The Sternberg Museum of Natural History is hiring an experienced science education professional for the job of Lead Instructor for its 2018 elementary science day camps. These camps focus on topics in the earth and life sciences, and are meant to engage students in a fun, informal learning atmosphere. The instructor will work with the Sternberg Museum Education Director to build on previous camp program activities, and create new lessons and activities.
Each program contains a ~$200 budget for materials. With nine elementary camps total, there is a budget of approximately $1,800 available to facilitate these programs. All material purchases are made through the Sternberg Education Department.
The instructor will have 1-2 program assistants to help manage students, run activities, and engage with program content. All organization and content-including materials, print jobs, lesson objective outlines, etc must be completed by May 31st, 2018. Printings can be done at the Museum prior to camps beginning. A shared Google Drive folder will be available to store and organize digital materials and organizational outlines for the programs. Once the summer camps begin on June 3rd, the Education Director will have far less availability to assist with program design and materials purchase.
Camps run from 9am-3pm. Staff are expected to be onsite at the Museum by 8am to set up materials.
1) Supervising of no more than twelve elementary school-age students per camp program; 2) Organizing materials for lessons and activities prior to the programs; 3) Content delivery to students; 4) Working with the Education Director to design and organize lessons and activities for each camp program; 5) Maintaining a safe, positive learning environment for all students in the camps; 6) Answer student questions during lessons and activities; 7) Act as a positive role model for students; 8) Greeting students + parents/guardians in the lobby to sign in students when they are dropped off; 9) Meeting parents/guardians in the lobby at the end of the camp to sign students out. 10) Mitigate, address, and otherwise deal with student behavior concerns. Protocols for addressing behavior concerns will be provided in advance by the Education Director. 11) Other necessary duties relevant to the execution of the camps not specifically listed in this advertisement, relevant to program quality and student well-being.
How to apply
Applicants must submit a one page cover letter outlining their interest in the position, an up to date CV/resume no longer than two pages, and three professional references. All FHSU Sternberg Museum hires must undergo a formal background check as part of the hiring process.
All application materials must be turned in by Wednesday, December 20th. Notifications for interviews will go out no later than December 27th.
This position pays $2,000.00 distributed over two 2-week state of Kansas pay periods.
Week 1: June 18th, 20th, & 22nd
Week 2: June 25th, 27th, & 29th
Week 3: July 9th, 11th, 13th
Please contact Education Director David Levering with questions about this position.
A new paper published in the Journal of Mammalogy describes a new species of big-eared climbing rat from Chiapas, Mexico. The new species, Ototylomys chiapensis Porter et al. 2017, the La Pera big-eared climbing rat, is characterized by a host of unique morphological and molecular characters. Based on these data, the specimens collected from 11 kilometers northwest of Berriozabál at Pazo de Petrόleo were identified as unique and different from the previously described Ototylomys phyllotis. The Sternberg specimen (FHSM 9092), which includes both skin and skull, was included in the species description (paratype) and currently is the only known individual collected outside of the type locality described above. This specimen, originally identified as O. phyllotis, was collected in 1970, 26 kilometers north of Ocozocoautla. It is suggested that this species could be critically endangered due to only two known localities and the reduction in the extent and quality of the habitat at or near these locations. The authors located this specimen in the Sternberg mammalogy collection by searching VertNet, a global database with which Sternberg shares its data in order to make the data more accessable and maximize the use of our invaluable collections. This is just one case of the value of scientific collections in our museum, as well as those around the world.
Porter, C.A., N.E. Beasley, N. Ordόñez-Garza, L.L. Lindsey, D.S. Rogers, N. Lewis-Rogers, J.W. Sites, Jr., and R.D Bradley. 2017. A new species of big-eared climbing rat, genus Ototylomys (Cricetidae: Tylomyinae), from Chiapas, Mexico. Journal of Mammalogy 98 (5), pp. 1310-1329.
