GCG Logo

line decor
line decor

Home > News > Jobs / News Archive / SSN

Please note: this list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Please help us to keep this page up to date by sending information about new vacancies to the webmaster

NewDATE ADDED: 07/04/2014

Lancashire County Council

Conservation Officer, Natural History

Job Number: LANCS01187

Salary: £26,539 - £30,311pa pro-rata

Part-time (22.2 hours)


Source: Leicester Museum Studies Jobsdesk

Based at The Lancashire Conservation Studios in Preston you will provide a comprehensive practical and preventative specialist natural history conservation advice and support service for Lancashire County Council Museum Service and its clients and users.

This will include maintaining and improving National Museum Accreditation collection care and storage standards at museum sites across the Service.

The successful candidate will be expected to promote conservation and collection care to staff and to the wider public through education, public programme and outreach work.

Combined with this you will contribute to the income generation of the Museum Service through external project work, advice and training in all aspects of museum natural history conservation and taxidermy work.

An excellent understanding of relevant wildlife legislation, DEFRA guidance, and conservation Health & Safety issues is required.

Hours of the post are:
Monday 8.45- 17.00
Tuesday 8.45- 17.00
Wednesday 8.45-17.00

Key Accountabilities

To provide comprehensive practical and preventative specialist conservation advice and support service, for Lancashire County Museum Service and its users.

To contribute to the income generation activities of the Lancashire Conservation Studios by the provision of direct practical work and advice and training to our external clients across the North West and beyond.

Closing date: 12th April 2014

Further details available online

For further information regarding this post please contact: Heather Davis, Conservation Manager (01772 534070)

DATE ADDED: 23/03/2014

Plymouth University

Lecturer in Palaeontology

Salary: 31,644-£45,053 pa



Source: jobs.ac.uk

Plymouth University is seeking to appoint a new Lecturer in Palaeontology to join one of the most successful Earth Science groups in the UK and complement our existing strengths in research and teaching.

You should have specialist knowledge of applications of palaeontology to stratigraphy, palaeoenvironments, palaeoecology or palaeobiology.

You should have a profile (commensurate with career stage) of scientific publications in international, peer-reviewed journals of a standard consistent with HEFCE Research Excellence Framework 3* and 4* output grade definitions.

You will be part of the Centre for Research in Earth Sciences: http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/cres and will benefit from an environment that promotes high quality, novel and interdisciplinary research.

You must be able to contribute to undergraduate teaching in palaeontology and general Earth Sciences (including fieldwork). They will also be involved in the supervision of Honours, Masters and PhD projects.

Closing date: 17th April 2014

Interviews are likely to be held on 15 May 2014.

Further details are available online (pdf)

For informal discussions about this post, please contact Professor Tony Morris amorris@plymouth.ac.uk


DATE ADDED: 09/03/2014

Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm

Head of Department of Palaeobiology

Full time

Permanent (6 month probationary period)

Source: nature jobs

The Department of Palaeobiology was formed in March 2013 after the merger of the former departments of Palaeobotany and Palaeozoology. The department has extensive and valuable scientific collections in all areas of palaeontology and conducts world leading research in several fields, with emphasis on the origin and development of Cenozoic vertebrates, Palaeozoic invertebrates and seed-plants. Approximately twenty-five people work in the department. We are seeking a dynamic academic leader with experience in collections-based palaeobiology. The candidate has the ability to develop the department´s strengths in world-class, innovative research, collections management, and promotion of palaeontology to the broader public.


The position involves comprehensive planning and management, including personnel, budgetary and work environment responsibilities. Duties also include participation in management and development of the research sector within the museum, including participation in the steering committee, and implementing actions in priority areas of the museum´s operations. Emphasis will be given to consolidating and developing the new department´s operations. In addition to the managerial responsibilities, the position also provides opportunities within designated work time for the candidate´s own original research or other duties within palaeobiology.


