The Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Assistant Collections Manager, Zoology Collections

Organization: The Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Position: Assistant Collections Manager, Zoology Collections

Pay Range: $23-25/hr.

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.

Essential duties:
-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 facilitates 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.

Minimum qualifications/Requirements:
-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.

Ideal candidate will have:
-Master’s degree in Zoology or 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

Please see the formal announcement for more details: