Collections Manager, North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries

Collections Manager (Museum Curator I)

Salary: $19.00 Hourly
Job Type: Temporary Full-Time (11-month)
Job Number: 37742
Closing: 2/22/2019 5:00 PM Eastern
Location: Carteret County, NC

Prospective candidates can apply at the following website:


The Collections Manager is a professional position that will involve the development of a curatorial program for a large biological structure collection at the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (NCDMF). This biological structure collection includes fish otoliths and scales, but may in the future include tissue samples as well. Technical and collections management expertise is essential for the successful design of an organizational scheme and the implementation of the chosen collections management database software, Specify. To accomplish this, the position will work with Specify staff and NCDMF IT to launch Specify for use with our collection. The position will also train NCDMF staff on how to use Specify. The position will create work flows and conservation guidelines concerning the addition of new samples to the collection, the transfer of samples from one storage location to another, completion of loans of samples, and any other guidelines for the long-term preservation of samples. In addition, the position will set up a barcoding system and integrate it with Specify. A successful candidate must be highly motivated, an excellent problem-solver, and able to work independently or with assigned staff.

There is additional opportunities associated with this position, including potentially helping out with fish sampling field work.

This temporary position is located in Morehead City/Carteret County, North Carolina.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies:

[NOTE:  Qualified applicants must meet and reflect on their application training and experience and all knowledge, skills, abilities and any experience or competencies specified in the supplemental question(s) to be considered.]

  • Knowledge of curatorial methods including collections conservation (i.e. archival methods), workflow design and implementation, database standards and design, and general collections maintenance.
  • Organizational skills including a talent for detailed work.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to effectively oversee work activities and provide training and direction to assigned staff, including volunteers.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Biology, Botany Conservation, Education, History or Zoology from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of museum or related work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Management Preferences:

Experience using the biological collections management database software Specify.