Job Opportunity: CU Vertebrate Paleontology Collection Manager

Job Summary:

The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History invites applications for a Vertebrate Paleontology Collections Manager position. We seek an individual with interests in fossil vertebrates and trace fossils to guide the day-to-day management of the physical collections and associated resources including archives and paper records as well as databases. Our museum is a world-class natural history institution nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, Colorado. The Fossil Vertebrate collection houses nearly 100,000 specimens largely from Mesozoic and Cenozoic localities, with an exceptional collection of Paleogene mammals. Additionally, the ichnofossil and eggshell holdings include approximately 6,000 fossil footprints and other trace fossils plus the world-class Karl Hirsch fossil eggshell collection (~5,900 eggshells). Most holdings are from the U.S. Western Interior, but the collections are enhanced by specimens from elsewhere in the U.S. and the world.

What your key responsibilities will be:

Assists curators in the management of the fossil vertebrate and trace fossil collections; ensures care and conservation of specimens; processes loans and permits; facilitates collection use for research, teaching, exhibits, and public programs; supervises students and volunteers; maintains collections databases, web access, and reporting; provides museum and community service; and nurtures mutually beneficial relationships with individuals, schools, colleges, universities, and relevant organizations. The collections manager will work with the Curator of Fossil Vertebrates and the Curator of Paleontology to develop policy and procedures, grow the collection, write grant proposals, participate in informal and formal teaching and training, assist with shared administrative duties, and help develop and implement a long-term collections strategy consistent with American Association of Museums accreditation requirements, standards, and best practices.

What we can offer:

The salary range for this position starts at $45,000. In addition, the University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What we require:

• M.S. degree in relevant field and experience working with museum specimens.

• At least 2 years of experience as a collections manager. This experience should include working knowledge of care and management of natural history collections, including:

• Cataloging and accessioning specimens,

• Processing loans

• Regulations and permits affecting paleontological collections

• Environmental monitoring, occupational health and safety protocols, electronic database

• Experience with Microsoft Office

• Experience with imaging/digitization software and databases software such as Collective Access, Microsoft Access, and Adobe Creative Suite.

• Experience with collection research methods

What you will need:

• Attention to detail

• Excellent organization, teamwork, and communication skills • Ability to interface professionally with the university, public, governmental and research communities

• Ability to manage projects, students, and volunteers

What we’d like you to have:

Prior supervisory experience preferred. Two years of experience in a collections management position of similar size and scope.

Preferred qualifications may be used to further reduce the pool of applicants to those who are most highly qualified.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please apply by January 31, 2018 If you have technical difficulties submitting application information, please contact the CU Careers help desk at All other job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact for this posting.

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