Careers in the Plant Sciences

Collections Manager of Angelo State Natural History Collections

Angelo State University - San Angelo, Texas, United States

Position Title: Collections Manager of Angelo State Natural History Collections
Position Type: Permanent Position
Application Review Begins: Monday, October 09, 2023
Application Deadline: Friday, December 15, 2023
Institution: Angelo State University
Department/Division: Biology
Field (e.g., systematics): Collections, herbarium, research, taxonomy, systematics
City: San Angelo, Texas, United States
General Information: Under the supervision of the Curators and Department Chair, this position manages the specimen collections (teaching and scientific) and databases (Arctos and Symbiota) in the Angelo State Natural History Collections (ASNHC), which include Mammalogy, Ornithology, Herpetology, and Frozen Tissue collections, and an Herbarium.

We seek a detail-oriented, organized, and deadline-driven problem solver with knowledge of:
• Accepted museum standards and practices for collection care, collections management, specimen conservation and preparation, and registration
• IPM protocols and procedures, including general knowledge of museum pests
• Georeferencing and specimen-based electronic database protocols
• Imaging systems
Qualifications/Requirements: The ideal candidate should have the ability to:
• Management of a dermestid beetle facility
• Communicate effectively and build rapport with students, faculty, and staff
• Work independently (with minimal supervision) and collaboratively with interdepartmental teams and initiatives
• Use established occupational health and safety practices
• Prepare written communications and reports, and proofread work accurately
• Manage an annual budget

The preferred candidate should be skilled in:
• The curation of natural history collections
• Microsoft Office
• Database management software (Skilled in Arctos
and Symbiota, preferred)
• Giving presentations to a group (oral and written

Minimum Qualifications:
B.S. degree in Museum Science, Biology, Zoology, Botany, or related field and two years of experience working in Museum Collection Management or related field.

Preferred Qualifications:
M.S. degree in Museum Science, Biology, Zoology, Botany or related field.

Physical Requirements Position requires:
• Frequent walking, standing, bending, climbing stairs, and carrying and lifting (up to 30 lbs.)
• Reaching, kneeling, crouching
• Visual and hearing acuity
• Basic manual dexterity with both hands
• Regular exposure to dust, chemicals, fumes, and sharp instruments while performing work indoors
• Occasional exposure to inclement weather conditions while performing work outdoors
Responsibilities: Operational management of research and teaching collections in the ASNHC, including the Mammalogy, Ornithology, Herpetology, and Frozen Tissue collections,
and the Herbarium. ASNHC duties are varied, but typical job functions include (but are not limited to):
• Collection, preparation, cataloging, and maintenance of specimens
• Maintaining collections databases (Arctos and Symbiota)
• Record keeping, such as tracking loan activity and managing permits associated with specimens
• Supervision of student workers, visiting researchers, and volunteers in the collection
• Participation in outreach activities such as conducting tours of the collection and assisting with the annual newsletter
• Assisting curators with courses and expeditions where field collection of specimens will occur
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): Angelo State University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to promoting and ensuring equal employment opportunity for all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Angelo State University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to employment opportunities for qualified individuals with disabilities. We are committed to ensuring that a qualified individual with a disability has the same rights and privileges in employment as non-disabled employees. If an accommodation is requested for the job application process, please contact our office at (325) 942-2168 or email us at

Applications are received through the Angelo State University website (link below).
Compensation Range: $34,611 - $38,752
Contact Name: Carlos Maya-Lastra,