You preferably have previous experience of staff and managerial duties. You must have extensive experience in collections-based work in palaeobiology. You preferably have a PhD in palaeobiology and evidence of scientific productivity at a high international level. Documented ability to obtain external research funding is meritorious, as is experience in conservation and public promotion of fossil collections of a diverse nature. You must be creative and dynamic and have good interpersonal skills. The ability to work in team is essential.

The administrative language is Swedish and the candidate must have achieved documented skills in speaking and reading Swedish within two years.

Closing date: 22nd April 2014

Further details available online (pdf)

The applicant should provide
- An application with CV/résumé.
- Any other documents that the applicant wishes to submit focusing on administrative experience and broader contributions to the development of the field.
- References to previous work.
- A statement outlining the applicant´s vision for the strategic development of research and collections management in the department.

The complete application must be submitted to rekrytering@nrm.se or the Swedish Museum of Natural History, P. O. Box 50007, SE-104 05 STOCKHOLM

Mark your application dnr 2.3.1-168-2014

DATE ADDED: 09/03/2014

Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm

Researcher in Palaeobiology

Position and salary will be commensurate with the qualifications of the successful applicant

Full time

Permanent (6 month probationary period)

Source: nature jobs

The Department of Palaeobiology was formed in March 2013 after the merger of the former departments of Palaeobotany and Palaeozoology. The department has extensive and valuable scientific collections in all areas of palaeontology and conducts world-leading research in several fields, with emphasis on Cenozoic vertebrates, Palaeozoic invertebrates and seed-plants origin and development. Approximately twenty-five people work in the department. We are seeking a dynamic, leading scholar with an independent research program in palaeobiology, with a special focus on collections-based studies.


Carry out independent collections-based research at a high international level in the fields of palaeozoology or pre-quaternary palaeobotany, including obtaining external research funding, publishing in leading international journals, presenting research results at international and domestic conferences, etc. The position also includes shared responsibility for documentation and digitalization, supervision of visitors, and dissemination of scientific knowledge to the public and schools. Also, when required, teaching student groups, supervising research students and mentoring postdoctoral researchers, and participating in other activities of the museum and department.


A PhD or equivalent in palaeontology is required. The successful applicant will be creative and dynamic with documented postdoctoral scientific production at a high international level. Ability to work in a team is essential, and the skills or experience to contribute to the administration and development of the research discipline are advantageous. Documented ability to obtain external research funding is meritorious, as is experience in management, practical enhancement, conservation and public promotion of fossil collections of a diverse nature.

Closing date: 22nd April 2014

Further details available online (pdf)

The applicant should provide
- An application with CV/résumé.
- A complete list of scientific publications.
- Three copies each of the five most significant publications.
- An account of previous experience in research and collections work.
- An account of current research and research interest.
- Any other relevant documentation the applicant wishes to provide.

The complete application (in English) must be submitted to rekrytering@nrm.se or the Swedish Museum of Natural History, P. O. Box 50007, 104 05 STOCKHOLM latest 30 march 2014.

Mark your application dnr 2.3.1-169-2014

DATE ADDED: 23/03/2014

Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources


Position No.: 22091970

Salary Range: $35,554.00 - $60,390.00 per year

Job Type: Full Time

Source: AAM Jobs

This position is responsible for an extensive collection related to the natural resources of Arkansas, specifically oil and brine. The curator manages the permanent collection as it relates to acquisitions, special exhibitions, research, conservation, and preservation. This position recommends policies, procedures, and budgets needed for the care, conservation, and preservation of artifacts. Applicant must have excellent written and oral communication skills, strong research and computer skills, including knowledge of Past Perfect software, must be capable of implementing complex projects with minimal supervision, function effectively as a supervisor and work well with colleagues in a team environment. A criminal background check and a driving record check are required.

This position offers a full benefit package including paid holidays, annual and sick leave, health insurance and retirement pension.

Applicant must meet or exceed the following qualifications: the formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in history, anthropology, art history, or a related field, PLUS four years of related experience in museum exhibit programs, collections management, conservation of artifacts, or a related field. Unqualified individuals need not apply.


