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Hi all,

There is a full-time vacancy now open for applications at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. The description (copied below) and link to the application form and process are available here: Collections Assistant - Insects | Chicago, IL | The Field Museum ( The only comment I will add with respect to databasing is that experience with EMu would likely be a plus, since that is the system we use. I have no involvement in the application or selection process. 

Collections Assistant - Insects

The Insect Collections Assistant will assist with care and maintenance of the Field Museum Insects, Arachnids and Myriapods Collection, focusing specifically on processing of incoming and outgoing specimen loans, and preparation and cataloging of newly collected material. The Insect Collections Assistant will also help with other projects as time permits.

Applications should be submitted by February 19, 2021.

Applicants should provide a CV as well as a cover letter detailing their qualifications and experience.

 Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist staff with processing outgoing and incoming specimen loans, loan returns, accessions, deaccessions, transfers, transshipments, permits and custom declarations
  • Preparation, processing, and digitization of recently collected material and outgoing loan material
  • Contribute to and maintain records relevant to the collection (EMu catalog, loan invoices, accession files)
  • Participate and assist with public programs, tours, and visiting researchers
  • Assisting with other projects as time allows, including, but not limited to, specimen imaging, rehousing of specimens, collection maintenance tasks, and specimen digitization

 Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology (with an emphasis in Entomology) with at least 1 year of experience in Entomological Collections
  • Knowledge of taxonomic principles
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Familiarity with collection databases, digitization, and specimen imaging skills highly desirable
  • Knowledge of international and domestic regulations for shipment of biological specimens and specifically alcohol-preserved specimens
  • Familiarity with natural history research loans
  • Experience with handling insect specimens

 The Field Museum is committed to a workforce that is diverse and inclusive and the Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Field Museum strives to create a working environment that is free of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, and that promotes human dignity among all staff. Realizing that good relations between co-workers are an integral part of job satisfaction, the Field Museum strives to create a climate of mutual respect among all employees.

Happy New Year to all!

Margaret K. Thayer, Ph.D.  she/her
Curator Emerita and Lecturer (Committee on Evolutionary Biology)
Field Museum and University of Chicago
O: 312.665.7741 (direct)
Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago IL 60605