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Assistant Museum Curator of Paleobotany

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Full Time
Posted September 20, 2022

Assistant Curator of Paleobotany

Position Status: Full time
Pay Range: $67,000 – $72,000/annually
Close Date: 10/16/22

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Job Description:

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) invites applications for the position of Assistant Curator of Earth Sciences. The successful candidate will have a field- and specimen-based research program that contributes to understanding the deep-time evolution of our planet and will have expertise in paleobotany that will augment our existing disciplinary, collections, and laboratory strengths. Ideal candidates will have field, collections, informal education, outreach, and community engagement experience. We seek a collegial individual, especially from groups traditionally underrepresented in the earth sciences, who will help the Department of Earth Sciences grow its scientific and public impact, as well as its collections as appropriate.

We are looking for:

  • Scholarly productivity, with substantial peer-reviewed publications already published.
  • Record of extramural grant acquisition and/or private fundraising skills.
  • Record of a field- and collections-based research program.
  • Experience utilizing and/or curating museum collections.
  • Public speaking ability, including experience with, or interest in, developing skills in a wide range of science communication styles and media.
  • Expertise in paleobotany complementary to those of existing Earth Sciences curators.
  • Desire to participate in diversity, equity, access and inclusion initiatives.
  • Candidates traditionally underrepresented in earth sciences.
  • Postdoctoral or related work experience.

A Ph.D. must be in hand at the time of application; current and ABD doctoral students will not be considered. Applications must include a single merged PDF that contains: (1) a one to two page cover letter stating the rationale for interest in this position and how you think you might strengthen the DMNS Earth Sciences team; (2) a one page statement of where your current or future research interests are heading; (3) a one page statement about your commitment and contributions to promoting diversity, equity, access, and inclusion; (4) a curriculum vitae that includes dates of conferred degrees; (5) a list of names and contact information of four references, including two not at your degree-granting institution(s); and (6) proof of your COVID-19 vaccination. For full consideration, complete applications should be received by October 16, 2022.

Work Schedule: Onsite/fieldwork

Supervises: None

Essential duties: 

  • Works with the Earth Sciences team and other DMNS staff to conduct research, curate collections, and provide outreach in support of the evolving needs and mission of the museum.
  • Elevates the impact of the Earth Sciences Department within and beyond the museum.
  • Stewards and/or grows collections as appropriate.
  • Grows new non-scholarly relationships and networks in support of departmental and museum goals.
  • Works collaboratively with a wide range of DMNS departments, including in fields outside of their scholarly expertise, to ignite community passion for science and nature.
  • Collaborates with community scientists, interns, and volunteers to produce scholarship, improve collections, and/or conduct outreach.

Minimum qualifications/Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in earth/biological sciences or related field required.
  • Peer-reviewed publication record required.
  • Field- and collections-based research program in paleobotany required.
  • Experience handling museum collections required.
  • Experience obtaining extramural research grant funding required.
  • The Museum loves science.  As a science institution, the Museum believes in the science behind vaccines. As a condition of employment, employees must present proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on their first day of employment or receive an exemption or other reasonable accommodation due to circumstances protected under federal or state law that prevent the employee from being vaccinated. If you wish to apply for an exemption, please contact Human Resources for the necessary forms. You will be notified of the decision regarding your requested exemption.

Ideal candidate will have:

  • Postdoctoral or other related postgraduate experience.
  • Experience in obtaining permits for fieldwork.
  • Ability to communicate with the public in informal education settings.
  • Diverse research interests and openness to new opportunities as they arise.
  • Spanish or other language fluency.
  • Demonstrable commitment to inclusive research and collections-based work.

Perks and Benefits of working at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science include:

A comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision coverage.  100% paid life insurance and long-term disability insurance. Paid time-off for vacation, sickness and holidays. 403(b) Retirement Plan with immediate eligibility to contribute and, after one year of employment, an employer contribution and match. An RTD Eco pass and a free Family+ membership to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Dayforce Wallet: Get your pay as soon as you earn it, at no cost to you. Request up to 50% of your net earnings without waiting for the standard payday, through the Dayforce Wallet mobile app.

The full range of perks and benefits can be found HERE.

Core values:

  • We love science.
  • We are curious, creative and playful.
  • We cultivate relationships with each other, diverse communities, and the environment and for our future.
  • We think critically and act with empathy.

This is an exciting opportunity to play an integral part in the continued success of the Museum, with 450+ full-time and part-time employees and more than 1,800 volunteers. We are building on our already solid foundation with a strong vision and solid strategy to recreate and redefine how we engage our community that loves, understands, and protects our natural world.

Inclusivity Statement

Science helps us understand that diversity in our natural world creates strength and nurtures life. We strive to be a diverse and collaborative team – a team of people from different backgrounds, identities and experiences who are open to being inspired, challenged, and changed by one another. At all levels of our organization, in every policy, action and decision, we seek to create a workplace that lives our Museum values and to foster opportunity and mutual respect. We realize that we are on a continual journey toward building community, understanding, and belonging. These aspirations are critical to bringing our mission to life.

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain region’s leading resource for informal science education. Located in the heart of Denver City Park, and neighbor to the Denver Zoo, the Museum offers a variety of exhibitions, programs, and activities help Museum visitors experience the natural wonders of Colorado, Earth, and the universe. More than 300,000 students and teachers are served by Museum each year. The Museum houses nearly 4.1 million artifacts and specimens in its collections from around the world.

No phone calls please.

Applications will only be accepted electronically via the Museum’s website www.dmns.org.


Application Instructions:

Please submit your cover letter and resume by October 16, 2022. Resumes will not be accepted after this time.

Applications will only be accepted electronically via the Museum’s website www.dmns.org.

Due to the high volume of people who apply, we are not able to respond to specific inquiries regarding your application status.

The Museum is committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff to serve the needs of our visitors. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

Compensation: Pay Range $67,000 - $72,000/annually

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