Employment Opportunities

 Current employment opportunities at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History:

Museum Collections Manager – Sternberg Museum



Sternberg Museum Paleontology Collections



Job Posting Title

Museum Collections Manager – Sternberg Museum



Job Description

Fort Hays State University’s Sternberg Museum of Natural History is accepting applications for a Paleontology Collections Manager to oversee the day-to-day care and use of the paleontology collections.  The successful applicant will also oversee the fossil prep lab. This is a full-time, two-year position with potential for renewal after two years.


Responsibilities: The Collections Manager responsibilities are split between overseeing collection care and fossil preparation. This position reports directly to the Curator of Paleontology. The paleontology collection manager must have strong organizational skills and be able to work as a team to construct a unified collection management system, complete designated tasks, and collaborate with other museum professionals in a small/medium-sized museum.


Collection Management (65%):  Organize workflows, specimens, and specimen data to maximize collection use by museum staff, students, and outside researchers.

  • Database management, including data entry and upkeep.
  • Manage loans and new acquisitions.
  • Archive specimen data and metadata.
  • Train and manage undergraduate students, graduate students, and volunteers.


Prep Lab Management (25%): Oversee fossil preparation in the prep lab.

  • Develop, assign, and monitor fossil-based projects for volunteers and students using the fossil prep lab.
  • Provide training in fossil preparation, conservation, and curation for lab staff.
  • Oversee lab operations to ensure appropriate specimen records are kept and archived.
  • Equipment upkeep.


Public Outreach (10%):

  • Interact with the public in the paleontology collections, prep lab, and fossil galleries.
  • Provide guided collection tours to museum visitors (general public, school groups, university classes, donors, etc.).
  • Assist with fossil-based education and outreach events (e.g. National Fossil Day).
  • Coordinate with exhibit and education staff when the prep lab is to be part of public events.
  • Provide fossil identifications to museum visitors.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in geology, biology, paleontology, or museum studies, OR at least five years of natural history collection management and/or fossil prep lab experience.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with vertebrate systematics and natural history collections
  • Experience in database management and relational databases.
  • Training in collection management policies and procedures.
  • Experience with fossil preparation, including use of hand tools, air abrasives, microscopes, and adhesives.
  • Experience overseeing students and/or volunteers.


Appointment Date: Preferred start date is June 2020.


Application Deadline: Priority application deadline is Friday February 21st.


Salary: $36,107


Benefits: Competitive benefit package http://www.fhsu.edu/humanresourceoffice/Prospective-Employees/


Application Procedure: To apply for this position, please visit https://fhsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/CAREERS.  Only electronic applications submitted through the webpage will be accepted.


With your application include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts (official transcripts are required at the time of employment), and names/contact information of three referees.  Application documents should be submitted as a single PDF.


About the Museum: The mission of the Sternberg Museum of Natural History is to “advance an appreciation and understanding of Earth’s natural history and the evolutionary forces that impact it.  With an emphasis on the Great Plains, these goals are accomplished through research, publications, collections, exhibits, and educational programs. The use of the collections for exhibits, outreach, and scientific research allows us to reach local, regional, and international communities. Locally, the Sternberg Museum works directly with K-12 school groups and the local college community. Museum staff develop programs to bring classes into the museum, and programs to take into the classroom to enhance existing science education.  The museum is also able to reach the general public with museum and community-based events that highlight relevant scientific topics and cutting-edge research.


The Sternberg Museum of Natural History houses over three million paleontologic, biologic, and geologic specimens that document life and environments in the Great Plains region of North America. These collections are vital to understanding, measuring, and monitoring the biodiversity of past and present ecosystems of the region. The paleontological collections include more than 400,000 vertebrate and invertebrate specimens (including dozens of holotypes) representing broad taxonomic diversity from all Phanerozoic time periods. Most of the specimens are from Kansas deposits, making the Museum an exceptional repository for Cretaceous marine and Neogene terrestrial fossils, and an invaluable resource for researchers interested in these ecosystems.




Candidates will discover a locale where professional satisfaction and career achievement are paired with an optimal quality of life. Fort Hays State University is located in Hays, Kansas, a vibrant, growing community of over 20,000 that takes great pride in the University’s presence. Hays is a celebration of historic and contemporary contrasts, evidenced in its frontier roots highlighted throughout the city and local museums and in its redeveloped downtown area where residents enjoy one-of-a-kind restaurants, unique shopping, and a vibrant arts scene. This community’s commitment to the future inspires Hays businesses to reinvest locally.


A welcoming and family-centered community, Hays offers premier healthcare services, a growing high-tech and retail business community, and excellent Pre-K and K–12 schools in both the private and public sectors. The City of Hays has long been known as a safe community, and the FHSU campus is recognized by the National Council for Home Safety and Security in 2018 as one of the Top 100 Safest College Campuses in America. For entertainment, recreation, education, employment, or simply for a comfortable place to live, residents of all ages will find in Hays the elements that contribute to a safe, enjoyable, and fulfilling lifestyle.



Notice of Non-discrimination – Fort Hays State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or veteran status.


Background Check: Final candidate will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.


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