Museum Collection and Outreach Program Assistant

Vertebrate Wildlife Museum – New Mexico State University

This is a full-time museum technician position to assist the curator (Dr. Jennifer Frey) with all functions of the Vertebrate Wildlife Museum in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology at New Mexico State University.  The museum is primarily used for education and consists of over 6,000 specimens/lots of fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.  The museum also maintains an active outreach education program focused on the wildlife of southern New Mexico, which contacts ca 5,000 people annually.  A pool of undergraduate student volunteers and interns assist with the delivery of the museum programming.  Primary duties of this position will include 1) routine care and maintenance of the collections, 2) preparation of new specimen material, and 3) development, organization, and implementation of outreach programs and museum tours.  Salary is $23,080-$25,960 annually, depending on experience. Start date is 15 August 2017.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in wildlife science, biology, or conservation ecology
  • > 3.0 GPA
  • Experience preparing standard skin+skeleton voucher specimens of birds or mammals (taxidermy experience might be considered in lieu of this)
  • Experience working in a museum collection
  • Experience with public speaking
  • Must be able to work independently, be highly organized, and have acute attention to detail.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience delivering educational programs or tours
  • Knowledge and experience databasing museum records
  • Experience preparing and maintaining standard fluid-preserved specimens of fishes or herps
  • Experience preparing skeletal material and caring for dermestid beetle colony
  • Knowledge of museum safety issues

For consideration, please email Dr. Frey an initial letter of interest, resume, and unofficial transcripts.  The letter of interest must explain 1) your experience and abilities with museum collections 2) your experience with public speaking, giving educational programs, or tours, and 3) your reasons for applying for this position.  Letters that do not address these points will not be considered.  Materials will be reviewed as received and the position filled upon finding a suitable applicant. Information about the museum can be found at and information about the department can be found at

Dr. Jennifer K. Frey (Curator, Vertebrate Wildlife Museum), Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology, PO Box 3003, Campus Box 4901, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 88003-0003;