Job Overview


About the Agency

This position is located in the Department of Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, in the Preparation Laboratory in the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology. The purpose of the position is to facilitate the de-installation, the conservation, and the remounting of the fossil specimens on exhibit as part of the Paleontology Halls renovation.


1. Rehousing for Collections: Use of proper and accepted housing materials and techniques to create the safest storage environment for each element before it is permanently placed into the research collections.

2. Specimen De-installation and Staging: Proper and careful removal of fossil specimens from exhibit, including vertebrate mounts, and invertebrate and paleobotanical specimens. Initial stabilization needed to stage the exhibit specimens as they come off exhibit, as they are moved to any secondary storage areas, and as they are moved into work areas for dismantling, conservation, and remounting.

3. Dismantling and Conservation: Careful dismantling of exhibit vertebrate mounts, using proper tools and techniques, in the course of the overall conservation of their bones.

4. Outreach: Interacting with a diversity of individuals and groups including visitors, volunteers, amateur paleontologists, students and colleagues from this and other institutions. This may include locating particular specimens or collections for visiting researchers, and overseeing the actions of film crews, etc. in the exhibit areas.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No