Paleonet: Dublin SVPCA 2008
gareth.dyke at ucd.ie
Mon Feb 4 02:35:34 GMT 2008
** Conference Announcement **
SPPC/SVPCA 2008, September 3rd-6th, Dublin - Ireland
Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology and
Comparative Anatomy, hosted by University College Dublin and the
National Museum of Ireland (Natural History)
Please check out the first circular available for download at:
Please register your interest by emailing Gareth Dyke.
Hope to see you in Dublin in September!
Gareth Dyke (UCD)
Nigel Monaghan (National Museum of Ireland)
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> 1. New posts (Norman MacLeod)
>Date: Fri, 01 Feb 2008 20:40:51 +0000
>From: Norman MacLeod <N.MacLeod at nhm.ac.uk>
>Subject: Paleonet: New posts
>To: PaleoNet <PaleoNet at nhm.ac.uk>
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>These just in. Please note there are three different posts announced in this
>Mammoth Site Summer Internships
>Closing Application Date: March 15, 2008
>The Mammoth Site is a natural trap of late Pleistocene fauna. Over 10,000
>vertebrate and invertebrate fossils have been uncovered at the Mammoth Site
>through the 2005 field season. About 3,500 of these bones belong to
>Columbian and Wooly mammoths. Over 2,000 of these bones remain in-situ.
>The 28 vertebrate species found at the site are stored in the preparation
>laboratory and bone repository.
>Position: There are six seasonal internships available, each starting in
>either May or June and lasting through August or September. These are
>full-time positions (40 hrs/wk), paying $7.25 per hour, with free housing.
>You will be working between 400 and 640 hours over the course of the summer
>(10-16 weeks; includes weekends as needed).
>Responsibilities: The position will involve conducting educational tours for
>the general public (20 hours per week) and preserving and preparing
>Pleistocene fossil material in the lab and in the bonebed (20 hours per
>week). In addition, there will be opportunities to learn molding and
>casting, and bonebed cartography.
>Minimum Qualifications: You must be at least an undergraduate student in
>biology, geology, anthropology, museum studies, or a related field. You
>should also have some experience working with natural history collections,
>knowledge of anatomy, and familiarity with computers, database programs and
>digital cameras. You needn?t be an expert in any of those fields, however.
>Good organizational skills and attention to details are a plus, as is the
>ability to work independently, and lift 35 lbs. Interpersonal skills and
>the ability to effectively communicate with public are both very important.
>? One year or more of vertebrate paleontology preparation, invertebrate
>preparation and/or museum curatorial experience in Pleistocene vertebrate
>? Experience in education program development and delivery.
>? A working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft
>Access, and ArcGIS software.
>? Experience with public speaking and guide work.
>Housing: Housing is available on Mammoth Site property at no cost to the
>Application: Contact Don Esker or Olga Potapova for the application and
>additional information on this position. Submit your Mammoth Site
>application, resume, and academic references to:
>Don Esker, Bonebed Curator/Educator
>Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota, Inc.
>P.O. Box 692
>1800 Truck Bypass Route 18
>Hot Springs, South Dakota 57747
>Or Email: curator at mammothsite.com
>Review of applications will begin after March 15, 2008 deadline. For
>further information about the Mammoth Site, please visit us at
>www.mammothsite.com <http://www.mammothsite.com/> ; phone (605) 745-6017;
>fax (605) 745-3038.
>Assistant In-Situ Bonebed Curator / Secondary Educator
>This is a full-time position with hourly pay. Hours are estimated to be
>between 1,560 and 2,080 per year, with weekends as needed.
>The assistant reports to the Bonebed Curator and Secondary Educator, and
>assists them in monitoring, preserving, mapping, and cleaning the in-situ
>bonebed. He or she also assists the Bonebed Curator/Secondary Educator,
>Elementary Educator and other staff in interpreting the site and developing
>educational programs and kits for K-5 and secondary/post-secondary students.
>Additionally, A-ISBC/SE assists the Collections Manager in the lab, bone
>storage, and on exhibit.
>Primary Responsibilities ? You Will:
>? Map the in-situ bonebed with ArcView 9.2 and a robotic total station.
>? Assist in monitoring, preserving and cleaning the Mammoth Site?s in-situ
>? Prepare documentation and condition reports on specimens undergoing
>conservation treatment in the bonebed.
>? Assist in coordinating the activities of day groups (e.g., Elderhostel,
>Earthwatch, Project Exploration, etc).
>? Oversee the internship program for undergraduate and graduate students
>pursuing a vocation in geology/paleontology in collaboration with the
>Bonebed Curator/Secondary Educator.
>? Supervise guide and mentor the interns.
>? Working with the Collections Manager and Molding and Casting Director to
>supervise interns and volunteers in the lab.
>? Assist in the preparation lab during winter months.