The Curator is responsible for developing and managing museum collections and exhibit programs, as well as assisting the supervisor in administering museum activities. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.

Typical Functions

Acquires museum items, by purchase or acceptance of donations, to develop and ensure collection growth in the museum, archives, and library. Researches and writes history and descriptions of collection items, to properly illustrate displays, and catalogs items. Develops and implements a conservation program, to preserve the collections, and monitors the maintenance and storage of exhibits. Selects and develops museum exhibitions and directs and coordinates exhibit activities. Analyzes and recommends museum needs to supervisor and participates in policy and procedure development. Reviews financial information to project needs, prepares budget for supervisor's approval, and monitors expenditures. Performs related responsibilities as required or assigned.

Special Job Dimensions

Occasional in-state and weekend travel is required. Valid Arkansas driver's license is required.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, and human resources. Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures. Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods, including alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media. Ability to develop specific goals and plans to preserve and organize museum collections. Ability to effectively communicate in verbal and written formats.

Minimum Education and/or Experience

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in history, anthropology, art history or related field; plus four years of work-related experience. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management.

Closing date: 2nd May 2014

Applications accepted online ONLY. Please call our Personnel Office to verify that we have received your application.

Contact name: Personnel Office
Phone: (501) 682-7742
Email: natural.jobs@arkansas.gov

NewDATE ADDED: 07/04/2014

Fortune Head Interpretation Centre, Labrador

Summer Geology Interpreter

Salary: $14.50 per hour

35 hours per week

Start date to be confirmed

An accommodation subsidy may be available

Source: CHIN Jobs

Do you enjoy sharing a passion for geology with the general public? If so, the Fortune Head Interpretation Centre is looking for you!

The Summer Geology Interpreter position is open to current or graduated Earth Science Major or Minor students with strong communication skills.

The position runs from May to August and is located in Fortune, Newfoundland.

As a Summer Geology Interpreter, you will be involved in the creation and delivery of educational programs for children and the general public, providing information at the Fortune Head Interpretation Centre, providing guided tours at the Fortune Head Ecological Reserve and adjacent area.

Applicants who have completed several earth science courses with a paleontology course considered to be an asset.

Orientation will be provided to the successful candidate, and position reports to Business Development Officer.

The successful candidate must also provide their Code of Conduct.

Closing date: 27th May 2014

Further details online (.doc)

Inquiries and Resumes to be submitted to: Linda Collier, Business Development Officer
P.O. Box 159
Fortune, NL A0E 1P0

NewDATE ADDED: 07/04/2014

Page Museum, La Brea Tar Pits, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County


2 posts available

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Full time

Temporary: June 4, 2014 through September 7, 2014

Working week: Wed-Sun

Source: jobs at Page

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is seeking to hire (2) temporary Excavators to assist with the re-opening of the Pit 91 Excavation in Hancock Park under the direct supervision of the Rancho La Brea Department staff.  Work will take place between June 4, 2014 through September 7, 2014 with a work week from Wednesday through Sunday. 

This position has the following responsibilities that are not limited to:

  • Routine asphalt and water removal on a daily or as-neded basis
  • Installation of shoring boards prior to the onset of excavation and as needed
  • Resumption of excavation within thee previously defined grid system
  • Adherence to previously established excavation procedures
  • Relocation of excavated matrix as needed
  • Daily documentation of work accomplished via field notes
  • Closure of the excavation at the end of the ten week session

This position has the following requirements:

  • Experience working with and around power tools
  • Must have been through the Page Museum Lab volunteer training program or have equivalent experience
  • Must have participated previously in a paleontological or archaeological field excavation
  • Extremely physical position requiring extended periods of standing, stooping, walking, lifting, pulling, pushing and reaching
  • Must be capable of repeatedly lifting 50 lbs
  • Daily contact with liquid asphalt, asphaltic matrix, and ground water
  • Occasional need to wear protective equipment (respirator, goggles, gloves, etc.)
  • Willingness to work in public view of excavation site (15) feet below ground surface
  • Willingness to interact with the public or news media as required
  • Must work closely with museum professionals to ensure that all work is executed in a safe, proper and timely manner
  • Excellent organizational/time management skills

Closing date: open until filled

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please, No Phone Calls/No Fax.



