Coral Rehousing Project Intern (New York, NY, USA)

  • Closing date for applications: Sunday, September 24, 2017 by midnight

The Division of Invertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History seeks to fill a part-time (30 hours per week), 1.3-year internship with opportunity for 1 year renewal for a graduate or undergraduate student (or recent graduate) in invertebrate zoology, life sciences, taxonomy, museum studies or related fields. The intern will work with collection management staff to clean, update taxonomic names of, tag, database, and image approximately 3500 pieces of dry coral as part of a project funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The start date is October 30, 2017.

Required Qualifications: Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Science or Fine Arts in a related field. Applicants must be meticulous and extremely careful, as many of the specimens are now endangered and fragile, and label data must always be associated with the specimens. Some pieces are quite heavy and the applicant should be able to lift 25 lbs with relative ease. Candidate must know MS Word and Excel exceptionally well, be able to learn other software relatively easily and be able to take reasonably good digital images. The applicant must know or be able to learn the idiosyncrasies of taxonomic nomenclature. The applicant must be committed to working 30 hours a week, be able to work independently and have good time-management skills. Experience in the life sciences, taxonomy, conservation, museum studies will be looked upon favorably.

Online Application Process:

Applicants will only receive notification of application status if they qualify for an interview. The high volume of applications precludes responding to application status inquiries.

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its foundation in 1869, the AMNH has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition. The AMNH is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of world cultures.

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate due to age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels. Please be advised that due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the open position.