Paleo Preparator

Job Description

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Purpose of Position:
This position resides at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque. The new Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science maintains a large collection of fossils that are used for research purposes as well as exhibits in the museum. The Museum Technician and Conservator-Operational position is vital to the museum’s function as it is the position that works with the scientists and volunteers to ensure the proper preparation and conservation of all fossils in the museum, including those for exhibits or research. The Museum Technician and Conservator-Operational manages volunteers in the preparation lab (including the public “Fossilworks” lab) and must have a good knowledge of fossil specimens and their preparation needs. This Museum Technician and Conservator-Operational is responsible for maintaining clean and safe preparation facilities, stocking materials and maintaining equipment, as well as participating in field work to ensure that fossils are properly stabilized for transport.

Due to the available budget allocated for this position the hiring rate will not exceed $17.28 per hour.

Preference will be given to applicants with a Bachelors Degree in Earth Science, Biology, or similar field.


This position is a Pay Band 55.

Classification Description

Museum Technician & Conservator Operational

Minimum Qualifications

Associate’s Degree in Art History or other area of specialization such as Museum Studies, Museology, Conservation Science, Anthropology, or History; and one (1) year supervised experience working with museum artifacts/collections. Any combination of education from an accredited college or university in a related field and/or direct experience in this occupation totaling three (3) years may substitute for the required education and experience.

Employment Requirements:
Must possess and maintain a current valid Driver’s License. Must possess and maintain a current Defensive Driving Course Certificate from the State of New Mexico as a condition of continued employment. Employment is subject to a pre-employment background investigation and is conditional pending results.

Statutory Requirements: 

Supplemental Information

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Working Conditions:
Lifting various collection objects weighing one (1) pound to over fifty (50) pounds, standing long periods at a time in the collections area to organize objects. Sitting and squatting for long periods, data entry and typing at a computer work station. Exposure to outdoor weather on occasion. Use of hands on regular basis when working with power tools heavy equipment and small special cleaning tools. Work in dusty/dirt areas, different variations of lighting. Exposure to chemicals/toxic and strong odors when using or preparing specific plaster and materials. Some field work and occasional travel required.

Conditions of Employment:
Working Conditions for individual positions in this classification will vary based on each agency’s utilization, essential functions, and the recruitment needs at the time a vacancy is posted. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

Default FLSA Status: 
Non-Exempt. FLSA status may be determined to be different at the agency level based on the agency’s utilization of the position.

Bargaining Unit: 
This position is not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

Agency Contact Information:

Ayesha Burdett, (505) 841-2800, or email:

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