Collections Manager, Earth & Planetary Sciences
New York, NY 
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Position Title Collections Manager, Earth & Planetary Sciences
Department Earth & Planetary Scienc - 017
Position Summary
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions, and has as its mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition.

The Collections Manager (CM) leads and runs the collections curation program for the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences (EPS). Reporting to the curator-in-charge, the CM works with curators to manage the EPS collections, inclusive of space, infrastructure, databases, collections management, storage facilities, equipment and the informatics program, as well as museum staff and volunteer efforts. The CM will supervise or facilitate processing new acquisitions, loans, visitors, stewardship, fieldwork for collecting, annual reporting and compliance with federal and Museum policies and permitting. The CM will collaborate with curators, the development office and administrators to seek external support for collections improvement, digitization of collections, fieldwork, collection research opportunities and other initiatives as assigned.

Responsibilities include:
  • Ensuring collections stewardship, care and preservation, at levels that meet or exceed disciplinary and/or Museum standards.
  • Managing collections management operations, working with EPS curators to develop and meet short- and long-range objectives. Seeking and implementing efficiencies where feasible.
  • Facilitating the use and upkeep of assigned departmental spaces, supplies and equipment.
  • Maintaining the collections informatics programs, systems, databases and the integrity/security of data, paper and other forms of archival records management. Promoting discoverability of the collections, access to catalog records and digital assets including collection-related website content via internal and external mechanisms.
  • Directing annual collections reporting. Working with the department administrator, curators and other Museum offices on purchasing and budget management. Other administrative duties as assigned.
  • Handling incoming and outgoing loan activities, shipping/receiving, permitting and compliance.
  • Facilitating access, visitation/tours and use of collections and facilities by students, postdocs, research associates and visitors. Participating in promotional and outreach activities.
  • Supervising the departmental Museum Specialists, including assigning tasks and monitoring effort and performance.
  • Training staff and volunteers on operations and the use of assigned equipment and facilities. Supervising volunteers and their collection-related efforts.
  • Facilitating fieldwork and collecting activities by departmental students, postdocs, staff and affiliates. Leading post-collecting curation efforts from field to shelf, including specimen identification.
  • Serving as the departmental safety liaison/fire evacuation warden as needed.

The expected salary range for the Collections Manager, Earth & Planetary Sciences is $90,000/annual - $93,000/annual. The AMNH offers an extensive benefits package designed to meet the needs of our dedicated and diverse community.

Pay will be determined based on several factors. The hiring range for the position at commencement is based on the type of work and the scope of responsibilities. The salary and placement offered is based on a number of individualized factors, including, but not limited to, skills, knowledge, training, education, credentials, areas of specialization and depth and scope of experience.
Required Qualifications
  • 3 years of work experience/training in collections management, collections curation or similar work experience.
  • M.S. or M. Phil. or Ph.D. in geological sciences or a related field (e.g., Earth Science, Environmental Science, Geology, etc.) OR extensive related work experience.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated work experience with geoscience research and/or geoscience collections.
Physical Demands
Category Full-Time
Total Number of Scheduled Hours Per Pay Period 70
Union Status Non-Union
FLSA Exempt
Expected Salary Minimum $90,000/annual
Expected Salary Maximum $93,000/annual
EEO Statement
The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Museum does not discriminate with respect to employment, or admission or access to Museum facilities, programs or activities on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, gender (including sexual harassment), sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, pregnancy and lactation accommodations, alienage or citizenship status, current or former participation in the uniformed services, status as a veteran, caregiver, pre-employment marijuana testing, sexual and reproductive health decisions, salary history, national or ethnic origin, height, weight, or on account of any other basis prohibited by applicable City, State, or Federal law. Additional protections are afforded in employment based on arrest or conviction record, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, unemployment status, and credit history, in each case to the extent provided by law.
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Posting Number GS730P
Open Date 01/04/2024
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
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The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Required Experience
3+ years
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