Zoology Assistant Collections Manager
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science seeks an Assistant Collections Manager in the Integrative Collections Branch to support the Zoology Collections. This position supports the collections and research activities of the Zoology Department as it curates a taxonomically diverse, scientifically valuable, and well-cared-for collection of specimens. The Zoology Collections currently hold approximately 1.25M specimens and specimen lots in the areas of Arachnology, Entomology, Mammalogy, Marine Invertebrates, Parasitology, and Ornithology.
The Zoology Department seeks to document and preserve the biodiversity of the Rocky Mountain region and beyond for scientific research and education while adhering to current best-practice guidelines. This position facilitates efforts to preserve and protect the collections on a long-term basis, to increase access and grow scientific output, to manage and expand collections, and to help inspire diverse communities’ understanding of, and involvement in, biodiversity and the natural world. 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 (Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, Inclusion) strategy, and to find ways for diverse communities to engage with the Museum in meaningful ways.
This position reports to the Zoology Collections Manager.
Work Schedule: 5 days/week, onsite.
- Assists with professional collections management for all collections.
- Assists with the accession, deaccession, documentation, registration, organization, and preparation of collections as assigned.
- Implements training, monitoring, and daily supervision of interns and volunteers as assigned.
- Responds to internal and external queries and requests, and facilitate loans and use of collections.
- Assists in maintaining collections metadata, including digital records and associated multimedia files.
- Implements and ensures adherence to all safety protocols in collections.
- Supports and delivers internal and external outreach programs as appropriate or required.
- Bachelor’s degree in Zoology or related field required.
- 1 year museum collections management experience required.
- 1 year relational database experience required.
- Occasional local and out of state travel required.
- Evening and weekend shifts as needed required.
- Ability to handle biological material and museum specimens in adherence with safety and departmental protocols 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 Zoology or a related field
- Experience working with zoological museum specimens; particularly vertebrate animals
- Understanding and experience with taxonomic concepts and phylogenetic organization
- Experience moving and reorganizing collections
- Supervisory experience with interns and volunteers
- Advanced collections management database experience, including data imports and large dataset proofing and cleanup
- Experience managing multiple projects at once, including the ability to create and implement both short-term and long-term plans
- Experience engaging diverse audiences in science or through science communication
- Proven record of being a highly motivated, proactive team player
- Exceptional organizational skills
- We love science.
- We are curious, creative, and playful.
- We cultivate relationships with each other, diverse communities, the environment, and for 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 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.
Please submit your cover letter and resume/CV by December 2, 2022. Resumes will not be accepted after this time. 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/hr - $25/hr