Natural History Collections Specialist

The Position

The Natural History Collections Specialist is responsible for the day-to-day management of the museum’s natural history collection. This individual maintains the collections database, addresses legal concerns pertaining to the collection and potential acquisitions, employs preventive conservation measures and pest management practices, and manages incoming and outgoing loans. Under the supervision of the Director of Education, the specialist will assist with curatorial research, specimen selection, design, and installation for natural history exhibitions. Additionally, this individual is responsible for training and supervising natural history interns and volunteers. This is a 32 hour per week position with benefits. The schedule is Wednesday- Saturday.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Maintains and advances the natural history collection 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.
  • Oversees natural history volunteers and interns.
  • Assists the Director of Education in natural history exhibition curation, research, and exhibit design.
  • Develops and executes educational natural history programs and classes.

ADDITIONAL DUTIES: 

  • Assists the Director of Education in acquisition research and decision making.
  •  Attend trainings and meetings as required.
  • Willing and able to support the Education Department’s efforts not specific to this position should the need arise and when appropriate, such as exhibit floor programming, content development, volunteer engagement, classes, and workshops. This is an essential part of the Education Department’s culture of support and teamwork.
  • Other duties as assigned. The Director of Education reserves the right to modify the duties and responsibilities of the Natural History Collections Specialist.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a natural science or museum collections field.
  • 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.
  • Display sound judgment, problem-solving, and diplomacy at all times; courteous and respectful interactions with supervisors, co-workers, and volunteers.
  • Flexibility with regards to schedule, with the understanding that members of the Education Department will be required to work weekends and nights as needed.

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

This is a full-time, non-exempt, hourly position. Lindsay Wildlife benefits include vacation, sick and holiday paid time-off.

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.

COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT

Lindsay Wildlife Experience requires all staff and volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. New employees will be required to present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or request an exemption.

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.

Position Availability

Open until filled.