The Associate Curator will be responsible for the preparation, curation,
and utilization of the fossils in the collection. Most of the fossils
are unprepared and uncurated. This then is a major part of this
job. Another major part of the job is the public engagement and
educational programs of the Center. Research on a topic related to the
prehistory of Orange County is encouraged as well. The Associate
Curator of Paleontology will work closely with the Associate Curator of
Archaeology and the Director, particularly on public engagement and
education programs. He or she will oversee groups of volunteers,
interns and students working on a variety of curation, research,
outreach and education projects.
The detailed Position Announcement by CSU Fullerton Auxiliary Services
Corporation is posted on the ASC website noted below. Candidates holding
an MA or PhD in geology or biology and are paleontologists are invited
All applications must go through ASC. The instructions for this process
are described on the website.
http://asc1app.fullerton.edu/ …/applicant/public/default.aspx .
On the right, select “Paleontology, Assoc Curator" to view the
official announcement describing the detailed responsibilities and
benefits of this position.
The John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center, a
partnership between Orange County (California) and California State
University, Fullerton, cares for the fossils and artifacts recovered
from construction and development sites in the county. It prepares,
curates and databases these objects, and uses them in research,
public engagement (events, exhibits, lectures), education (K-12,
college, graduate and post-doctoral), and university research and
teaching. The collections, estimated at 6 million specimens collected
over the last 50 years, document the history of life in OC for the past
180 million years, including human occupation from at least 10,000 to 50
years ago. The fossil collection is rich in invertebrates,
microfossils and plants from the Jurassic to the Recent, and in Neogene
marine mammals, including cetaceans, pinnipeds (walruses, sea lions and
seals), desmostylians, and sea cows. Eocene, Oligocene and
Pleistocene terrestrial mammals are also abundant. Dinosaurs come in
small scraps and pieces that are not particularly remarkable. About
16,500 entries have been made into the Center’s Specify 6/7 database
with total fossil specimens numbering over 84,500.
See www.jdcoopercenter.org for further information about the Center
and its activities. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions not
answered in the Position Announcement.