[MARMAM] Marine mammal position available

Samuel A. McLeod smcleod at nhm.org
Mon May 16 13:23:48 PDT 2011

Assistant/Associate Curator, Marine Mammals
Vertebrate Studies Division
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the largest natural 
history museum in the western United States and a national leader in 
exhibitions, education and research, seeks a curator specializing in 
the study of marine mammals (living or fossil) to oversee its 
extensive collection of marine mammals. Currently the museum is 
undergoing a dramatic and exciting transformation involving a $135 
million development of exciting new ground-breaking exhibitions, 
outside teaching-learning gardens and a nature lab. Foremost in the 
museum's mission is creating experiences embodied by the phrase 
'where research and collections meet the visitor experience'.  The 
desired candidate will have high level communication skills and an 
innate ability to engage and enthuse the public and stakeholders 
through his or her work.

The museum houses and oversees a world-class collection of living and 
fossil marine mammals, ranked within the top 5 best collections in 
the world, with potential for a broad array of research and public 
programs both within and outside of the Natural History Museum of Los 
Angeles County. Research programs have in recent years focused on the 
description of many new types of fossil whales, seals, sea cows and 
extinct marine mammals, as well as documentation of modern cetacean 
strandings and whale systematics. A large collection of fossil whale 
material awaits preparation and description. The Museum maintains an 
extensive storage facility and laboratory specifically for research 
on modern marine mammals and a fully equipped vertebrate paleontology 
laboratory. The successful candidate will be responsible for carrying 
forward a dynamic and productive program of research to build a 
growing scientific and public profile, overseeing the development and 
curation of this important collection, maintaining and strengthening 
the museum's presence in key professional and governmental networks, 
and developing active collaborations with other sections of the 
museum-especially to advance its efforts in educating and 
communicating research to the general public.

The successful candidate will have a strong track record of published 
research with strengths in the field of evolutionary biology of 
living and/or extinct marine mammals and will be expected to develop 
an active and publicly engaging research program, develop working 
relationships with local universities, mentor students, and maintain 
research through obtaining competitive grants and/or funding from 
other sources.  The successful candidate will have a Ph.D and a 
demonstrated track-record of peer-reviewed papers; having general 
publications for wider readership would be an advantage. The 
candidate must have a vision and capability to build the marine 
mammal program and shape the collections and research in ways that 
increase both its scientific and public appeal. The candidate should 
also have collections management experience relevant to the role.

The ability to effectively communicate and engage with a wide variety 
of audiences, including the public and the museum's various 
stakeholders is paramount. The successful candidate will be expected 
to participate in a broad range of museum activities, such as 
exhibits programs, educational outreach activities, and advancement 
activities and be involved with and maintain relationships with 
professional associations, educators and other relevant organizations 
within the scientific and general community.

This is full-time position with a salary commensurate with 
experience, plus excellent benefits. The starting date is October 
1st,  2011. Review of applications begins immediately and will 
continue until the position is filled. Applicants should send a cover 
letter, resume, & salary history to the Human Resources Office, 
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., 
Los Angeles, CA 90007, via the museum web site at:

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is an Equal 
Opportunity Employer

For further information contact John Long at jlong at nhm.org or 213/763-3367

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