Collections Manager & Curator of Birds Posting.pdfSummary:
Under the direction of the Assistant Curator of Birds, the Collections Manager is responsible for
caring for, and providing access to, the bird and mammal collections.
Maintain and conserve vertebrate collections including taxidermy mounts, study skins,
skeletons, specimens in alcohol, the egg and nest collection, and other preparations
Prepare, catalogue, label, database, and shelve new specimen acquisitions
Respond to external and internal inquiries regarding the collections by conducting database
searches, photocopying records, measuring specimens or taking pictures of holdings
Work with Curator to maintain and improve the collections databases
Process incoming and outgoing loaned or exchanged material including handling loan forms and
Facilitate access to and oversight of the collections for external collaborators
Assist with the selection, training, task assignment, supervision, and evaluation of departmental
volunteers and interns
Maintain records (e.g. correspondence and reports) for all collection management activities and
assist with preparation of reports
Monitor and track collections conditions including temperature, humidity and pests in support
of integrated pest management (IPM) as directed by Curator
Work with Curator to evaluate the best use of donated and exchanged material
Work with Curator to execute specimen conservation and preservation policies and priorities
Prepare purchase orders for departmental supplies and materials and assist with budget
preparation and monitoring
Assist Curator in responding to general inquiries about the collections, and about other natural
history topics, especially related to birds and other vertebrates
Assist museum visitors in using the collections and library
Assist Curator in providing tours of the collections and during special events
Attend professional meetings appropriate for Ornithology or Collections Management
Assist Curator with teaching classes and/or preparing lectures about birds, natural history or
Be conversant in the museum’s mission, exhibits, programs and events to enhance the visitor
BA/BS in Biology or other scientific discipline required (museum studies will be considered)
1-2 years of experience working in museum collections
Ability to prepare bird and vertebrate study skins, skeletons and other specimens
Familiarity with natural history as well as bird and mammal identification
Experience with computer operation, relational databases, excel spreadsheets, and imaging
Ability to work with ethanol (ethyl alcohol), formalin, and other chemicals used in collections, as
well as other natural history objects (e.g., feathers, fur, bones) and dermestid beetles
Ability to lift 50 lbs. and to stoop and climb ladders to access collections storage areas
Demonstrated ability to train and supervise employees and volunteer/interns
MA/MS or other relevant graduate level degree
Interest in current advances in digitization protocols for natural history collections
Knowledge of geography and avian taxonomy
Knowledge of OSHA standards and Hazard Communication programs
This is a full-time position defined by the museum as 37.5 hours per week.
This position is not eligible for hybrid-work.
Occasional schedule flexibility may be required to accommodate museum-wide activities such as
fundraisers and special events.
This job description is not designed to cover all functions, duties, activities or
responsibilities that are required. Functions, duties, activities, and responsibilities are subject to
change based on museum and division needs.
Promotion to Senior Collections Manager is possible once staff has acquired the necessary
broad spectrum of experiences that will enable them to take on additional leadership
responsibilities at the museum and in the collections community.
Competitive benefit package that currently includes 95% of base plan medical insurance
premium paid by the Museum (team member only) and 100% Museum paid premium for
Life/ADD, Short-term and Long-term disability
Generous paid time off that includes holidays, vacation and personal days
Qualified candidates are invited to email a cover letter and their resume to email@example.com, fax to
the attention of Sean Logue at 302-658-2610, or submit to Delaware Museum of Nature & Science,
ATTN: Human Resources, P.O. Box 3937, Wilmington, Delaware 19807.
The Delaware Museum of Nature & Science is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to
inclusivity and encourage all qualified candidates to apply.
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