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Posted April 14, 2014

Summer Internship
(Role Title: Education Support Intern)

Award Package: None
Location: Martinsville, VA
Timetable: Summer 2014
Hours: Minimum of 120 hours

The Virginia Museum of Natural History Department of Education and Public Programs is looking for motivated, energetic students interested in exploring museum education and how to design, present and evaluate educational and public programming. 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 Summer Intern we invite you to apply to join our education team.

Interns will gain valuable, real-world experience in an inclusive, mission-driven, collegial environment, while being mentored by supportive VMNH education staff. The interns will learn about and participate in a wide variety of educational programs offered at VMNH and will assist staff with various projects relating to program design, development, implementation and evaluation. For more information about the museum’s educational offerings, visit: http://www.vmnh.net/documents/1VMNHEdGuideLR.pdf

Minimum qualifications include Undergraduate or Graduate courses taken. Experience or coursework in science education, general education or museum studies is required.

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

Only online applications are accepted. 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 8 April 2014 

Research Technician & Specimen Preparator
(Role Title: Laboratory & Research Specialist I)


Position #:  00029
Salary Range: Pay Band 3
Minimum Starting Pay:  $25,000-$27,000
Location:  Martinsville, Virginia

An exceptional job opportunity in the Research and Collections Division of the Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) is now available.  This is a full-time position with an excellent state benefits package.

Position:
VMNH is the official state repository of natural history collections; current holdings include many different types of specimens: dry and fluid-preserved vertebrates and invertebrates, frozen tissues, and archaeological artifacts.  As Research Technician & Specimen Preparator, you will be responsible for assisting with fieldwork and preparation of specimens as well as performing other day-to-day tasks related to preserving and documenting natural history specimens.

This position requires knowledge of, or willingness and ability to learn, skills required to prepare specimens of vertebrate and invertebrate animals as well as archaeological artifacts composed of materials such as bone, lithics, ceramics, and botanical materials.  The position also requires excellent handwriting; meticulous attention to detail and accuracy; excellent written and verbal communication skills; excellent organizational and problem-solving skills; ability to prioritize and to work independently; and demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office and relational database software.

This position reports to the Curator of Mammalogy.  Anticipated start date:  25 June 2014.

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare biological specimens including frozen tissue samples, fluid specimens (invertebrates and vertebrates), study skins of mammals and birds, skeletons, and pinned insects.  Many of the vertebrates will be prepared from salvaged (e.g., road-killed) individuals.
  • Prepare archaeological artifacts and samples in a publicly viewable lab using both mechanical and chemical techniques.
  • Create and attach handwritten specimen labels and tags as well as other labels as needed.
  • Maintain colony of dermestid beetles.
  • Maintain inventories and logs of specimens as they are being prepared and analyzed.
  • Enter specimen data and other information into electronic databases.
  • Assist with fieldwork to collect specimens and other research-related data.
  • Perform activities related to storage, organization, and maintenance of collections.
  • Supervise volunteers and interns who are performing research-related tasks.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in natural science or equivalent experienced required.
  • Meticulously attentive to detail and accuracy.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent handwriting.
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong ability to prioritize and to work independently.

Preferred:

  • Knowledge of vertebrate anatomy.
  • Knowledge of techniques for preparing biological and archaeological specimens.
  • Knowledge of techniques for storing, organizing, and maintaining natural history collections.
  • Experience with large electronic databases and with collections management software.

Compensation and Benefits Package:

The position is Pay Band 3 (minimum starting salary:  $25,000-$27,000).

An excellent state benefits package (including health insurance and retirement) is offered and detailed at http://www.dhrm.virginia.gov/genlbenefits/benefitsdescription.html.

Application Process:

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

Only online applications are accepted.  Please provide a cover letter, résumé, and college transcript along with your application.

If you need assistance in completing the online application, please contact the Human Resources Office at 276-634-4158.  Applications must be submitted by 5 pm 30 April 2014.

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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