Paleonet: JOB: Seasonal paleontology assistant, Badlands Dinosaur Museum, ND

Liz Freedman Fowler eafreedman at
Mon Jan 27 01:19:46 GMT 2020

If you have any interested students, please pass this along:

As part of its summer programming, Dickinson Museum Center is seeking a
seasonal paleontology assistant for the 2020 summer tourist season,
starting in mid-late May or early June (flexible), and lasting up to 12

The seasonal paleontologist is a position that combines education &
outreach, exhibit interpretation, and work in the preparation laboratory.
The amount of time dedicated to each responsibility will depend on the
ability and experience of the applicant.

Compensation: $12.52 per hour (wage includes $1.25 per hour Skill-Based pay)
Hours: up to 40 hours per week

Date Posted: January 23, 2020 08:00 AM
Deadline: February 13, 2020 5:00 PM

All applicants for this position in previous years are welcome to apply for
this summer's position.

For more information on the position, and details of how to apply, please
visit the City of Dickinson website:

Badlands Dinosaur Museum is a growing institution located on the 12 acre
campus of Dickinson Museum Center in Dickinson, ND. The museum was founded
in 1992 by Alice and Larry League and operated as Dakota Dinosaur Museum
until 2015 whereupon it was acquired by the City of Dickinson. In 2016, Dr.
Denver Fowler was hired as curator of paleontology and the museum was
renamed as Badlands Dinosaur Museum in 2017.

Badlands Dinosaur Museum is undergoing a complete overhaul of the facility,
exhibits, and programming. New fossil specimens are being collected by our
fieldwork program that are prepared in our public viewing laboratory, which
has a sliding window to allow visitors to ask questions. Fossil storage
facilities have been upgraded to meet standards for a federal repository.
Our evolving exhibit features new displays each year.

· Assists in design of outreach and educational activities in paleontology
that utilize the exhibit and education collection. May involve visiting
groups or buildings outside of the museum campus.

· Implements outreach and educational programming in paleontology aimed at
local population and regional summer tourism.

· Will offer interpretive assistance in the paleontology exhibit hall:
answering visitor questions, giving short tours, and explaining exhibit
content and core scientific concepts in paleontology.

· Assists in the public preparation laboratory in preparing specimens for
exhibit and research.

· Provide general assistance to the curator and laboratory fossil

· Assists in outreach, special events, and donor development.

· Other duties as assigned.

· Enrollment in a post-secondary educational program in a subject
appropriate to Paleontology (e.g. Biology, Geology), or equivalent
experience in a museum or education setting.

· Good general knowledge of paleontology, including being able to discuss
core concepts with visitors and answer typical questions.

· Comfortable with public speaking in front of small groups and larger

· Willing and able to engage visitors in a friendly and approachable

· Happy to work with children and families.

· Basic familiarity with fossil preparation methods.

· Ability to work independently on outreach & education and other fossil

· Must be able to lift at least 25 pounds.

· Knowledge of appropriate specimen handling protocol.

· Demonstrable interest and knowledge of museums and their role in society.

· Basic proficiency with Microsoft Office software.

· Valid driver's license.

· Prior experience in outreach and education.
· Prior experience with children and families.
· Prior experience in a museum setting.
· Knowledge of anatomy, especially dinosaurs.

Some responsibilities will include working with rocky, dusty, or dirty
fossils; using plaster of paris, various glues, and paint; spending long
periods standing.

Denver Fowler, Ph.D
Curator, Badlands Dinosaur Museum
Dickinson Museum Center
188 Museum Dr. E., Dickinson, ND 58601, USA
701-456-6225 (museum front desk)
701-456-7088 (direct)
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