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David B Jones Paleobotany Collections Internship

David B Jones Paleobotany Collections Internship

The Department of Earth Sciences at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science has a 12-week paid David B. Jones Paleobotany internship in Collections Management for Summer–Fall 2019. 

The David B. Jones internship will involve a diversity of experiences in the Department of Earth Sciences though the introduction and practice of collections management standards. The intern will assist in organizing, inventorying, cataloging, and rehousing geologic samples and paleobotanical specimens. These specimens will range from ash and palynological samples to Colorado paleobotany field collections. The intern will gain experience in collections management protocols, database management, and paleobotany. The interns will also be provided the opportunity to develop communication and presentation skills by working alongside curators, staff, and volunteers in a diverse, collaborative environment.  The intern will practice communication of science while participating in Museum events supported by the Earth Sciences.

The interns will report directly to Assistant Collections Manager Nicole Neu-Yagle and Curator of Paleobotany Dr. Ian Miller, with oversight provided by Collections Manager Kristen MacKenzie. This is a 12 week stipend internship.

Required Skills 
Ideal candidate will be matriculated or will have completed an undergraduate degree in any earth sciences, natural history, or museum studies. Experience in geology, paleontology, and handling of specimens is preferred. The ability to clearly communicate and work well with others is also desired. The candidate must have basic to intermediate proficiency in Excel.

Collection Tasks 

  • Maintains absolute accurate data associations
  • Organizes specimens following protocol
  • Catalogs specimens
  • Rehouses specimens in archival storage
  • Maintains and associates permanent data with cataloged specimens.
  • Maintains prompt and frequent communication with supervisors; ensuring that instructions are understood and followed
  • Maintains a professional demeanor at all times; ensures professional representation at all times.
  • Adheres to a set schedule during the internship

Schedule and Total Number of Hours
Total 480 hours, not to exceed five days a week (Monday through Friday or Sunday through Thursday schedule options)

Application Deadline 
Friday, June 14, 2019

Questions?
Contact Moe Shuley at [email protected] or 303.370.8345 

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