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 Principal Investigator–Paleontology

Company Profile

PaleoWest is a solution-driven heritage consulting firm that prides itself on employing the best cultural resource management professionals in the industry. PaleoWest places an emphasis on supporting our clients’ needs, fostering new technologies that advance our industry while better protecting its fragile resources, and promoting professional development within the framework of innovation and forward thinking.

Job Description

PaleoWest seeks one or more on-call Paleontology Principal Investigators to join our quickly growing team of experienced, motivated professionals. Principal Investigators provide technical leadership and QA/QC on paleontological projects overseeing field, laboratory, and reporting activities. This is a part-time, as-needed position. This position may be remote or located in any of our offices in California, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, or New Mexico.

Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree specializing in paleontology, geology, biology, or a closely related field
  • 5+ years of professional experience conducting paleontological investigations in one or more states in the western U.S.; prior experience in consulting is strongly preferred. 
  • Knowledge of federal regulations pertaining to paleontological resources, and state-specific knowledge/experience in one or more of the following: California, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico
  • Demonstrated experience conducting paleontological resource surveys, identifying fossils in the field, fossil collection and laboratory preparation, analysis and museum curation, and technical reporting
  • Willingness to travel and conduct fieldwork in often remote locations and in rough terrain and/or challenging weather
  • Active member of the professional community
  • Ability to be listed as Principal Investigator on federal paleontological use permits

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills:

  • Strong technical report writing ability
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to lead field survey crews and oversee compliance monitors
  • Knowledge of federal and state regulations pertaining to paleontological resources
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities

Additional Information

PaleoWest is a respected firm, with offices across the United States. If you are interested in joining our rapidly growing team of professionals, please send a resume or CV, cover letter, and three professional references. Pay is commensurate with experience.

All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, gender, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, or sexual orientation.

To apply please click here


Assistant Curator of Planetary Systems 

Cleveland Museum of Natural History 

Review of applications will begin April 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

https://workforcenow.adp.com/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=49c26a0f-b438-4d50-910e-e2fca33d6a29

Summary: The Cleveland Museum of Natural History seeks to invest in a deeper understanding of ancient environmental change to contribute to current interpretations and enhance future predictions of global change. Tapping into the millions of years of accumulated data, the CMNH envisions playing an active role in charting a sustainable future for humans. We seek a highly-motivated scientist capable of developing a modern, relevant research program, in a Museum focused on connecting people with the natural world. The Museum seeks a strong communicator that can inspire, connect, and engage with a broad audience on the importance and relevance of science and nature.

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary group of researchers to incorporate the use of Museum collections into understanding how Earth’s environments have changed through deep time. A strong background in geology or paleontology are critical. Understanding historical climate and environmental change and regional implications for the Great Lakes of the United States is of particular interest to the Museum. The successful candidate will develop a research program that may include, but is not limited to, 1) modeling past and future climate change on local and global scales, 2) geochemistry and extinctions, 3) the mechanisms of paleoenvironmental change through time. They will help provide oversight for the Earth Sciences Collections which include over 300,000 specimens from vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, paleobotany and mineralogy. A highlight of these collections are the fossils from the Cleveland Shale Member, which preserve evidence of a Devonian-aged ecosystem during a time of catastrophic extinction events and additional samples can be collected locally. The Museum houses laboratory spaces including a Molecular Lab for extant material and an Earth Sciences Lab equipped for fossil preparation, thin sectioning, microscopy and paleomolecular analyses. Additionally, the Museum has 66 natural area preserves across Northern Ohio that can be used for monitoring and real-time experiments. Other resources pertinent to the development of an impactful, relevant research program on paleoenvironment include collaboration with a diversity of curatorial and collections staff and access to a variety of Museum collections, as well as opportunities to contribute to Museum programming, exhibits and educational outreach.

