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Research Museum Collection Manager – Fish Division

Date Posted: 6 Jun 2018 (Show details)

Institution: University of Michigan
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Closing date: Review of applications will begin July 30, 2018.

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at the University of Michigan is seeking a Collection Manager for the Museum of Zoology (UMMZ) Fish Division, located at the new state-of-the-art Research Museums Center (RMC) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The UMMZ develops and maintains zoological collections explicitly for use in research and education, benefiting science, society, and the university at large. The scientific role of the UMMZ is to train students and engage in systematic biology and biodiversity studies. These broad and overlapping fields entail the discovery and study of the diversity of organisms, their evolutionary relationships, and the processes that originate biodiversity. EEB has an outstanding, diverse and collaborative group of researchers in evolutionary biology, biodiversity science, and ichthyology.

The UMMZ Fish Collection is worldwide in its geographic scope and one of the largest of its type, including more than 200,000 lots and 3.3 million specimens representing 98% of fish orders. The collection is particularly strong in Neotropical, North American, African and Southeast Asian freshwater holdings. Historical collections often date back to the early 20th Century and include irreplaceable samples from North and Central America, Asia and Madagascar.

We seek candidates with a strong commitment to a vision of the Fish Collection as a key resource for research and education within the University and to the ichthyological community nationally and internationally. The position offers exciting opportunities for mentoring, and career development, including limited research within the context of the Fish Division curatorial priorities.


  • Growth, Maintenance and Digitization (GMD) of the fish collections, including fluid, cleared-and-stained and skeleton specimens, tissue samples, and ancillary collections such as paper archives, field notes, geographic and environmental data, and digital assets such as photography, X-rays, and micro CT scans. Activities may include organizing and participating in field expeditions (including international collecting), coordinating and contributing directly to digitization efforts, as well as writing collection-based grants to support the fish collection.
  • Working with faculty curators to develop and implement policies, standards, and procedures. This involves, as necessary, developing standard operating procedures for acquisition, accessioning, databasing, archival and use of new or emerging genomic, digital resources and other ancillary collections. Reviewing, updating, and enhancing the fish collections management plan.
  • Accessioning and cataloguing of new specimens, tissues and ancillary collections into the collection and the electronic database. This activity includes coordinating curatorial priorities with faculty curators and the daily management of staff workers, work-study students, graduate curatorial assistants and other personnel.
  • Support of and coordination with faculty curators, student researchers and visiting collaborating researchers to plan and develop research projects utilizing the research collections and/or enhance collection resources.
  • Being involved in grant writing to secure grant funding for research projects that enhance collection resources.
  • Maintenance and growth of the fish genomic resources in the Liquid Nitrogen Facility. This activity involves the accessioning of new samples, database cross-referencing to voucher specimens, as well as development and maintenance of database records on genomic resources in the Fish Division.
  • Coordinate and process inter-departmental and inter-institutional loans and exchanges. Activities include the packing and unpacking of loans (specimens and tissues) and securing state, federal and international permit requirements when appropriate, as well as the electronic exchange of digitized information. Facilitating the establishment of Memoranda of Understanding or Material Transfer Agreements among institutions for loans, exchange and import/export of collection-related materials nationally and internationally.
  • Routine maintenance and updating of the data portal through which our holdings are made accessible to researchers across the world. This activity is performed in ongoing coordination with faculty curators and requires regular attention to both our electronic, searchable database and a server that connects us to the international community.
  • Training and supervision of staff volunteers, work-study students, graduate curatorial assistants, and when needed, visiting researchers in all aspects of specimen preparation and conservation practices, database use, geo-referencing and digital imaging (e.g. photography, X-rays, micro CT) of specimens and routine collections maintenance tasks.
  • Maintenance of the collection areas and equipment to make them suitable for research, outreach, and use by visitors, either on site or remotely through online communication.
  • Coordination of research visits and educational tours of the collections; participation in museum outreach activities.

Required Qualifications:

An advanced degree (master’s or doctoral) in biology, zoology, or related fields with 3-5 years of museum experience and fish systematics is required. Experience with database construction, use, and management is strongly preferred. Molecular experience pertaining to systematics, or anatomical expertise on fishes related to systematics or functional morphology are preferred. Familiarity with research collections is required, as is expertise with fish diversity; expertise in Neotropical and/or North American freshwater fishes is highly desirable.

How to Apply:

A cover letter is required and should be attached as the first page of your CV. A 1-2 page Collection Management Vision Statement should describe the candidate’s motivation to become a collection manager, their skills and experience, and their vision on the roles and priorities of a world-class fish collection in the context of the Responsibilities and Qualifications listed below. Applications must be submitted through the University of Michigan Careers website ( Search for Job #157843 in the keyword search panel.

Review of applications will begin July 30, 2018. The projected start date in Ann Arbor, Michigan is November 1, 2018 or as soon as possible. 

