

Full time

Salary: $30,000 to $35,000

Source: Inside Higher Ed Careers

The Florida Museum of Natural History is a unit of the University of Florida. Its Vertebrate Paleontology division currently consists of two curators, four full-time staff, and10 graduate students. It has an extensive collection (~750,000 specimens) of primarily Cenozoic fossils that form the basis for a wide variety of paleontological research. The Division of Vertebrate Paleontology of the Florida Museum of Natural History seeks a full-time (40 hr/wk) collection assistant. The position is funded by a NSF grant and has a duration of one to two years, with a starting date as soon as possible. Responsibilities include identification and cataloging of Neogene and Pleistocene microvertebrate fossils from Panama. This position will require regular travel to Panama and other locations.

Minimum Requirements

Master’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and two years of appropriate experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Qualifications include knowledge of microfaunal vertebrates, a bachelor’s degree at the time of hire, and one year of experience working in a paleontology collection at a museum. Preference will be for candidates who can demonstrate experience with curation of Neogene and/or Pleistocene North American fossils from a broad range of vertebrate classes.

Extensive knowledge of microfaunal vertebrates, either through college coursework or work experience. Physically able to safely move and handle vertebrate fossils.

Master’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization such as geology or biology.

Experience with identification of Neogene and/or Pleistocene North American fossils from a broad range of vertebrate classes.

Experience using a computer database.

Experience working with or supervising volunteers in a museum and field setting.

Closing date: 12th April 2015

Further details and application online



NewDATE ADDED: 04/04/2015

Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, Claremont, CA

Museum Collections Manager Paleontology

Full time

Position starting in Fall 2015

Source: SPNHC jobs


The Collection Manager is charged with overseeing use and care of the fossil collection at the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology. This involves working with museum faculty and staff to ensure the organization, conservation, and accessibility of a collection totaling over 150,000 individual specimens.


The Collection Manager reports to the Director of the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, is supervised by the curator, and must work closely with Alf Museum/Webb staff and faculty.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conservation and curation of fossil specimens and associated documentation
  • Organization and housing of fossil specimens and associated documentation
  • Maintain computer database and digitization of fossil specimens and associated documentation
  • Development and implementation of collections management policies that are aligned with best practices in the discipline
  • Preparing reports of collection activity for government agencies and other organizations
  • Assisting researchers with the use of the collections
  • Managing loans of specimens
  • Providing logistical support for fieldwork
  • Support the museum director, curator, and other staff in educational programs with Webb students and the general public
  • Other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibility

The collection manager is responsible for supervising collection assistants and collection volunteers.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in a related academic discipline; master’s degree or higher in paleontology, geology, natural history museum studies, or a related discipline is preferred. Experience with computer database systems (e.g., Specify or Access) and management, paleontological lab techniques (e.g., basic fossil preparation and repair), museum methods (basic curation and proper handling of fossil specimens), basic ertebrate osteology and identification, paleontological fieldwork, and management of fossils from public lands also preferred.

Physical Requirements

The physical requirements of this position are those needed to successfully fulfill the job duties and responsibilities articulated above. While performing the duties of this job, an individual may be 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. The individual must be able to lift up to 40 pounds unassisted. As prescribed by law, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Closing date: 20th April 2015

Further details online

Interested candidates should submit a brief letter of interest, a current CV and a list of three references, via email, no later than April 20, 2015, to:

Don Lofgren, Director
Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology


NewDATE ADDED: 07/04/2015

Bristol City Museum

Project volunteers

Source: personal communication


The geology collections at Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives are amongst the finest regional collections in the UK. They are ‘designated’ as internationally significant in their own right. The collection comprises approximately half a million rock, mineral and fossil specimens (along with other objects such as maps, photographs and historic documentation), mainly collected from the Cambrian to Cretaceous and Pleistocene strata of the Bristol region, with significant comparative material from elsewhere in the British Isles and rest of the world. The collections were founded in 1823 (as the Bristol Institution) although components, such as the collection of G W Braikenridge, date from the end of the eighteenth century. Curators of the museum during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries included many geologists of note.