The curatorial staff at the CMNH are expected to develop research programs, in their appointed area, that integrate with Museum strategy and vision, collaborate across the Museum and the region, incorporate student training, incorporate public outreach, support public programs, enhance institutional collections, and attract external funding. A strong commitment to connecting people with nature through science and natural history is desired. The CMNH maintains an affiliation agreement with Case Western Reserve University for curator adjunct appointments, within the Department of Biology, that enables both teaching and graduate student advisement. Curators at the CMNH also provide oversight and direction of the collections through collaboration and interaction with the collections management staff. The CMNH is strongly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, particularly in its candidate selection and hiring process.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation.)

  • Establish and build a research program that integrates with Museum strategy, programs, and community engagement.
  • Function as a science communicator in support of the Museum’s mission and strategy to inspire, connect, and engage with a broad audience on the importance and relevance of science and nature.
  • Work with cross-institutional teams to provide scientific content, ensure scientific accuracy, and plan high quality experiences that serve the largest possible number of participants from diverse backgrounds. 
  • Serve as content provider on project teams, guiding the collaborative development and implementation of scientific content for exhibitions, education programs, and other programmatic projects.
  • Seek and secure funding to support research activities.
  • Publish research in disciplinary journals, books, reports, and general interest pieces.
  • Enhance use, digitization, and quality of CMNH collections.
  • Train graduate students through service on graduate committees or graduate qualifying committees.
  • Oversee research assistant staff members as well as volunteers, students, and other specialized staff involved in research activities.
  • Responsible for tracking research activity, progress, and impact for institutional use.
  • Work with collections management staff to approve loans, collections acquisitions, deaccessions, and major collections changes within the collections of appointment.
  • Responsible for providing advisement and assistance for the systematic arrangement of specimens within the collections of assignment.
  • Adheres to the CMNH Manual of Research and Collections Policies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Research and Collections or management as required.
  • Performs all duties according to established museum operating, safety, and environmental and quality policies. 

Qualifications and Required Application Materials:

  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. by the time of appointment. 
  • Applicants should submit: 
    1. Curriculum vitae
    2. Statement of research intent
    3. Statement of Museum integration that addresses interest and experience with student training, public outreach, and Museum programming
    4. Names and contact information for three references
  • Review of applications will begin on April 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Knowledge of best-practice research methods in area of training. 
  • The ability to plan, direct, and report on research activities.
  • Excellent organizational and attention to detail skills.
  • The ability to deal effectively with public and private agencies and individuals in matters relating to research and collections activities at the Museum.
  • Strong computer operating system and database management experience. Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite products that include Word, Excel, Power Point, and Office 365.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both written and orally.
  • Ability to work successfully with Museum members, employees and the general public.
  • Strong problem solving and listening skills.
  • Ability to manage staff assistants and volunteers.
  • Ability to function in a fast pace environment with time constraints, and within established deadlines.
  • Advanced working knowledge of collections database systems.
  • Ability to speak effectively with groups or donors, communicating the Museum’s mission as well as why collections and research are necessary and relevant. 
  • Ability to serve Museum visitors in a friendly and professional manner. 
  • Ability to communicate a passion for science to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to work with an interdisciplinary professional team.
  • Ability to function and act independently.
  • Experience managing staff. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively, in a leadership role on large-scale projects. 

Adult Internships - Denver Museum of Nature & Science

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science offers the following four adult internships:

1 position- Earth Sciences BLM Nevada Collections Internship
1 position- Earth Sciences BLM Utah Collections Internship
2 positions- Earth Sciences Fossil Preparation Lab Internship

For details, please visit https://www.dmns.org/about/internships/#adult-internships.


