The Denver Museum of Nature & Science in the Research & Collections Division is seeking a Registrar to join their team. This position ensures the Museum meets its public trust responsibilities by guaranteeing documented compliance of all collection activities with collection policy, procedure, regulations, and professional standards. This position works collaboratively with curators and collection managers to ensure we meet the highest ethical and legal compliance standards. The ideal candidate for this position is highly familiar with natural history and cultural collections, detail-oriented, and able to work in a fast-paced environment with a large team. This position is an integral part of the Research & Collections Division, and developing solid relationships both internally and with external partners is essential.

Essential duties:

  • Manages registration records and ensures their integrity and long-term preservation.
  • Coordinates with curators and collection managers to document accessions, deaccessions and loans, and reviews for ethical and legal compliance.
  • Prepares, monitors, and renews collection permit applications, collection MOUs and agreements, and repository agreements.
  • Monitors state, federal, and international laws that impact collections, collecting, and other museum issues.
  • Project manages outgoing exhibition loan requests, including packing, shipping, and appraisals.
  • Provides registration support for artifacts included in travelling exhibits, and updates to core exhibits.

Minimum qualifications/Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences or anthropology required. Master’s degree in natural sciences, anthropology, or museum studies preferred.
  • 3 years’ experience in Museum registration required, including experience using collections management databases.
  • 3 years’ experience working knowledge of the legal, regulatory, and ethical environment surrounding natural history and cultural collections required.
  • Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Office suite required.

Ideal candidate will have:

  • Registration experience in both a natural history and large museum setting.
  • Proven track-record of simultaneously managing numerous projects.
  • Ability to work with a wide-ranging team, applying both legal and ethical standards to reach consensus.

Working Conditions:

  • Office: Moderate noise (business office with computers and printers, light traffic)
  • Ability to sit and/or stand for up to 8 hours at a time
  • Moderate physical activity required by handling objects up to 50 pounds occasionally and/or up to 30 pounds frequently. 100 pounds occasionally in some departments.
  • Museum collections: documentation and labeling, preservation, cleaning and stabilization of collection items, and preparation of exhibit displays and storage facilities.
  • Fieldwork: varied, remote terrain and inclement weather.
  • Lab: power, pneumatic and hand tools, and various chemicals.
  • Exposure to animal remains during preparation, including all common Biosafety Level 2+ Zoonotic pathogens.
  • Safe handling of hand- and powered-cutting tools from scalpels to power saws.
  • Handling of scientific specimens includes some that may contain hazardous substances including arsenic, mercury, ethanol and radiation.
  • Safe disposal of hazardous materials including Biohazards and hazardous chemicals.
  • Working with storage units, shelves and moving equipment in collection areas, including pallet jacks and reach-lift fork trucks.
  • Working machinery: fans, boilers, and ladders.

Core values:

  • We love science.
  • We are curious, creative and playful.
  • We cultivate relationships with each other, diverse communities, the environment and for our future.
  • We think critically and act with empathy.

Perks of working at DMNS Include: ​

  • Free Museum membership
  • Free access to Museum exhibits, IMAX, and Gates Planetarium
  • Free local admission to The Denver Zoo, The Denver Art Museum, The Denver Botanic Gardens, and Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
  • Free RTD ECO pass
  • Alternative transportation (ECOmmute) rewards program
  • On-site activities (run club, yoga, Spanish language)
  • And many more!

Application Instructions:

Please submit your cover letter and resume by September 30, 2018.  Resumes will not be accepted after this time.

Applications may only be accepted electronically via the Museum’s website

Due to the high volume of people who apply, we are not able to respond to specific inquiries regarding your application status.

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is an equal opportunity employer. The Museum is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff committed to serving the needs of all our visitors and we encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds.