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Position at American Museum of Natural History

From: Lisa Kronthal <kronth<-a>
Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Assistant Conservator/Collections Analyst
American Museum of Natural History
New York, NY

Opening for an Assistant Conservator/Collections Analyst as part of
an institution-wide risk assessment study at the American Museum of
Natural History (AMNH).

The AMNH natural science and cultural holdings of over 30 million
specimens and artifacts include diverse forms ranging from
ethnographic and archaeological material, minerals and gems to
fluid-preserved specimens, mounted specimens, skins, skeletal and
fossil material.  This is not a passive archive, but a dynamic
resource that is housed in a complex of 26 interconnected buildings.
To strategically plan for the long-term preservation of the
collections, the AMNH is conducting a comprehensive scientific
collections risk assessment project.  This is a quantitative
approach to collections preservation resulting in a logical
prioritization of collections needs.

The museum is looking for a highly motivated, innovative person who
will work as part of a team composed of staff from science and
operations and who will provide critical support to the project
directors.  The position's responsibilities will include:

    *   Compiling and recording data concerning the AMNH
        collections, their history, use, condition and current
        storage environment

    *   Facilitating risk assessment sessions with scientific staff
        in order to apply quantitative values to current state of
        collections preservation, condition and storage

    *   Maintaining databases and spreadsheets

    *   Assisting in preparing final reports, identifying
        institutional collections preservation priorities and
        developing strategies

The candidate should have 2 years relevant experience and should
possess the following qualifications:

    *   General understanding of preventive conservation as it
        applies to natural science and anthropological collections

    *   Excellent organizational, interpersonal, administrative and
        communication skills

    *   The ability to think creatively

    *   Moderate level of comfort with data analysis and proficiency
        in Excel

This is a full time, 18-month position with excellent benefits.

Applicants should send a letter of interest and a CV with names of
three references by August 12, 2005 by electronic or surface mail

    Lisa Kronthal
    Conservator of Natural Sciences Collections
    American Museum of Natural History
    79th Street at Central Park West
    New York, New York 10024
    kronth<-a t->amnh< . >org

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