The 'Jurassic: Vertebrates of the Lias’ Project:

Bristol Museums’ geology team is in the on-going process of documenting and digitising the collection to make it more accessible to audiences. Systematically cataloguing a collection of this size will take time, so our approach is via projects focussing on discrete, manageable sections. This project will focus on vertebrates in the ‘Lias’ collections. These form an important part of our extensive Jurassic collections, the size of which reflects the geology of the Bristol area. They include specimens of historic and scientific value from local and international sources. Focus on this area of the Jurassic is aimed at supporting a palaeontology exhibition that is planned for 2017.

Aims and Objectives:

The broad aim of this project is to catalogue and digitise the ‘Lias’ vertebrates in the collection at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery to improve management of and access to this material. The specific objectives are:

  • To systematically register and document the specimens
  • To create a scientifically appropriate photographic record of each specimen
  • To collate any published academic papers or literature that support or reference the specimens
  • To address any conservation issues that might be present including any repackaging of specimens with particular reference to pyrite oxidation and historic labels
  • To enable the complete catalogued collection to be electronically recorded and published online

Aspirational objectives of the project are:

  • To undertake supporting research into the history of the specimens from the museum’s archives, or into scientific aspects of the specimens
  • To contribute to writing text for online publication, with the museum maintaining overall editorial control
  • To source material for a small physical display in the museum’s geology gallery

Vertebrates of the ‘Lias’ at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery:

Thirty eight geology store boxes of Lias vertebrate material have been identified for curation as part of this project.  Material from the oversized collections and on display may also be included. Material represented includes:

  • Fossil fish (both UK and international specimens), plesiosaur and ichthyosaur material in store, including the historic Hawker’s ‘crocodile’
  • Ichthyosaur material on display including the Charmouth ichthyosaur, Excalibosaurus, and the ‘pregnant’ ichthyosaur
  • Specimens from both modern and historic collectors

Volunteer Project:

We are offering several volunteer posts to support this project. Volunteers bring vital skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to our collections. We value and appreciate this contribution and aim to actively support the development and interests of our volunteers in return. Previous volunteers have gone on to start subject related PhD’s and apply for collections-based jobs. The project will offer the development of skills and experience within the context of an internationally important geological collection.
The project will take place on a Monday, between 10 am and 4:30 pm. We ask volunteers to commit a minimum of half a day (3 hours) within this timeframe in either a morning or afternoon slot.

The timescale of the project is expected to be about four months based on previous volunteer projects. The project will be supervised by Deborah Hutchinson, Collections Officer: Geology.

What we are looking for:

To gain the most from this project, we would like potential volunteers to be able to offer most of the following skills or attributes:

  • A specific interest in geology or palaeontology and the museum sector in general
  • Accuracy and good attention to detail
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • A good level of computer skills or data entry skills
  • Experience of photographing objects
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Good organisational skills
  • Reliability and commitment to the project

What you can gain from us:
In return for your valuable time you can expect from us:

  • Care and support as a Bristol Museum volunteer
  • Training in geological collections care, registration and documentation 
  • Experience in the registering and documenting of a geological collection
  • Experience in the handling of geological material
  • Experience of photographing a geological collection
  • The development of new skills
  • The potential to undertake further research into the material
  • The potential to contribute to the online publication and display of the project

Closing date: 24th April 2015 at 5pm

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Please return all expressions of interest to debbie.Hutchinson@bristol.gov.uk by 5 pm Friday 24th April 2015.

Please include your contact details and a short covering letter detailing why you would like to be involved and how you meet the skills outlined above.

If successful you will be invited to an informal interview at a later date to discuss the project further, followed by a day of curator-led training before starting the volunteer post.

All volunteer posts are supported by a thorough museum induction and a Volunteer Contract. The museum also has a dedicated Volunteer Coordinator for any ongoing support needs.



NewDATE ADDED: 04/04/2015

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, Ohio

Preparator, Vertebrate Paleontology

Ref: 15A11

Full time

Source: CMNH jobs

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 among the top 10 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. CMNH 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.

CMNH is seeking a dynamic, creative and energetic individual who is passionate about the Museum and its mission; exhibits strong interpersonal and organizational skills; is looking for new challenges; and enjoys working with people of all ages.


