Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox, photo by J.D. Willson

Curator of Ichthyology

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Raleigh, North Carolina
Closing Date
August 23, 2021 at 5:00 PM Eastern

The NC Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS) is seeking a Curator of Ichthyology to serve as the leader and supervisor of the Ichthyology Unit of the Research & Collections section. The Curator conducts original research on fishes and serves as Principal Curator for the Ichthyology research collection, establishing guidelines for the curation of the fishes collections and acquiring relevant specimens and related materials, and associated data. The Curator publishes the results of their research in scientific, peer-reviewed journals, in reports to appropriate agencies, and popular magazines. Additionally, the Curator participates in education and outreach public programs and serves as a liaison to other public and private organizations.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting and disseminating competent original and independent research in fish systematics (taxonomy and phylogenetics), genomics, ecology, and/or related fields with demonstrable value to the Museum, the state of North Carolina, and the academic community
  • Ensuring the appropriateness of specimen material received, monitoring the accuracy of data, and providing accurate identification
  • Judging the validity and merit of specimens loaned from the NCMNS and exchange requests while maintaining knowledge of and adhering to State, Federal, and safety laws and regulations for loaning/exchanging fish specimens 
  • Presenting research to peers at professional meetings and to the general public through teaching, popular writing, public lectures, and other museum-based educational activities
  • Initiating and/or participating in public education and outreach programs including conducting visitor tours of the Ichthyology collections, providing services such as species identifications and workshops, presenting seminars and lectures, writing popular articles, participating in media events as needed, and providing programs for clubs and civic organizations
  • Working with staff in the Education Section to develop and deliver Ichthyology related educational and/or research programs to appropriate public audiences
  • Planning annual unit goals and research projects with input from subordinate curators and collection managers and the Director for Research & Collections
  • Supervising the work of the Ichthyology Collection Manager

The primary purpose of the Research & Collections Section of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences is to illuminate the natural world through original scientific research; to grow, house, curate, and maintain research collections of natural history materials and related data for the global scientific community; to study the specimens and data that make up these collections; and to disseminate this information through published scientific articles, popular media, and other programs. Some Research & Collections positions also have joint appointments with local Universities or Colleges. Units of the Research and Collections Section include Astronomy & Astrophysics, Biodiversity, Citizen Science, Evolutionary Biology & Behavior, Genomics & Microbiology, Geology, Herpetology, History of Science, Ichthyology, Library & Archives, Malacology, Mammalogy, Non-molluscan Invertebrates, Ornithology and Paleontology. The section champion’s the Museum’s mission and advances operational plans. It provides cross-sectional collaboration to support the network across the State and contribute to total quality management.  

The State’s museum devoted to science and nature, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in central Raleigh is the largest institution of its kind in the Southeastern United States and, with over a million visitors a year, the state’s most visited museum. Its 300,000 square foot downtown campus is augmented by Prairie Ridge Ecostation and satellite facilities in Whiteville, Greenville, and Contentnea Creek. Together, they provide a variety of curriculum-focused classes onsite, offsite, outdoors, and online for pre-kindergarten through graduate students across the state.
As a museum of nature, we integrate the dual concepts of illumination and inspiration with the work we do and the many stories we tell. In a time of unprecedented environmental challenges, nothing could be more critical. This nexus of ideas makes us unique. Across three vibrant floors of laboratories and exhibitions, our Nature Research Center provides an unparalleled opportunity to see science in action by watching museum researchers studying the natural world in real time. In the Nature Exploration Center, exhibits and live animal displays reveal North Carolina’s rich natural habitats, wildlife, and geology from the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean.


Minimum Qualifications

  • 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, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Knowledge in general biology and Ichthyology;
  • Considerable knowledge of characteristics, behavior, and habits of fish species;
  • Knowledge of requirements for scientific research and publications, of the principles and practices of scientific research, the scientific method, and taxonomy/systematics;
  • Demonstrated experience securing external grant funding;
  • Ability to solve advanced, complex problems associated with taxonomic identifications;
  • Ability to plan, design, and conduct original research in this specialty discipline; and to compile and record results in accepted scientific formats;
  • Ability to converse and present lectures in the specialty discipline to professionals and the general public;
  • Ability to lift items weighing upwards of 25-60 pounds;
  • Ability to conduct strenuous fieldwork depending on the equipment and habitat types involved and when working in hot, cold, and/or inclement weather.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in a related field and at least 3 years’ experience;
  • Working knowledge of southeastern US flora and fauna and the natural history of North Carolina and the southeast.

To Apply

Apply online at www.governmentjobs.com/careers/northcarolina (search for MNS60034991). Please be sure to complete the application in full. Resume/CV 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.

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Other Information

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.

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