NewDATE ADDED: 07/04/2014

The Manitoba Museum

Paleontology Intern

Only applicants that are eligible for Youth Employment Strategy Program will be considered

Temporary: early September 2014 - Late Feb 2015

Source: CHIN Jobs

The Manitoba Museum, a not - for - profit institution, is Manitoba’s largest heritage centre and number one paid tourist attraction with over 300,000 on - site visitors annually, including 95,000 students. We uniquely combine human and natural history themes, multidimensional interpretation, science, and astronomy education with quality school and community programs, special events and exhibits. We are pleased to announce an intern opportunity in our Division o f Research, Collections & Exhibits subject to external funding.

Reporting to the Curator of Geology & Paleontology at The Manitoba Museum, the incumbent is responsible for a variety of research tasks associated with the compilation and organization of dat a on the stratigraphy and paleontology of the Hudson Bay Basin. The Intern will compile and organize archival data to assist with more efficient access to information, scan and archive photographic slides, field notebooks, and other data such as unpublish ed reports and notes; compile a bibliography of stratigraphic work done in the Hudson Bay Basin, and produce a list of type sections for Paleozoic formations and members; draft type section diagrams based on compiled data; compile lists of fossil biotas f or important sections; examine fossil lists and cross - check against specimens and the Museum ’s database where necessary; and prepare a report on scientific and Museum applications.

The successful intern will have demonst rated knowledge of stratigraphy, se dimentology, and stratigraphic paleontology . You will have excellent writing skills, working knowledge of MS Office suite, basic digital photography , image manipulation, computer scanning and drafting skills . You are able to work independently and as part of a group; and have good organizational skills. You have a Bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences, Paleobiology, or Geography and experience working with natural history or scientific collections , in a m useum or geological survey setting.

This is a grant - funded position that will commence from early September 2014 to late February 2015 . Only applicants that are eligible for Youth Employment Strategy Program will be considered.

Closing date: open until filled

Further information is available online (pdf)

Please check your eligibility for this internship using the Personnel Information Form (PIF) at http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/careers/87

Applications will be received until a suitable candidate is found.

Interested and eligible applicants may forward a résumé including cover letter to: Human Resources Offi cer The Manitoba Museum 190 Rupert Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3B 0N2 Fax : (204) 942 - 3679 Email: ladeleyeolusae@manitobamuseum.ca

DATE ADDED: 24/02/2014 (still open 07/04/2014)

Fundy Geological Museum, Nova Scotia

Director / Curator

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Source: CHIN Jobs

The Fundy Geological Museum is situated adjacent to the world-renowned Bay of Fundy in the town of Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. It is one of Nova Scotia’s 27 provincial museum sites and has been operated by the Cumberland Geological Society since its opening in 1993. Its mandate is to present the history of geological time focusing on the unique features of the Minas Basin and Bay of Fundy region.  

The museum  is housed in a 17,000 square foot building and features a new permanent gallery with interactive exhibits , fossils and minerals; a demonstration lab; archival and specimen collections storage; meeting rooms; a gift shop and visitor information centre.  The nearby fossil cliffs are a unique feature of the museum’s programming, research and collecting activities. The museum is open year-round. For more information please visit fundygeological.novascotia.ca.

Reporting to the Chair, Board of Directors, you oversee all museum-related activities including the day-to-day operation of the museum and gift shop and are required to lead geological field trips and excursions. You work closely with staff, the Board and its committees to prepare long term plans for museum development and are accountable for all facets of the museum facility including financial and human resources management.  You provide leadership and direction in creating high quality, relevant visitor experiences and ensure the long term curation, conservation, development and security of the museum collections.

