Submitted: 15 April 2024
Department: Anthropology
Institution: American Museum of Natural History
Job type: Temporary
Apply by: 30 April 2024
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The Anthropology department is seeking full-time Biological Anthropology Collections Assistants to participate in special projects involving the human remains collections, including osteology collections re-housing, database reporting and other duties as needed. They will work under the direction and supervision of the Collections Manager and Chair of Anthropology, and in collaboration with other Division staff working in collections. This position is expected to last for a term of 2 years.

The Collections Assistant should maintain excellent relationships with peers, staff and visitors and use sound judgment in handling confidential and sensitive information. This position requires intentional cultivation and maintenance of respect for the viewpoints of diverse Indigenous descendant communities and engaging all peoples with empathy, compassion and humility.

Job duties include: Prepare, identify, track, house/rehouse, label, organize and shelve objects. Perform collection cataloging and database management.

The expected salary range for the Biological Anthropology Collections Assistant is $55,000/annual – $62,000/annual. The AMNH offers an extensive benefits package designed to meet the needs of our dedicated and diverse community.

Pay will be determined based on several factors. The hiring range for the position at commencement is based on the type of work and the scope of responsibilities. The salary and placement offered is based on a number of individualized factors, including, but not limited to, skills, knowledge, training, education, credentials, areas of specialization and depth and scope of experience.

Required Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in anthropology or a related scientific field. Outstanding writing and communication skills. Microsoft Office and database skills. Ability to respectfully work with human skeletons.

Preferred Qualifications Master’s degree in biological anthropology. Experience or laboratory coursework with human osteology. Practical experience with museum collections.

Physical Demands Must be able to remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing) for prolonged periods. Must be able to occasionally lift up to 20 pounds. Must be able to move about the Museum campus. Positioning/change of positioning: Must be able to frequently position oneself/body to accomplish job duties. Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling. Climbing: Ascending or descending physical structures. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and up to 20 pounds of force frequently. May include any of the following: Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force to thrust forward, downward, or outward. Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion. Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position.

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