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Fossil Preparator position at LACM



The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County seeks a Paleontological 
Preparator to work with our Research and Collections Vertebrate Paleontology 
division.  The Paleontological Preparator performs skilled and technical work 
involved with the preparation, stabilization and restoration of fossils 
necessary for exhibition (to scientific study standards).  This position 
requires minimal supervision and may supervise student workers, and volunteers.

This position has the following requirements:
* One year experience in the preparation of fossils. 
* Completion of a four-year college degree program.  Courses in geology, 
biology or relevant technical arts or fine arts in an accredited college or 
recognized trade school will be accepted for one year of required experience. 
* Must maintain a California Class "C" driver license and be able to operate 
manual transmission, 4-wheel drive vehicles. 
* Must demonstrate knowledge of biological morphology and taxonomy, field 
geological practices, casting and molding techniques, safe and proper use of 
laboratory equipment and shop tools, and standard museum specimen conservation 
and curation practices. 
* Unique tools include miniature jackhammers (zip scribes) and air abrasive 
machines (miniature sand blasters). 
* Must demonstrate interpersonal skills necessary to work with volunteers and 
provide instruction to students and adults of all ages and backgrounds. 
* Excellent oral and written English skills required 
* Occasionally works with non-fossilized specimens. 
* Extended periods of stooping, bending, and standing in the preparation of 
specimens. 
* May be required to wear a respirator with the use of chemicals for specimen 
preparation. 
* Must work under following lab conditions: Resin fumes, dust, various 
chemicals including formic acid, polyester resin, acetone, use sharp objects 
and assist with lifting heavy objects (seventy-five plus pounds). 

This is a part time, temporary, non-exempt, overtime eligible position.
Review of applications begins immediately and continues until position is 
filled.  Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and contact 
information for three references to: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles 
County, Attn: Human Resources PaeloPrep, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  
90007-4057.  You may also fax to 213-765-4951 or send email to jobs@nhm.org 
with the position title or code in the subject line.




Aisling B. Farrell
Curatorial Assistant
Dinosaur Institute
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Tel: (213) 763-3519
 
www.dinosaurs.nhm.org