Collections Manager II
Essential duties for this position will include the curation of
archaeological and ethnographic collection: Manage, maintain, and
upgrade archaeological collections, including wet-curated
specimens, as well as ethnographic objects and multi-media records.
These responsibilities include maintaining proper curatorial and
conservation environments for different collections types;
coordinating loans and acquisitions; overseeing collections
database and upgrades, and artifact cataloguing; maintaining
division records and reports; maintaining collection and laboratory
operations safety; maintaining and upgrading SFAE laboratory
equipment and supplies; providing assistance to visiting scientists
and scholars; facilitating and participating in public outreach and
education; coordinating the maintenance and use of the Randell
Research Center (RRC) archaeology laboratory and managing RRC
archaeological collections as part of the SFAE collections. Work
with Curator to modify and develop policies related to long-term
strategic plan for maintenance and improvement of the SFAE
collection and laboratory, and to secure funds to support
collection curation and management. Liaise and foster collaboration
with Florida’s Indigenous communities and organizations. Serve on
Management of South Florida Archaeology and Ethnography Collection
and Research Data: Consult regularly with the FM Anthropology
Registrar on accessioning, loans, documents management, and
NAGPRA-related issues as necessary. Coordinate and upgrade data
management systems, including computer databases, spreadsheets, and
traditional paper-based systems. Integrate comparative and
archaeological collection data from out-dated systems into revised
databases. Enter and proof new collections and research data.
Format existing and incoming collections and catalog records
according to standardized data entry protocols. Improve standards
of data and data-entry protocols. Maintain and upgrade database and
computer system security and capacity.
Management of SFAE Personnel: Coordinate collections and laboratory
use by all personnel. Interview and evaluate OPS applicants, train
and supervise OPS, work study and other employees, students, and
volunteers working in SFAE.
Management of South Florida Archaeology and Ethnography Finances
and Accounts: Coordinate and manage OE and OPS budgets for current
contracts, grants, state funds, and foundation funds. Inventory
equipment and supplies associated with SFAE and purchase supplies
and equipment as needed. Maintain all associated records.
Participation in South Florida Archaeology and Ethnography
Research: SFAE-related research in the lab and/or field, including
participating in research projects in cooperation with, and
assisting, the Curator. This may include assisting in composing
research grant proposals and the preparation of research reports
and publications. This may extend to academic service such as
reviewing publications and grant proposals, and taking on roles in
professional service to societies and journals focused on Florida
archaeology, historical ecology research, and collections
South Florida Archaeology and Ethnography Outreach Activities:
Participate in public education programs and exhibit planning
within and outside the FM. Coordination of tours and press visits
within the SFAE collection; preparation of appropriate educational
outreach devices (i.e., website, educational programs, displays).
Respond to requests for identifications and information from
researchers and the general public. Guest lecture in classes
(graduate or undergraduate) through an affiliated department (e.g.,
Anthropology, Biology, etc.) as desired and as time permits.
Management of the Randell Research Center Archaeological
Collections and Laboratory: In consultation with the Operations
Manager of the Randell Research Center (RRC), RRC Director(s), and
SFAE Curator, coordinate and assist in the maintenance and
management of archaeological collections, modern comparative
collections, and laboratory supplies and equipment on site at the
RRC located on Pine Island, Florida, including: coordinate and
upgrade data management systems and maintaining proper curatorial
and conservation environments for different collection types;
coordinate transport of archaeological and modern collections
between the RRC and the SFAE collections in Gainesville;
effectively correspond about cataloguing and collections
accessions. Work with the RRC Director(s), Operations Manager, and
SFAE Curator to modify and develop policies related to long-term
strategic plan for maintenance and improvement of the RRC
archaeological laboratory. Participate in and help facilitate SFAE
outreach efforts at the RRC.
$38,000.00 - 53,000.00, commensurate with education and
Bachelor’s Degree in related field and five years of experience
working with a collection of an appropriate discipline. Specific
knowledge of the discipline for the collection area is
- Ph.D. preferred, with a background in archaeological and
anthropological sciences and at least three years of experience
working with an archaeological and/or ethnographic collection.
Proficiency in the identification of archaeological and
ethnographic objects and their curation in accordance with
standards of the discipline. Inclusive of:
- A basic understanding of pre-Columbian and Historic Florida
ceramic, bone, stone, wood, shell, and metal artifacts.
- Basic knowledge of Florida’s historical and contemporary
Indigenous communities and their history and material culture.
- An understanding of curatorial standards and collections
management requirements specific to archaeological artifact and
ethnographic object types.
- Basic knowledge of historical ecology and environmental
archaeology desirable, including but not limited to archaeobotany,
archaeological soils, and zooarchaeology. Basic knowledge of human
skeletal remains desirable.
- Experience in managing broadly based curatorial and collection
management responsibilities, and appropriate skills in managing a
paid staff and unpaid volunteers, graduate students, and
undergraduate student assistants.
- Ability to successfully secure grants for collections
management and/or use.
- Demonstrated ability for effective scholarly writing, research,
and communication with peers, students, and the general public,
including social media and website content.
- Knowledge and adherence to rules and regulations associated
with archaeological collections in the state of Florida and federal
- Must be conversant with database development and
- Must be able to work independently so that day-to-day
activities do not require constant monitoring by the immediate
- Must have good organizational skills.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Target start date by October 1, 2021. In order to be considered,
you must upload 1) a professional CV or resumé, 2) a cover letter
of up to two pages highlighting their relevant collections
management and/or museum curation experience, professional
background, and research, and 3) a one page statement describing
their past or current contributions to IDEA, and/or future
aspirations for the Florida Museum’s and the University of
Florida’s commitment to increasing Inclusion, Diversity, and
Equity, and Accessibility within STEAM (science, technology,
engineering, arts, and math) education and disciplines. For
inquires concerning this position, contact Dr. Michelle LeFebvre,
Search Chair, email@example.com
The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer
dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and
staff. The University of Florida invites all qualified applicants,
including minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with
disabilities. The University of Florida is a public institution and
subject to all requirements under the Florida Sunshine and Public
The Florida Museum’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and
At FM, we strive to create a more diverse and inclusive student,
faculty, and staff experience at the University of Florida. As a
university-based museum, we believe it is essential that we, as
educators, develop pathways for learners of all ages and
wide-ranging audiences toward increased diversity, equity,
accessibility, and inclusion in STEM and Social Science disciplines
and workforces. We are committed to the ongoing self-reflection and
work needed to serve students from historically underrepresented
groups within the greater University of Florida community,
especially through student mentorship, teaching.
Applications must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. of the posting end
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must upload
a résumé, cover letter, and list of references.
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