Topic ID #38735 - posted 9/16/2017 6:16 AM

Invertebrate Zoology Collections Manager - Boulder, CO


The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History invites applications for an Invertebrate Collections Manager position. We seek an individual with interests in non-insect invertebrates to guide the continued growth and management of the physical collections and associated resources including archives and paper records, databases, and genomic resources. Our museum is a world-class natural history institution nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, Colorado. The Invertebrate Collection houses approximately 870,000 specimens of molluscs, and other non-insect marine, freshwater, and terrestrial invertebrates. Most holdings are from Colorado and the southern Rocky Mountain region, and enhanced by wider U.S. and international collections.

Minimum Qualifications: M.S. degree in relevant field (Biology, Zoology, or Museum Studies) or Bachelor’s degree with at least three years’ experience as a full-time zoology collection manager.

Preferred Qualifications: experience in supervisory roles, fieldwork, grant writing, and/or bioinformatics; proficiency with the taxonomy, nomenclature, preparation, and preservation of invertebrate specimens and their DNA.

The position also requires knowledge on management of zoological collections, including cataloging & accessioning specimens, processing loans, providing regulations & permits for zoology collections, and using electronic databases. Additional required skills include demonstrable attention to detail and accuracy, excellent teamwork and communication skills, ability to interface professionally with the university, public, governmental & research communities, and ability to manage projects, students, and volunteers.

Duties include: Assists curator in the management of invertebrate collections to ensure all care and maintenance procedures necessary for specimen conservation; loans; permitting; collection use for research, teaching, exhibits, and public programs; supervision of student assistants and volunteers; databasing, web access, and reporting; museum & local community service; help establish & nurture mutually beneficial relationships with individuals, schools, colleges, universities, and relevant organizations. The collection manager will work with the Invertebrate Curator to develop policy and procedures; grow the collection; write grant proposals; participate in informal (or formal) teaching and training of museum techniques through the collections; aid in shared administrative duties, and develop and implement a long term collections strategy in reference to American Association of Museums accreditation requirements, standards, and best practices.

This position is an 85% appointment (34 hrs/week) for the first two years. It will become a 75% appointment (30 hrs/week) starting the third year. The salary for the 85% appointment is 39-42K commensurate with experience, plus benefits. It will be adjusted accordingly for the 75% appointment. There is the possibility that the salary may be supplemented with external grants to reach 100% appointment.

To Apply: Applicants must apply online at Applicants will need to provide a curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position. Position is open until 15 October 2017. Contact: Invertebrate Curator, Dr. Jingchun Li,

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