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Manager of Animal Collection

The Cayuga Nature Center is looking for a motivated and dynamic individual to care for and grow our live animal collection. The successful candidate must be knowledgeable about native and exotic terrestrial and aquatic vertebrate species and experienced with handling and caring for a variety of animals. The Cayuga Nature Center is home to over forty animals, ranging from red fox and red-tailed hawk to numerous snake and turtle species. Responsibilities of this position include providing proper care, feeding, maintenance, and handling of the animals, as well as training and supervising volunteer staff and designing and delivering educational programs using the animals. Requirements include Bachelor's degree in zoology, wildlife management, or related field; ability to work weekends, holidays, and occasional after-hour events/assignments; minimum of 2 years experience caring for and handling wildlife in a similar environment (zoo, wildlife center, etc); and demonstrated supervisory or management experience. Experience with informal education at similar organization, experience presenting live animal programs, and experience working with children are preferred. Salary dependent on experience.

Founded in 1981, the Cayuga Nature Center is a public educational venue of the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI). The Nature Center is located in the Town of Ulysses, just north of Ithaca on more than 120 acres overlooking Cayuga Lake. Its mission is to interpret the natural history of the Cayuga Basin to a wide variety of audiences within a solid scientific context. PRI is affiliated with but independent of Cornell University.

Applications should include cover letter, resume, and names and addresses of three references, and be addressed to: Matt Sacco at sacco@cayuganaturecenter.org. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. More information is available at www.priweb.org/cayuganaturecenter.

Exhibit Developer

The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) seeks an Exhibit Developer. PRI is located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. Our Museum of the Earth and Cayuga Nature Center make accessible the history of life on Earth, the processes by which the Earth system works, and the science by which we understand it. The Exhibit Developer reports to the Director of Exhibitions and collaborates with a project team while researching, writing, testing, and finalizing exhibit content for major projects at the Nature Center, and at the Museum as needed.

Responsibilities:

  • Propose and plan authentic, fun, personal, and memorable ways for visitors to discover natural history and its connections to them.
  • Lead the gathering and synthesis of information regarding appropriate content approaches, best practices, and existing work on exhibit topics.
  • Lead or support the research, writing, and procurement of content and images for labels, interactives, and interpretive programming for exhibits and related experiences.
  • Collaborate with exhibit design and fabrication staff on iterative prototyping activities. Conduct formal and informal audience research and evaluation.
  • Hold and promote the value that the visitor is the ultimate client for the work of the project team.

Requirements:

  • Minimum 3-5 years exhibit development experience — from concept to final product — of original museum/nature center/science center exhibits or comparable creative endeavors; excellent communication skills, both interpersonally and in writing; able to work in a fast paced environment with creativity, curiosity, integrity and determination. Demonstrated research and writing experience for public audiences, and basic understanding of developmentally appropriate educational approaches. Bachelor’s degree in Writing, Museum Studies, Science Communication, or related subject required, Master’s preferred. Familiarity with natural history/biology/geology preferred.
  • 21-month temporary position
  • Full time, evening hours as needed

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references via email to:
Beth Stricker
Director of Exhibitions
stricker@museumoftheearth.org

Exhibit Designer

The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) seeks an Exhibit Designer. PRI is located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. Our Museum of the Earth and Cayuga Nature Center make accessible the history of life on Earth, the processes by which the Earth system works, and the science by which we understand it. The Exhibit Designer reports to the Director of Exhibitions and collaborates with a project team while creating graphic designs, elevations, plans, 3D renderings, graphic production files, and fabrication drawings for major projects at the Cayuga Nature Center, but also at the Museum of the Earth as needed.

Responsibilities:

  • Propose and plan authentic, fun, personal, and memorable ways for visitors to discover natural history and its connections to them.
  • Work with project team to create designs that best address project vision and goals.
  • Create designs for each project phase — planning, schematic design, final design, and construction drawings — and ensure that the project adheres to project vision, budget, and schedule.
  • Create 2D and 3D designs consistent with existing design standards, produce final graphics and fabrication drawings for production.
  • Working under the Director of Exhibits, lead the team in project scheduling, exhibit production and fabrication, and coordinating with fabrication and construction subcontractors.
  • Collaborate with content developers on iterative prototyping activities.

Requirements:

  • The ideal individual has minimum 3-5 years exhibit design and production experience, fabrication experience a plus. Knowledge of Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Vectorworks or Sketchup required. Candidate must be detail oriented and able to meet deadlines, and able to work in a fast paced environment with creativity, curiosity, integrity and determination. Accurate and timely completion of projects and/or reports; excellent attention to detail in a fast-paced environment; familiarity with museum exhibit design theory. Bachelor’s degree in Exhibit Design, Industrial Design, or related subject required. Experience designing exhibits or enclosures for live animals a huge plus.
  • 21-month temporary position
  • Full time, evening hours as needed

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references via email to:
Beth Stricker
Director of Exhibitions
stricker@museumoftheearth.org