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San Diego Natural History Museum seeks a full-time professional for the position of Collections Manager for the Department of Herpetology. The collection contains over 76,000 catalogued specimens dating back to 1891 including the largest rattlesnake collection in the world. Our holdings mostly come from southern California and Baja California, but also contain specimens that span the globe.

Candidates should have a strong background in herpetology, taxonomy, museum studies, geography, and data management. While traditional collection management experience is necessary, the position also expects candidates to be involved in applied sciences, such as field biology, conservation, collection digitization, diversity analysis using morphological and/or genomic data, or distribution modeling and mapping. Department activities include the Amphibian and Reptile Atlas of Peninsular California, the conservation of the California Red-legged Frogexpeditions and rapid assessment surveysconsulting services, and No Specimen Left Behind.

Areas of responsibilities include:
  • Maintenance, improvement, and use of the amphibian and reptile collection.
  • Specimen preparation: whole-body and tissue preservation.
  • Computer entry, editing, and maintenance of department databases.
  • Supervision of science volunteers and apprentices.
  • Applied science activities to include one or more of the department’s roles in field biology, conservation, collection digitization, diversity analysis, and distribution modeling.

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