Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum – Museum Operations Manager

The Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum (CSMGM) is seeking to hire a Museum Operations Manager. Further information can be found at this link:

The CSMGM is located on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) in Golden, CO. CSM is a public, highly selective, engineering and applied science school of ~5900 students, undergraduate and graduate. Our University was founded in 1874 and has a strong commitment to education and research. It has the highest admission standards of any public university in Colorado, and among the highest of any public university in the U.S. Additionally, CSM is one of a very few institutions in the world having broad expertise in resource exploration, extraction, production, and utilization.

The CSMGM is the second most visited university geology museum in the country and the first to receive a moon rock on loan from the Johnson Space Center in Houston. In 2016 we had over 27,000 visitors from 50 states and 53 foreign countries. We were recently selected by as the #3 ranked tourist attraction in Golden, in terms of visitor satisfaction, out of 58 Golden attractions, and received their Certificate of Excellence several years in a row.

Since our founding in 1874, our Museum has obtained and displayed significant mineral, fossil, gemstone, meteorite, and mining artifact exhibits. Our collection now includes over 55,000 catalogued specimens and is displayed on two floors of a spacious fourteen year old building. We also display significant specimens outside our Museum, as well as an outdoor geologic trail with several geologic and paleontological points of interest.

The CSMGM has been fortunate to receive numerous grants and major donations over the years from various sources. Our Museum is currently staffed by one Director, two Collections Managers sharing one position, and 14 students who greet guests, lead tours, rent teaching kits, and run our gift shop. In addition, there is a devoted core of ~40 active volunteers who regularly contribute invaluable expertise and assistance to the overall operation.

We are steered by an Advisory Council of nine members, the Museum Director, his supervisor (University Librarian), a Vice President emeritus, a Director of Research Development, the Collections Manager, two alumni who are avid mineral collectors, the president of the Friends of the CSM Geology Museum, and the curator emeritus of earth sciences at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The Council crafts Museum policies and tries to meet monthly.

Over 11% of our Museum’s visitors are K-12 school groups or home-schoolers, who are often dazzled by our guided tours explaining local geology, mineralogy, mining history, paleontology, gemology, fluorescent minerals, and meteorites.

The mission of the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum is to:
• Serve as a State repository for Colorado’s mineral heritage and promote its importance and understanding to our University community and the general public;

• Inspire scientific curiosity through education and research;

• Encourage appreciation of Earth and responsibility for its mineral, fossil, meteorite, and historic mining treasures;
• Strive to improve the collections through expansion, display, and preservation.