Assistant Preparator | The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

  • Position: Paleontology Assistant Preparator
  • Employer: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
  • Qualifications: Strong science (biology or geology preferred) or science education background required. Prior experience with vertebrate paleontology or with public science interpretation preferred
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  • Application Deadline: the position is available until filled
  • Applications: here
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Offer full description:

“Position Description
Temporary (90 days or less)

DATE: May 2017
REPORTS TO: Vertebrate Paleontologist

The Paleontology Assistant Preparator interprets the paleontology process to the public, and prepares fossil material as needed under the direct supervision of the Vertebrate Paleontologist for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.


  1. Presents information concerning the operation of the Paleo Prep Lab, specimen preparation and paleontology for the public, museum staff, volunteers, interns, and visitors.
  2. Participates and assists in public programs, tours, and after hour events as assigned.
  3. Conducts manual and mechanical fossil preparation techniques under the supervision of Paleo Preparator or Vertebrate Paleontologist. May work with the molding, casting, restoration, and conservation of fossils.
  4. Oversees and instructs volunteers in the identification, preparation and handling of fossil specimens and interpretation of lab activities.
  5. Assists in the day-to-day operations of the Paleo Prep Lab including maintenance of tools and monitoring lab safety.
  6. Assists in monitoring the condition of specimens on display in the museum and in the collection for conservation purposes.
  7. May be asked to conduct field work, including excavating, consolidating, collecting and documenting fossil discoveries.


  1. Strong science (biology or geology preferred) or science education background required. Prior experience with vertebrate paleontology or with public science interpretation preferred.
  2. Excellent organizational and problem solving skills, and the ability to handle multiple projects at the same time.
  3. Ability to work effectively as a team member and with the public.
  4. Attention to detail.
  5. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  6. Experience in the mechanical preparation and conservation of both micro- and macro-fossil specimens.
  7. Ability to lift a minimum of 30 pounds.
  8. Must be able to work in a fast paced environment that values diversity and is child-centric.
  9. Interact with visitors and co-workers in a supportive, positive, and friendly manner.
  10. Maintain behavior patterns acceptable to co-workers and the general museum culture.*Special consideration given to those applicants who are multi-lingual


  1. Must be able to view computer monitor, review documents, examining artifacts, prepare exhibitions and conduct research.
  2. Must be able to communicate extensively and effectively via telephone, face-to-face conversations, and public presentations, as needed.
  3. Requires the ability to perform prep work, maintenance, fine motor skills for artifact manipulation, and some exhibit installation.
  4. Requires the ability to lift artifacts and exhibit cases up to approximately 30 pounds, as well as climbing and bending to reach artifacts and to conduct prep work”

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Lurdes Fonseca

Assistant Professor and Researcher at University of Lisbon
Sociologist (PhD), Paleontologist (Researcher in Micropaleontology), Majors in Sociology and Biology, Minor in Geology. Main interests in Paleontology: Microfossils, Molecular fossils, Paleobiology and Paleoecology. (read more about me)