Vertebrate Paleontology Collections Manager

The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History invites applications for a Vertebrate Paleontology Collections Manager position. We seek an individual with interests in fossil vertebrates and trace fossils to guide the day-to-day management of the physical collections and associated resources including archives and paper records as well as databases. Our museum is a world-class natural history institution nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, Colorado. The Fossil Vertebrate collection houses nearly 100,000 specimens largely from Mesozoic and Cenozoic localities, with an exceptional collection of Paleogene mammals. Additionally, the ichnofossil and eggshell holdings include approximately 6,000 fossil footprints and other trace fossils plus the world-class Karl Hirsch fossil eggshell collection (~5,900 eggshells). Most holdings are from the U.S. Western Interior, but the collections are enhanced by specimens from elsewhere in the U.S. and the world.

Qualifications: M.S. degree in relevant field (Geology, Biology, or Museum Studies) and at least two years of experience as a collections manager. Job requires demonstrable proficiency with the taxonomy, nomenclature, and identification of fossil vertebrates. Knowledge of care and management of fossil vertebrate and trace fossil collections, including cataloging and accessioning specimens, processing loans, regulations and permits, electronic databases (e.g., CollectiveAccess and Microsoft Access), Microsoft Office, and Adobe software, and collection research methods also required. Additional required skills include demonstrable attention to detail and accuracy, excellent organization, teamwork, and communication skills, ability to interface professionally with the university, public, governmental and research communities, and ability to manage projects, students, and volunteers.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in supervisory roles, vertebrate paleontological fieldwork, grant-writing, database management, and digitization.

To Apply: Applicants must apply online at Applicants will need to provide a CV, letter of interest, and names and contact information for three references. Position is open until 31 January 2018.  Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Jaelyn Eberle ( or Dr. Talia Karim (

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