As the ideal candidate, you are an experienced and motivated manager with high integrity and three years’ experience leading and supervising staff. You possess strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills and excellent day-to-day administration and financial abilities.

You have a bachelor’s degree in geology or appropriate discipline plus five years’ experience or a Master’s degree with 3 years’ experience. As well, you are keenly interested in growing and sharing your knowledge of Nova Scotia’s geological history through field work and trips, programming and exhibitions, research, collections management, workshops, publications, social media and the Internet.

Museum experience in scientific research, collections curating and management, exhibit and program development are desirable qualifications for this position. Your career has been characterized by your success in establishing and fostering relationships within your previous organizations and communities. You have experience in operations management and in the development of facilities, programs, collections, events and exhibits.

Closing date: open until filled

Please provide a cover letter and résumé in confidence, to the attention of Board Chair, Karen Dickinson at karen.dickinson@ns.sympatico.ca

This position will remain open until filled.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

DATE ADDED: 26/01/14 (still open 07/04/2014)

Museum of Western Colorado

Curator of Paleontology

Full time


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

Source: global museum jobs

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

The Curator of Paleontology is responsible for the Museum's field program, paleontological laboratory work (overseeing a volunteer corps), paleontology exhibits, paleontology collections management, and, as site manager for the Dinosaur Journey facility, administrative work for the paleontology division of the Museum. The Paleontologist is responsible for the technical and professional work in excavating, researching, collecting and restoring fossils according to professional standards.

Examples of Duties

Field - Leads a crew of seasonal staff and volunteers in running the museum's research and educational paleontology excavation program. Opens and closes quarries seasonally; arranges set up of field equipment on site; trains seasonal staff and volunteers; arranges assistance with special projects from outside agencies; maintains and inventories field equipment; leads the excavation of paleontological material through crew of staff and volunteers; and oversees data collection at all sites.
Lab - Works with volunteer lab supervisor to keep lab supplied and equipment maintained; directs and prioritizes lab preparation projects.
Collections - Catalogs and inventories a growing paleontological collection consisting of approximately 15,000 specimens; maintains collections database and field records and maps; responsible for incoming and outgoing loans and gifts and associated records.
Exhibits - Responsible for the design and content of permanent and temporary (seasonal) exhibits; works with support staff on construction and installation of all exhibits.
Administration/Site Manager - Maintains scientific and special recreational permits with federal and state land management agencies; arranges staff and volunteer training; arranges schedules, pay rates, funding, and housing for seasonal staff; acquires grants and donations to fund field work, exhibits, collections needs, and other projects; works with other Museum staff and a diversity of outside agencies on cooperative marketing projects; works with other staff on Museum special events and programming; works with other staff on education and outreach programs and tours; tracks budgets for all aspects of the paleontology division; writes and updates paleontology division collections and emergency management plans; works with executive director and other staff to arrange temporary exhibit schedule; works with other staff and board on strategic planning; works with maintenance supervisor to maintain and repair building and keep all aspects conformable to appropriate codes.

Education and Specialized Skills Required:

The Paleontologist position requires a Ph.D. in geology or biology (paleontology emphasis) plus 3-5 years of experience.

Closing date: Open until filled

Further information(pdf)

Interested candidates may submit resumes to kfiegel@westcomuseum.org.

DATE ADDED: 20/10/13 (still open 07/04//2014)

Perot Museum of Nature and Science, TX

Collections Manager

Source: Employment at the Perot


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

Useful websites:

University of Leicester Museum Studies Jobsdesk / Natural History Museum Current Vacancies / Museums Association: Find a job



GCG does not accept responsibility for the content or accuracy of information provided on this page. GCG accepts no responsibility for loss or inconvenience through inaccuracy, omission or misunderstanding.


FacebookTwitterLinkedinFlickrGeological Curators' Group Geological Collections Applications blog

Site Map | Contact Webmaster | Last Updated: April 2014 | Registered Charity Number: 296050