Collections Technician, Zoological Collections

The Field Museum is a not-for-profit museum located on Chicago’s Museum Campus. In the Field's 125+ year history, which started in 1893 at the World’s Columbian Exposition in the “White City.“ We have engaged in research on all seven continents, cultivated a collection of over 40 million specimens and objects, engaged with hundreds of thousands of students from Chicago and the surrounding areas, and welcomed millions of visitors to the Museum each year. We accomplish this through the efforts of our dynamic and diverse staff of not only scientists and educators, but also front line staff in Visitor Services and Membership, Protection Services, Facility Planning, and Operations, as well as behind the scenes support staff. The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois, is seeking to fill a Collections Technician position as part of a project funded by the Walder Foundation to use DNA barcoding to study biodiversity and conservation of Neotropical fishes and pollinating insects. This Collections Technician position will be an essential team member in this project, working closely with research and collections staff in Fishes and Insects to incorporate new material collected as part of this project, curate existing collections needed for the project, and assist with preparation of specimens and samples for study. The position is based in the Gantz Family Collections Center and closely collaborates with the Negaunee Integrative Research Center and Keller Science Action Center. The successful applicant would ideally start in May or June 2022. This is a two-year term position Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Within the Fishes Collection, primary duties will include: cataloging of new specimens into the database, curation of new and existing specimens and associated digital records, and working with the research team to database and store genetic samples

  • Within the Insects Collection, primary duties will include: handling insect specimens to extract pollen, preparing pollen slides for imaging, and uploading specimen records and associated images or other assets into the database

  • Assistance with additional lab or collections tasks associated with the project could also be required


  • Prior experience working with museum specimens and demonstrated proficiency with relational databases is required

  • Training for using the museum's relational database, as well as handling and working with specimens and preparing pollen samples will be provided

  • The candidate must be comfortable working with small and fragile specimens

TO APPLY: Submit a one-page cover letter summarizing experience and research interests, a curriculum vitae, and full contact information for two professional references. Please submit applications by 20 May 2022. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Dr. Caleb McMahan ( Important Note: In order to protect the health and safety of our employees, guests, and their families, the Field Museum requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for exemptions from the vaccine will not be considered as, given the nature of this position, we are unable to provide accommodation for anyone who has not been vaccinated. The Field Museum is an equal opportunity workplace and employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, veteran status, or any other protected class. We strive to create a working environment that is free of all forms of discrimination and one that promotes human dignity and mutual respect among all staff. We believe every member of our organization enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and discover, design, and deliver solutions. The Field Museum strives to ensure that our career website and recruiting process are accessible to all. If you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our online application, or if you require a reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to

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