Collects and prepares fossils under the direction of the Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology; assists the Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology and the Vertebrate Paleontology Collections Manager in fossil curation and Museum outreach. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities - (Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation)

Preparation: Under direction of the Curator, the Preparator will assist the Collections Manager in all activities of the Vertebrate Paleontology Lab, and coordinates activities with other labs as required. Prepares fossils pertinent to the department's research. Also called on to prepare fossils for other reasons (exhibits, education, etc.). Will oversee and instruct other staff and volunteers in fossil identification, preparation, reassembly, cataloguing and curation. Will actively recruit new volunteer preparators. Ensures that the vertebrate lab is clean and orderly. Orders supplies required for the lab. Maintains lab equipment.

Fossil Collection: Under direction of the Curator, the Preparator will assist the Collections Manager in the preparation of, and participates in, local and remote site work. This will include: assisting with all logistics for field camp set up, the acquisition and transport to the site of all required equipment; fossil and data (maps, taphonomic data, photographs, videos, etc.) collection; and transportation of fossil vertebrates. Will include supervision of the field camp and related fossil localities in the absence of the Curator or the Collections Manager, including the supervision of staff, student and volunteers. Will assist the Curator and Collections Manager in the preparing reports relating to fossil collection and preparation.

Curation and Cataloging: Under direction of the Curator, the Preparator will assist the Collections Manager in the curation and cataloging of vertebrate paleontology fossils. Maintains computer and hard copy files pertinent to vertebrate preparation, lab equipment, volunteers, etc. Provides Curator with information for the monthly report.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Earth or Biological Sciences, or related area from a four-year college or university; or three (3) or more years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience setting up and running field camps and fossil preparation.
  • Ability to repair all equipment used in vertebrate paleontology lab. Ability to teach, direct and work with volunteers.
  • Work experience in fossil preparation and collection, and field camp management.
  • Scientific writing ability with proficiency in Word, Photoshop and PowerPoint.
  • Advanced knowledge of vertebrate anatomy, especially Devonian fish and archosaurs.
  • Experience managing budgets and ordering supplies and equipment.
  • Certified wilderness first aid preferred.

Other Qualifications

  • Excellent organizational and problem solving skills, and the ability to handle multiple projects at the same time.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with Museum staff and in a professional, pleasant, tactful and enthusiastic manner.
  • Ability to exercise initiative and good judgment in anticipating problems before they arise.
  • Ability to effectively coordinate and track multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize, work well under pressure with a high degree of accuracy, and meet stringent and overlapping deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate effectively–both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work independently and supervise crews in remote localities.
  • Willingness to travel and be in remote field camps for multiple weeks.
  • Ability to use and gather GPS and GIS data.
  • Manual dexterity.
  • Ability to talk to the public and make public presentations.
  • Patience to complete sometimes tedious preparations.
  • Ability to understand and repair all equipment pertaining to vertebrate preparation
  • and/or fieldwork.
  • Capability to devise special techniques for special situations.
  • Valid driver's license and passport.

Closing date: None stated

Further details and application online



NewDATE ADDED: 03/04/2015

Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology

Preparation Facility Manager for Vertebrate Paleontology

Ref: 35233BR

Full time

Source: SPNHC jobs


Operates the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology preparation laboratory within the MCZ Paleontology Preparation Facility, providing preparation for the faculty curator. Supervises the training of graduate students in the techniques of fossil vertebrate preparation. Assumes a major role in planning field expeditions, including bibliographic searches, preparation of materials/data for grant proposals, map and aerial photo surveys, and testing and purchase of field equipment. Assumes responsibility for geographical sectors and expeditionary personnel in the field, including supervision and training of graduate students in the specialized techniques of collecting fossil vertebrates.  Authorizes purchases of VP laboratory supplies, especially those necessary to develop new techniques of preparation.

Basic Qualifications

  • BA/BSc or equivalent in geology with emphasis on vertebrate paleontology (anatomy and taxonomy).
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in vertebrate paleontology preparation.
  • Specialized technical skills required in preparation of fossil vertebrates, including microscopic dissection; sound knowledge of vertebrate skeletal anatomy, as well as fundamental concepts of stratigraphy, sedimentology and vertebrate evolution.
  • Experience conducting field work, including excavating, consolidating, collecting and documenting fossil discoveries.
  • Experience using manual and mechanical fossil preparation techniques, including use of air scribes, air abrasives, rock saws, etc.
  • Experience molding, casting, restoration, and conservation of fossils (including all related materials).

