Museum Scientist 3 , Grade 25 (PEF)

State Geological Survey
New York State Geological Survey
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Office of Human Resources Management
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Museum Scientist 3 , Grade 25 (PEF)

(Curator of Geology Bedrock Core)


The New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Office of Cultural Education (OCE) is seeking candidates for a Museum Scientist 3 position in the New York State Museum. Under the supervision of a Museum Scientist 4 or higher, the incumbent will serve as a curator within the Geology program. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Curate the Museum’s Geology Bedrock Core Collection (primarily Paleozoic – Precambrian in age) by building and maintaining the intellectual integrity of the collection, expanding the Museum’s core collection holdings according to Museum and discipline standards, and ensuring proper physical care of these collections;
  • Maintain a well-established program of geological laboratory research and field research, including mapping, and travel overnight for fieldwork, specimen/data collection and mapping;
  • Design specific research strategies and conduct research focused on New York bedrock geology that meets the highest professional standards and will include utilizing the Geology Core Collection;
  • Oversee the updates and maintenance of the Empire State Organized Geological Information System (ESOGIS) online database and the development of grant and other funding proposals to extramural sources (e.g., USGS, National Science Foundation) to solicit support for research, curatorial, and educational programs;
  • Participate in exhibit development and planning, and prepare research findings and research reports for publication as peer-reviewed journal articles, maps, technical reports, monographs and/or books, and professional presentations;
  • Participate in the development and implementation of public and educational programs to meet the Museum’s internal and/or community-oriented goals, which includes the Museum’s Earth Science Workshop for teachers and administrators in K-12 institutions, and the production of educational documents as well as live, in-person and/or pre-recorded lectures and field trips;
  • Develop methods and carry out means of communicating research to the Museum’s diverse audiences, including outreach to groups not traditionally represented in museums; and
  • Supervise the Geology Core collections manager, ESOGIS website-database administrator, and other museum staff responsible for organizing and cataloging the Geology Core collections.



Minimum Qualifications: 

Reassignment: Candidates must have one year of permanent, non-competitive service as a Museum Scientist 3.

Non-Competitive Appointment: Candidates must have a Bachelor’s in geology or related field and four years of professional experience in geology OR a Master’s of Science (M.S) in geology or related field and three years of professional experience in geology OR a Ph.D. in geology or related field and one year of professional experience in geology.

Preferred Qualification: 

Preference may be given to candidates who have:

  • A Ph.D. in geology
  • Research experience in Cambrian, and/or Ordovician, and/or Silurian geology related to New York State
  • Well-established analytical skills in geology
  • A demonstrated record of peer-reviewed publications in geology
  • Experience working with bedrock cores and/or archived/museum geology collections
  • Involvement in educational outreach
  • Ability to fund research and collections care through grants and/or other sources
  • Certification as or willingness to become a licensed professional geologist in NY
  • Supervisory experience.

Conditions of Employment: 

This will be a contingent permanent, non-competitive appointment. Promotions and transfers may change appointees’ negotiating unit. Candidates should be aware that changes in negotiating units may affect their salary, insurance, and other benefits. Verification of degree will be required at the time of interview for all candidates. This position will require 10% in-state travel.

* Leads to a maximum salary of $111,111 based on annual performance advances.


Qualified candidates should send a resume and letter of interest by December 2, 2022 to sends e-mail) (email submissions are preferred). Your resume must clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. You must include the Box number (OCE-1307/28972) of the position in the subject line of your email and cover letter to ensure receipt of your application. Links to application materials will not be accepted (i.e., Google Docs). Your social security number may be required to confirm your eligibility.