Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Burke has a new collections management job posting

Burke Museum - Paleontology Collections Manager

The University of Washington Burke Museum invites applications for the
full-time position, collections manager of paleontology. The museum, located
on the university campus in Seattle, is a repository for research
collections and has substantial exhibit and K-16 outreach programs.
Currently the division includes three curators, one full-time collections
manager, one full-time fossil preparator, and more than 20 adjunct curators
and research associates. Paleontological collections at the Burke Museum are
actively growing and include more than three million specimens distributed
in several subdisciplines: vertebrate paleontology, paleobotany (including
pollen and phytoliths), invertebrate paleontology, and micropaleontology.
Smaller collections of minerals and meteorites are also included in the
divisional holdings. 

The successful candidate will assist the curators in day-to-day operations.
Specific responsibilities include: managing collections budgets, including
ordering supplies and equipment; scheduling and monitoring of visiting
researchers; processing loans; processing new acquisitions; maintaining lab
and field equipment; preparing collections-related grants, permits, and
subsequent reports; training and supervising volunteers and students;
managing digital resources, including the digitization of collections data
and its dissemination on the internet. In addition, educational
responsibilities include facilitating use of the collections in
undergraduate and graduate courses as well as in exhibit and public

Here is the link:
UW req #98464

Thursday, August 15, 2013

New Position in New Mexico

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History is hiring a Museum Technician and Conservator position, more info and the listing here:

Purpose of PositionThe position exists as part of the Museum's legislative mandate to develop and maintain a collection of New Mexico natural history, in this case is a collection of fossils, rocks and minerals. This position will be responsible for handling over 70,000 fossils, rocks and minerals. The Museum currently has a collection of this kind that numbers nearly 70,000 cataloged specimens. The maintenance of this collection is essential to Museum mission and to maintain AAM accreditation. This position will oversee the care of the entire collection and keep active and current records (especially its computer databases) and to participate in collection related public programs, education outreach and lectures. This position will work with, and monitor the work of volunteers, adjuncts and interns in the preparatory fossil area and while conducting research studies in the collections.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

AMNH fossil preparator position

Reposted from the vrtpaleo mailing list:




Date:  08/01/2013

Job Title:  Preparator (Paleontology)

Responsibilities & Duties:
The responsibilities and duties of the position include preparation and restoration of vertebrate fossils, especially detailed microscope-based anatomical preparation, using a full range of mechanical and chemical methods; creating molds and casts; assisting in laboratory operations, and other divisional tasks as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience (typically at least 4 years of specimen or exhibit preparation) required.  Demonstrated high level of professional skill, innovation, and cooperativeness. Outstanding manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination, attention to detail, and patience. Knowledge of vertebrate anatomy useful. Good organizational, excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work independently.

Preferred Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in life sciences plus at least one full year of practical experience in preparation, molding and casting.

Interested parties should apply online: 

Applications must be received no later than September 13, 2013

Applications cannot be accepted via email or snail mail

**Please Note: Due to the volume of applications, we are not able to respond to email inquires regarding the status of an application**

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since it’s founding in 1869, the
Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and
disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the
universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education
and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present
a panorama of the world's cultures.

The America
 Employer. The Museum does not discriminate due to age, sex, religion, race, color,
national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual
orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. Qualified candidates
of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for
vacant positions at all levels. Please be advised that due to the high
volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those candidates whose
skills and background best fit the needs of the open position.

Ruth O'Leary
Director of Collections, Archives and Preparation
Division of Paleontology
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West @ 79th Street
New York
NY 10024