Additional Qualifications

MSc in a related discipline preferred. 5+ years of experience is preferred in vertebrate paleontology preparation. Hands-on experience using acid preparation methods. Experience organizing the logistics of field expeditions, including permits and mapping. Familiarity with x-ray and CT scanning technology. Experience presenting preparation techniques at local and/or national conferences. Competence with a wide range of mechanical devices is helpful. Good organizational skills and ability to handle a variety of administrative duties. Member of a scientific society is preferred.

Closing date: None stated

Further details and application online



NewDATE ADDED: 04/04/2015

American Museum of Natural History

Scientific Assistant, Vertebrate Paleontology

Reference 91860

Full time

Source: AMNH Careers


The Scientific Assistant, Paleontology will be responsible for the preparation of drawings, photographs and illustrations to assist curatorial research and advancement of the division's collections and research activities; this includes publications and talks; processing digital and other imaging data for illustration and research using commonly available software packages.

Will be responsible for working with museum students, postdoctoral fellows and other key staff on illustration and photographic techniques; other divisional duties as needed.

Required Qualifications

A college degree (BS, BA, BFA) or commensurate experience is required.
Training in art and/or experience in scientific illustration is preferred.
Outstanding hand-eye coordination, computer skills (Photoshop, Illustrator, Aperture, database/computer record-keeping and image file management, etc.), digital photography and imaging skills, and rendering skills are required.

Closing date: None stated

Further details and application online



DATE ADDED: 21/02/2015 (still open 04/04/2015)

University of Nebraska State Museum


Full time

Salary based on experience

Ref: S_150043

Source: SPNHC jobs

Vertebrate Paleontology Division at the University of Nebraska State Museum is seeking a qualified individual to perform work as a Preparator or Chief Preparator. The Preparator prepares, conserves, and replicates specimens in support of curator and museum research. Orders lab supplies, supervises and trains students and volunteers. May participate in Vertebrate Paleontology Division field research.

In addition to these duties, the Chief Preparator manages the vertebrate paleontology preparation laboratory, actively recruits students and volunteers to work in the laboratory, and attends professional meetings.

Compensation for the position will be determined at the time of the offer and will depend upon candidate qualifications and the level of the position.

Minimum required qualifications

Bachelorís degree or equivalent experience in the geosciences, biology, zoology, anthropology, museum studies, or related fields. At least two years of experience in the preparation, conservation, and replication (molding and casting) of vertebrate fossils is required. Knowledge of advanced fossil preparation, replication, and conservation techniques is essential. Experience must demonstrate the ability to prepare fossils ranging from delicate microvertebrates that require work under a microscope to large macro fossils. Must also have the ability to make high quality molds and casts of specimens ranging from microvertebrates to large skulls. A working knowledge of vertebrate anatomy is necessary. Background must demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively. Must demonstrate the ability to work independently with a strong work ethic. Must have basic computer skills using word processing and spreadsheet software.

Preferred qualifications

Masterís degree preferred. Formal training in vertebrate paleontology with an emphasis on Cenozoic mammals and reptiles. Five years experience in the preparation, conservation, and replication (molding and casting) of vertebrate fossils, with experience supervising students and volunteers. Detailed knowledge of mammal and reptile anatomy is preferred.

Closing date: Open until filled

Further details and application online

DATE ADDED: 21/02/2015 (still open 04/04/2015)

University of Washington, Burke Museum

Paleontology and Geology Collections Manager

Salary based on experience

Ref: 117165

Source: UW Employment

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The Burke Museum currently has an outstanding opportunity for a full time Paleontology and Geology Collections Manager. Fossil collections at the Burke Museum are actively growing and include over three million specimens distributed in several subdisciplines: vertebrate paleontology, paleobotany (including pollen and phytoliths), invertebrate paleontology, and micropaleontology.  A smaller collection of minerals and meteorites is also part of the divisional holdings.  Currently, the fossil collections are managed by three half-time faculty curators and only one Collections Manager. The volume of the collection exceeds proportionally the number of individuals tasked with managing both the specimens and the accompanying digital resources.

