Curatorial Assistant

Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Job Description

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is seeking a Curatorial Assistant to join our team! The Curatorial Assistant (grant funded position; NSF LepNet) is responsible for digitizing data and taking digital photographs for the LepNet project (focus taxa as defined by the LepNet project). The main responsibilities include data capture, data verification, and digital imaging of butterfly and moth specimens. This individual will also be responsible, assisted by the Curator of Entomology, for the training of database volunteers and overseeing the work of these volunteers.


Essential Duties:

  • Ensures data capture of 25,383 butterfly and moth specimens in the online Symbiota database in the course of the project period.

  • Digitally images 3,640 butterfly and moth specimens in high quality with our Visionary Digital Passport Digital Imaging System in the course of the project period.

  • Digitally images of 5,324 butterfly and moth specimens with smartphones in the course of the project period; establishing a smartphone workflow that is best suited for our volunteer workforce.

  • Helps with recruiting, training and supervision of databasing volunteers.

  • Re-curates specimens as necessary for databasing.


Requirements:  ?

  • Bachelor's Degree in natural sciences required.

  • 1 years’ experience handling museum collections required.

  • 1 years’ experience with relational databases required.

  • Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Office suite required.


Ideal candidate will have: 

  • Basic knowledge in entomology, taxonomy and collections management.

  • Solid computer skills and preferred experience in data capture and geo-referencing of natural history specimens.

  • Working knowledge of digital photography and Photoshop or similar photo-processing software.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Accurate typing skills.

  • Strong motor skills.

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.

  • Optional evening/night/weekend work can occasionally occur (outreach).


Perks of working at DMNS Include: ?

  • Free Museum admission vouchers

  • Free access to Museum exhibits, IMAX, and Gates Planetarium

  • Free local admission to The Denver Zoo, The Denver Art Museum, The Denver Botanic Gardens, and Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

  • Free RTD ECO pass

  • Alternative transportation (ECOmmute) rewards program

  • On-site activities (run club, yoga, Spanish language)

  • And many more!


Application Instructions:

Please submit your cover letter and resume by May 30, 2018.  Resumes will not be accepted after this time.


Applications may only be accepted electronically via the Museum’s website


Due to the high volume of people who apply, we are not able to respond to specific inquiries regarding your application status.


The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is an equal opportunity employer. The Museum is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff committed to serving the needs of all our visitors and we encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds.

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