Natural Science Collections Alliance

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Mammals Collection Manager at The Field Museum

The Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois is seeking a collections manager for the mammal collection. This large, actively growing collection is home to many research and education initiatives by both resident and extramural scientists. Duties include overseeing all aspects of specimen preparation, identification, care, and organization of specimens; training, supervision and coordination of staff, students, and volunteers in their collection-related activities; assistance to visitors in their use of collection, processing of recently collected specimens, as well as supervision of outgoing and incoming specimen loans, loan recalls, and loan returns, all conducted in consultation with curator(s) of mammals. Primary responsibilities include the maintenance of records relevant to the collection (electronic catalog, loan invoices, accession files, permits, field notes), providing the public, professionals, and officials with information they need from the collection (including digitizing specimens), and updating records as the collection grows or identifications change. The Collection Manager of Mammals interacts with the Museum’s Science Action, Integrative Research, and Learning centers, as well as with Exhibits programs. The position involves a heavy public engagement component through collections tours, donor engagement, and museum programming, grant writing, liaising with federal and state authorities as needed, and working with other mammal collections and researchers. The Collection Manager will have opportunities to conduct collection-based research, but these will be secondary to collection management responsibilities.

The full job description is posted at Applications must be submitted through the website. Questions can be directed to Dr. Ben Marks (

Mammals Collection Manager at The Field Museum
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