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Research Curator, Mammalogy

at North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Pay: $48051 to $86431/year
$48051 - $86431
Posted: 8/7/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2530010
Keywords: research

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Overall Job Objective

Description of Work

19-08685 MNS60034985
Salary Grade: GN13
Recruitment Range: $48,051 - $59,000

This position is located at:
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources' (DNCR) vision is to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational, and economic future of North Carolina. Our mission is to improve quality of life by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries, and nature throughout North Carolina.  The Department works to stimulate learning, inspire creativity, preserve the state's history, conserve the state's natural heritage, encourage recreation and cultural tourism, and promote economic development.  Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and our programming to reflect and celebrate our state's diverse population, culture, and history by expanding engagement with diverse individuals and communities. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team. 
Division Information:
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, located in Raleigh, NC, is an award-winning major institution with a prominent State-wide, national and international profile. The mission statement of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences is "to illuminate the natural world and inspire its conservation". 
The NC Museum of Natural Sciences is a high-performing nexus of research, collections, living collections, exhibitions and digital media, school and lifelong education, community engagement, and a regional network--each fueled by great expertise and a diversifying portfolio of public, earned and contributed funds. Progress is forged by maximizing the dividends on a remarkable history of public and private sector investments with a growing array of partnerships.
Our high standards are reflected by our affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution; accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums; a National Medal at the White House in 2014 from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services which recognizes just five of the nation's 35,000 museums annually for outstanding community service; national model research partnerships with the University of North Carolina System; this year's Thad Eure, Jr. Award from the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau for our economic impact through attracting conferences; and field-advancing innovations such as a fully accessible and free mobile app (NC NatSci) for visitors to navigate our exhibitions.
Section Information:
The Research & Collections Section includes research scientists, collections curators, collections managers, and support professionals.  The major responsibilities of the R&C section are to maintain and expand the Natural Sciences research collections of the Museum, conduct original research, disseminate research results, participate in science communication, public outreach, education, and assist other Museum sections in programming and exhibit development.  R&C staff and facilities are spread across three NCMNS buildings: the Nature Exploration Center (NEC), the Nature Research Center (NRC), and the Research Laboratory.  This position is located primarily in the NEC.
Description of Work:
The Research Curator, Mammalogy, conducts original research on mammals and serves as Principal Curator for the Research Collection under care of the Mammalogy Unit. Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Conducting competent research with a demonstrable value to the scientific community, the NCMNS, and the state of North Carolina
  • Publishing the results of research in scientific, peer-reviewed journals, in reports to appropriate agencies, and in popular media outlets
  • Providing expertise and establishes guidelines for the curation of the mammal collections
  • Acquiring mammal specimens and related materials, and associated data
  • Maintaining budgets for the Mammalogy Unit, including for research, travel, equipment, and supplies
  • Conducting/participating in educational public programs and NCMNS events, including conducting visitor tours of the Mammalogy collections, providing services such as species identifications and workshops, presenting seminars and lectures, writing popular articles and participating in media events as needed, and providing programs for clubs and civic organizations
  • Serving as a liaison to other public and private institutions including serving on appropriate interagency committees, holding adjunct position(s) with universities and/or assisting with co-advising students, participating in joint activities with public and private resource management and museums, and regional and international organizations
  • Responding to requests for information from private and public sources in a timely manner with accuracy
  • Other related duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

** To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must provide the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed as general statements, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit. **
To qualify for this position, you must meet ALL the following KSAs listed below:

  • Demonstrated experience with the curation of mammal specimen collections
  • Superior levels of knowledge of mammalogy in general and a specialty discipline or area of study (e.g., taxonomy, systematics, ecology, behavior, genetics)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of requirements and procedures for the principles and practices of ethical scientific research, including knowledge of laws and regulations pertaining to mammalogy research, and peer-reviewed publication of scientific results.
  • Working knowledge of external grant proposal preparation
  • Proficiency in effective communication, public speaking, and public presentation
Management Preferences:
  • PhD in mammalogy, taxonomy, systematics, ecology, behavior, or genetics
  • Positive attitude to interact effectively with supervisors, coworkers, colleagues in research and resource management communities, and the general public
  • Working knowledge of materials and equipment used in mammalogy research, including fieldwork
  • Familiarity with the diversity and distribution of mammal species of NC and the southeastern US
Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to lift items weighing upwards of 25-60 pounds
  • Ability to work in hot, cold, and/or inclement weather when conducting fieldwork

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

  • Master's degree in biology, zoology, or a science curriculum related to area of expertise from an appropriately accredited institution and three-years experience in specialty area
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Supplemental and Contact Information

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) selects applicants for employment based on required education and experience and job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation or political influence.
Please be sure to complete the application in full. Resumes may be uploaded with your application but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application and will not be considered for qualifying credit. "See Resume" or "See Attachment" will NOT be accepted and will render your application incomplete. 

Information should be provided in the appropriate areas, to include the following: Education, including high school and all degrees obtained, Work Experience, and Certificates & Licenses. It is critical to our screening and salary determination process that applications contain comprehensive candidate information. 
Answers to Supplemental Questions are not a substitute for providing all relevant information within the body of your application. In order to receive credit for the supplemental questions, you must provide supporting information within the "Work Experience" section of the application, to support your answers
Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.  Transcripts, and degree evaluations may be uploaded with your application. 
To obtain veterans preference, you must scan and upload a copy of your DD-214 or discharge orders. 
Technical issues submitting your application, please call the NeoGov Help Line at 855-524-5627.
Applicants requesting and receiving an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible to submit paper applications via mail or by fax.  Please call the human resources office for assistance.
If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.
Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account and click on "Application Status".  Upon the closing date, applications are "Under Review" and will be screened by Human Resources for the qualified applicants. The hiring process may take an average of 6 – 8 weeks.  
It is the policy of the State of North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that all employees provide proof of employment eligibility (immigration and naturalization) on the first day of employment.   We participate in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility Verification System).
N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Division of Human Resources
4603 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4603
Phone:  919-814-6670