We are excited to announce that the Alf Museum is searching for a new curator! Review of applications will begin by October 22, 2021, and the successful candidate will begin on July 1, 2022. Details are below, or in the linked PDF (available here). Please contact the museum director, Dr. Andy Farke (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you have any questions.
Job Title: Augustyn Family Curator of Paleontology, Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology at The Webb Schools
Reports to: Director, Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology at The Webb Schools
Status: Salaried/Exempt, Full-time, Benefited
The Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology at The Webb Schools is accepting applications for the Augustyn Family Curator of Paleontology, with the successful candidate to start employment July 1, 2022. The Alf Museum is the only nationally accredited paleontology museum located on a high-school campus, with a collection housing over 195,000 fossil specimens and a facility including recently renovated collections storage, a fossil preparation lab, and a research lab, as well as two floors of public exhibits. The Augustyn Family Curator will lead fieldwork and undertake museum-based research in paleontology, while mentoring high school students as partners in this work. The Augustyn Family Curator will also develop and deliver paleontology and museum-related courses and organize volunteer opportunities in paleontology for students at The Webb Schools. The ideal candidate will maintain an active research and publication program that complements and extends existing strengths in the Alf Museum’s collections, including (but not limited to) the Mesozoic and Cenozoic vertebrate paleontology of the western United States. The Augustyn Family Curator will collaborate with other museum staff to identify and resolve broad needs in museum collection use and care, set priorities for student and community volunteers and interns in the collection and preparation lab, present research results to the scientific community and the public, and represent the museum at public events and within the Webb community.
The Augustyn Family Curator of Paleontology reports to the Museum Director and supervises the Fossil Preparator, Collections Manager, and Collections Assistants, in addition to offering scientific expertise to outreach staff. The Augustyn Family Curator of Paleontology works with the Director to advance the museum’s research program as established by the mission and strategic plan.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Job responsibilities are assigned by the Museum Director and Head of Schools, who can in their sole discretion, alter, add to, or eliminate job assignments anytime, with or without prior notice. The institutional character of the boarding school environment requires that many job responsibilities are scheduled after formal class time, in the afternoons, mealtimes, and on weekends.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
The Augustyn Family Curator of Paleontology must possess a Ph.D. in the geological or biological sciences, have published results of paleontological research in peer-reviewed journals, be committed to mentoring highly motivated adolescents in a unique secondary-school setting, and have experience in one or more of the following:
The Augustyn Family Curator of Paleontology must have or obtain a California driver license with a satisfactory driving record. A criminal background check must be successfully completed before employment can begin.
The Augustyn Family Curator of Paleontology must have excellent verbal and written communication skills. In addition, effective leadership and interpersonal skills are required to interact with staff, students, and the public, solve problems, and represent The Webb Schools in the community.
PROFESSIONAL QUALITIES OF WEBB FACULTY & STAFF
The physical requirements of this position are those needed to successfully fulfill the job duties and responsibilities articulated above. As prescribed by law, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
The expected start date for this position will be with the 2022-2023 academic year.
Interested candidates should send their cover letter (2 to 3 pages, including statements outlining goals for research and fieldwork programs as well as educational philosophy) and curriculum vitae to:
Andrew A. Farke, Ph.D.,
Director, Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology at The Webb Schools
Fax: (909) 482-5272
Review of applications begins by October 22, 2021
The Webb Schools are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities and do not discriminate based on perceived or actual race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, pregnancy (or any related conditions), age, marital status, military or veteran status, medical condition, gender/identity/expression, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.