Reminder: Collection Manager Position

Brian Brown bbrown at NHM.ORG
Thu May 11 07:07:02 CDT 2000


Please note the closing date: 31 May 2000

Collection Manager, Entomology
Available 1 July 2000.

POSITION SUMMARY:
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has a large (5.4 million
specimen), important insect and terrestrial arthropod collection that is
worldwide in coverage and comprehensive in scope. We seek a highly qualified
person to fill the position of Entomology Collection Manager. This person
would be responsible for collection management under the supervision of the
Curator of Entomology. The responsibilities include day to day care of the
collections, processing all incoming and outgoing specimens and loans,
participating in collecting, preserving, documenting, sorting, identifying
and maintaining collections, and participation in public, exhibit and
educational programs. The Collection Manager supervises other technical and
volunteer staff as assigned, and is the liaison between the curator and
technicians and between the Entomology Collection and the Registrar. The
Collection Manager must have the ability to make independent decisions based
on Museum and Entomology Section guidelines in the management of
collections. She or he must be current with entomological research,
especially trends and techniques in collections-based research; have
extensive taxonomic knowledge of insects; have excellent understanding of
computers and collection documentation via databasing; may participate in
ongoing or original research and attend professional meetings to represent
the Museum or the Entomology Section. This is a permanent, full-time position.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
- primary responsibility for processing loan requests
- maintains and supervises the use of collection objects and specimens
- documents and processes all incoming specimens for addition to the collection
- helps develop and implement plans for collection growth and improvement
- participates in the maintenance of temporary or permanent exhibits
- assists visitors with the use of the collection and technical literature
- supervises volunteers, Museum Technicians, Curatorial Assistants and
others, as assigned
- participates in Education and other public program activities of the
Museum, including (but not limited to) assisting with exhibits, presentation
of public lectures, instruction of Museum classes, and presentation of
collection resources
- assist or initiate proposals seeking grant funding for the Collection
- maintain and develop Entomology World Wide Web site
- assists the curator in preparing sectional budget, providing information
as requested
- maintains documentation of collection use

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS REQUIRED:
- graduation from an accredited college with a Master's degree or equivalent
with specialization in Entomology
- at least 1 year of technical experience in Entomology, involving
identification or classification, preparation and conservation of specimens
for study, research or exhibition
- knowledge of basic computer programs, including databases
- knowledge of World Wide Web programming desirable
- excellent written and oral communication skills

HOURS: This is a full time, exempt position.  Normal business hours are
Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

APPLICATION: Please send CV and statement of interest (including a brief
summary of qualifications) to:

Lisa Ramos
Human Resources
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90007 U.S.A.
lramos at nhm.org




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