>? Assist in the molding and casting department as needed.
>Secondary Responsibilities -- You Will:
>? Assist in the development, implementation and revision of K-12 and college
>workshops; and cooperative, thematic, hands-on classroom and on-site
>activities (e.g., teacher support materials, etc).
>? Assist in coordinating and conducting on-site and off-site outreach
>programs with area schools and organizations.
>? Assist in maintaining internship program statistics.
>? Assist in preparing and updating the site?s Emergency Operations Plan.
>Assist with and oversee in-situ bonebed housekeeping duties.
>? Assist Interpreter II?s and interns with the Junior Paleontologist
>Excavation program, and provide training to personnel who will conduct it.
>? Assure that the Junior Paleo program area is clean, dampened, and that all
>supplies are available.
>? Assist with the development and presentation of distance learning
>? Support collaboration among institutions and organizations in South
>? Assist in training staff to perform educational activities and outreach
>? Team-teach elementary and secondary classes as needed.
>? Assist in developing "Teacher?s Night" programs to introduce area teachers
>to our facilities, educational activities and the materials available to
>? Assist in distributing educational information during the spring and fall.
>? Assist in recording secondary education program statistics.
>? Assist with the organization and implementation of conferences and
>symposia (e.g., Women in Science).
>? Assist in writing and updating the procedure books and guide manuals.
>? Assist in compiling and updating EOP and housekeeping plans.
>? Contribute to the development of interpretive materials and exhibits.
>? Assist Development Officer in grant writing as it pertains to conservation
>? Participate in committees pertaining to conservation, education, and
>? Interpret the Mammoth Site to visitors in a professional manner.
>? Deal with the public and fellow workers in a positive manner.
>? Know the operation of the security systems and alarm response procedures.
>? Assist in the gift shop, including opening and closing operations.
>? Act as an interpreter as needed.
>? Answer the phone as needed.
>Minimum Qualifications ? You Must Possess:
>? The ability and desire to effectively communicate and work in a team with
>the staff, the board, and the board committees.
>? A BS or BA in Biology, Geology, Anthropology, Museum Studies, or a related
>? Experience in field mapping.
>? Teaching experience and/or experience working with children, students and
>? One-year vertebrate paleontology preparation and/or museum curatorial
>? Demonstrated experience working with natural history collections.
>? Knowledge of curation processes and operating standards.
>? A familiarity with computers, database programs and digital cameras.
>? Good organizational skills and attention to detail.
>? The ability to work independently.
>? Supervisory skills.
>? Good interpersonal skills and ability to effectively communicate with
>Preferred Qualifications ? You Should Possess, or Plan to Obtain:
>? Two years or more of vertebrate paleontology preparation and/or museum
>curatorial experience in vertebrate paleontology.
>? Experience in education program development and delivery.
>? Personal computer experience including the following software:
> o Microsoft Office
> o ArcGIS 9.2
> o Adobe Photoshop
> o Microsoft Access
>? Experience with a total station.
>Assistant Professor of Geology
>Missouri Western State University invites applications for a tenure-track
>assistant professor of Geology position beginning fall 2008. The position
>is a unique opportunity for a broadly trained geologist with interest in
>life sciences and demonstrated expertise in physical science and meteorology
>to work collaboratively within an eleven member Biology Department. A Ph.D.
>in geology, paleontology, or a related field is expected by the start of
>employment. Prior experience teaching undergraduates is highly desirable.
>Teaching responsibilities will include non-majors courses in geology,
>physical science and meteorology and may include courses in paleontology,
>historical geology, soil science, or other areas of expertise.
>The successful candidate must demonstrate strong commitments to
>undergraduate teaching, mentoring undergraduate student research, and
>sustained scholarly activity and will be expected to participate in
>activities that support the Biology Department, the University, and the
>Send letter, c.v., undergraduate and graduate transcripts, one-page
>statement of teaching philosophy, one-page research plan involving
>undergraduates, copies of pertinent publications, and three letters of
>recommendation (at least one of which must address teaching) to
>Dr. Todd Eckdahl
>Chairperson, Biology Department
>Missouri Western State University
>4525 Downs Drive
>Saint Joseph, MO 64507
>To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by March 1,
>2008. For inquiries, e-mail Dr. Eckdahl: eckdahl at missouriwestern.edu.
>Missouri Western State University is a regional state university of 5200
>students with a state-mandated focus on applied learning in Saint Joseph,
>Missouri, a historic town of 70,000 located 40 miles north of Kansas City.
>Missouri Western State University is an EEO/AA employer.
>Prof. Norman MacLeod
>Keeper of Palaeontology
>The Natural History Museum
>Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD
>(0)207 942-5204/5295 (Office)
>(0)207 942-5546 (Fax)
>http://www.nhm.ac.uk/hosted_sites/paleonet/MacLeod/ (Web Page)
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