This position must support diverse paleontogy collections, to include vertebrate paleontology, invertebrate paleontology, paleobotany, malacology, and geology, on and off-site. Each collection must be managed appropriately, and each set of data is housed in a different database file. There is much work to be done to bring all of the collections under the appropriate level of care and organization, as the use of the collections for research is determined by their accessibility both digitally and tangibly


  • Masters Degree in Paleobiology or related field
  • Four to five years related work experience
  • Proficient experience with computer databases and online access of natural history collections


  • PhD in Paleobiology or related field
  • 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

Further details and application online

DATE ADDED: 08/02/2015 (still open 04/04/2015)

American Museum of Natural History

Scientific Assistant, Paleontology

Reference 91777

Full time

Source: AMNH Careers

The Scientific Assistant will assist curatorial research and advancement of division's collections and research activities which includes:

- Prepare drawings, photographs and illustrations
- Process digital and other imaging data for illustration
- Works with museum students, postdoctoral fellows and key staff on illustration and photographic techniques.
- Other divisional duties as required.  

Required Qualifications

- BS, BF, BFA or commensurate is required,
- Outstanding hand-eye coordination
- Computer skills (Photoshop, Illustrator, Aperture, database/computer record-keeping and image file management, etc.)
- Digital photography and imaging skills, and rendering skills are required.
- Training in art and/or experience in scientific illustration is preferred.  

Closing date: Open until filled

Further details and application online


DATE ADDED: 30/11/2014 (still open 04/04/2015)

University of California, Riverside

Museum Scientist

Salary: $44,412 - $71,472

Job number: 201411180601

Part time - 85% fte

Source: Inside Higher Ed

UC Riverside Earth Sciences Department seeks a Museum Scientist to conserve, oversee, and utilize departmental research, reference, and teaching collections; manage the museum outreach program, and serve as Lab Safety Officer (LSO) and Departmental Safety Coordinator. The position is 85% time with flexible Monday through Friday hours and will be starting Museum Scientist Level. Candidates seeking external research or outreach funding that may supplement salary while pursuing departmental goals are particularly encouraged to apply. The department, which is rapidly growing in faculty, is within the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, has strong specimen-based research in fault petrology, geochemistry, and paleontology. Such research complements departmental research foci in Organic and Paleoenvironmental Evolution, and Earthquake Processes (see http://cnas.ucr.edu/~earth/es.html/). We are looking for individuals with a strong background in specimen-based earth-life history research, familiarity with a broad range of geological materials, and an active interest in Museum Science. The new hire will engage with UCR's Center for Integrative Biological Collections, a rapidly evolving college-wide initiative. A Ph.D. is preferred, along with experience of and/or qualifications in collections management. The University of California is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Please visit http://jobs.ucr.edu/for more information and to apply for this career position.

Minimum requirements

Master's degree in geology or paleontology
Ability to identify and classify rocks, minerals and fossils according to established classification systems.
Knowledge and experience in library literature review for identification and documentation of earth science materials
Up to one year supervisory experience over one subordinate employee.
Experience writing reports in geology or paleontology.
Excellent communication and organizational skills.

Closing date: Open until filled

Applications received before January 16, 2015 will receive preference.

Further details online

DATE ADDED: 30/11/2014 (still open 04/04/2015)

American Museum of Natural History

Research Scientist

Reference: 91741

Full time

Source: AMNH Jobs

This Research Scientist manages the electron microprobe (SX100) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) laboratories in Earth & Planetary Sciences Department, maintaining instruments and support equipment, budgeting and procuring supplies, and supervising and training users.

The Research Scientist participates and collaborates in the EPS seminar program, science education, and research activities.

The SX100 is a mission-critical instrument for all NSF and NASA research grants in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and the FTIR is critical to several research projects.

The Department provides unique opportunities for collaboration, public outreach, and research.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in Earth Science with an active research program.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with electron beam instruments, well organized and comfortable interacting with instrument users.

Closing date: Open until filled

Please apply online

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