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Collection Manager Position - Angelo State University

Under supervision of the Curators and Department Chair, manages the teaching and scientific specimen collections and databases (Arctos and Symbiota) in the Angelo State Natural History Collections (ASNHC), including the Herbarium, Mammalogy, Ornithology, Herpetology, and Genomic Resources collections. Serves to promote the ASNHC, department, and university through various forms of community outreach. Oversees undergraduate and graduate student assistants, interns, and volunteers working in collections. Participates in providing input toward new facility design.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Accessioning, cataloging, and integrating specimens into theASNHC

  • Collecting and preserving scientific specimens

  • Operating and maintaining the dermestid skeletal preparation facility

  • Developing, implementing, and maintaining an integrated pest management (IPM) program

  • Improving and maintaining the collection databases (Arctos and Symbiota) with georeferenced locality data

  • Processing and managing loans

  • Creating and maintaining policies and procedures that are cohesive with best practices

  • Providing assistance to curators in research

  • Training, managing, and working with undergraduate and graduate student assistants, interns, and volunteers to carry out curation activities and specimen preparation

  • Maintaining and developing the ASNHC website

  • Producing and distributing regular PR announcements including annual ASNHC newsletters

  • Participating in providing input toward new facility design

  • Conducting tours, lectures, programs, and classes on collection-related topics

  • Assisting in grant-proposal preparations for collection-related projects

  • Coordinating and managing permits relating to collection activities

  • Participating in museum programs, workshops, seminars, and other forms of professional development in the museum profession

  • Serving to promote theASNHC, department, and university in other various forms of community outreach and social media

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of accepted museum standards and practices for collection care, collections management, specimen conservation and preparation, and registration methods

  • Skilled in curation of natural history collections

  • Knowledge of IPM protocols and procedures, including general knowledge of museum pests

  • Skilled in operation of dermestid facility

  • Knowledge of georeferencing and specimen-based electronic database protocols

  • Knowledge of imaging systems

  • Skilled in Microsoft Office

  • Skilled and database management software (Arctos and Symbiota, preferred)

  • Ability to be detail oriented for accuracy of data and information

  • Ability to be highly organized and able to handle multiple projects

  • Ability to communicate well and build rapport with students, faculty and staff

  • Ability to complete work within deadlines

  • Ability to have strong initiative to solve problems

  • Ability to work independently and with interdepartmental teams and initiatives

  • Skilled in having good presentation (oral and written communication) skills

  • Ability to use established occupational health and safety practices

  • Ability to organize and complete tasks in an accurate and timely manner

  • Ability to manage computerized files and records

  • Ability to prepare written communications and reports independently and proofread work accurately

  • Ability to work with minimum supervision

  • Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations

  • Ability to manage annual budget

Minimum Qualifications

  • B.S. degree in Museum Science, Biology, Zoology, Botany or related field and two years professional experience working in Museum Collection Management or related field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • M.S. degree in Museum Science, Biology, Zoology, Botany or related field.

Physical Requirements

  • Frequent walking, standing, bending, climbing stairs, and carrying and lifting (up to 30 lbs.).

  • Reaching, kneeling, crouching

  • Visual and hearing acuity

  • Basic manual dexterity with both hands

Incumbent works primarily indoors and has regular exposure to dust, chemicals, fumes, and sharp instruments. Occasional exposure to inclement weather conditions when outdoor work is required.



EEO Statement

Angelo State University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to promoting and ensuring equal employment opportunity for all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Angelo State University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to employment opportunities for qualified individuals with disabilities. We are committed to ensuring that a qualified individual with a disability has the same rights and privileges in employment as non-disabled employees. If an accommodation is requested for the job application process, please contact our office at (325) 942-2168 or email us at

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