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Fiscal Assistant

(Role Title: Admin and Office Spec II)

Salary Range: Pay Band 2
Hourly Pay
Location: Martinsville, VA
Position#: W0003


An exceptional job opportunity for a Fiscal Assistance at the Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) is now available. This is a part-time hourly position.

Job Description:
Provide assistance to Fiscal Supervisor in various areas of accounting such as filing, logging and printing. Assist with preparation of ARMICS. Keep mailroom organized and maintain mail supplies. Make book sales reports and prepare invoices for books. Assist with daily deposits, printing labels and reviewing batches for accuracy. Provide agency support by assisting accounts payable, accounts receivable, and other support services.

Qualifications:
Understanding of state accounting principles, office equipment skills, word processing, spreadsheet and database software. (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint) Prefer AAS in Accounting

Application Process
Only online applications are accepted. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The Commonwealth of Virginia online employment application is available at: https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/310488

If you have questions about the position or the application process, please contact Lynette Perkins, Human Resources Manager at 276-634-4158 or email lynette.perkins@vmnh.virginia.gov.

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 race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability. The successful applicant must furnish proof of identity and employment eligibility and is subject to a background check.


Museum Experiences Manager

(Role Title: Media Manager I)

Salary Range: Pay Band 4
Hiring Range: $45,000 - $50,000
Location: Martinsville, VA
Position #: 00085

An exceptional job opportunity for a Museum Experiences Manager at the Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) is now available. This is a full-time position with an excellent state benefits package.

The Museum Experiences Manager will oversee the Virginia Museum of Natural History’s exhibits program, while also serving as the staff lead for graphic design and special publications. The Museum Experience Manager will also provide key support for marketing, events and strategic partnerships. The Museum Experiences Manager will report to the VMNH Deputy Director, and will be a key member of the Advancement department. The Advancement department includes the areas of marketing, development and exhibits.

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Museum experience preferred.
  • Project management and graphic design experience desirable; knowledge of Virginia Science Standards of Learning desirable.

Oversee VMNH exhibits program

  • Develop new exhibits in partnership with key stakeholders, including VMNH scientists and educators, as well as outside collaborators.
  • Coordinate rental of outside exhibits by VMNH.
  • Coordinate rental of VMNH exhibits by other museums and organizations.
  • Coordinate offsite displays and visitation data collection/reporting.

Graphic design

  • Provide graphic design services for print and electronic materials to include advertisements, flyers, rack cards, special publications, posters and exhibit materials.
  • Coordinate with outside vendors as appropriate

Overall marketing support

  • Provide support for initiatives led by the Marketing & Public Relations Manager and Deputy Director.
  • Duties to include photography, videography and general marketing support.
  • Represent VMNH at offsite events to include festivals, trade shows and other events.

Event support

  • Provide exhibits, graphic design and general support for festivals, science talks, receptions and other events in coordination with the Visitor Services & Events Manager.

Strategic partnerships

  • Work with the Deputy Director and other Advancement staff to identify and support key strategic partnerships with donor prospects, exhibit partners and content providers.
  • Coordinate key initiatives to include Groupon promotions, Museums for All, and other partnerships.
  • Provide exhibits and graphic design support for overall VMNH strategic initiatives.

Application Process

Only online applications are accepted. A resume and cover letter are required. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Commonwealth of Virginia online employment application is available at: https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/309619

If you have questions about the position or the application process, please contact Lynette Perkins, Human Resources Manager at 276-634-4158 or email  lynette.perkins@vmnh.virginia.gov.

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 race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability. The successful applicant must furnish proof of identity and employment eligibility and is subject to a background check.


Research Technician 

Role Title: Laboratory & Research Specialist I


Salary Range: Pay Band 3
Minimum Starting Pay: $25,000 - $30,000
Location: Martinsville, VA
Position #: 00085

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.

VMNH is the official state repository of natural history collections. Current holdings include a large variety of dry and fluid-preserved invertebrates and vertebrates (amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals), frozen tissues, invertebrate and vertebrate fossils, rocks and minerals, and archeological artifacts.

If you meet the qualifications for Research Technician, we invite you to apply to join our staff. This position is available beginning January 2023.

