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Earth Sciences Assistant Collections Manager – Geology (2-year term)

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Full Time, Seasonal
Posted February 17, 2023

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science seeks an Assistant Collections Manager (ACM) in the Integrative Collections Branch to support the Earth Sciences’ Geology collections (Minerals, Rocks, Meteorites, and Micromounts). Specifically, this is a rare opportunity to be part of the museum’s efforts to create a new mineral and gem exhibit hall, which will include the closure and deconstruction of our existing mineral and gem exhibit. The ACM will support efforts to de-install, clean, repair, rehouse, and track all geological specimens being removed from the exhibition and update database records for the specimens currently on display and those being integrated into the new experience. The ACM will be expected to assist in the work of identifying the Geology specimens going into the new exhibit or the museum collections storage facility, which will require documentation research, database work, photography and other imaging, and barcoding. In addition to the research on specimen acquisition and provenance accuracy, research will be required to define or confirm the best storage conditions and cleaning criteria.

This position will have a heavy focus on the Mineral collection, but will also work on the other Earth Science collections (Rocks, Meteorites, and fossils) that are directly impacted by the overall progression of this exhibit project. Impacts on existing collections will likely include a need for reorganizing subsets of the Geology collections, moving existing collections, and processing incoming collections to accommodate de-installed specimens, including data entry, specimen record updates, and maintenance of all associated digital data.

This position is for a two-year term with a potential opportunity for extension, pending institutional and project needs. This position will work closely with the Earth Sciences Collections Managers and the Curator of Geology.

As part of an outwardly focused and collaborative museum team, this position will also support other outreach, service, and research activities on an as-needed basis. The DMNS is especially interested in candidates whose background and experience have prepared them to contribute to our commitments to co-create a museum-wide DEAI strategy, and to find ways for culturally diverse communities to engage with the Museum in meaningful ways.

This position reports to the Earth Sciences Collections Manager.

 This is a 2 year term position ending 4/1/2025.

Work Schedule:  5 days/week, onsite.

Supervises: 0

Essential Duties:

  • Assists with professional collections management for Earth Sciences Geology collections.
  • Assists with the documentation, rehousing, preparation, cleaning, moving, and storage of collections.
  • Implements training, monitoring, and daily supervision of interns and volunteers as needed.
  • Responds to internal and external requests, and facilitate the use of collections.
  • Careful and safe handling of specimens with appropriate adherence to collections management best practices, especially while moving, rehousing, labeling, inventorying, and/or installing specimens.
  • Updates and maintains collections data in the museum’s collections management system, KE EMu.
  • Implements and ensures adherence to all safety protocols in collections.
  • Supports and delivers internal and external outreach and service programs as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum qualifications/Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in geology, mineralogy, earth sciences, or related field.
  • 2 years’ museum collections management experience required.
  • 2 years’ relational databases experience 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.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Master’s degree in geology, mineralogy, earth sciences, or related field.
  • Mineralogy expertise or avocational mineral background.
  • Understanding of mineral specimen needs, risks, cleaning procedures, and locality types.
  • Experience handling, moving, preparing, and rehousing mineral collections.
  • Supervisory experience with interns and volunteers.
  • Experience using mineral and geoscience databases.
  • Advanced collections management database experience, including data imports and large dataset proofing and cleanup.
  • Experience or interest in engaging diverse audiences in science and science communication.
  • Proven record of being a highly motivated, proactive team player.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.


Core values:

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


Physical Requirements of the job:

  • Ability to sit and/or stand for up to 8 hours at a time.
  • Moderate physical activity required by handling objects up to 50 pounds occasionally, up to 30 pounds frequently, and up to 100 pounds (with assistance) rarely


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  an employer contribution and match after one year of employmenttch. 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.


Application Instructions:

Please submit your COMBINED resume and cover letter by March 13, 2023.     Resumes will not be accepted after this time.  DMNS reserves the right to close the posting early.

Applications will only be accepted electronically via the Museum’s website:



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: $23.00-25.00/hour

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