Bioscience Collections Manager

The Bioscience Collection at the NM Museum of Natural History and Science is looking for a Bioscience Collections Specialist. The mission of Bioscience Collection is to provide collections of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, insects and mollusks that represent the natural history of New Mexico and southwestern North America (United States and Mexico), and to serve as a safe repository for in-house research specimens.

Job Description

Why does the job exist?
The position will be responsible for the maintenance and management of the Bioscience collections by providing expert physical care, providing access to collections through loans for visitors and responding to inquiries in their area of expertise. This position will also contribute to exhibitions and public programs, work closely with curators in the department and maintain an electronic database of all specimens in the collection and associated metadata.

How does it get done?
The position will manage the Biological collections to maintain organization and care of specimens in accordance with established professional museum standards and provide information on and access to the collections for biological researchers.  The position will also prepare and catalog biological specimens and maintain up-to-date electronic database in accordance with accepted museum standards. This position will also conserve biological specimens and participate in the integrated pest management (IPM) program throughout the Museum to maximize care of specimens and minimize use of toxic chemicals. Incumbent will participate in museum public programs related to biological collections to educate the public about the value of biological collections and facilitate research use of Museum biological collections. The collection specialist may also be involved in field collecting of specimens in coordination with curators, students or volunteers at the museum.

Who are the customers?
This position will serve museum visitors and researchers who are interested in the collections.

The Ideal Candidate:
The ideal candidate has experience working with the following:

  • Electronic Databases
  • Museum Exhibits
  • Public Programs
  • Museum collections’ management, care and documentation

Interviews are anticipated to be conducted within two weeks of closing date.
This position is a Pay Band 60.

Classification Description

Museum Technician & Conservator Advanced

Minimum Qualifications
Associate’s Degree in Art History or other area of specialization such as Museum Studies, Museology, Conservation Science, Anthropology or History; and two (2) years supervised experience working with museum artifacts/collections.  Depending upon the Museum and the nature of the position, the hiring agency may modify the experience. Any combination of education from an accredited college or university in a related field and/or direct experience in this occupation totaling four (4) years may substitute for the required education and experience.

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