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Posted:  November 18, 2014 

Museum Summer Education Intern (Unpaid)

Start Date:  May 1, 2015
Work Schedule:  Monday-Friday
Length of Position:  3-month commitment  (min.  120 hrs.)
Location:  Martinsville VA
Position #:  IE001
Award Package:  None

 

Internship Description:

The Virginia Museum of Natural History Department of Education and Public Programs is looking for motivated, energetic students interested in museum education.  Opportunities will consist of designing, presenting, and evaluating educational and public programming for annual summer camps.  Interns will also learn about and participate in a wide variety of tasks by assisting staff with projects relating to educational technology, exhibits, and more.

Sample Tasks:

  • Research and develop activities for summer camp programs
  • Support VMNH education staff in supervision of children
  • Teach STEM focused programs
  • Integrate technology with education projects

About the Virginia Museum of Natural History:

As the state’s museum of natural history serving the entire Commonwealth and beyond, VMNH has award-winning exhibits, ground-breaking scientific research and collections, and innovative educational programs for all ages.  With its outreach education programs, online resources, and traveling exhibits and displays, the Virginia Museum of Natural History is truly an institution without walls.

Qualifications:

Applicant should be currently enrolled in or have recently completed an undergraduate or graduate program in Education, Museum Studies, Natural Sciences, Environmental Studies, or related field.

Terms: 

The position is considered volunteer and does not offer pay or housing.  Summer interns must work a minimum of 120 hours.

To Apply:

The Commonwealth of Virginia online employment application is available at http://jobs.agencies.virginia.govOnly online applications are accepted.  If you have any questions about the position, please contact the Human Resources office at 276-634-4158.   Applications accepted until position is filled.

 The Virginia Museum of Natural History complies with E-Verify which is an internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.

We are an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants are afforded equal opportunities without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age or disability.  The successful applicant must furnish proof of identity and employment eligibility and is subject to a background check.


Posted:  October 21, 2014 

Educator - Hourly Wage (Role Title: Education Support Specialist I)

Salary Range:  Pay Band 2
Location:  Martinsville, VA
Minimum Starting Pay:  $10.20 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience
Hours: Up to 29 hours per week
Position #:  W0028

An exceptional job opportunity with the Virginia Museum of Natural History is now available.  The mission of the Virginia Museum of Natural History is to interpret Virginia’s natural heritage within a global context in ways that are relevant to all the citizens of the Commonwealth.

If you meet the qualifications for Educator (Hourly Wage), we invite you to apply to join our education team.

As a VMNH educator, you will join a vibrant education team to provide a wide variety of the museum’s education and public programming, including at-the-museum, outreach, and special events.  The education team’s mission is to inspire people of all ages to discover the world around them.  All staff educators are involved in the design, development, and evaluation of education programs. The successful candidate will contribute to and strengthen this team dynamic, possess an enthusiasm to implement progressive teaching methods, and exhibit exceptional communication skills to reach diverse audiences.    For more information about the museum’s educational offerings, click here.

Minimum requirements include bachelor’s degree in education, science, natural history or STEM-H related field or equivalent experience; at least 2 years of experience in education field.  Experience with  educational technology preferred.

The Commonwealth of Virginia online employment application is available at http://jobs.agencies.virginia.gov.

Only online applications are accepted.  If you have any questions about the position, please contact the Human Resources office at 276-634-4158.  Applications accepted until position is filled.

The Virginia Museum of Natural History complies with E-Verify which is an internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. 

We are an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants are afforded equal opportunities without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age or disability.  The successful applicant must furnish proof of identity and employment eligibility and is subject to a background check.


Posted August 7, 2014

Assistant Curator – Paleontology (Role Title: Scientist II)

Position #00089
Location: Martinsville, VA
Minimum Starting Pay:  $42,000-$44,000
Salary Range: Pay Band 5

An exceptional job opportunity with the Virginia Museum of Natural History is now available.  The mission of the Virginia Museum of Natural History is to interpret Virginia’s natural heritage within a global context in ways that are relevant to all the citizens of the Commonwealth.  

If you meet the qualifications for Assistant Curator – Paleontology, we invite you to apply to join our staff.  The starting date for this position is July 1, 2015.

We seek a dynamic individual to conduct integrative, field- and collections-based research in paleontology. The successful candidate will be expected to obtain external funding to support their research efforts. Area of specialization is open, but an active interest in extant museum collections (Cenozoic marine vertebrates and/or invertebrates, Triassic vertebrates and/or insects, paleobotany) is a plus. VMNH is located in Martinsville VA, close to an important Triassic lagerstätte (Solite Quarry). VMNH is also actively involved in the excavation of an important Miocene marine mammal location on the Coastal Plain.

The state-of-the-art fossil preparation lab has full-time technical support and an active core of trained volunteers. VMNH also maintains a range of sterographic and petrographic microscopes, modern collections databases and a research library. Additional facilities are available at Virginia Tech less than 2 hours away. Most curators maintain active adjunct faculty appointments at Virginia Tech. This allows, among other things, internet access to the Virginia Tech library.

General competence in field collection, preparation, care, and management of fossil collections is required, along with the ability to interface with outside scientists requesting access to the collections.  Ph.D. in paleontology required.

Duties for this position also include interaction with other museum departments such as education, outreach, exhibits, and advancement. The ability to effectively communicate scientific knowledge to a wide spectrum of audiences is an important qualification.

The Commonwealth of Virginia online employment application is available at http://jobs.agencies.virginia.govOnly online applications are accepted.  In addition to the online application, applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research and curatorial interests and goals, a list of publications relevant to the application, and names and contact information of at least three references.  These documents may be attached to the online application. 

Application review will begin 1 November 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

The Virginia Museum of Natural History complies with E-Verify which is an internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are afforded equal opportunities without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, or disability. The successful applicant must furnish proof of identity and employment eligibility and is subject to a background check.

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