The University of Washington Burke Museum invites applications for the full-time position of 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 paleontology division includes three curators, one full-time collections manager, one full-time fossil preparator, and over 20 adjunct curators and research associates. 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.
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 programs.
Required qualifications: M.S. in paleobiology or related discipline; experience in collections management; experience with computer databases and online access of natural history collections is essential.
Desired qualifications: Ph.D. in paleobiology or related discipline; experience with GPS mapping and GIS technology; experience with MySQL or related relational database systems.
Please submit: 1) a cover letter detailing skills and previous experience, 2) resume or curriculum vita, and 3) list of references.
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