Collections Manager in Vertebrate Paleontology
Harvard University
United States

Duties & Responsibilities

The Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology invites applications for a full-time managerial position in the museum's Vertebrate Paleontology (VP) collection.

The Collection Manager (CM) is responsible for managing the curation of existing and new collections. Oversees and processes all incoming/outgoing loans of specimens. Identifies new acquisitions and oversees the proper accessioning with the appropriate legal documents. Provides oversight and is responsible for the accurate digitization of specimens in the museum-wide database. Maintains VP departmental collection files, prepares and monitors departmental budgets, and orders collection-related supplies. May assist in preparation of grant proposals for collection or facilities improvement. In conjunction with the Director, Collections Operations and the Faculty Curator, the CM will determine short- and long-term collection priorities. Assists with development of policies and processes conforming to best practice standards for the long-term preservation and conservation of specimens within the collections. Supervises the daily curatorial activities of the curatorial staff and students assigned to the collections, as well as work with the VP Preparation Technician. The CM also oversees the activities of academic and non-academic visitors, researchers and students using the collections. Management responsibilities include planning and delegating work effectively and ensuring compliance with Harvard-wide, FAS and MCZ policies and procedures, as well as local, state and federal laws and regulations.



Basic Qualifications

Master’s degree required. At least 7+ years of fossil handling/curation/preparation experience in a paleontology collection; knowledge of vertebrate systematics; 3-5 years of supervisory experience.

Additional Qualifications


  • Master's degree in specialized area related to paleontology and/or natural history museums preferred.
  • Demonstrated writing, public speaking, and organizational skills; excellent computer skills, including database management.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required, as well as the ability to both work independently and in a busy team environment.


Additional Information

A resume and cover letter must be submitted in order to be considered for this position.

Harvard University is unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship for this staff position.

***All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

The Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard University is a center for research and education focused on the comparative relationships of animal life. The MCZ was founded in 1859 and served as a training ground for professional zoologists and influenced many budding US museums through this new generation. Research at the MCZ continues to follow Agassiz’s vision to illuminate the structures of living things, their natural classification and relationship with their surroundings, while remaining a leading institution for modern zoological research. The present-day MCZ collections are comprised of approximately 21-million extant and fossil invertebrate and vertebrate specimens, which continue to be a focus of research and teaching for MCZ, Harvard and outside students and researchers.

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