Job Offer | Curator @ The Western Science Center

  • Position: Curator/ Educator
  • Employer: Western Science Center
  • Qualifications: PhD from an accredited university in a relevant field such as paleontology, biology, or geology, or related field, or MS with an extensive research record
  • Location: Hemet, California, USA
  • Application Deadline: 31th March 2017
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Offer full description:


Please find a full job description along with an employment application here. Please send all applications electronically to by March 31st, 2017.

The Western Science Center (WSC) seeks a creative, organized, and experienced Curator/Educator who will take a leading role in conducting scientific research, grow the museum collections through field collecting, and participate in exhibit development and educational and outreach programs. The Curator/Educator reports to the Executive Director.

In cooperation with the Executive Director and other staff, plans, develops, implements, and oversees all curatorial activities and related educational activities for the organization based on accepted professional museum standards and practices. Directs activities of the curation department and provides leadership and direction to staff.

 Conducting and publishing scientific research, including on Western Science Center collections;
 Develops a field program to increase the size and diversity of the WSC collections, which is at least partially externally funded.
 Helping to define priorities for collection growth and preparation.
 Engage high school and undergraduate students in field work and research, possibly to include teaching research methods courses.
 Teaching of the museum’s Simulated Dig Site course for middle school students.
 Participating in museum educational and fundraising events, both on-site and off-site.
 Developing research collaborations with other institutions.
 Representing the museum at professional conferences and other venues.
 Participating in museum outreach through public lectures and programs, social media, and other means.
 Participating in other duties as assigned.

 A PhD from an accredited university in a relevant field such as paleontology, biology, or geology, or related field, or MS with an extensive research record
 Experience with fossil vertebrate excavations, and the ability to lead excavations
 Record of scholarly publications
 An eagerness to engage students and the public in research
 Ability and willingness to participate in research on a variety of different organisms, topics, and time periods
 Possess strong leadership, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, and public speaking skills

Preferred knowledge, skills, and/or abilities:
 Teaching skills and experience, especially at the high school and undergraduate level
 Ability to use social media for research and outreach
 Knowledge and experience with producing replicas of fossils, either through traditional molding and casting or through 3D-scanning and printing
 Knowledge and experience with the preparation of fossil vertebrates

Special requirements:
 Successful completion of a background check and fingerprinting is required.
 Possession or the ability to obtain and maintain a Class C California drivers license and a satisfactory driving record

Applicants should submit the following materials to Anne Hallberg electronically by March 31, 2017:
 Application
 Cover letter
 Unofficial transcripts
 Contact information for 3 references
 CV
 Sample publications or link to publications
 Statement on the candidate’s views on the role of researchers in science communication, outreach, and education”

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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)