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Fossil Vertebrate Preparator (Preparator I) – 3 Year Term

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Contracted, Full Time
Posted November 22, 2021

Fossil Vertebrate Preparator (Preparator I) – 3 Year Term

Position Status: Full time
Pay Range: $49,908.00/annually
Close Date: 12/15/21

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Job Description:

The Preparator I provides technical support to the Department of Earth Sciences (DES) labs to ensure they function safely, efficiently, and that all specimens are prepared at the highest professional standards. This position is responsible for the proper stabilization, preparation, and housing of K/Pg vertebrate fossils collected from the Rocky Mountain West. She/he/they will provide scientific expertise in paleontology and geology to support DMNS efforts to deliver world-class research, curation, and outreach.

This position supervises DES volunteers and interns.

This is a 3 year term position that will end 3 years after start date.


Essential duties: 

  • Stabilizes, repairs, and rehouses vertebrate fossils for safe storage in the DES collections.
  • Practices and teaches professional preparation as directed by the lab staff in consultation with the DES curators.
  • Oversees the work of lab volunteers, provides additional trainings as required, and mentors/supervises volunteers, students, and interns.
  • Continually works to integrate the DES Labs with the Prehistoric Journey Exhibit to increase the visitor experience.


Minimum qualifications/Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Geology/Paleontology or Biology/Zoology major preferred.
  • Previous experience in vertebrate fossil preparation required.
  • May need to operate a museum vehicle. Valid U.S. Driver’s License within 1 week of hire required.
  • Basic proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and web enabled applications required.
  • The Museum loves science.  As a science institution, the Museum believes in the science behind vaccines.  Effective September 1, 2021, all new hires must present proof of being vaccinated against COVID-19 at the time of hire.


Ideal candidate will have:

  • Positive attitude
  • Past experience as a mentor/teacher/leader.


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.


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.

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


Application Instructions:

Please submit your cover letter and resume by December 15, 2021.  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 $49,908.00/annually

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