Employment Opportunities

Current employment opportunities at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History:


Job Posting Title

Zoology Collections Manager

Job Description

Sternberg Museum of Natural History seeks a full-time, 12-month, non-tenure track zoological collections manager to oversee the care and management of its extensive and growing zoological collections including Herpetology (16,000+ specimens), Mammalogy (45,000+ specimens plus 2 holotypes), Ichthyology (750,000 specimens), Ornithology (4500 specimens), Mussels (5000+) and Entomology (100,000+ insects).   Collections consist of fluid-preserved specimens, skins, dry skeletons, histological, and frozen tissues.  The collections focus on the Great Plains of the U.S. 


Essential Duties:

  • Supervise zoology collections access, handling, and care, including overseeing accessions, loans, annual inventories, data entry, and integrated pest management

  • Initiate, develop, and implement collection improvement grants

  • Manage collections databases, and data aggregators and maintain digital data standards

  • Supervision of Graduate Curatorial Assistants, students, and volunteers

  • Work collaboratively with museum Education Director and Exhibits Director on museum programs and exhibits

  • Maintain and report on annual scientific collection permits

  • Maintain internal and external partnerships with collaborators and collaborative institutions

  • Report on the annual use of collections including specimen searches, tissue loans, and published papers listing FHSM

  • Other duties as assigned by the Director


In addition to these essential duties, the following are important areas in which the collection manager may participate, assist or take a leading role.

  • Teach a course on Collections Management in alternating years as a part of the FHSU museum studies program (this includes additional adjunct pay).

  • Participate in the university’s IACUC committee

  • Participate in or lead contracted field research at Ft. Leavenworth (10 yr contract)

  • Collaborate in the care of the museum’s 23 acres of nature trails

  • Care of the 23 species of rattlesnakes on exhibit and consult on care of other live animals at the museum that is under the care of the museum naturalist


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


Required Application Documents

Qualified candidates should submit a single PDF containing:

  • Cover letter including a candidate statement addressing experience, qualifications, and how the applicant is suited to the position

  • Current CV or resume;

  • The names and contact information of at least three professional references.


Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in zoology or museum studies with a specialty in zoology Expertise with taxonomy and identification of more than one taxonomic group (mammals, herps, fish, insects) Field collecting experience Experience in preparing and conserving specimens, including use of preservation chemicals


Preferred Qualifications

Familiarity with collection-based databases and web-based applications Demonstrated skills in public speaking, writing, and interpersonal communication skills Evidence of effective teaching at the university level Knowledge of museum collection practices and standards.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Name: Dr. Reese Barrick
Email: rebarrick@fhsu.edu



The Sternberg Museum of Natural History advances an appreciation and understanding of Earth’s natural history and the evolutionary forces that impact it. With an emphasis on the Great Plains, our goals are accomplished through research, publications, collections, interpretive exhibits, and educational programs created by our staff, colleagues, and community.

The Museum is a department of the Peter J. Werth College of Science, Technology, and Mathematics at Fort Hays State University.  The museum hosts approximately 40,000 visitors each year with outreach programs that reach another 5,000 people. The Sternberg has 23 acres of nature trails adjacent to the museum. 

In terms of scientific holdings, the Sternberg Museum of Natural History ranks among the best natural history museums. No other state university of comparable size to FHSU has a natural history museum comparable in size and scientific importance as the Sternberg Museum. Our collections include one of the finest assemblages of Pteranodon material, the largest collection of fossil grasses, and a truly outstanding collection of Cretaceous marine and Neogene terrestrial vertebrate fossils. The Sternberg also holds some of the largest collections of mammals, reptiles, fish, and plants from Kansas and the Great Plains.


Community of Hays

FHSU is located in Hays, a vibrant college town of approximately 20,000, located halfway between Kansas City and Denver on Interstate 70. Hays is the regional center for education, health care, professional services, shopping, culture, and recreation for the western half of Kansas. The community boasts excellent recreational programs and facilities, including the comprehensive Center for Health Improvement, Hays Aquatic Park, Smoky Hill Country Club, Hays Municipal Golf Course, and extensive walking, running, and biking trails. Hays is within 45 minutes of two large lakes that offer great opportunities for boating, fishing, and camping. The Hays Municipal Airport provides connecting service to Denver with several flights daily. The Hays community is home to excellent Pre-K and K-12, public and private schools. With over 60 restaurants, major retail outlets, a low unemployment rate, and very short commute times, the city provides a safe, welcoming, low-cost, high-quality living environment for the residents who call "Hays, America" home.


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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