Collections Manager of Physical Anthropology
Full-Time Salaried
Cleveland, OH, US

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Collections Manager of Physical Anthropology
Research & Collections Division

Summary: The Cleveland Museum of Natural History invites applications for the position of Collections Manager of Physical Anthropology. The Department of Physical Anthropology houses specimens of humans, primates, fossils, and casts. Extensive records associated with this collection mark it as one of the world's most important collection of human specimens. The collections manager will oversee the maintenance and development of all collections within the Department of Physical Anthropology. The collections manager will work in collaboration with the curatorial staff to advance mutual interests pertaining to the collection and the research requirements for that collection. The collections manager will work in collaboration with other collections management staff to develop collaborative efforts to secure and advance the institutional collections through methodological development and external funding. The collections manager will oversee the fiscal year operations budget for the collection area by working with the Head of Collections through the annual budgeting process. The collections manager will oversee collections assistant staff, supervise volunteers, manage access to the laboratory and specimens by external users. The successful candidate will work to modernize management of these collections, digitized specimens and records, rehouse specimens, and develop a long-term strategy. The successful candidate will offer context expertise for Museum programs, marketing, and exhibit development.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation).

Responsible for the management and proper curation of existing research and archival specimens retained within the physical anthropology collection.

Responsible for working closely with curatorial team to ensure research access, new accessions, and prioritizing collection advancement that enhances research capabilities.

Responsible for the management of the systematic arrangement and proper storage of specimens.

Responsible for tracking the collection growth and activity.

Responsible for the identification of new material and producing labels.

Responsible for computer database development of new and existing material and entering the data into the database. Responsible for the management of loan program and filing loan paperwork with the Registrar.

Responsible for collections monitoring to ensure safety and security of objects. For ordering supplies and equipment in support of collection operations. To oversee collections assistant staff members and volunteer activities as they pertain to collection activities.

Responsible for offering collection services to museum members, the general public, and businesses based on current collection and division policies. Seeks additional training or professional development opportunities. Performs other duties as assigned by the Head of Collections or management, as required. Performs all duties according to established museum operating, safety, and environmental and quality policies.

Adheres to the CMNH Manual of Research and Collections Policies. Oversees the fiscal year operations budget for the collection area by working with the Head of Collections through the annual budgeting process.

Responsible for coordination and management of standard lab processes such as protocol regarding lab access, supplies, space allocation, resource scheduling and student training.

Responsible for the acquisition of new material and treatment of that material through curator research, collections acquisitions, and general sampling efforts. Maintains the student training sessions for summer interns as well as undergraduate and graduate students participating in curator research projects.

Responsible for offering content expertise for Museum of programs, marketing, and exhibit development. Coordinate with Partnerships & Programs staff to provide access and educational opportunities that aim to utilize the laboratory and collections during normal and summer programming.

Responsible for seeking external funding opportunities in support of collections development or pursuing strategic goals for collections improvement as outlined by Head of Collections and collections management staff.

Education/Experience: Master's degree (M.S.) or higher degree in relevant field to the collection area of appointment; with 2-5 years of experience and /or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

Knowledge of collections management methods and current best practices.

The ability to plan, direct, and report on collections activities.

Ability to research scientific information, ideas and methods.

Excellent organizational and attention to detail skills.

The ability to deal effectively with public and private agencies and individuals in matters relating to collections objects at the Museum.

Strong computer operating system and database management experience.

Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite products to include Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Ability to communicate effectively both written and orally.

Ability to work successfully with Museum members, employees and the general public. Strong problem solving and listening skills.

Ability to manage staff assistants and volunteers.

Ability to function in a fast paced environment with time constraints and within established deadlines.

Knowledge of field and laboratory research activities and collections management practices including publications on original research in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Ability to speak effectively with groups or donors, communicating the museum's mission as well as why collections are necessary. Demonstrated ability to serve Museum visitors in a friendly and professional manner. Ability to communicate a passion for science to diverse audiences.

Ability to work with an interdisciplinary, professional team. Ability to function and act independently.

Physical Working Conditions: Indoor/Outdoor, all-weather conditions

Position may require sitting, walking, standing, reaching, kneeling, stooping and crouching. Some physical effort may occasionally be required. Must be able to lift 30 lbs and run or respond to emergency situations.