We seek a dynamic individual to assist the Assistant Curator of Herpetology and the Curator of Mammalogy in conducting research, preparing and cataloging specimens, and performing field and laboratory work, as well as performing other day-to-day tasks related to preserving, documenting, and studying natural history specimens with a focus on the Commonwealth of Virginia. The candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree, or higher, in biology, or a related field. The successful candidate will have knowledge of, or willingness and ability to learn, skills required to collect and prepare dry and fluid-preserved vertebrate specimens, as well as skills required to prepare tissue samples for molecular analyses. In addition, the individual will preferably have supervisory experience, including experience mentoring students, interns, and/or working with volunteers. The position 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.


DUTIES:

  • Assist with fieldwork to collect specimens of amphibians, reptiles, mammals and other research-related data.
  • Assist with labwork to prepare tissue samples for molecular analyses.
  • Prepare biological specimens including frozen tissue samples, fluid specimens (amphibians and reptiles), study skins of mammals and birds, and skeletons. Many mammals and birds will be prepared from salvaged (e.g., road-killed) individuals.
  • Create and attach handwritten specimen labels and tags, as well as other labels as needed.
  • Assist with maintaining colony of dermestid beetles.
  • Maintain inventories and logs of specimens and samples as they are being prepared and analyzed.
  • Enter specimen data and other information into electronic databases.
  • Perform activities related to storage, organization, and maintenance of collections.
  • Assist with supervision of students, volunteers, and interns who are performing research-related tasks.
  • Assist with science outreach activities, including specimen-based presentations and programs for K-12 school groups and the general public.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in vertebrate zoology, evolutionary biology, or related field, is required, and experience beyond the Bachelor’s degree is preferred.
  • Knowledge of vertebrate anatomy and vertebrate classification.
  • Meticulous attention 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.
  • Experience with MS Office suite programs.
  • Ability to work outdoors in hot or cold conditions, lift heavy objects, and walk on uneven ground.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s degree in biology, or equivalent experience.
  • Knowledge of taxonomy and identification of birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles of eastern North America.
  • Knowledge of techniques for preparing fluid and dry vertebrate specimens.
  • Knowledge of techniques for preparing tissue samples for molecular analyses.
  • Knowledge of laboratory methods and techniques, including routine molecular tasks (e.g., DNA extraction, PCR, DNA visualization, Sanger/Next-Generation sequencing).
  • Knowledge of techniques for storing, organizing, and maintaining natural history collections.
  • Familiarity and experience with vertebrate collecting techniques.
  • Experience with large electronic databases and with collections management software (e.g., Specify, Arctos).
  • Experience supervising students, interns, and/or volunteers

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS PACKAGE:

The position is Pay Band 3 (minimum starting salary: $25,000.00 - $30,000.00)

An excellent state benefits package (including health insurance and retirement) is offered and detailed at https://www.dhrm.virginia.gov/employeebenefits.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Only online applications are accepted. In addition to the online application, applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of at least three references. These documents may be attached to the online application.

Review of applications will begin 3 October 2022.

The Commonwealth of Virginia online employment is available at:
https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/307859


If you have questions about the position or the application process, please contact Lynette Perkins, Human Resources Manager, at 276-634-4158.

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.


Museum Technician

Role Title: Security Officer I
(Part-Time Hourly Wage)


Salary Range: Pay Band 1
Minimum Starting Pay: $11/hr
Location: Martinsville VA
Position #: W0016

The Virginia Museum of Natural History is seeking a Museum Technician to provide security and assistance to museum staff and visitors as well as protection of museum assets. This is a part-time hourly wage position with no benefits; 29 hours per week, scheduled hours include days, evenings, or weekends. This position will provide security services for both VMNH sites in Martinsville (Starling Avenue and Douglas Avenue) and report to the Building Operations Manager.

Duties:

  • Provide a safe and secure environment for museum staff and visitors.
  • Provide protection for VMNH assets.
  • Perform custodial work, landscaping, fleet vehicle upkeep, and general maintenance.
  • Assist other museum departments as needed and/or as directed by supervisor.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of experience in security or related field.
  • Computer experience desirable.

Application Process:

Only online applications are accepted. Resume helpful but not required. Applications accepted until position is filled. The Commonwealth of Virginia online employment application is available at: https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/280671

If you have questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Human Resources Office at 276-634-4158 or via email.

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 race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics or disability. The successful applicant must furnish proof of identity and employment eligibility and is subject to a background check.

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