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Description:

Tumamoc Hill, a division of Arizona Institutes for Resilience at the University of Arizona is in search a Paleo Collections Manager (Registrar/Collections Management Professional II) for an extended temporary employment position. The Paleo Collections Manager is sought to oversee and assist in curation and management of the University Laboratory of Paleontology and North American Paleo Packrat Midden collections. These two collections collectively are one of the most important representations of faunal and floral, and by proxy, climatic conditions in the greater Southwest during the Pleistocene.

The Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill, University of Arizona houses and maintains the University Laboratory of Paleontology (UALP) and the North American Paleo Packrat Midden collections. Over two-thirds of the UALP collections are from the San Pedro River Valley, representing multiple specimens of extinct megafauna from Clovis kill sites. The paleomidden collection contains about 1,000 radiocarbon dated middens, which represents the highest resolution record for the assemblage of arid plant communities in North America. Modern techniques such as ancient DNA, environmental DNA, isotopic analysis, and x-ray scanning, morphometrics, and more can readily be applied to the collections, in addition to the irreplaceable value of a world-class reference collection.

Responsibilities:

  • Create a digital database of the collections.
  • Assist in physical organizing and securing the collection, including paper ephemera and other records of previous research.
  • Become familiar with the collections to facilitate access and identification of focal taxa by the research community.
  • Lead public outreach efforts and tours of the collections.
  • Lead development of proposals for future funding, including continuing support for the position.
  • Work with and oversee volunteers.
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

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