Chief Preparator and Laboratory Manager
Denver Museum of Nature & Science - Denver, CO

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The Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) seeks a Chief Preparator and Laboratory Manager to support and manage the Schlessman Family Earth Sciences Laboratory (ES Lab). The ES Lab is an integral part of the museum’s Prehistoric Journey exhibit, and supports the research, curation and outreach efforts of the DMNS and staff in the Department of Earth Sciences (DES).

The Chief Preparator portion of the position requires that this person provide technical expertise on aspects of Earth Science specimen preparation at the highest professional standards based on the research direction of DES curators. The ES Lab focuses on the preparation of paleontological specimens and supports the research of four curators who have expertise and active research in geology, paleobotany, invertebrate paleontology, and vertebrate paleontology. The Chief Preparator will conduct outreach by training and supervising a large volunteer corps in preparation techniques while also developing, fostering and maintaining outreach with the public via the articulation of the ES Lab with the Prehistoric Journey exhibit.

The Laboratory Manager portion of the position will require that this person be responsible for all day-to-day operations of the laboratory spaces including ES Lab inventory and budget; training, managing and safety of ES Lab volunteers; and hiring, training, managing and safety of ES Lab staff. Some weekend and night hours are required.

DMNS has strong local public support, is building a new state-of-the-art collections storage facility, and is strategically located at the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. As a result, fieldwork will comprise up to 25% of the position. Fieldwork will be primarily in support of field-based research programs focused on the paleontology, paleoenvironments, and paleoclimatology of the Rocky Mountain region and the geology and mineralogy of Colorado. However, curators on staff have long-term international fieldwork programs that this position will likely be asked to support. Fieldwork at the DMNS is heavily supported by volunteers. As a result, hands-on training of field techniques and supervision of volunteers in field while also developing, fostering and maintaining an active core of field-trained volunteers will be required.

At minimum a Master’s degree in the geological, paleontological, or biological sciences is required. Candidates will also have at least five years experience in specimen preparation. Candidates must also have at minimum 2 years of demonstrated experience with management of plans, budgets, and personnel . Ideal candidates will have experience in all fields of fossil preparation and in geological techniques such as thin section and rock preparation. Museum experience preferred.

Application Instructions

In addition to the general application on the DMNS website, please provide (1) a vita or resume highlighting your preparation skills, preparation experience, collections experience, fieldwork experience, and any scientific research background; (2) contact information for three or more professional references who can provide candid appraisals of your background and skills; and (3) a 1-2 page cover letter that describes your experience training, supervising, and managing volunteers and a concise description of your philosophy on how a volunteer-based lab, field and research program should operate. Please submit cover letter, cv and information requested above no later than March 5, 2013.

Be advised that due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to directly contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the position, however please check your inbox and junk mail for any correspondence. If you are a returning applicant, please note that cover letters must be deleted, edited and then reattached to correspond with the position. No phone calls please.

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is an equal opportunity employer. The Museum is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff committed to serving the needs of all our visitors and we encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds .