Paleonet: Paleontologist Wanted for Cooper Center, Santa Ana, California

Jere H. LIPPS jlipps at
Tue May 19 01:15:04 GMT 2015


The John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center in Santa Ana,
California, invites applications for the position of Associate Curator of

The Associate Curator will be responsible for the preparation, curation,
and utilization of the fossils in the collection.   Most of the fossils are
unprepared and uncurated.  This then is a major part of this job.  Another
major part of the job is the public engagement and educational programs of
the Center.  Research on a topic related to the prehistory of Orange
County is encouraged as well.  The Associate Curator of Paleontology will
work closely with the Associate Curator of Archaeology and the Director,
particularly on public engagement and education programs.  He or she will
oversee groups of volunteers, interns and students working on a variety of
curation, research, outreach and education projects.

The detailed Position Announcement by CSU Fullerton Auxiliary Services
Corporation is posted on the ASC website noted below. Candidates holding an
MA or PhD in geology or biology and are paleontologists are invited to

All applications must go through ASC. The instructions for this process are
described on the website.…/applicant/public/default.aspx .  On the
right, select “Paleontology,  Assoc Curator" to view the official
announcement describing the detailed responsibilities and benefits of this

The John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center, a partnership
between Orange County (California) and California State University,
Fullerton, cares for the fossils and artifacts recovered from construction
and development sites in the county.  It prepares, curates and
databases these objects,  and uses them in research, public engagement
(events, exhibits, lectures), education (K-12, college, graduate and
post-doctoral), and university research and teaching.  The collections,
estimated at 6 million specimens collected over the last 50 years, document
the history of life in OC for the past 180 million years, including human
occupation from at least 10,000 to 50 years ago.  The fossil collection is
rich in invertebrates, microfossils and plants from the Jurassic to the
Recent, and in Neogene marine mammals, including cetaceans, pinnipeds
(walruses, sea lions and seals), desmostylians, and sea cows.  Eocene,
Oligocene and Pleistocene terrestrial mammals are also abundant.  Dinosaurs
come in small scraps and pieces that are not particularly remarkable. About
16,500 entries have been made into the Center’s Specify 6/7 database with
total fossil specimens numbering over  84,500.

See for further information about the Center and its
activities.  Email jlipps at for questions not answered in the
Position Announcement.

*CSU Fullerton Auxiliary Services Corporation is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will
receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national
origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic
protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.*
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