To be responsible for the acquisition, maintenance, care, documentation, preservation, and use of the collections owned or on loan to the Museum and coordinate the use of the collections by other staff members in support of the mission of the institution. Serve as subject matter expert in the fields of geology, specifically mineralogy, petrology and paleontology, and as the final authority to verify the accuracy of such information presented in the museum’s exhibits and programs.
Include the following, but other duties may be assigned.
Receive, process, issue and maintain records and documents relating to the Museum’s permanent, non-permanent collections, and loans including temporary receipts, deeds of gift, loan agreements, contracts, catalog records, condition reports, location records, return receipts, de-accession records, photographic reproduction agreements, insurance values, etc.
Research and facilitate potential collection acquisitions including purchases, and prepare recommendations on items for inclusion in the Museum collections or under consideration for de-accessioning. As a member of the Collections Committee, the Curator will coordinate the bi-annual meetings and propose the considerations.
Network with collectors and other institutions to secure donations and/or loans and cultivate potential collection donors. Act as primary liaison between potential donors or lenders and the Museum.
Conduct fieldwork as necessary and practical to secure specimens and artifacts and perform appropriate preparation and restoration.
Perform research necessary to fully document, authenticate, and interpret the items contained in the Museum’s collections, including object collector, provenance, historical relevance, and circumstances surrounding acquisition and collection.
Generate original scholarly publications developed through study of the Museum’s collections, library, archives, and through fieldwork. Share resulting research with peers in written and oral communication. This may include the writing of grant proposals to support such research.
Attend meetings, conferences, mineral shows, and civic events that relate to the museum collections.
Design and display exhibit showcasing the Museum’s collection at appropriate venues, like mineral show, (3-5 per year). This includes handling, packing, and shipping of specimens.
Develop and manage the collections records by ensuring accurate and consistent cataloging and processing procedures.
Develop, implement, and periodically review policies and procedures for collections care and management to ensure proper storage, lines of ownership, inventory control, handling, conservation, and exhibition techniques. To be done in coordination with Director of Curatorial Services, Librarian, Exhibit Manager, and Assistant Exhibit Developer.
Maintain a complete physical inventory listing where all collections items are at all times and conducts periodic physical inventory of all collection items.
Be responsible for the development and maintenance of the collections files and photographs.
Be responsible for the packing and shipping of all outgoing items, and assist with the receipt and inspection of all incoming items.
Assist the Education Department in the creation of educational programs and materials relating to exhibitions and collections. Serve as a speaker for lecture series programs, instructor for staff, docent, and volunteer training classes, as well as recruitment of speakers for this purpose.
Coordinate and lead annual Mineral Symposium and RockFest ID/auction/demonstration booths. Responsibilities include: recruiting presenters/demonstrators/volunteers, designing and distributing PR materials, liaison between Tellus departments (registration, facilities, etc.), scheduling for any symposium events (speaker dinner, field trip, etc.), speaker scheduling and hospitality.
Assist in conducting background research on specific objects, writing, editing, reviewing and revising a narrative, and educational content for exhibits, including text panels, label, and exhibition related collateral materials.
Assist with development, installation and de-installation of permanent exhibitions and temporary exhibitions.
Oversee operation of the Museum’s specimen preparation facilities.
Oversee operation of the Museum’s seismometer, interpret data, and serve as the science authority for the Museum in media related events.
Suggest and monitor department budget items related to conservation.
Plan, present, or direct training programs on a variety of topics relating to areas of responsibility.
Train and manage all curatorial volunteers and intern working in collections.
Ensure that employees understand the mission and goals of the museum, maintain building and collection security, maintain building cleanliness, handle and care for the collection appropriately, and project a warm and friendly attitude toward guests and fellow staff.
Be responsible for ensuring high standards of professionalism in all areas of responsibility.
Remain current on pertinent museum industry policies, laws, and accepted practices through involvement in industry trade groups and ongoing professional development.
Perform other tasks and projects as requested by supervisor.
Masters degree in geology, with in-depth knowledge of mineralogy and paleontology, and two years museum experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, Ph.D. and experience in a non-profit organization is a plus.
Knowledge of registration methods, artifact handling, accepted preservation/conservation techniques, and database management is a must.
Proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Past Perfect software. Knowledge of computers also required.
Excellent organizational, writing, and communication skills, ability to work both independently, and collaboratively with a wide range of team members, and curiosity about science.
Learning-oriented individual able to quickly absorb. Willingness to learn and take initiative.
Ability to work on multiple projects from concept to completion, while adhering to project timelines.
A 50% frequency of physical requirement is needed to perform essential functions. Must be able to climb ladders, bend, stoop, kneel, reach, stand extended periods, have good vision, and good hearing, and use all limbs simultaneously. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds. Uses equipment such as sandblaster, rock saw, hand-trucks, and a variety of power and hand tools. All of this requires a high degree of independent, unassisted mobility, dexterity and judgment.
Valid Driver’s License; any professional certificates a plus.
Office environment, plus: collection storage, prep lab, and exhibit galleries. Non-standard hours, generally within 8 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Friday, extended hours and weekends possible. Overnight travel out-of-state may be required occasionally. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate, occasionally high.