Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology – University of Nebraska State Museum, Lincoln

Salary: $60,000 /yr minimum

Job Summary:          

Primary job responsibilities are focused on collection curation and management, research on the UNL campus, and providing research oversight at Ashfall Fossil Beds with the purpose of enhancement and conservation of this unique in situ collection. With VP staff, manage the acquisition, preparation, organization, preservation, conservation, supervision, and promote the research use of paleo-vertebrate specimens in the collections of the UNSM Vertebrate Paleontology Division. This position ensures that visiting researchers are assisted and supervised, and that the following are also trained and supervised: UNL students, interns and collection volunteers, student employees, nonstudent employees and other users of the collections. The second set of responsibilities include overseeing specimen preparation, cataloguing and digitization – photography, data records, and community-based knowledge. Duties include monitoring the storage environment and security, ensure that monitoring of collection pests and taking appropriate pest management actions occurs, oversees coordinating incoming and outgoing loans, and processing new acquisitions. This position contributes to collection growth by soliciting specimen donations and actively collecting and documenting paleo-vertebrate diversity, conducting research and publishing results. The position is responsible for overseeing the procurement of all relevant permits required for these activities. The third set of responsibilities center on Ashfall Fossil Beds and the oversight of research and training of annual summer student interns with Ashfall staff. The fourth set of responsibilities supports the museum’s mission by assisting with exhibit curation (collection/selection of objects, drafting text, installing/de-installing exhibit objects), assisting with educational programs as a content expert and speaker, and contributing to the museum’s digital presence.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse populations we serve. The university fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential. As an EO/AA employer, the University of Nebraska considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in Geology, Biology, or related discipline (Earth Sciences) with emphasis on paleontology systematics, evolution or ancient ecosystems reconstruction and 3 years’ experience in museum collections, including knowledge of professional practices in object care, documentation, loans, exhibitions, packing and shipping. Working knowledge of databases and standard MS office software proficiency (Word, Excel). Supervisory experience. Demonstrated systematics expertise in a group of vertebrates. Demonstrated experience with research projects and publishing in peer-reviewed outlets. Museum curation skills. Knowledge of professional practices in object care, object reports, archives and other documentation, loans, exhibitions, packing and shipping. Ability to follow policies and procedures regarding sensitive data and maintain confidentiality.

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. in Geology, Biology. Working knowledge of databases (Specify preferred). Experience working with general public, amateur scientists, faculty and students. Demonstrated experience writing exhibit text, exhibit curation; experience collaborating with educators as a content expert and providing appropriate text or references for curriculum; Experience working with professional collection managers to raise the standards of collection care through workshops and shared best practices. Demonstrated experience obtaining and overseeing extramural funding (grants, contracts) as PI or co-PI.

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