Wildlife Field Ecologist

Date Posted: 19 May 2018 (Show details)

Institution: H. T. Harvey & Associates
Location: Los Gatos, California
Closing date: not provided

H. T. Harvey & Associates has an immediate opening in our Los Gatos, California office for a full-time wildlife ecologist. This person will conduct field studies, including nesting bird surveys, special-status species surveys, and construction monitoring, and will assist in the preparation of a variety of reports/technical studies, including wildlife survey reports, biological resources reports for compliance with CEQA/NEPA, biological assessments, and wildlife management plans. We encourage ornithologists, herpetologists, and general wildlife ecologists with backgrounds in ecology or wildlife management and a broad knowledge of the biology of California’s fauna to apply for this position. Applicants should have a strong academic background, solid field experience, broad ecological knowledge, and experience in ecological consulting in California. Demonstrable technical writing ability and good communication skills are essential.

This position will sometimes require navigating varying and rugged terrain safely and working alone in a variety of weather conditions. It may require occasional overnight travel and weekend work.

Required Qualifications

  • Solid field experience;
  • Strong bird identification skills and experience conducting nesting bird surveys;
  • A demonstrable background in ecology or wildlife management and broad knowledge of the biology of California’s fauna;
  • A minimum of 1 to 2 years’ experience preparing CEQA/NEPA assessments, biological assessments, and/or wildlife inventories;

Experience with California tiger salamander and California red-legged frog preferred, experience with the burrowing owl a plus. Candidates with a strong academic background (and at least a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree) in biological studies, natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife biology, or an equivalent subject are preferred.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should respond by submitting a cover letter, resume, transcripts, and references through; via mail to H. T. Harvey & Associates, Attn: Personnel, 983 University Ave., Bldg. D, Los Gatos, CA 95032; or by fax to 408.458.3210.

H. T. Harvey & Associates, an established ecological consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area, employs nearly 80 ecologists, landscape architects, and other professionals in six offices in California and Hawaii. Our core areas of expertise include restoration ecology and landscape architecture, plant ecology, wildlife ecology, and fish and aquatic ecology. We cultivate excellence in our staff and our work in pursuit of our mission to create ecologically sound solutions to our clients’ complex natural resource challenges.

Our employment package includes a competitive salary, medical, dental, and life insurance, as well as a 401K plan with a generous matching program. 

Field Biologist in Herpetology

Date Posted: 24 Apr 2018 (Show details)

Institution: United States Geological Survey/Cherokee Nation Technologies
Location: Guam
Closing date: not provided

Cherokee Nation Technologies (CNT), in behalf of the US Geological Survey (USGS) Fort Collins Science Center, has an opening for a Biologist I, full-time position to join our team of research biologists on Guam. This team conducts ongoing research on the biology, control, and containment of the invasive nocturnal Brown Tree Snake on Guam, the Mariana Islands, and throughout the Pacific region.

The successful candidate will be provided with the unique opportunity to participate in ongoing research in a dynamic Pacific island field setting. He or she may also be trained as a member of the Rapid Response Team which could require multi-week trips to other (possibly remote) locations in search of snakes, including long hours and difficult conditions involving hot, humid and rainy inclement weather.

Travel to and from Guam is paid with a one year commitment.

Responsibilities include:

  • Fieldwork includes the hand capture of live snakes, collection of morphological data, preparation and maintenance of materials and equipment for experiments, preparation of study sites
  • Handling of live and dead animals (snake, lizards, rodents, and other vertebrates)
  • Field data collection occurs both during the day and at night.
  • Study site preparation will require the use of brush cutting equipment, power saws, and other equipment
  • Duties also include laboratory work and care of lab animals
  • The meticulous collection of field data and data entry is required while adhering to scientific and safety protocols


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Education or related field
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Applicants must be in possession of a valid passport and be able to work legally in the U.S.
  • Excellent (corrected) eyesight, health and physical stamina, a strong work ethic and the ability to work on a research team are required
  • Ability to walk over rough terrain, carry up to 50 lbs. of equipment, tolerance of climatic extremes in mosquito and spider infested areas while maintaining a sense of humor
  • Demonstrated interest in working on a nocturnal species
  • Exceptional writing and communication skills as well as the ability to produce professional quality documents
  • Ability to pass an extensive background check for access to military property

Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate a strong interest in academic applied research, a background in international field research, experience with snake handling, a desire to live in the tropics, and a comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft word processing and database applications.

To Apply:

Apply to Job # 11712 online at Applications should include a Cover Letter, CV/Resume, Date of Availability, Passport expiration date, and a list of References saved as a single Word or PDF document.

Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

About Cherokee Nation Technologies:

Since 2009, Cherokee Nation Technologies (CNT) has been serving government clients with time-tested solutions that increase client effectiveness through the intelligent use of technology. CNT’s expertise includes software and application services, network services, and business process services. The company is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a regional office in Ft. Collins, Colorado, and client locations nationwide. Wholly owned by the Cherokee Nation, CNT is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies.

We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, gender identity and sexual orientation. If you’d like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please visit the following two sites:

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