Curtis J. Schmidt
Zoological Collections Manager
Photograph of the paratype of the La Pera big-eared climbing rat (Ototylomys chiapensis Porter et al. 2017) housed in the Sternberg mammal collection.
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Fort Hays State University’s Sternberg Museum of Natural History is proud to host the North American premiere of this engaging traveling exhibition.
The Galápagos archipelago has a natural environment that is unique on Earth and it is the “cradle of evolutionary biology”. Both of these facts led to the declaration of the archipelago as a national park of Ecuador and the first UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.
These plants’ and animals’ ancestors came over the ocean from the mainland. They arrived in an environment that was different from their land of origin, with different food, different enemies, and a different climate. In order to survive here, they had to adapt and change. This process of change is called evolution. The endemic species of the Galápagos Islands are testimony to evolution. Endemic species are like a history book that tells us about the course of evolution. If endemic species become extinct, we lose an important part of our Earth’s history.
EXHIBITION DATES: October 8, 2016 – February 21, 2017
On April 1, 2016, the Sternberg Museum launched a fundraising campaign to raise money to renovate the fossil preparation lab at the Museum.
To kick things off, we brought in world famous paleontologist Dr. Jack Horner to give public lecture on the Fort Hays State University campus. Dr. Horner gave an enthralling talk, “Dinosaurs of the Past, the Present, and the Future”, to an enthusiastic audience of all ages. During his talk, he explained how our view of dinosaurs has changed over the past 100 years, and how our view of dinosaurs will change in the very near future thanks to genetic engineering. Much of the research presented on dinosaur biology and behavior is the result of Dr. Horner’s impressive career, and a result of his involvement with the Jurassic Park franchise. After his 60-minute talk, Dr. Horner stayed for another hour, answering every question from the audience!
The following evening, the Museum hosted its Inaugural Museum Gala; Dr. Horner joined us for a second night as the special guest of honor. Featuring dinner, drinks, dancing, live animals, a silent auction, and demonstrations, it was a night to remember! Museum members, FHSU faculty and staff, and community members came out to support the Museum and have a ball. With all proceeds from both nights benefitting the prep lab renovations, we are on our way to an enlarged and improved space for hands-on learning, visitor interactions, student training, hosting workshop, and conducting scientific research! If you couldn’t join us for the Gala this year, we hope to see you next year – it will be a ROARing good time!
This exhibition explores the science and sensation of the Galápagos—the “cradle of evolutionary biology.” This remote archipelago inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection, serves as living laboratory for ongoing scientific research, and became the very first UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Sternberg Museum hosts the North American premiere of a new exhibit developed by the Zoological Museum, University of Zurich, Switzerland. Opening Fall 2016.
Once you’ve seen the exhibit, go see the Galápagos Islands themselves. Join our special 10-day eco-travel adventure. You’ll hike, bike, kayak & snorkel your way to buy drugs from Canadian pharmacy on topcanadianpharmacy.org, visiting each of the 4 inhabited islands. Stay in quaint hotels and dine in local restaurants off the beaten path. Climb an active volcano, explore an ancient lava tunnel and learn about the delicate environment from an authorized Naturalist Guide. View unforgettable landscapes and enjoy many up-close encounters with diverse wildlife. Departing in Spring 2017.
The exhibit of 62 artworks presents the spectrum of 62 artworks of indigenous wildlife which graced the nineteenth century American West. These derivative original engravings were published in Harper’s Weekly, The Illustrated London News, The Aldine, and other historical sources. The art forms include copper plate engravings, wood block engravings, and chromolithographs by artists including Frederic Remington, William de la Montagne Cary, John James Audubon, Alfred Jacob Miller, and Robert Woodville.
Our newest permanent exhibit is open! Meet our Mudskippers, and learn about how some of today’s living organisms are similar to their fossil ancestors.
The Sternberg Museum education and outreach department is looking for enthusiastic, energetic volunteers to help work with youth groups in the Museum! If this sounds like an opportunity you are interested in, please contact the education director at firstname.lastname@example.org.