Zoological taxidermist/preparator, specializing in mammals

Deadline: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 00:00
Employer: State Natural History Museum, Braunschweig, Germany
Contract Duration: Permanent
Contract Type: Full Time

The State Natural History Museum of the 3Landesmuseen in Braunschweig is offering a permanent full-time position (39.8 hrs/week).

Zoological taxidermist/preparator, specializing in mammals (m/f/d)

The position is based in the vertebrate collection and exhibit of the State Natural History Museum (SNHM) and includes the following specific tasks:
• independent planning and realization of zoological taxidermy and conservational work for specific scientific problems and exhibition projects
• independent planning, realization and documentation of complex conservation and restoration of unique historical specimen and type specimen
• monitoring of and care for the collections and exhibits, especially of the dioramas, also including object loans, and with attention to preventative conservation and Integrated Pest Management
• digitization of the collection, participation in the setup and maintenance of the database
• participation in installation and de-installation of exhibitions
• participation in emergency planning
• passing on knowledge in training and further education
• preparation and execution of activities in education, exhibitions and public relations
Required education and experience:
• degree or vocational training in zoological taxidermy/preparation, preparation technician or equivalent. Applications are also accepted if degree is only earned in 2020.
• thorough and comprehensive knowledge of and practical experience in all established preservation and preparation methods and techniques for vertebrates
• expert knowledge of and practical experiences in the restoration and repair of historical, often contaminated, specimen
• expert knowledge of anatomy and morphology of vertebrates
• general knowledge of taxonomy and vertebrate systematics
• thorough expert knowledge of and practical experience in handling natural history collections, including their scientific use, conservational standards, laws and regulations
• thorough knowledge of workplace safety regulations
• good foreign language skills, especially German and English
• familiarity with database systems
• knowledge of and experience in handling optical equipment (microscopes, scanners, photo- and digitization stations)
• valid driver’s license
• physical fitness as well as above-average craftsmanship

Preferred qualifications:
• creativity, flexibility, open-mindedness, initiative, and independence
• excellent communication skills and ability to work in a team
• high sense of responsibility and reliability
• preparedness for interdisciplinary cooperation
• preparedness to work on weekends and holidays
• preparedness to attend conferences and further training

We are:
The 3Landesmuseen are Lower Saxony’s largest national museum group, located in Braunschweig, comprised of the Braunschweig State Museum, the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum and the State Natural History Museum run by the federal state of Lower Saxony.
With almost 270 years of history, the State Natural History Museum is considered one of the oldest natural history museums world-wide. It is responsible for keeping approximately 500,000 specimen, some of which date back to the 17th century. Through scientific research and topical exhibitions, the museum attracts about 70,000 visitors a year.

We offer:
• a full-time position and salary according to pay grade 9 TV-L, depending on personal qualifications. Employees covered by collective agreements are also entitled to a yearly bonus (paid on December 1, so-called “Christmas allowance”) as well as a company pension scheme
• a challenging and varied occupation in a dedicated team
• professional and personal advancement by encouraging personal strengths and further education
• a future-proof position and flexible working hours

Severely disabled applicants will be given preference in cases of equal qualifications.
In an effort to further equal opportunities, the 3Landesmuseen want to encourage applications by the underrepresented gender in this pay grade. Therefore, applications by men are particularly welcome. Applications from all nationalities are welcome.

We are looking forward to work documentation of mounted specimen.

We prefer applications by e-mail and ask for a consolidated pdf-file not exceeding 5 MB in size.

We would like to point out, that application documents sent in by mail cannot be returned. The documents will be destroyed according to data protection regulations after the conclusion of the application procedure.

Please direct your enquiries to Ms. Claudia Kamcke (Tel: +49 531 1225 3300) after January 23, 2020.

Please send your applications with compelling documents (CV, certificates) as well as a detailed description of your practical experience to

3Landesmuseen, z. H. Frau Andrea Fleischmann, Museumstraße 1,
38100 Braunschweig, Tel. +49 531-1225-4300,
E-Mail: a.fleischmann@3landesmuseen.de

Application deadline is Febuary 15, 2020.