Carnegie Museum of Natural History is a place of adventure, discovery and education that welcomes everyone to enjoy the wonders of its collections and exhibitions. Founded in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie, the museum has maintained an international reputation for its ongoing research and discovery that create a better understanding of the history of the earth and its inhabitants. Today, the museum is ranked among the top five natural history museums in the country and features 20 exhibition halls including the blockbuster Dinosaurs in Their Time. We are currently searching for a full-time Curatorial Assistant-Invertebrate Zoology, who will be providing entomological specimen preparation and collection-related curatorial care services for specimen collection in the Section of Invertebrate Zoology. Position involves all aspects of specimen handling and treatment in the main collection as well as field samples and fresh specimens, including storage, sorting, pinning, minuten mounting, papering, spreading, labeling, sorting to higher taxa (family-group taxa), transfer to and from collection, and training of other assistants in the above tasks. Also requires specialized and extremely delicate technical preparations for purposes of research, especially minuten double-mounting for microlepidoptera and some microdissection for examination of internal body parts, genitalia, and immatures. Other major functions are to operate and sustain pest-control for Invertebrate Zoology by flash-freezing entire insect holdings of more than 30,000 drawers over a two year cycle. Duties include maintaining basic supplies such as ethanol, glassware, and other storage equipment. Provides packaging and mailing activities for Invertebrate Zoology including foreign and domestic shipments, and consists of specimen packing for shipment, customs paperwork, secure bracing, and transport to-and-from post office or courier package acceptance facilities for rapid, safe shipment of specimens for research (mostly loans to other institutions).
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in job-related subjects, either entomology, biology, or museology. In lieu of a B.S. or equivalent degree, the position may have ten or more years experience with entomological collections as a practicing professional, with preference for activities involving entomological specimens and collection care. The position is encouraged to have membership in appropriate professional organizations involving collection care, specimen preparation, and/or scientific illustration.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Must have superior eye-hand coordination for performing meticulous tasks under the microscope for both preparation and microdissection, and a working knowledge of basic entomological principles and practices with special emphasis on techniques, procedures, best practices, and professional standards for specimen preparation, especially Lepidoptera. Position must be able to work for prolonged periods of time at stereomicroscope for specimen shipment packing, micro-insect preparation, and other detailed tasks. Heavy emphasis on capacity for sustaining workload involving large, iterative tasks over lengthy periods of time with minimal supervision. As for all staff, expected to be self-critical in maintaining highest professional standards of workmanship while working independently. Successful applicants must have personal skills compatible with demonstrating and teaching so as to communicate finer nuances of specimen preparation, specimen renovation, and collection care to visitors, patrons, other staff, interns and work-study student assistants, and the general public. You must be able to contribute to the regular public experiences that promote an active research collection in a museum that emphasizes excellence in public programming. In particular, there is a need to explain and justify curatorial activities as having critical importance for sustaining the collection for research and human awareness. You must be scientifically, artistically and aesthetically expressive. This position, as one of three key positions maintaining one of the world’s largest Lepidoptera collections, will regularly contribute to the development of other Lepidoptera preparators, entomological technicians, and collection-based museum workers at Carnegie Museum and beyond.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands of the position vary from sedentary during preparation, to moderate exertion when lifting, moving, and arranging drawers and other storage equipment during curation and pest-control freezing, or moving storage equipment for shipping and packaging. It is critical that the person in this position have excellent eyesight, equally strong optimotor capacity, and patience for detailed tasks for preparation, dissection, collecting, curation, and packing.
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community.
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