2014 Collection Internship Announcement, Musueum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, Arizona

The Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) is offering a collection management internship that will occur between May 1st and September 30th 2014.  The first review of applications will begin April 14, 2014.  

The duration is flexible but will be for a minimum of 10 weeks and maximum of 6 months.  Housing and a stipend of $300 a week are provided to offset expenses. This internship will provide on the job experience to students that are seeking or have recently completed a certificate or masters in museum studies, biology, natural science, or other appropriate field of study.

The Natural Science Collections Intern will work with the Natural Science Collections Manager on an IMLS funded project to address environmental improvements in the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Zoology Collections (specifically the avian osteology, avian egg and nest, mammal osteology, and mollusk and entomology holdings). This internship offers students an opportunity to gain experience rehousing specimens, labeling and inventorying holdings, updating database records, testing for contaminants in the study skin collections, assisting with packing and move of collections into a new collection facility (Easton Collection Center), and participating in policy and procedure development.

Founded in 1928, MNA is an AAM accredited, private 501(c)3 museum.  Its mission is to “inspire a sense of love and responsibility for the beauty and diversity of the Colorado Plateau through collecting, studying, interpreting, and preserving the region’s natural and cultural heritage”.  The collections include cultural (ethnology, archaeology, and fine art) objects and natural science (botany, zoology, geology, and paleontology) specimens, archives and a Library. In 2009 MNA completed the construction of the new Easton Collection Center (more information at http://www.musnaz.org/) a platinum level LEED certified building.  

MNA is located in Flagstaff, AZ (pop. 61,270) at an elevation of 7000’ in the cool Ponderosa pine forests at the base of the San Francisco Peaks. The area includes several national forests (Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott), National Parks and Monuments (Grand Canyon, Wupatki, Walnut Crater, and Sunset Crater), a ski resort (Snow Bowl), Arboretum, Lowell Observatory, Northern Arizona University, and numerous other attractions.

To apply submit a letter of interest, resume, and 3 letters of reference to:
Human Resources Manager
Museum of Northern Arizona
3101 N. Fort Valley Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

or email in MS Word Format to jmoan@mna.mus.az.us