The Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) seeks a curatorial assistant in the Department of Earth Sciences to organize its extensive collection of North American vertebrate fossils as part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project to rehouse and digitize collections. Successful candidates will have experience in vertebrate fossil research and identification, strong organizational skills, and a willingness to regularly engage the general public in collections-based outreach.
is an exciting place to work, with a large, highly-trained Earth
Sciences staff and volunteer corps. The museum has outstanding
conservation, volunteer management, and collections staff along with a
new, state-of-the-art collections facility with excess storage. The
vertebrate paleontology collections are sizeable and are growing; their
composition and history are described at http://www.dmns.org/science/collections/.
The Department of Earth Sciences also has four curators, a fully
staffed preparation laboratory that operates 364 days per year, a
full-time collections manager, and over 300 volunteers who engage in
science, collections, and outreach.
Curatorial Assistant will be responsible for organizing, rehousing, and
digitizing the non-federal vertebrate paleontology collections at DMNS,
consisting of fossils from across the American west. Independent
research skills and knowledge of Tertiary vertebrates, especially
Pleistocene mammals, is desired. The successful candidate will also have
strong interpersonal and management skills to oversee a large,
collections-based volunteer group for the duration of the project.
Previous experience with museum databases, especially KeMU and Argus,
are desired. Day-to-day tasks will include specimen identification,
labeling, photography, and rehousing; computer-based databasing and
online data management; and volunteer training and management.
MS is required at the start of the position and previous collections
and/or research experience is strongly recommended. The position is for a
two-year term beginning January 15, 2015.