Natural History Collections Specialist

The Position

The Natural History Program Collections (NHCS) designs and delivers engaging educational programs and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the museum’s natural history collection. The emphasis of this role is Lindsay Wildlife Experience (LWE) exhibit hall programs, outreach programs, classes, and workshops pertaining to the natural history collection. Additionally, the NHCS is responsible for training and supervising natural history interns and volunteers.

Primary Responsibilities

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Maintains and advances the natural history collection’s database and record keeping.
  • Employ best practices in the physical care, maintenance, specimen preparation, preservation, protection, organization, pest management, import/export, acquisition, and strategic growth of collections.
  • Manages internal and external incoming and outgoing loans, including public specimen rentals and loans for objects in Education programs and events.
  • Develops and executes educational natural history programs and classes.
  • Develops and delivers exhibit hall educational programs in a way that is engaging,  informative, safe, and of the highest quality. 
  • Oversees natural history volunteers and interns.  
  • Assists the Curator of Education in natural history exhibition curation, research, and exhibit design.
  • Attends off-site outreach programs and events, especially ones requesting live animals,  as needed. 

ADDITIONAL DUTIES: 

  • Assists the Curator of Education in acquisition research and decision making.
  • Communicate effectively and work closely with the entire Education department to create and deliver programs according to the annual calendar: three programming periods per year, plus natural history workshops 
  • Attend training and meetings as required. 
  • Willing and able to support Education department efforts not specific to this position should the need arise and when appropriate, such as exhibit floor programming, content development, volunteer engagement, and classes. This is an essential part of the Education department’s culture of support and teamwork. 
  • Other duties as assigned. The Curator of Education reserves the right to modify the duties and responsibilities of the NHCS as necessary. 

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a natural science or museum collections field.
  • Familiar with K-12 learning and teaching strategies, curriculum, standards, and museum education theory and practice.
  • Excellent public speaking and wildlife program skills for audiences that vary in size, age,  and knowledge. 
  • Previous education experience, especially with children and in the fields of wildlife  biology, environmental science, or related subjects. 
  • At least one year of experience working with museum collections.
  • Proficiency in taxonomy, morphology, and natural history, especially within California.
  • Working knowledge of the techniques, best practices, professional standards, and regulations for specimen collection and preparation.
  • Working knowledge of relevant regulatory laws and compliance procedures related to natural history collections.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in museum collections databases. 
  • Experience in the handling, care, and training of a wide variety of animals, including, but not limited to, raptors, small mammals, amphibians, and reptiles.  
  • Willingness to represent the LWE at off-site outreach programs and similar special events.
  • Ability to display good judgment, problem solve, and exercise tact and diplomacy at all  times; courteous and respectful interactions with supervisors, co-workers, and guests.
  • Organized and capable of timely completion of projects with strong attention to detail  and accuracy. 
  • Flexibility with regards to schedule.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: 

  • Medium strength demands include exerting 20-50 pounds occasionally, 10- 25 pounds frequently, or up to 10 pounds constantly. Requires handling, using vision and hearing,  and talking.  
  • Frequently requires standing, fine dexterity, walking, lifting, sitting, reaching,  pushing/pulling, balancing, and twisting. Occasionally requires carrying, kneeling, foot controls, bending, and crouching. Rarely requires climbing.  

NON-PHYSICAL DEMANDS: 

  • Frequently requires time pressures, frequent change of tasks, irregular schedule/overtime, performing multiple tasks simultaneously, working closely with others as part of a team, tedious or exacting work, and noisy/distracting environment.  Rarely requires emergency situations. 

OVERALL WORKING CONDITIONS: 

  • Occasional exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions and/or hazards.  
  • Primarily office environment, as well as public exhibit hall programming, and infrequent outdoor event and/or outreach sites.  

Hours, Benefits & Compensation

  • Non-exempt full-time position, 40-hours a week
  • The regular schedule will include one weekend day
  • Lindsay Wildlife Experience offers competitive benefits packaging including paid sick time, vacation, holidays, and 401K eligibility.
  • Flexibility to work some evenings, early mornings, holidays, and special events as needed.

EEO POLICY STATEMENT 

It is the policy of Lindsay Wildlife Experience to afford equal employment opportunities to all  qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual  orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizen status, veteran status,  gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic or status that is protected by federal,  state or local law. 

 

Apply

To apply for this position, please send together in one file your cover letter, resume, and two references to  [email protected]. In the title of your email, write “Natural History Collections Specialist.” PLEASE FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY.

Lindsay Wildlife Experience requires all staff and volunteers to be fully vaccinated or to have a valid exemption request.

Position Availability

Open until filled.